Buy a Certified Loose Diamond
If you are looking for a loose diamond, there are a few things to consider. First and foremost, make sure the ring is GIA certified. GIA stands for the Gemological Institute of America and is one of the most respected diamond grading labs in the industry. The loose diamond will be have the four C’s graded – cut, color, cart and clarity and the GIA will provide you with a statement listing all the details of the stone. You can be assured that your stone has passed certain guidelines and that you are buying a stone for the correct value.
Secondly, consider what type of stone will work best in the jewelry that you are considering. Are you considering a bracelet? A ring? A necklace? Would round, square, princess or another shape work best? How big of a stone should you look for? Do you need multiple stones? For a bracelet, it may be a good idea to look at many smaller stones that might have a slightly lower quality to them. If you’re thinking of an engagement ring, you may want to search for high quality stones that will really sparkle and shine and draw attention. If you are searching for many stones to be used in one piece of jewelry, make sure to find stones that are almost exact in color to assure symmetry in the stones when placed next to each other.
Thirdly, consider that no two stones are exactly alike. As an example, you may find two 1-carat stones of the same shape. One may be considerably less valuable than the other due to having a poorer clarity, or a more yellowish color to it. The more yellow the diamond is, the less valuable it is. To most people, though, the stones may look exactly alike. If you are on a strict budget, consider looking for a lower clarity or more yellow color.