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The Importance Of Viewing Your Diamond In Person

Are you considering buying a diamond? Diamonds as we all know are a girl’s best friend and a symbol of eternity. They are expensive so browsing online as if shopping for household products removes the romance of the purchase and also not something we would recommend. The process can be complicated if you are not aware of the key factors that affect how the diamond looks and its cost. Visiting a jewellers gives you the opportunity to look at various stones and get a better understanding of what factors need to be taken into account before your purchase. You are then in a position to make an educated decision by yourself.

Set up in 1931, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is a non- profit institute and the worlds leading authority on diamonds. They developed the 4C’s, the global standard for grading diamonds. A certificate is provided for each diamond certifying the diamond’s colour, cut, clarity, and carat. The certificate is essentially a guarantee that you are buying a quality stone. However the certificate alone is not enough when making your decision as you will have no idea how the diamond will sparkle on your partner’s hand.

Clarity should always be checked in person. A diamond may be graded Si1 but an Si2 may be more pleasing to the eye. In some cases an Si2 may have more inclusions which are in fact white so they cannot be seen whereas the Si1 has fewer inclusions but some are black, therefore more visible. This is impossible to actually know unless you see the real thing before you purchase.

GIA certificates can give you an idea on paper of what you are purchasing but realistically a diamond’s size, colour, clarity can only be fully appreciated when seen in person and when compared with other diamonds. The price of diamonds can differ significantly often due to factors that are undetectable to the naked eye. Other times a higher graded diamond may not necessarily look better than a lower graded diamond and therefore it is unwise to spend more money on a diamond with a higher grade unless you can confirm it looks better. Viewing various diamonds with the help of a Commin’s & Co diamond specialist, who will explain the flaws or brilliance of each diamond, ensures that you are truly informed about your options. It is impossible to replicate how a diamond truly looks other than when seeing it live. This is how you will see the diamond thereafter, so it is important to choose the diamond this way.