Diamonds Are Forever
by Sam Serio
Diamond jewelry: diamond rings, diamond earrings, diamond
pendants and diamond bracelets are some of the most
sought after gemstone creations. Your eyes tell you
how beautiful a piece of diamond jewelry is, but how
do you know you are getting your moneys worth?
A little knowledge can go a long way to help you purchase
a beautiful piece of diamond jewelry at a fair price.
Diamond Jewelry 101
A diamond's value is based on four criteria: color,
cut, clarity, and carat. The clarity and color of a
diamond usually are graded. However, scales are not
uniform: a clarity grade of "slightly included"
may represent a different grade on one grading system
versus another, depending on the terms used in the scale.
Make sure you know how a particular scale and grade
represent the color or clarity of the diamond you're
considering. A diamond can be described as "flawless"
only if it has no visible surface or internal imperfections
when viewed under 10-power magnification by a skilled
As with other gems, diamond weight usually is stated
in carats. Diamond weight may be described in decimal
or fractional parts of a carat. If the weight is given
in decimal parts of a carat, the figure should be accurate
to the last decimal place. For example, ".30 carat"
could represent a diamond that weighs between .295 -
.304 carat. Some retailers describe diamond weight in
fractions and use the fraction to represent a range
of weights. For example, a diamond described as 1/2
carat could weigh between .47 - .54 carat. If diamond
weight is stated as fractional parts of a carat, the
retailer should disclose two things: that the weight
is not exact, and the reasonable range of weight for
each fraction or the weight tolerance being used.
Some diamonds may be treated to improve their appearance
in similar ways as other gemstones. Since these treatments
improve the clarity of the diamond, some jewelers refer
to them as clarity enhancement. One type of treatment
- fracture filling - conceals cracks in diamonds by
filling them with a foreign substance. This filling
may not be permanent and jewelers should tell you if
the diamond you're considering has been fracture-filled.
Another treatment - lasering - involves the use of a
laser beam to improve the appearance of diamonds that
have black inclusions or spots. A laser beam is aimed
at the inclusion. Acid is then forced through a tiny
tunnel made by the laser beam to remove the inclusion.
Lasering is permanent and a laser-drilled stone does
not require special care.
While a laser-drilled diamond may appear as beautiful
as a comparable untreated stone, it may not be as valuable.
That's because an untreated stone of the same quality
is rarer and therefore more valuable. Jewelers should
tell you whether the diamond you're considering has
Imitation diamonds, such as cubic zirconia, resemble
diamonds in appearance but are much less costly. Certain
laboratory-created gemstones, such as lab-created moissanite,
also resemble diamonds and may not be adequately detected
by the instruments originally used to identify cubic
zirconia. Ask your jeweler if he has the current testing
equipment to distinguish between diamonds and other
When shopping for diamond jewelry online, apply these
1.Shop with companies you know or do some homework before
buying to make sure a company is legitimate before doing
business with it.
2.Take advantage of information and referrals from an
Internet company you have come to trust.
3.Get the details about the product, as well as the
merchant's refund and return policies, before you buy.
4.Look for an address to write to or a phone number
to call if you have a question, a problem or need help.
About the Author
The Authors of the above Article, Sam and Tami Serio
have been passionately involved with Jewelry and Gemstones
for over fifteen-years. You are cordially invited to
visit http://www.morninglightjewelry.com for a wealth
of information about the fascinating world of Jewelry
and Gemstones. Together they also shelter 20 abandoned
and abused dogs & cats. A portion of their profits
goes to the care and feeding of the animals.