The four C’s is what anyone will tell you if you ask for advice on how to buy diamonds. But most people will draw a blank when you ask them to tell you what the four C’s stand for! You cannot afford not to know the four C’s when you’re going to buy diamonds. Buyers beware, so we’ve heard, but you should be especially careful and aware as a consumer before spending your hard-earned money on something as expensive as diamonds. Although gold remains the preferred choice of investment for storing wealth, people invest in diamonds nevertheless.
There was a book called “Acres of Diamonds” which told a story of a man who left his home and traveled around the world in the search of these gems. It seemed that after a short time he had spent all his life and used up all his resources trying to find the precious stones. But eventually he had no money left and died without finding any diamonds, but the story does not end there. The person who had brought his home went to the bottom of the garden, and in the stream he saw something shining in the water. After taking a closer look, he realized that he had found diamonds in the stream. So the sad thing was that the previous owner had sold his home and gone in the search of diamonds, but if he had only looked in his garden he would have found all the diamond price he could have dreamt of.
Over 2800 years ago, the first diamonds were mined in India. The stones mined today are very old – at least 900 million years old. The oldest diamond is documented as being over 3 billion years old. No two stones are alike. Diamonds are each entirely unique.
3) A ring with several smaller diamonds is less expensive than a single diamond with the same total carat weight. For example, three 0.50 carat diamonds will cost a fraction of what a single diamond weighing 1.50 carats. The same holds true for a 1.0-carat center stone with 0.25-carat diamonds on each side. If you want a finger full of diamonds with a limited budget, consider several diamonds rather than a solitaire.
The prices are highly competitive online because the operational costs are lower for online stores. Many online dealers sell their diamonds for less than they would in an actual store. You can also save on taxes if you get your purchase shipped to you from another state. Buying diamonds online is also very flexible. You can view a number of different diamonds, compare prices, and do research on the diamonds all within a few minutes. Even if you do not know much about diamonds, it is easy to learn with the internet at your fingertips.
Colour. The best colour (unless you are buying coloured diamonds, of course, see below) is no colour at all! Diamonds are catagorised from D to Z with D representing the finest, colourless stones.
Cut: The ‘culet’ is the tiny point at the bottom of the diamond. This should be of very negligible diameter, or else the light will go out from the bottom which decreases light being reflected from the diamond. In short we can say that the culet or the tapering end of the diamond should be as negligible as possible. The narrower the ‘culet’ the higher grade is the diamond.
Take your time when purchasing a diamond. The time you spend will likely save you money and you will be able to find the diamond of your dreams that is within your budget.