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Loose Diamonds - Understanding what you Need to Know before You Buy

By Alexandra Gulkin Subscribe to RSS | May 1st 2012 | Views:

You have two options when you buy diamonds. You can buy diamonds already set into a piece of jewelry, or you can choose to buy Loose Diamonds and have them set into a custom piece of your own choice and/or design. Finding high quality loose diamonds can actually be easier than finding high quality set diamonds because an appraiser can have an easier time looking at the whole lose diamond than they can looking at a diamond that is blocked off, to some degree, by an existing setting.

If you're in the market for Loose Diamonds, there are a number of different things that you should consider. For many people, the most important is that the diamonds be certified. Certified Loose Diamonds have a number of benefits. A certified diamond is registered, which means there is a less likelihood that it was stolen, in addition, a certified diamond is unlikely to be a conflict diamond. Lastly, Certified Diamonds from an authority source ensures that you're really getting the high quality diamond that the seller claims it to be.

The two main authorities for rating and certifying loose diamonds are the GIA and the AGS. The GIA or Gemological Institute of America is the lab that all other labs are compared to. They are the top dogs in the diamond industry and a certification from them is about the best you can get. The AGS or American Gem Society was the first lab in the world to grade cuts and are known for the perfect cut in general. Many experts believe that the AGS rates some slightly lower quality diamonds higher than they should, but overall they do an excellent job when it comes to certification.

In addition to the importance of the certification for your Loose Diamonds, you'll also want to ensure that the size and shape are appropriate for your needs. For diamonds, size is rated by carat. One carat is the equivalent of 200 milligrams in weight. No one but you can decide how big you want your diamonds to be.

The shape of your diamonds is also something that is completely up to you. The princess shape is very popular because the cuts allow for a lot of sparkle and shine, but in the end, it has to fit in the setting your planning to use.

There are many aspects that make up how a diamond looks such as the cut, color and clarity of the diamond. When you buy certified diamonds, all of these things will be displayed on the certification so you won't have to guess at what kind of quality diamond(s) you're purchasing.

Alexandra Gulkin - About Author:
Alexandra Gulkin is a reporter, writer and columnist in the jewelry industry. She is celebrated for her real-time coverage of trade shows, jewelry trends in loose diamonds, gemstones, events and secrets on where to find the highest quality certified loose diamonds.

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