What to Look for When Buying Loose Diamonds and Gems

Whether you’re buying loose diamonds and gems for investment purposes, or you’re trying to find the perfect stone for your engagement ring or gift, it’s important to choose carefully. There are many factors to consider when making a purchase, and many can become overwhelmed at the process. At Royal Design Fine Jewelry, we sell exquisite jewelry made from the world’s most beautiful diamonds, colored gemstones and precious metal. We enjoy helping our clients find the perfect loose stone, and we want to help you have the same great experience. Here are some tips for how to purchase a loose diamond or gem.

Make Sure It’s Certified

Always look for certification when selecting a loose diamond or gemstone. Check which organization has certified the diamond, because the process should have been conducted through a legitimate and well respected laboratory. Look for the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), European Gemological Laboratory (EGL), American Gem Society (AGS), HRD Antwerp or International Gemological Institute (IGI). If the certificate presented was produced by any other institute, it could be a red flag. 

Size Isn’t Everything

Some people simply opt for the largest stone they can find when buying an investment diamond. However, it’s important to keep in mind, that the biggest diamond isn’t always the most valuable. You’ll need to balance other important factors to find the stone that’s perfect for your needs. 

Remember the Four C’s

Understanding the importance of the Four C’s can help finalize your decision. Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat are all characteristics of your diamond or gem that will ultimately determine its overall value. Color for diamonds will range anywhere from colorless (D) to light yellow (Z). For colored gems, the desired color saturation will vary depending on popularity and rarity. Clarity is defined by the number of imperfections and inclusions found within the stone. Flawless diamonds are of course the most difficult to find and therefore worth more. Carat involves the weight of the stone. And the Cut will provide variations in the brilliance of the stone. Certain cuts will reflect the light more prominently, or might require specialized skills, and will therefore raise the value of the diamond or gemstone. 

Get Help from a Professional Jeweler

It’s a good idea to purchase your diamonds from a professionally trained jeweler. Expert jewelers have the training and experience to find the highest quality gems and diamonds. This is a particularly important step for people who will want to place their newly acquired treasure in a setting. If you want to wear your investment, then going to a jeweler will ensure that you get a customized yellow or white gold ring, pendant or other accessory that will enhance the beauty of your loose diamonds.

Looking for Loose Diamonds and Gems in Atlanta, GA? Visit Royal Design Fine Jewelry

Are you searching for loose gemstones or diamonds? Then visit our physical location in Atlanta, Georgia today or browse through our large selection on our website from anywhere in the world. We offer fast and free shipping and a 7 day 100% money back guarantee for our online clients. 

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