Choosing loose diamonds – whether a single for a ring, a necklace, or a set of earrings, or even larger quantities for another purpose entirely – is an important decision and purchase. And like all important decisions, it behooves you to have done your research before you ever step foot in a store – whether online or in person.
But how do you know what to look for, ask for, or prioritize?
Of course, every online aid will speak mainly of the 4 C’s – Carat, Cut, Clarity and Color, but there’s so much more to know about diamonds than just this quartet of beginning categories.
What about the diamond shape? Fluorescence? Polish and symmetry? Or the often overlooked but still integral 5th C – the Certificate!
There’s so much to learn about diamonds and with their often hefty price tags, it will benefit you greatly to know exactly what you are looking for, and what price best matches your wants and needs!
Intrigued? See below our best expert advice for choosing loose diamonds in regards to the 4 C’s and beyond!
Basics of the 4 C’s of Loose Diamonds
Let’s get the easiest of the deciding factors out of the way first, as this is usually what customers already have feelings or ideas about when they begin their search.
Carat weight is an important factor, but not the only when it comes to finding the best price for your loose diamonds. To demonstrate this, here is what a quick Google search will lend you:
You can find a 1.00 carat diamond for around $3,000, however, the quality will be quite poor in all other areas besides weight (Color, Cut, Clarity, Symmetry, etc.). You can also get a .5 carat diamond hovering around the same price (Ideal Cut, D Color, Flawless Clarity).
How is this possible? Because weight is not everything in regards to price. It is about quality, shine and flawless beauty.
This is helpful when speaking of buying loose diamonds as it gives the buyer options of what they want to prioritize. Is size the most important factor? Or is color, or cut, or clarity? This depends on the intended use for your loose diamonds. Speak with one of our experts today to see what combination is best for you!
The Shape of Your Loose Diamonds
This brings us to the next most popular decider- the shape of the diamond. This is different from the cut, which speaks of quality and dimensions of the shape, and instead means the actual, physical, three-dimensional shape.
Princess, round, cushion or emerald, there are so many options that can only be chosen based on the customer’s individual desires and needs. The only clear help in regards to shape is that it can have a large impact on the price.
Round cut diamonds are the most popular, but also the most expensive. If the 4 C’s are your biggest concern, then think of changing the cut for your loose diamonds to retain quality, but save money.
Princess, Emerald and Radiant cuts are all less expensive than round, but are still stunning, and gaining popularity because of it!
If you are looking for a unique stone that can also save you money, think about less-common diamond shapes such as Pear, Marquise or Asscher.
Certificates for your Loose Diamonds
Making sure your diamond is certified, and reputably-so, should be your next most important factor in your search for loose diamonds. We recommend only GIA Certified Diamonds or AGS Certified Diamonds as they are widely considered the most reliable certificates.
Though there are other certifications, they have been shown to have inconsistencies in their grading scales. This only complicates your search and takes up time and resources which isn’t necessary when other certifications have proven more reliable and constant in their evaluations.
Do You Feel Equipped for Your Hunt for Loose Diamonds?
Whether you feel that you can now buy with confidence, or are just whetting your appetite for the upcoming search, come into Village Jewelers to speak to our specialists about what factors play the largest role in your diamond’s needs!
Contact us today or stop in to say hello! We look forward to seeing you!