How To Estimate A Real Diamond Rings Value
Diamonds are forever. A good diamond or a precious stone is a possession that can last through generations. Gems of any kind can be family heirlooms. Diamonds symbolize love, legend and affluence. In particular, diamond engagement rings are extremely popular. In fact, the diamond engagement rings business is shining in all its glittery glory! Engagement rings incite romance, passion, drama, excitement and utter delight.
There are significant subtleties that make each diamond different from another. It is said that each diamond has a different nature. It must be handled the way you handle a person! As with any other precious entity, there is a high chance of duplicates in the diamond industry. To an unaware woman buying her engagement ring or to a clueless man looking for his wedding ring, it is important to understand the difference between a fake and a real diamond.
When visiting jewelry stores to buy engagement rings, one must use the following guide or take support from an expert you trust. Bear in mind that for estimating the value of a diamond ring, you need to know not only the value of the diamond but also the value of the band on which the diamond is placed upon.
Below are the salient features that you need to be aware of before buying a wedding ring.
For the Diamond -The quality of a diamond is determined by the four C’s which are carat, color, clarity and cut. These are the primary features to be considered.
Carat is the weight of the diamond. One carat is equal to 200 milligrams or 1/5th of a gram. Five carats will make one gram. The standardized system of measuring carats is further divided into 100 points. A 60 points diamond is 0.6 carat. The heavier the diamond the costlier it is. Other factors like uniqueness and rarity also contribute to the overall quality and expense incurred for the diamond as the cost for 0.5 carat diamond is not directly half of that of a 1 carat diamond.
The color is indicative of the purity and attractiveness of a diamond. There are different colors in diamonds such as pink, black, blue and yellow. The most common diamonds are the white or colorless ones. The value of a colorless diamond is determined by the amount of yellowness in it. Diamond specialists have used the measure of yellow in a colorless diamond to list the variations in colorless diamonds. The range is from D to Z. D is the one which is completely transparent while Z is the one which has a noticeable yellow tinge that can be observed by your eyes.
Clarity is the description of a diamond’s purity. The quantity of internal flaws called inclusions or external marks called blemishes, are indicative of a diamond’s clarity. Specialists use a magnifying glass which has a 10x amplification to grade the clarity. The grades are determined at a scale from Internally flawless (IF) to L3 (Included Level 3). Included means the diamond has inclusions or marks. The higher the clarity the higher the price of a diamond.
While the above 3 factors are dependent on nature, cut is dependent on the way a craftsman cuts the diamond. More the edges are made on a diamond the more the radiance. The different evaluations of a cut are excellent, very good, good, fair and poor cut. Additionally, the shape of diamond also affects the price. It should be observed that the value of a round brilliant diamond will be more than other types of shape.
The secondary factors apart from the 4 C’s that influence the cost of a diamond are Cut grade (the adequate cut of a diamond), Polish symmetry (the quality of polishing that affects the sparkle of a diamond), Fluorescence (how the diamond gleams under a UV light), Culet (the bottom part of the diamond in which size and angle of the culet are the main factors) and Girdle Thickness (the thickness of the edge where the top and bottom part of the diamond meet).
It all comes down to diamond specialists using the Rapaport Report to measure the price of a diamond. This report is the standard which compares clarity and color for different weights of the diamond. Moreover, another C that is not generally mentioned is the Diamond Certificate! The diamond certificate is the authenticity check of a real diamond. You should always look for a standardized certificate that validates the value of the diamond as different labs have different standards and certificates. The most reputable diamond grading laboratories of the world include: Gemological Institute of America - GIA, American Gemological Society - AGS, The Diamond High Council - Hoge Raad Voor Diamant - HRD etc.
For the Ring -
The value of your diamond engagement ring also includes the ring itself! The metal of the band on which the diamond rests will also incorporate the cost of the entire jewelry piece. The value of the ring will correlate to the market price of the type and purity of the metal. Metal can be gold, platinum, rose gold, rhodium and so on and so forth.
Additional factors include the ring’s design, brand, setting and condition. More complex the setting or popular design the more the value. In contrast, wear and tear to the ring will negatively impact the value.
Prior to your visit to buy engagement rings you can also use a diamond price calculator that is easily available after a quick check on Google. With this knowledge you are now empowered to interact with confidence at any diamond jewelry store. This should equip you to buy the perfect ring that is customized to your needs and ultimate delight.