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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Top 4 Diamond Buying Mistakes

Nowadays it is pretty easy and simple to buy a diamond or diamond jewellery. Tons of jewellery shops, independent jewellers, websites and more offer customers with a fabulous array of dazzling gems in various price points. People today also look at loose diamond specialists and specialty stores to buy loose gems and have them set at a later date or for investment purposes.

Diamonds are dazzling and people are often spell bound by their looks to pay attention to the nitty gritties of buying good quality diamonds. Whether you decide to go to a traditional jeweller in store or go via today's online route, taking an informed decision and making an educated purchase is a must. To make sure you get your money's worth avoid these very common diamond buying mistakes 

You start unawares – Buying a diamond isn't all about finding a beautiful stone that you think will look good on a ring. As a buyer who is approaching loose diamond specialists or a store, know which components of this stone you should be paying attention and what qualities affect the value of the diamond in question. The four basic tenets of diamond shopping must be researched namely the cut, carat weight, the clarity and the colour which are known as the 4Cs. To start you off the carat refers to the weight of the stone, the colour ranges from absolutely colourless to lightly coloured (unless it is a specifically coloured stone like a yellow or pink diamond), the clarity refers to the presence or absence of natural blemishes and inclusions in the stone and the cut refers to how a diamond reflects light due to the quality of its cut which will ideally be from the top surface of the gem. Brush up on the basics throughly before you begin looking for diamonds to purchase.

You don't ask for a certificate – A diamond must be certified and have been graded by a gemological standard and not simply verified or appraised by the jeweller or retailer in question.  A certification will imply that the diamond has been examined, assessed, graded by an independent institution based on the 4Cs that will give you an idea of its quality in these aspects. Be wary of a seller that does not offer certified diamonds.

You don't do a price check – Although you may find a retailer or loose diamond specialists you trust, make sure you do a comparative price check from different sources.  Settling for the first price you have been offered could lead to a costly mistake and you will end up paying a lot more for something you could have gotten cheaper.

Not checking the return policy – When buying loose diamonds or diamond jewellery too experts always suggest checking to see what the seller's return policies are and what the trade or exchange rules are as well. A healthy return policy is all the more important when you are purchasing online.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Engagement Ring Shopping Tips for Him

Engagement rings are a tradition that goes back centuries and one that holds super duper importance even today. The would be bride definitely awaits for a beautiful and thoughtful ring from her special man, and it is definitely going to be a piece of jewellery she will flaunt to friends, family and her social media peeps. If you think the pressure is on, it probably is! But there is no reason to get totally stressed out before purchasing a gorgeous ring for your sweetheart.

Once you figure out what your budget is, it is time to start looking for that perfect ring just for her. A ring that symbolises your love, affection and the commitment you are making to each other for a sweet happily ever after.

So let's take a look at a few steps that will make shopping for an engagement ring a little bit easier

Brush up on the basics of diamonds – When in doubt it might be best to go with diamonds! Unless budget prohibits, most women love a gleaming rock on their finger, whatever the size may be. When shopping for diamond rings, it would be a good idea to do a quick study of what it entails and the 4 basic tenets, namely the cut, carat weight, colour and clarity of a diamond. The cut and shape of the stone will basically depend on personal preference; the carat weight of the diamond as well as its size will depend on your budget. You will also find colour and clarity grades that will affect the look and cost of the stone in question.

Consider your shopping options – Now whether you are looking to buy diamonds in New York or New Delhi you don't have to get stressed out about wear to shop. If the thought of going from store to store makes you break out in a cold sweat you can simply turn to the wondrous online world and find a variety of well known diamond and diamond jewellery retailers that will deliver the prized ring right to your door step. If you are going to go to a physical store get some recommendations and limit yourself to a couple so you don't get too flustered. Take a pal for some help or better yet ask your lady love's friend to steer you in the right direction! Make sure you buy certified jewellery to validate its authenticity.

Pay attention to her style – This is the time when you will need to pay a little attention to what your bride to be likes to wear and what her basic style is. A loud glitzy ring for someone who likes timeless and classic styles or a traditional ring for a woman who prides herself on being eclectic and funky just shows that you might not have being paying attention to her preferences!  Does she prefer yellow gold or white metals? Wants a diamond or plain band? Stumped even after trying to study her tastes? If possible ask a close friend or sibling to weigh in on it as well.

Take your time and let your love for her dictate the shopping experience rather than the stress!

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