Guide to Buying Diamonds
How to buy a diamond is a guide to help you learn more about diamond shapes, cut, color, clarity, and carat weight.
Popular Diamond Shapes
The most popular shapes are asscher, emerald, heart, marquise, oval, pear, princess, radiant, and round. Simply ask the bride or soon to be bride what diamond shape she prefers.
Beauty of a diamond depends on the quality of the cut or make. As a guide:
Ideal Cut - The best, when price does not matter.
Excellent Make - Good balance between beauty and quality.
Good Make - You get a larger stone for your money.
Poor Make - Not recommended.
Choosing a Color
Diamonds have a range of color, from colorless to shades of yellow. As a guide:
Colorless - Most precious and rare.
D - The best, when price does not matter. Colorless.
E, F - Less expensive but still colorless.
G, H - Less expensive with good color.
H, I, J - Larger stone for your money. Near colorless appearance, almost white.
K, L, M - Faint yellow tint color.
All diamonds have flaws called inclusions. As a guide, the following clarity grades:
Internally Flawless (IF) - The best, when price does not matter.
VVS1 and VVS2 - Cannot see the flaws even under a loupe.
VS1 and VS2 - Flawless to the naked eye, and very little flaws seen under a loupe.
SI1 and SI2 - Flawless to the naked eye.
I1 - Still sparkles.
I2 and I3 - Lowest clarity grade. Fragile and lacks sparkle and beauty.
Carat Weight of Diamonds
Popular diamond sizes are 1/2-carat, 1-carat, and 2-carat diamonds. Size is an important factor in the price of a diamond, but not necessarily in determining the beauty of a diamond stone.
When buying a diamond, focus more on beauty than size. As a buying guide:
Buy Diamonds Online
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