How To Select A Quality Loose Diamond

Buying a diamond is a big purchase and this is one of those things that you want to get right the first time. If you are wondering how to select a quality loose diamond, this will give you step by step, easy to understand instructions to help you. Feeling confident in any purchase you make is important and you can have that confidence by understanding what to look for and what to avoid in order for you to choose the perfect loose diamond. We will look at different cuts, the most important elements to look for and how to safely purchase online. Diamonds will never go out of style and are the most popular and most sought after gem for jewelry. Many people wish to purchase loose diamonds and then have them set into jewelry such as rings, necklaces and earrings.

Quality Loose Diamonds

There are many benefits to purchasing a loose diamond instead of a set one. One of the most important ones is that you can get a much more accurate appraisal on a loose diamond. When the gem is set into a ring or other jewelry, other elements such as silver or gold can affect the effectiveness of the appraisal. Having a loose diamond also gives you complete control over the appearance of the end result. Not only do you choose just the right diamond, but you also will be choosing the setting. This will give you a truly unique piece of jewelry. The price for a loose diamond is often less than a mounted one because you will be paying for the diamond and nothing else.

If you are thinking about how to select a quality loose diamond, you may wish to first think about which shape you wish to have so that you can narrow down the diamonds that you will be looking at. The shape of the diamond is the shape that the gem has been made into, it is not its natural shape. There are standard cuts and fancy cuts. Standard diamonds are round, emerald, cushion and radiant. Fancy cuts are princess, marquise, pear, oval and heart shaped. The shape that you choose will affect the price. If you opt for a round, loose diamond you may find that it is much less expensive than the fancy heart shaped.

The cut of a loose diamond is not the shape, but is the overall level of how nicely the diamond was cut. The most precious diamonds reflects just about all of the light that shines into it. When a diamond is cut to shallow, it does not reflect a lot of light and will not be shiny. This is also known as “losing its brilliance”.

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While most people think of a diamond as being colorless, white or transparent, there are actually colored diamonds also. If you are looking for a clear loose diamond, the less color that is in it, the more valuable it is. Diamonds are classified in different grades according to color. Clarity of a loose diamond refers to any flaws within the gem that take away from its value. Some of these flaws cannot be seen with the human eye. It is very rare for a diamond to have zero flaws.

When you want to know how to select a quality loose diamond, you must decide which elements are most important. Do you want a larger size with less clarity or a smaller size with better clarity? And finally, you will want to make sure that your loose diamond is certified. The Gemological Institute of America or the American Gem Society Laboratories will give certificate proving that a diamond is indeed a true diamond and will show you its worth.

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2 Comments

  1. Miriam
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 7:22 am |

    Thanks for the article. Very useful for those who wants to buy diamonds or an engagement ring. Engagement ring is hard to choose from so many options. You can even design one by yourself. Send you sketch to diamonds-usa.com and they will make the ring for you with your own design.

  2. Jennifer Edwards
    Posted February 9, 2010 at 5:08 am |

    The first time I purchased loose diamonds I was not too happy. It didn’t came with a certificate, you see. I knew less about diamonds then than I do now. Now, the first thing I ask when I purchase some is the certificate. My most recent purchase was a james allen loose diamonds which came with a certificate from the GIA. Now I know better.