How To Select A White Diamond

Apr 8 14:33 2021 Ashish Sukhadiya Print This Article

  White diamonds are renowned for their glamour and versatility. They portray a special luminance as rays of light shimmer on its surface and melt the hearts of its admirers. This unique quality tran...

White diamonds are renowned for their glamour and versatility. They portray a special luminance as rays of light shimmer on its surface and melt the hearts of its admirers. This unique quality transcends into an inexplicable and timeless attraction from different people globally. As such,Guest Posting they have dorned several uses over time as both ornamental and ceremonial components of society.

However, despite their matchless beauty, the diamond selection process can be daunting and painful for prospecting clients.

As a buyer, I’d think that the primary questions running through your mind are how do I select the perfect diamond? What are the best features to look out for to make the best of my budget? How do I avoid being ripped off? Where can I find the best diamond dealer that understands my needs and can facilitate my process?

And yes, I know that despite the wide range of information on the internet, many of the articles available present information in jargon, creating even more confusion around the diamond selection process.

Does this description match your challenge?

Well, here's what you should do and look out for.

Guiding Properties for Diamond Selection

Firstly, it is imperative to understand that while research into diamonds and other gemstones is conducted by various institutions globally, the standard grading you should know and follow is that offered by the gemological Institute of America or GIA. Through their research, we earn the prominent 4Cs of diamond selection and grading. These are a diamond’s Clarity, Colour, Cut and Carats.

Knowledge of the 4Cs coupled with an understanding of your needs and requirements will make the selection process smoother. However, they are not the only factors for consideration. We’ll discuss the extra factors in time. Now, let's familiarize with the 4Cs and how they impact your decision.

COLOR

As a definitive guide on how to select a white diamond, it is only fitting to begin with color. In this case,color refers to how clear a diamond is, with the properties ranging from colorless to toned.

Specifically, white diamonds are graded on a color scale starting at D, being completely colorless; E-F which are nearly colorless but color flaws are distinguishable by a qualified gemmologist; G-H where color differences can be noticed when compared against a better quality diamond all the way to grade N-Z where the diamonds color is noticeable to your naked eye.

When weighing color against price, it would be okay to choose category E-F which are relatively cheaper than category D, while being indistinguishable from them. How a diamond is cut also influences the kind you select.

CUT

Diamonds are cut with high precision to ensure their value is maintained. Cuts also affect the diamond’s general appearance, in terms of shape and form, where the arising surfaces influence its reflectivity or interaction with light. The more the facets a diamond has, the more the more reflective it will be. As more of the allure of a diamond stems from how it glitters, the cuts become a critical component of the selection process.

The most prominent type of cut is the round brilliant cut. Over the years, this type of cut has been used for engagement rings hence its popularity among social circles. However, there are other types such as the princess cut for engagement rings, cushion cut which offers a unique novel antique feel and the oval cut.

Selection of the type of cut depends on individual preferences for shape.

CLARITY

Overall, the clarity of a diamond references the presence of or absence of inclusions (flaws arising from the formation of diamond or from poor cutting). When buying a diamond, ensuring high clarity is of essence to ensure higher quality. A trained gemologist is able to assess a diamond’s clarity based on the position of occurence of blemishes, their relative sizes and observable characteristics. However, you can achieve near similar accuracy by paying attention to the the Gemological Institute of America’s categories of diamonds based on the inclusions or blemishes. These have been systematically organized into six distinct groups.

From their diamond clarity scale, a buyer should opt for the flawless or near flawless diamonds as they have no imperfections on their surface. These are however relatively expensive hence the choice to opt for diamonds in either the very very small inclusions (VVS1 or VVS2) categories. As the flaws are only visible under magnification, these are a better alternative for some buyers due to the cost saving effect.

CARAT

Often, people confuse the term carat to mean the diamond’s size. In truth, carat is the unit of measurement for weight of gems. Cross referencing carat as a unit of weight to the British system, 1 carat is equal to approximately 0.2 grams. Only, when measuring diamonds, the carats are allocated based on a point system such that the size of a diamond doesn't necessarily imply an increase in weight.

For a prospecting buyer, understanding that size doesn't mean more carats could be a useful tool to getting a desired size at a lower cost. The decision on type should include a clear consideration of the other Cs as well.

As mentioned, while the 4Cs are critical to choosing a white diamond, they are not the only considerations that ought to be put in place or considered.

 

The buyer should also consider:

 

The genuinity of the diamonds

In order to make sure that the diamonds are not from conflict areas and are genuine, a buyer should look for a certification from the GIA. The certificate will indicate the quality and grade of diamonds being sold.

Genuinity of the seller

When dealing with a knowledgeable and licensed diamond dealership, the quality of service is bound to be higher. Quality dealerships recruit licensed gemologists that ascertain value. For instance, buying from Gemone diamonds, either through their website or shops would guarantee unmatched quality of diamonds and service.

The intended use

Different diamond shapes and sizes have different uses. By clearly considering the potential use, the selection process becomes easier. This also influences the subsequent design and styling processes.

Budget

When scouting for the perfect diamond for your occasion, the money in your bank is a key consideration. Rather than compromise on quality, you can adjust the parameters under the 4Cs to meet your limits.

 

These considerations, you should be able to select a white diamond from a genuine jeweller with limited problems. Remember to consider and adjust the 4Cs to meet your needs.

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Ashish Sukhadiya
Ashish Sukhadiya

Ashish is second generation entrepreneur belong to diamond family business. Sukhadiya’s are in the diamond Industry since 1961. Being second generation business entrepreneur in Luxury entrepreneur, the passion for quality, perfection and integrity come naturally to him. He bring his family business from offline to online business world. He owns the Gemone Diamond: leading black & white (small colorless diamonds) manufacturer from India.

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