If you are considering purchasing a diamond then you should first take a look at a reputable online diamond dealer who will be happy to give you information on what to look for and can often offer a cheaper price than the high street retailers too.
The weight or size of a diamond is measured in carats and very often a stone’s value is judged by its size, but you really need to consider its clarity as well as its size. If a diamond has inclusions (marks on its surface) then where they lie, their size and their type affect the value of a stone, no matter what its size. If inclusions are slight however and not visible to the naked eye, then these do not detract from the value of the stone.
The colour of a diamond can also be a determinant of its scarcity value and colourless diamonds in particular are extremely rare. At the other end of the spectrum, there are coloured diamonds which are highly prized, which are larger in size, sell for very high prices and are snatched up by collectors around the world.
The way that a diamond is cut is extremely important. Brilliant round cut diamonds are cut with fifty eight facets and a good cut is determined by the stone’s light reflecting properties and dispersion. Diamonds can get quite technical, but do not get too worried by the detail. You can pick up a lot of information and see much detail just looking round a website as well as getting a great price.
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