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Tips For Buying My First Diamond

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Hello,

 

I am searching for my first diamond. I had been posting another forum but I read some posts on here indicating that a lot of the posters here are not a fan of their methods of identifying a nice stone.

 

I read the tutorials here but it didn't go into details on how to buy (just basic 4C info).

 

I was thinking I'd get an Ideal Cut, 1.5-1.7, RB, I, VS or SI. The approach is was going to take was to look idealscopes and asets but now I am thinking that this is not a good approach. What is the best way to pick a high performing diamond?

 

Thanks for all your help

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You have basically 3 routes:

 

1. Trust the lab. When all is said and done, there are no ugly GIA excellent (though there are different looks, and people may prefer one to another). AGS 000 ("Ideal") are more consistent in looks, and no-one can say they don't look nice. It's the cheapest way, and gives you a lot of options.

 

2. Trust the vendor. You will have found that there are vendors that take pride in selecting well cut diamonds (and providing lots of information as to why they are well cut - whether that's photos, reflector images or 3d-scans). It's the easiest and fastest way, though you will have to pay the vendor for their work.

 

3. Trust yourself. Go around and see as many diamonds as you can - ideally accompanied by their IS/ASET images, photos and whatever else. Read about cut and how to evaluate it. Finally make your choice depending on what you like most. It's the most fun and you will learn the most. It's also going to take you longer and potentially expose you to a lot of frustration.

 

(4. Mix and match - the reason why many on this forum aren't "fans" of any one specific method is that we - or at least I - don't like oversimplification and orthodoxy; there are nice diamonds that don't have a pure red IS, there are nice diamonds that GIA does not grade "excellent" and there are nice diamonds that aren't necessarily sold by a premium dealer)


Davide - Specialised Consumer Information and Assistance,
Diamonds by Lauren (http://www.diamondsbylauren.com)
davide@diamondsbylauren.com

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You should definitely look at some diamonds in person. If you were purchasing a boat, you wouldn't purchase it sight unseen would you or use a forum for people to tell you what to buy based on some photos?


Jan

For those that want to know the truth about diamonds, just ask.

 

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Buy from diamondsbylauren....if I knew nothing or very little about diamonds, and wanted a guarantee of satisfaction, accuracy, and five star service....they would be the ONLY source I would go to. Plus you can buy from them sight un-seen, with very little to no risk. If I was a consumer, and not a dealer. I would buy from them. NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

 

 

P.S. I have not been paid to write this. Iam just expressing my opinion. Good luck!

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