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Diamond-Buying Mistakes to Avoid

In most cases, buying a diamond means you’re getting ready to mark a big life occasion. This is often a joyous occasion, but for many buyers of diamond rings or other diamond jewelry, this can be an intimidating and nerve-inducing process.

At AAA Jewelers, we’re here to help. Our certified gemologists will walk you through the right kinds of diamonds to fit your desires and budget, and we’ll work with you until you find the perfect option. We see a few common mistakes from diamond buyers on the market – here are some of the most frequent, and how you can avoid them during your search.

No GIA Certification

A certification from the Gemological Institute of America is the most reputable proof you can have of a stone’s value. This organization is nearly 100 years old, with a decades-long track record as the benchmark institution for diamond grading. The GIA grades the four Cs of diamonds (cut, clarity, carat, color) more accurately than any other organization.

Failing to obtain this certification on your stone leaves you at risk for an inferior product. On the flip side, ensuring you have it can leave you confident in the price you’re paying and the value the stone will hold.

Not Considering Intangibles

The four Cs are very important, but a singular obsession with them can dilute other important factors like certification and the client-dealer relationship. Consider these factors, plus any aesthetics or personal preferences you may have.

Obsessing Over the 3-Month Rule

Many people have heard this old rule of thumb: For an diamond engagement rings, you should spend three months of salary. Simply put, this is outdated in the year 2017. Buying diamonds is all about staying within reasonable means while meeting your personal preferences, and only the most superficial folks out there will truly look down on you for not spending three months’ salary.

Too Into Colorless Diamonds

Colorless diamonds do indeed often signal value, but these are not the only beautiful or valuable diamonds. Fluorescence can give diamonds over 2 carats a milky appearance, but in smaller stones, it can actually give a better-looking color. Especially if you’re looking at a smaller diamond, consider alternatives to colorless.

For more on mistakes to avoid while purchasing diamonds, or to find out about any of our other custom jewelry services, speak to the experts at AAA Jewelers today.