In order to buy the best quality diamond there are things you must know and understand. Do not rush in and buy a diamond on an impulse because it is advertised as a ‘good deal’ or is ‘discounted’. There are no bargains in diamonds and diamonds that are of excellent quality, cut and colour are not sold off cheap! Always make sure you buy a loose diamond that has been independently certified and compare diamonds before making any Luxurias simulated diamond ring decision.

Do not confuse a diamonds carat weight with the size of a diamond. Even though two diamonds may have the same carat weight their appearance in size and diameter measurements can very greatly. A poorly cut 1.00ct diamond may look like a 0.75ct diamond from the top because they have the same diameter measurements even though their carat weights are different.

Diamonds are sold by their carat weight. A diamond cutter always tries to retain as much carat weight and as few inclusions when cutting a diamond. Sometimes the cut of a diamond might be sacrificed in order to produce a diamond with a higher carat weight. Excellent, Ideal and Very Good cut diamonds will sparkle with more brilliance and fire than diamonds which are poorly cut with a lower cut grade.

Buying a loose diamond for an engagement ring is a daunting task with so many jewellers, diamond dealers and diamond internet websites these days. There is an abundance of information available to consumers, but not all of it is accurate. This is probably one of the most important considerations to make when buying a diamond. There is alot more to diamonds and their prices than just learning about the diamond’s cut, colour, clarity, and carat weight. All diamonds are unique, no two diamonds are exactly the same which is why it takes years of experience, training and learning to fully understand them.

Buy your diamond from a reputable diamond dealer. Most diamond buying guides advise you on the 4 C’s and suggest that you only shop at honest, reputable diamond dealers, but how does the average consumer determine this?

We always advise you to make sure that the diamond is certified and ask to see the actual certificate or diamond grading report to verify the diamond details and to see which laboratory graded the diamond. The quality of the certificate, or lack thereof, goes a long way towards telling if you are dealing with someone reputable and professional.

A diamond certificate or grading report is only as good as the laboratory who issued it. A diamond certificate, is only useful if it is reliable and has been issued by a reputable independent laboratory which has no financial interest in the stone. If you’ve never heard of the institution that is offering a grading report, don’t hesitate to ask about its credentials and that of the people who graded the diamond.