White Gold Diamond Earrings Buying Guide

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White Gold Diamond Earrings Buying Guide

White gold diamond earrings are simple, elegant, and a timeless accessory which are worn with just about anything. Diamonds' clear and colourless characteristics allow them to be worn in many different ways, combined with any different metals, and as part of many types of jewellry. There is important information which a consumer should know before purchasing a pair of white gold diamond earrings. Knowing the size, shape, and, cut preference of the diamond is helpful in selecting which set to purchase. Not only is style preference important; since there are ways of imitating white gold and imitating diamonds, a buyer should do research.

A consumer should not only research the authorised seller, but should also be educated on the specifics of the diamond. Details to research about the diamond are inclusions or blemishes that affect the diamond's clarity grading and the material alloyed with gold to create the white-gold colour, in case of allergy. Finding the information needed is a good start when shopping for white gold diamond earrings,, and eBay is a great resource with an abundant selection to choose from.

Design Features

A pair of white gold diamond earrings is very precious to their owner whether they are a gift, a personal purchase, or a family heirloom. It would be disappointing if an earring was lost due to losing the back the earring. One design feature which prevents this from happening is the use of screw back fasteners for an extra sense of security that the earrings will not be lost. If white gold diamond earrings have screw backs, this also usually means that they are good quality pieces of jewellry. Another design feature which is used for a lot of white gold diamond earrings is prong settings. Prong settings are mostly used to hold solitaire diamonds in place and allow for light to enter around the diamonds. The light enhances the reflection and sparkle of the diamonds, showcasing their beauty.

The Diamond

The cost of a diamond is based off of specific characteristics. There are four different characteristics that are taken into consideration; three are quality elements: clarity, colour, and cut. These are matched together with the carat weight to define the value of a stone. The clarity is usually thought to factor most in determining the value of a diamond, but in regards to visual appearance, the cut and colour overpower clarity.

Carat Weight

Carat is the unit of measure or weight for all gemstones. One carat is subdivided into 100 'points' of two milligrammes each. Therefore, a 50 points is one half carat in weight or .50 carats.  The word 'carat' came from the Greeks, meaning carob seed, and it was used as a unit of weight in classical times. It is believed that carob seeds were used because each seed did not differ from the other in mass.

There are standard gem sizes used in most stone settings. The purpose of having a general sizing chart is so that the consumer can easily find a setting for the stone and will not need to purchase a custom setting, which is oftentimes pricey. The weight, shape, and size are represented in the table below and are general for diamonds only, as coloured stones usually cut with a greater volume than diamonds.

Rounds

Squares

Ovals

Size (mm)

Weight (carats)

Size (mm)

Weight (carats)

Size (mm)

Weight (carats)

5

.50

5

.75

5 x 3

.25

6

.75

6

1.3

6 x 4

.5

7

1.25

7

2.05

7 x 5

1.0

8

2.0

8

2.9

8 x 6

1.5

9

2.75

9

4.4

9 x 7

2.5

10

3.5

10

6.0

10 x 8

3.0

In the chart above, the varying weight in the different shapes for the same sizes of diamonds is displayed. These are not exact, but are a starting point for the consumer. This chart helps in choosing the weight, size, and shape of the stone in comparison to the setting the consumer has planned for it.

Diamond Clarity

The clarity of a diamond is determined by its inclusions and blemishes. Inclusions are the internal characteristics of the diamond, and blemishes are the surface features of the diamond. More specifically, the number, nature, position, size, and colour of the inclusions and blemishes are what determine the clarity. There are a number of different inclusions such as clouds, feathers, crystals or minerals, knots, cavities, cleavage, bearding, or laser lines. Types of blemishes include polish lines, grain boundaries, naturals, scratches, nicks, pits, chips, and breaks. All inclusions and blemishes are formed during the crystallisation process of the diamond. Other minerals close to the diamond and even other bits of carbon which form more quickly can become an inclusion.

The scale for measuring the clarity of a diamond ranges from pure to heavily included. An experienced grader uses a 10x magnifier to view and grade the diamond. The easier it is to see inclusions and blemishes the lower grade it receives. The chart below outlines the grading system scale used.

Category

Flawless

Internally Flawless

Very Very Slightly Included

Very Slightly Included

Slightly Included

Included

Grade

FL

IF

VVS-1 | VVS-2

VS-1 | VS-2

S-1 | S-2

I-1 | I-2 | I-3

There are six categories and eleven grades in the diamond clarity grading scale. All are viewed under a 10x magnifier. The Flawless (FL) category diamond has no inclusions and no visible blemishes. The Internally Flawless category (IF) means that the diamond has no inclusions, but has some small blemishes on the surface. The Very Very Slightly Included category (VVS) is divided into two grades. One grading is slightly higher than the other, but both have minute inclusions which are difficult to see. The Very Slightly Included (VS) category is also divided into two grades. One is higher than the other, but both have minor inclusions which are somewhat easy to see under 10x magnification. 

