dinsdag 3 mei 2011

Checking Loose Diamonds for starters





Chances are you’ve heard that when you buy loose diamonds you will get extremely good deals - which is certainly true. Most jewelers do exactly the same thing, and if you want you can get one of them to then satisfy your diamond within whatever bit of jewelry you desire.



Of course, should you intend to buy loose diamonds you need to know a little bit about evaluating them. Otherwise, you’re going to have no idea precisely what is considered valuable and what isn’t - and can very well become taken for any ride.



If you’re just starting out, the first thing that you have to know about evaluating loose diamonds is that you’re going to be investigating four factors in particular, and they are:



• Color


• Cut


• Clarity


• Carat



Here is the terminology that refers to and describes loose diamonds, and thus you’d better begin to familiarize yourself with it.



Firstly, the ‘color’ of loose diamonds basically simply identifies what hue it's. As you can well imagine, the most expensive diamonds are those that are completely clear and colorless, as they produce essentially the most brilliant gleams and tend to be considered probably the most ‘pure’.



That being said, you will find loose diamonds in this range from various hues of brown to yellow, and even some shades of white. Stones that seem to be ‘milky’ are mostly likely impure and generally far lesser value.



Conversely, the ‘cut’ of loose diamonds is solely in line with the artisan who shaped the stone. Still, it's of extreme importance taking into consideration the cut of the diamond is the thing that will see how much light is absorbed, and thus how brightly it sparkles. Diamonds which may have many facets which might be cut brilliantly are really valuable indeed.



‘Clarity’ of loose diamonds 's what determines how pure these are. In general, the purity of diamonds is denoted with all the letters F (Flawless), VVS (Very Very Slightly included), VS (Very Slightly included), SI (Slightly Included) and that i (Included).



In such cases ‘included’ means what number of imperfections it provides, such as flecks that deteriorate its value. Stones with multiple visible flecks, chips, cracks, and the like should be avoided.



Last and surely not least, the ‘carat’ of loose diamonds is how heavy it is (and therefore its size). As you can well imagine, greater and heavier the diamond - greater valuable it can be, even when buying loose diamonds.



Now that you understand the factors which can be used to evaluate loose diamonds you should at least have some idea of what to look for when you go out there and try to purchase some. Always look carefully at diamonds, if at all possible through a specialized magnification device . so that you can spot perhaps the tiniest details.

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