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What to look for when buying antique or estate diamond jewelry

Jun 6, 2008
Summary: When buying antique or estate jewelry, it's important to keep in mind the all-important four Cs but you should also be aware of whether you're buying a true antique or just a piece of estate jewelry.

When buying antique or estate jewelry, there's more to keep in mind than just the four Cs (cut, color, clarity and carat weight ). You've got to know whether you're purchasing an actual antique or simply an estate piece. So consider two more Cs: cost and credibility.

Cut: Cut is one of the most important considerations when buying a diamond. The way in which a gemstone is cut affects its appearance and its durability - as well as its value. Diamonds are generally cut into shapes that best accentuate clarity and brilliance. Most common shapes for diamonds are brilliant (round), baguette, marquise, oval, pear and princess (square) cuts.

Color: Diamonds range in color grades starting from D through to Z. Many diamonds appear to be white (or colorless), but they may contain traces of other elements that impart slight yellowish or brownish tints. Color variants among diamonds in the D-F range are often very slight. Stones as far along the scale as G are still largely clear; but the further you get from a D rating, the deeper the color concentration.

Sometimes, diamonds occur naturally in a variety of colors: blues, bright yellows, greens, pinks - even vivid reds. These "fancy" diamonds are extremely rare, expensive and highly valuable.

Clarity: Clarity refers to the size and overall number of inclusions or minor imperfections within a diamond. Most of these inclusions are traces of carbon that didn't get crystallized during the formation of the diamond. The majority of inclusions are undetectable by the naked eye; the average consumer would need a microscope (and probably a trained jeweler to point them out) in order to see them.

The more inclusions in a diamond, the greater the interference with light dispersion; this diminishes the brilliance of the gem. Large or numerous inclusions will also decrease a stone's value. The converse is also true: The fewer or smaller the inclusions, the more valuable the diamond.

Diamonds are rated by clarity under 10x magnification. Diamonds rated IF contain only external flaws, which may be removed by additional polishing. Inclusions in VVS1- and VVS2-rated diamonds are "very, very slight." VS1- and VS2-rated diamonds have "very slight" inclusions. The inclusions in SI1- and SI2-rated stones are "slight"; and the I1- I2- and I3-rated stones have imperfections large enough to be visible to the unaided eye.

Carat Weight: Diamonds are measured in carats; this measurement refers to weight - not size, shape or diameter. One carat may be divided into units of 100 points; therefore, a 3/4-carat diamond is described as being 75 points or 0.75 carat. The larger the diamond, the more expensive it is, per carat; a single 1-carat diamond will cost more than two half-carat diamonds.

Cost & Credibility: The better the quality of your diamond, the more it is worth. But don't assume you're getting a valuable diamond because it's pricy. This is where credibility is crucial. Are you buying this diamond from a reputable dealer? Are you really getting what the dealer says you're getting? Is this ring an "antique" or is it really just "estate" (a fancy term for pre-owned) jewelry? The best way to know for sure is by knowing your jeweler. To get the best quality for your dollar - from a trustworthy dealer with years of experience - visit Estate Diamond Jewelry. All they do is estate and antique jewelry.
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