The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Diamond
Select your favorite diamond shape and find the best price! At London Gold, you can find your diamonds for less than what you’ll find online and you’ll be able inspect your diamond before you buy. Check out our in-house inventory and call the Arizona location nearest you (Chandler, Arrowhead, and Scottsdale) to view your diamond today and speak to a Diamond Curator. As direct diamond dealers, we are your diamond source.
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Buying a diamond is often a very personal experience. Diamonds can be bought to signify love, significant accomplishments, or milestones in your life. Unlike when you buy clothing, electronics, or cars, the features of a diamond may not seem quite so obvious upon first glance. At London Gold, we would like to change that. The more you know about your diamond jewelry, the more confident you will feel when making your diamond jewelry choices. Take a moment to learn more about the 4 Cs and find out how they play an important role in making your diamond jewelry unique.
The shape of the diamond is often confused with the cut. London Gold carries diamonds that are Round, Radiant, Princess, Oval, Pear, Marquise, Cushion, and Asscher cut. Choose the diamond shape that you like based on your style and you cannot go wrong.
What are the 4 C's of Diamonds?
The cut of a diamond determines its brilliance or sparkle. Each shape will be cut differently. Before a diamond is cut, the location of inclusions and flaws, the natural coloration, and the original shape of the rough stone are studied extensively. The stone facets are then mapped out and cut in a way that maximizes size, shape, and clarity. For optimal light performance, you will want a diamond that is cut neither too shallow nor too deep, like the stones that London Gold offers. (See Figure below)
Diamonds are graded based on the amount of color they do or do not possess. The scale runs from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow). An absolutely colorless diamond is rare and therefore very valuable.
A diamond is distinguished by its natural characteristics, just as a person would be noted for her blue eyes or his brown hair. Notated as a diamond's clarity, these characteristics can be present on the surface (blemishes) or within the stone (inclusions). The clarity is judged by the number and types of these characteristics and is designated using a scale that runs from Fl, defined as flawless, to I3, defined as inclusions visible to the naked eye. A flawless diamond is truly rare. (See Figure below)
The unit of measure used for the weight of a diamond is the carat. As a matter of reference, a carat is equivalent to .2 grams or .007 of an ounce. Carat weight can also be divided further by using points. There are 100 points in one carat. So a 1/4 (.25) carat stone can also be expressed as 25 points. When comparing two diamonds, please note that just because one is twice the carat weight of the other, it does not necessarily follow that it will appear to be twice the size.