Noble Diamonds Guide to Buying Diamonds

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     At one point in every mans life there will come a time when he finds his true love. When this time comes he will want to do the most natural thing known to his heart and prove his undying love to her with a physical possession that symbolizes and pays tribute to that love. But unknowingly, he will also make his step into a world of smoke and mirrors with more information that one should have to process.

     If your reading this guide, odds are you've probably read a few. Perhaps you have a friend in the know or your local Jeweler is friendly enough to take a little time from his busy day to explain matters somewhat and offer advice. You most likely know about the 5Cs (4 according to some sources), Cut/Colour/Carat/Clarity/Certification. Essentialy these are the 5 determining factors that will significantly increase or decrease the value of a Diamond. Let's take a look at these different factors.

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Cut

Here shown is a picture containing the majority of cuts. The round Brilliant cut is the most popular cut that a Diamond can boast. However, when determining the value of a Diamond we do not just look at the shape but the actual cut! How well has the cut, the symmetry and the polish contributed to the diamonds final beauty?
Most retailers will use their own variation system ranging from Poor to Best.
Who started this alphabet without A,B and C?
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Colour

Diamonds are graded for their colour naturally acquired through their time buried away. This Colour ranges from D being the whitest and then Ascending alphabetically to Z being the fanciest in colour. Both opposites of the spectrum command a premium as late trends have driven the demand for fancy yellow demands sky high.
The bigger the Diamond the lighter the wallet
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Carat

A diamond’s weight is measured in carats, and there are 100 points to each carat. Therefore, a diamond that weighs 75 points would be three-quarters of a carat. The term Carat references to a Diamonds weight and not "how big it is". Indeed, many mistakenly believe that how many carats a diamond possesses dictates how much it weighs. This is somewhat true when dealing with a solitaire Diamond as there is only one Diamond holding all the mentioned weight. However a 1.00TCW (Total carat Weight) Diamond ring featuring 50 small stones all around it will still be called a "1ct Diamond ring". NB: Because of the variations in cuts and how well the cut is made, 2 solitaire Diamonds of identical certificated proportions could under the naked eye look considerably different.
The purer the diamond, the more brilliant.
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Clarity

The greater a diamond’s clarity, the more brilliant, valuable and rare it is. Practically all Diamonds contain traces, yet many are invisible to the naked eye. Under the scrutiny of a microscope, natural phenomena, called inclusions, may be seen. How many inclusions a Diamond possesses will determine its clarity rating. At the bottom of the ladder we find the PK Diamond, a heavily included visible under the naked eye diamond will multiple traces smothering it. These stones are so poor in quality that they do not appear on most charts. Instead, the chart begins with I and follows the following: (Descending in Quality)
  • Included 1/2/3: A stone with obvious inclusions revealed without a loupe.
  • Slighty Included 1/2/3: A stone featuring a few inclusions that generally require scrutiny under the naked eye to reveal.
  • Very Slightly Included 1/2: A stone with not many inclusions, perhaps a few dots not lines that will be near to impossible to see without a loupe.
  • Very very slightly included 1/2: A stone with the tinyest of inclusions, nigh impossible for the untrained eye to detect even with the assistance of a loupe.
  • Internally Flawless: A Diamond without any visible traces within its structure.
  • Flawless A Diamond without any visible trace within or surrounding its structure.
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Certification

One of the more looked over points but one of the most crucial. The certificate is the proof that your Diamond is indeed real and not a high imitation Fakes Never part with money without seeing a certificate and possibly a lazer tag security measure to accompany it. Without this you may also be unknowingly purchasing Blood Diamonds. There are multiple reputable Grading laboratories around the world. To list a few, HRD, IGI, GIA, EGL etc...
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Budget

Diamonds hold a naturally intrinsic Value but their worth is determined predominantly by the prior mentioned factors. Other factors that determine a Diamonds worth include: Its origin, If a signature cutter has cut it, The company or brokers own fees etc... To help you determine which Diamond is right for you based upon your budget you will have to play with the Scales of the 5Cs and see which areas you are comfortable compromising. Perhaps it's all about the size and you care little for how sparkly it is, or It might be the clarity and how clear it is instead of the colour? Regardless of your personal preferences there is a Diamond that is right for your budget and tastes but remember, if you tip all the scales up you might have to mortgage your home.
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The bottom Line

"Hang on just one second there! You've offered us "yet another Diamond buying guide" which has left us still a little miffed and unsure about purchasing a diamond. Oh and there are some diamonds which are suitable as investments not simply gemstones for our wives to be??"

I do apologize about that but I'm just covering the tip of the iceberg, there is so much more to be known about Diamonds that it would require a book (or a library) to cover each and every point. So perhaps it's better to leave the stone selection to the traders in the know who have a few generations behind them to pass on the trade (Yours truly, at your service) at which point the ultimate guide for buying a Diamond can be resumed by a simple sentence: "Is it beautiful?" If the answer is "yes", and you are buying responsibly with certification, all you need to ask yourself is if this is the Diamond for you. You'll know when it's
                                                                                                "The one"
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