You know how the old saying goes…Diamonds are a girl’s best…FRIEND ♥ I find this to be especially true because I myself am a huge diamond + fine jewelry lover (what can I say, my mama raised me with a taste for the finer things in life, i.e. my car, bag collection + diamond obsession haha :p) While I certainly don’t have the funds to go out buying diamonds all the time, I learned over the years the importance of investing in the right diamond pieces that will last you a lifetime + can even become family heirlooms for years to come.
I learned all I know about investing in the right types of diamonds from my mom so I gathered some of her tips, plus some helpful guidance from Reed’s Jewelers + voila…I’m now sharing my Diamond Buying Guide with you!
What I’ve learned over the years is that buying diamonds always boils down to the all important 4 C’s!
Do you know what they are? If not, I am breaking them down below!
Cut, Color, Carat + Clarity
So what do these all mean? Well I am breaking it own below:
Carat – This is the one everyone talks about right? How many carats Kim K’s ring is etc. Carat refers to the size of the diamond once it is cut. The higher the number, the larger the diamond.
Clarity – While most people automatically think a higher carat number means a better diamond, clarity is truly the most important thing when it comes to diamond shopping. Clarity means how clear + pristine the diamond is. Clarity is rated on a scale of F1, IF, VVS1 + VVS2, VS1 + VS2, SI1 + SI2, and I1, I2 + I3. Basically F1 is the BEST, it stands for Flawless, this means the diamond doesn’t show any inclusions, blemishes etc. A I1, I2 or I3 rating is the worst meaning the diamond has clearly visible blemishes + issues.
Color – Diamond color is also a very important thing to pay attention to when diamond shopping. Color is rated on a scale from D to Z (D being the most pristine + colorless, Z being Yellow). The more yellow a diamond, the less it is worth. As for diamonds with a pink or blue tint, those are highly sought after + very valuable!
Cut – Cut is another very important factor when it comes to diamond shopping. The deeper the cut, the better the diamond. For example, a pair of diamond studs or a ring with a shallow cut tend to not be as ‘brilliant’ as those with a deeper cut. Cut is something critically important when ring shopping in my opinion.
Are you ready to find the diamond of your dreams?
Sharing some of my favorite diamond pieces of the moment below