When you decide to make a big purchase such as a diamond, there are a few things you need to bear in mind. After all, deciding that you want to buy a diamond is a big deal. There are many things that you need to know before you make the purchase and many items to check off of your list before you sign on the dotted line. Purchasing a diamond is not simply something you do on a whim. It is a planned decision, and setting yourself up to make that decision happen in the best way you can is important. Becoming an educated buyer increases your satisfaction with your diamond purchase because you will be able to know for certain that you are getting all that your money is worth when you do make that purchase. Here are a few steps to go through before you finally decide on the right diamond for you:
1. Trusting your diamond dealer is, of course, the most important step you can take before purchasing a diamond. You should not trust this kind of a purchase with anyone other than someone that you feel very comfortable with. There is no sense in making a purchase from a diamond dealer or a jeweler that you feel uncomfortable with. After all, after your initial purchase you will still see them frequently for cleanings and maintenance on your diamond. Feeling comfortable working with them is the key to your success in your diamond owning life; you should be able to trust that you will be taken care of when you work with them.
2. “Loupe” your diamond before you buy it. Many people do not know the term “loupe” or even that they should be doing this before they make a diamond purchase, but this step is critical because it will, again, increase your confidence in your purchase. A loupe is a magnifying tool that increases your ability to take a good hard look at your diamond. Every diamond is going to have imperfections, or “inclusions”, so you need to be comfortable with what your diamond looks like up close, lest you risk disappointment down the road. Plus, once you know what these imperfections look like, you will be better able to select a setting that will make that diamond look the best it can!
3. Buy a certified diamond. This means that your diamond has been checked by an independent lab with professional diamond graders who can give you the most accurate reading on your stone. These diamond graders know diamonds, and you can trust them to grade your diamond accurately.
4. Buy loose diamonds rather than diamonds that are preset. First, picking out your own setting will help you pick the setting that best compliments the diamond you are choosing. Second, when you buy a loose diamond, you will get a better picture of what is underneath the diamond rather than getting surprised later on.
5. Finally, buy the diamonds that you love. No matter what, go with your gut and buy the diamond the you fall in love with.