NEED TO KNOW: DIAMOND COST
It is no secret that diamonds are a substantial, and valuable, purchase. You might put just as much thought into buying a diamond as you would a car or piece of art – especially if that diamond is destined to take centre stage in an engagement ring or wedding band. So, cost will of course be a very important part of your decision. You want value, quality and beauty – and to know that your money has been well spent. By understanding the makeup of a diamond and how cost is affected by various concerns, you will see that you can find a diamond that fits both your budget and your taste.
There are many things to consider when it comes to buying a diamond – some essential, and some that can be adjusted according to your requirements. What is key is to identify which considerations you value the most, and how the available specifications can be manipulated to accommodate a level of compromise that you are happy with. There’s no need to be confused or daunted by the wide variety of diamonds and combinations of qualitative factors available. Once you know the basics, and have the help you need from a trusted jeweller, it will be easy – and fun! Remember that you are buying an investment item that will bring pleasure and gratification to your loved ones for many, many years.
Keep in mind, too, that while grading certifications can and should be used to judge the quality of a diamond, each stone is unique. One specimen within the same band as another may be slightly better quality as it comes in a little closer to the classification cut-off point. Or, it might win out in one category, but be trumped in another. Grading labels come on a sliding scale, so you must see the diamond in person to truly judge its worth. Moreover, fluctuations in price occur due to a diamond’s origin and the health of the market, so stones with almost identical specifications may be valued differently simply for these reasons. View a variety of stones and make up your own mind about what appeals.