One of the first things to remember when purchasing a diamond is that it is better to buy the stone unmounted, so that you may freely examine it from every direction. As every diamond is unique, it must be seen from every angle. If you find a beautiful stone that is already in a lovely setting, you still don't know what kind of diamond you have under the setting. And so when you turn to look for a diamond you should buy from a jeweler who is accessible and knowledgeable. As a buyer you lack the knowledge of the price the jeweler is payimg for the diamond in front of you, and you have only your untrained eye.
You need to trust your jeweler as from a reputable establishment. This is aside from bargains that can be found at estate sales, auctions, yard sales that can some times reveal a valuable gemstone or diamond amongst the piles of costume jewelery. At those you should expect that you are buying on an as is basis, and the item may not be in fact what it was claimed to be. But as you ascend into the wider world of diamonds from reputable gemologists and jewelers, you need a gemologist or jeweler to guide you to an understanding of the world of diamonds. It is more the case that if you are travelling abroad you take care that you are sure of the credibility of the dealer you are asking questions to. Remember there is a point system and you want to know what the point value is of various samples of gemstones or diamonds.
After you examine the stone, whether you would pay that much more for the next higher diamond, for example a 50 point stone compared to a 70 point stone. In this range you would need to make use of a loupe, the small magnifying glass that can magnify to a power of ten. This power of ten magnification has become somewhat the holy grail of diamond measurement. For even though magnification has been long possible far beyond ten, and picking up flaws and imperfections. The accepted customs remains: if the diamond is flawless to a magnification of ten, it is said to be flawless. Again, fraudulent dealers could hide a flaw in a setting and sell it as an antique, hiding small flaws.
The second item of importance is in asking the right questions. You must not allow yourself to be intmidated by the glamour of the stone or the setting. Ask direct questioms about the point and carat count of the diamond at hand, and ask to compare a number of different point diamonds. Ask if you may use the loupe to examine a diamond yourself. Ask as many specific questions as you can, with any stone a carat or more. Less than a carat may not be able to trace or verify it. Be sure that the jeweler seems to satisfy you with his or her grasp and range of knowldge about gemstones and diamonds. Any experienced jeweler should be able to tell much about a stone more than half a carat and more.
It is also vital to have whatever claim is made about the diamond be written ihto the legal bill of sale. In this way, if you have reason to question anything about your purchase you have it on record. Ask about a full refund if you are not satisfied, and be sure it is not a store credit, but a full refund. This must be written into the contrsct at the time of purchase and before your signature. The fourth way is to verify the facts with a gemologist or diamond appraiser. This is important to do, to confirm that what you have purchased is worth the price. You want to beware of bargains as well, they are rarely as advertised, and to imagine you would get a guarantee could be questionable. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
If you follow these four rules you should not be subject to misrepresentation or fraud. Above all, beware haste or the promise of something at a bargain price, and particularly if there is a time offer special unless it is a timed auction. How one firm may measure or make claims may not be common kknowledge, but reputable jewelers are definitely available.Yoou want to question whether wholesale price is really wholesale, or discounted diamonds with hidden flaws. Remember that it is human nature to be drawn that which glitters, and diamonds top that exclusive list of sparkling items we could cherish.
You do need to take these four steps that will keep you on course: find a reputable jeweler/gemstone shop, ask the right questions, get it in writing, and have it verified by a certified gemologist or diamond appraiser. You need to also be wary when you are not assured that you can return the stone. Armed with this evidence of the real value of your chosen stone, you should be able to be a wiser and well informed buyer of a magnicent diamond.
Derek Dashwood finds the study of diamonds and gemstones fascinating and how one small stone can take your breath away at diamonds and gemstones