Sep 18, 2012 12:22:06 PM

How to Buy Loose Diamonds

Posted by Icing On The Ring tag icon LA Jewelry District

Diamond RingDiamonds are among the most beautiful of all the gems in the world. The best diamonds are the most coveted and hold their value over time. There are two main ways to purchase a diamond engagement ring from the LA jewelry district - you may purchase the diamond and setting separately or you may purchase a ring that already is complete with a diamond. There are some advantages to buying a loose diamond; however, you may also find some disadvantages as well. As you shop for a diamond it is important to understand as much as you can about it before you make a purchase. If you don’t know much about diamonds you can get some help from a local jeweler in the LA jewelry district. There are a few things you can learn to assist you in shopping for a loose diamond.

Learning about Diamonds

Diamonds have a long and rich history. Diamonds are one of the hardest surfaces in the world and yes, they can actually cut glass. In fact, diamonds are often used as cutting tools in various industries across the globe. Diamonds are rated using a grading system. This makes it easier to evaluate and compare diamonds. They are graded by certified gemologists based on GIA (Gemological Institute of America) specifications. Gemologists use GIA Gemscopes to view the clarity, color grading trays to compare color grades, brilliance loupes to view quality of the diamonds, and scales to properly verify the weight of each diamond. You’ll find certified gemologists in the LA jewelry district. Choosing a high quality diamond is important since you’ll want to get the best stone for your money.

Choosing Diamonds

You’ve likely heard about the 4 Cs of diamond buying. These include cut, clarity, color, and carat.

  • Cut – A high quality diamond is cut to pull light in and out of it to provide a stone that is very sparkly.
  • Clarity – Diamonds often have a cloudy appearance. The best diamonds are those that are as clear as possible.
  • Color – Many diamonds have a slightly yellow tint. Many people prefer white diamonds, also called clear diamonds.
  • Carat – Carat is the weight of the diamond – it’s the method used for measuring the size of a stone.

Many of the attributes of a diamond are best seen under magnification. A jeweler in the LA jewelry district uses a special magnifying loupe to view diamonds at ten times their actual size. This allows you to see inside the diamond and throughout the entire surface of the stone. Every diamond has some type of flaw. The best diamonds are those where the flaws cannot be seen with the human eye. Diamonds with noticeable flaws are not as valuable as other diamonds.

Buying Diamonds in the LA Jewelry District

It is best to purchase loose diamonds from a reputable jeweler in the LA jewelry district. This helps you make sure that you’ll get the best diamond for the price. A loose diamond can be mounted into the setting of your choice by a qualified jeweler. If you’re working with a limited budget, try to spend the majority of your money on the diamond since this is the most important part of the ring. Purchase the best diamond that you can afford and your diamond will increase in value over time. Settings are made in various metals including gold, white gold, and platinum. You’ll find a large variety of diamonds and settings at Icing On The Ring. Located in the LA jewelry district for more than 40 years, Icing On The Ring is a family owned business with plenty of experience providing high quality diamonds and other jewelry.

To learn more about diamonds and to set up an appointment at Icing On The Ring call 888-565-6150 today.

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