So the question becomes how to determine the important factors, and above all, what makes an exceptional diamond? This guide will break down 3 things to consider before making your purchase, as well as uncloud some of the details that go into diamond buying. Read on for ideas!
Tip 1: The 4 C’s of the diamond game
When diamond researching, consider the four C’s. They are cut, color, clarity and carat. You are not left completely on your own here – helpful scales and charts can determine what the best and worst type of gems are.
Let’s start with cut. The cut is incredibly influential in the overall appearance of the diamond. An exceptional cut will create sparkle and cause light to filter and reflect off the gem, making an eye-catching ring. However, a poorly cut rock will look dull. When shopping, pick a diamond with a higher cut for more shine. The cut contains little incisions called facets that reflect the light. The more aligned they are with one another, the better the ring.
Next we have color. This one is pretty straightforward and can be easily detected, sometimes by the naked eye. The less color in your diamond, the better the quality, and generally the higher the price. The GIA has developed a scale for gauging the color of a diamond. It starts with colorless and slowly makes its way to yellow. A yellow diamond is less attractive and worth less money. But if only slightly yellow, it can still be beautiful if it is cut properly.
Clarity is our third item on the agenda. Most gems have small scrapes, or nicks in the rock called inclusions. There are not many diamonds that have no inclusions. Again, there is a helpful scale, which ranges from flawless to included. You can get away with somewhere in the middle around very slightly or slightly included, and still have a gorgeous ring.
We have now arrived at carat. Carat is the weight of the rock. Diamonds come in all sizes from 0.25 carat or smaller to 5.01 carat and even higher. Each carat contains 100 points in the diamond, and the amount is shown in a decimal fashion. The bigger the carat, the higher the price for the gem.
So now you know all about the 4 C’s. which will help immensely in your diamond search! On to point number two!
Tip 2: Jeweler or online?
Where you buy your diamond can directly affect the quality and other important factors for the ring. When choosing a gem, consider the amount of time you have, and how trustworthy your source.
A jeweler will usually have a more personal approach, and more time to spend with you as you pick out your purchase. They may even have options for cleaning and insuring your diamond. This matters a lot with a 1 carat, because when a diamond is a solitaire or of 1 carat or smaller, keeping it shiny and bright makes a huge difference. The amount of light your diamond can reflect will make it appear larger and keep it from growing dull.
If you choose to purchase online, make sure to thoroughly research, save all documents and conversations, and insure your purchase. Also, consider their return policy if the diamond is not what you expect or is not a full carat. You can take it to a jeweler to find out the exact weight if you aren’t positive.
Tip 3: Embellishments
When your heart is set on a 1 carat diamond, consider laying aside some extra cash for details to make the ring extra special. A carat is a good size and can be a left alone on the band, but if you want to go more fancy, it will help to accentuate the gem. You can do this in several different ways.
Add small diamonds. You can purchase rings with very tiny diamonds surrounding the 1 carat or studded across the band of the ring. This will add sparkle and make the rock appear much larger than one carat. And technically, it will be larger when adding the weight of the extra gems.
If more bling isn’t your thing, consider entwining bands. You can create an elaborate design where two bands wrap together or make a pattern. Use your imagination to create something unique.
Engraving is romantic and a thoughtful gesture. This will add some pizazz to a simple solitaire ring if you wish. Pick a date, phrase, or word to carve onto the band for emphasis.
There you have it, 4 tips for buying a 1 carat diamond! If you need more help or advice, this website here offers more insights and a comprehensive guide to shopping for a one ct engagement ring. Good luck on your search!