If you’re out looking for premium jewelry, you know it’s hard to find the ideal middle ground between what you want and how much you will have to pay for it. While shopping, you’re liable to make impulse purchases, get duped or just plain have an unpleasant experience. To avoid any hassles and situational exhaustion, keep these things in mind.
Educate Yourself on the 4Cs of Diamonds
The quality and price of a diamond is determined by four important factors – Clarity, Color, Cut and Carat-weight, aka the 4Cs of diamonds.
Clarity refers to the lack of flaws – internal (inclusions) as well as surface (blemishes). Diamonds are graded as FL, IF, VVS1, VVS2, VS1, VS2, SI1, SI2, I1, I2 and I3 in decreasing order of clarity, with FL being completely flawless and I3 exhibiting obvious inclusions.
Color is undesirable in white diamonds as they impede their refractive and reflective properties. GIA devised a scale to grade color in white diamonds that is widely accepted in the industry. It starts with D and progresses alphabetically to Z. D grade diamonds are completely colorless (and therefore rare) while Z grade diamonds exhibit a faint yellowish color.
Cut refers to the reflective quality of a polished diamond. People usually confuse cut with shape, but here it does not refer to that. Diamonds of the same shape and carat-weight can have different qualities of cut. The ideally cut diamond will appear brighter and more brilliant, while a poorly cut stone will not dazzle as well.
Carat-weight refers to the weight of the diamond. Higher the carat-weight, more will be the price of the diamond.
Most diamond retailers sell jewelry and diamonds certified by the Gemological Institute of America. A GIA certificate provides every relevant detail about the jewelry item, from carat-weight, cut quality, clarity grade, and color to current worth and appraisal. Moreover, a GIA certificate ensures that a diamond is genuine and graded properly.
Buy high quality jewelry at approachable prices from Barron’s Fine Jewelry.
Visit the store at 1850 Scenic Highway 100, Snellville, GA
Buyers from Alpharetta, Athens, Norcross, Duluth, Lawrenceville, and Sandy Springs, Georgia can expect the most accessible prices in the state at the store.