5 Important Questions to Ask Your Jeweler When Diamond Shopping
1.Why are certain diamonds on sale?
When diamond shopping, the cheapest diamond isn’t always the best value. Most of the time if a diamond is marked with a particularly low cost there’s a reason. And it’s probably not one you’d like to find out only after you take your diamond home.
Many diamond sellers, especially online, claim to have the lowest price diamonds ever. Yes, some of the do provide really cheap diamonds. Just remember most of the time you get what you pay for and diamonds aren’t the exception to that rule.
Usually, if you look closer at the diamonds they sell they have flaws that can cheapen the value or even the longevity of the diamond. Mostly this is a cutting mistake or a flaw in the proportions of the stone. Other times, the diamond has been laser enhanced or filled.
Ensure you get to view diamonds side by side. This is the best way to see the differences for yourself. Quality diamonds keep their value and are usually never marked down to rock-bottom prices.
Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
2. How much does size really matter?
The carat weight is a very important thing to consider when purchasing a diamond but isn’t the only thing you should consider. Many other things such as the cut, color, and clarity of your diamond can make your diamond just as beautiful as larger ones.
Finding yourself in a finical bind because of your Engagement Rings Dallas purchase isn’t romantic and never will be. It’s more likely to cause conflict in the future. Don’t let welling meaning friends or family push you into going over your budget. The same goes for a pushy salesperson. Decide your budget ahead of time and stick to it.
Long gone are the days where one should expect to spend two months salary on an engagement ring. Before coming to the store decide your budget and work from there. Many shops offer trade ins and the ability to upgrade your ring later. Be sure to ask is your jeweler offers these options.
3. How Can I Plan for The Future of My Engagement Ring?
Most reputable shops, offer exchanges and returns in case of changes of plans. Be sure to ask this question at the beginning of your diamond shopping experience. If the shop doesn’t offer exchanges you should look elsewhere.
Ensure you look into insurance incase your engagement ring ever gets lost or stolen. There’s nothing worse than investing in a sentimental piece and having it lost with immediate way of replacing it.
Ask about warranties too! Most, if not all, reputable jewelers offer their clients lifelong warranties if a ring is damaged due to a factory defect. This isn’t normal wear and tear. This means something happens to your ring, because the way it was crafted.
To cover the normal stuff like band resizing, securing lose stones, and cleaning and up keep of the ring ask if they offer a lifetime plan or any other sort of plan for the care and upkeep of your ring? If they do, you won’t regret opting into it.
4. Why do some diamonds sparkle more than others?
Knowing the 4Cs of diamond shopping ahead of time is important, but not all internet searches are made equal. While most sites will just inform you of the 4Cs: Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat, they won’t all tell you what’s really makes a diamond sparkle and shine.
It’s the cut! A better cut and expert craftsmanship of a diamond’s cut makes all the difference in the world.
Each diamond receives a grade after it’s cut. The five grades range from Excellent to Poor in the categories of: Grade, Polish, and Symmetry.
The grade of the cut attributes to its fire, brightness, and brilliance. Of course, the higher the grade the better. Polish and symmetry are graded by the craftmanship of the cut. They are a direct result of the makers ability to take the diamond out of the rush and into the brilliance of an engagement ring.
Ensure you compare diamonds of different grades, because beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
5. What do all of these terms mean?
Laser enhances, laser path, heat treated, or fracture filled. These aren’t words you want to hear your jeweler talk about when it comes to diamonds. If they use these words or you see them listed in a diamond’s description it may be in your best interest to turn around and walk out.
These techniques don’t just hurt the value of your diamond they effect its longevity too. Some of these techniques are literally just temporary fixes that some less reputable dealers use to move diamonds. Some of these stones can literally break apart without warning when the short-term fix wears off.
The law requires buyers to be notified of all of these procedures and techniques. Be sure to check your certificate for them as well.
If you have any questions about beginning your diamond shopping experience, contact us today. We’re happy to answer your questions and get you on the road to finding the diamond engagement ring of your dreams!