The Slight Included category (SI) is divided into two grades and in both, the diamond has noticeable inclusions which are easy to see under magnification. Finally, the Included category (I) category is divided into three grades. All three grades have obvious inclusions that are visible without magnifications and that threaten the durability of the stone. An I1 diamond has inclusions which are seen by the naked eye, an I2 diamond has inclusions which are easily seen, and an I3 diamond  has large inclusions.

Diamond Colour

A diamond is usually thought to be clear and colourless, but there is a grading system for the colour of a diamond, as there is for the clarity. The colour of a diamond ranges from a rating of "D", having no colour at all, to "Z", deeply coloured. The scale goes from "D" to "Z" with classifications of colourless, near colourless, slightly tinted, very light yellow, light yellow, yellow, and light fancy. After "Z", the colours are vivid and rich and are classified as 'fancy colours'. There are master stones, which diamonds are compared to and graded based on their difference from the master stones. Oftentimes, a colorimeter is used for colour grading.

Diamond Cut

The cut of a diamond is the last of the four Cs to consider when choosing a diamond. This is what has the most effect on the sparkle and brilliance of a diamond. Clarity grading is very important, but if a diamond is not cut properly then it does not have the eye catching quality which most consumers want in their diamonds. There is grading for the cut of a diamond, just as there is for the clarity and colour. The grading scale for cuts starts with "1+" to "1" and goes up to "8". The different categories include excellent, good, average, commercial, and irregular. These categories are based on a diamond's overall appearance. http://www.hwgem.com/diascale.htm

Diamond Shape

The are a number of different shapes which diamonds are cut into. Most shoppers have a preferred shape in mind, but do not know the name of the shape. The most well-known shapes for diamonds are round brilliant, oval, marquise (oval with pointed ends), pear, heart, emerald (rectangle with cut corners), princess (square), trilliant (triangle), radiant (square or rectangle with round corners), and cushion cut. Choosing which shape to purchase is purely based on taste and that varies from consumer to consumer.

White Gold

White gold is an alloy of gold with at least one white metal. Nickel, which in the past was a popular metal used to create white gold, commonly causes allergic reactions and therefore is now rarely used. The properties of white gold depend on which metal is used and how much of it, but it still uses carats for the purity level.

White Gold vs. Platinum

White gold is an alloy of yellow gold and other metals, while platinum is a naturally occurring metal. For all intents and purposes, white gold looks the same and serves the same purpose as platinum. Platinum is oftentimes more expensive, as it is one of the most expensive metals. Along with being used for jewellry, it is an industrial commodity and therefore its price is more volatile than gold. Platinum is also heavier than white gold and for the purpose of diamond earrings, white gold is a better choice.

How to Buy White Gold Diamond Earrings on eBay

There is a sizeable selection of white gold diamond earrings to choose from on eBay. The collection ranges in different sizes, shapes, colours, and even styles. To browse through the assortment of earrings that eBay has to offer, visit the eBay homepage. If you know the specifics of the earrings you are searching for, simply type descriptive keywords into the search bar. For example, if you are looking for diamond earrings, type that in; you will then be taken to a page with all diamond earrings available for purchase. You can narrow down your search from the categories menu, by selecting specific options such as white gold for the metal type. Once you have made all of your specifications you can browse through the selections available on eBay.

Remember to always research the seller of your item before purchasing. You can peruse seller feedback as well as provide your own to help others in their future purchases. Keep in mind other considerations, such as the return policy of the seller and whether or not he or she has sold similar items to other consumers. Knowing everything possible about a seller helps in making wise purchase decisions and benefits the consumer, as well as the authorised seller. 

Conclusion

The classic sophistication of a diamond will never change and therefore white gold diamond earrings will always be chic and stylish. The perfect gift or the perfect purchase can be passed down from one generation to the next. Though the clarity is ever changing, the colour and cut is carried on from one owner to the next. It is beneficial to be an educated consumer with anything, let alone a possession which lasts a lifetime. Though a good amount of what goes into a decision about diamonds lies in style preference, there is more to consider in purchasing white gold diamond earrings. A shopper who is aware of the considerable aspects of buying a set is one step ahead of the game. The different grading is an important aspect and should be shared with a buyer in order to make an informed decision. A consumer looking to buy a set of white gold diamond earring needs to look no further than eBay, as its selection is extensive enough to find the perfect match.

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