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How to Ensure You Buy a Valuable Diamond

Oct 11, 2007
Certification of gemstones is an important consideration when buying jewellery. A large trade in gem-grade diamonds and other gemstones exists. Gemstones can be sold already set in jewelry, or as is increasingly popular, sold unset. There are a number of important considerations when buying diamonds and it is therefore important to ensure that proper certification is obtained.

In the last two decades there has been a proliferation of certification, not only for diamonds but for gemstones as well. After all when you want to sell the diamond the new owner will want a certification from you. If the seller is unwilling to supply a certification with the diamond then he may not be telling the truth and you should find someone who will. Insist on a certification before procuring a diamond for investment purposes. Although certification can provide certainty and clarity, each laboratory has its own methodology to evaluate gemstones; grading experience is different and depending on the certification required each laboratory approaches these issues differently.

Diamonds are specifically renowned as a material with superlative physical qualities such as their hardness and brilliance. A diamond's gem quality, which is not as dependent on material properties as industrial applications, has invited both imitation and the invention of procedures to enhance the gemological properties of natural diamonds. Some of these procedures make the diamond appear bigger but greatly reduce the sparkle and other positive qualities of the diamond. Nevertheless a diamond is commonly cut and polished to produce a high appearance of these qualities. Borazon, ultra hard fullerite, or aggregated diamond nanorods, enables a diamond to hold a polish extremely well and retain their lustre.

The production and distribution of diamonds is largely consolidated in the hands of a few key players, and concentrated in traditional diamond trading centers. In contrast to precious metals, there is no universal world price per gram for diamonds. Unless you are a trained jeweler you will not have the ability to determine if the quality of the diamond is matched to its purchase price. As diamonds in larger sizes become increasingly rare and valuable, any easily visible and readily understood pricing system has been hard to establish. Some of the price jumps are related to marketing and consumer expectations rather than their intrinsic value. Diamonds are expensive and knowledge is needed to make a wise buy that will retain or even increase in value over time. As diamonds in larger sizes become increasingly rare and valuable, any easily visible and readily understood pricing system has been awkward to establish.

The greatest thing about internet shopping is that it gives people options that stores cant provide. It would take hours, or even days, to do the same thing going from store to store. Choose style over price however ensure that you obtain value for your money. Just because you buy diamonds and other gemstones on the internet more cheaply than from offline jewellery stores this does not mean that you should forget certification. Insist on a certification before buying a diamond for investment and personal reasons.
About the Author
Amanda King is a marketer who supplies a variety of consumer products and operates an informational
fashion site Visit these sites for a range of fashion accessories. She provides certificates of
authenticity for all jewelry3 items
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