Buying loose diamonds can seem complicated and intimidating but with the right information it can actually be a really exciting experience! One of the most important things to keep in mind while you're buying loose diamonds is the 4Cs. The 4Cs are: Cut, Carat, Colour and Clarity. A diamond's quality and cost is determined by these factors. Here is what you should absolutely know to be able to choose loose diamonds wisely.
First, Focus On the Cut
The cut of a diamond determinates its shine and shape. A well-cut diamond reflectors light beautifully and gives you a brilliant sparkle, whereas a diamond that's cut too deep or shallow doesn't reflect light as well and is considered low quality. Choose the highest quality of cut in your diamonds that you can afford. According to the GIA, an "Excellent Cut". diamond is of the highest quality and also the most expensive. it'll be smart of you to choose a "Very Good". If not "Excellent". Grade diamond, which will still be a high-quality stone but relatively less expensive.
The shape is one of the most important aspects of buying diamonds. If you're buying a loose diamond for an engagement ring it'll be a great idea to ask the receiver what they'd prefer. But if you absolutely don't want to ask and spoil the surprise, then stick to a classic. The most common shapes are: round, princess and cushion-cut. Go for a non-traditional diamond shape like marquise, pear or heart only if you're sure that your partner is into that!
Now, the Clarity and Colour
Diamond are formed deep inside the earth's crust and most of them have some flaws. These little flaws are known as "inclusions". Most diamonds have imperfections that can not be seen with the naked eye. Some don't have any imperfections at all. A diamond with no imperfections is known as "flawless", it's very rare and very expensive. Honestly, it's a good idea to buy a diamond with a lower clarity than flawless as it'll still look clean and perfect without magnification and you'll save money that you can then invest on the cut or carat of the loose diamonds you're buying .
Most diamonds have a very slight yellow tint which again, is hardly visible without comparing with other diamonds. Completely colourless stones are rare, expensive and of the highest quality. While choosing the colour of your loose diamond, remember that the cut, shape and colour of the metal used in your ring's setting will affect the colour of your stone. For example, a rose or yellow gold setting is more forgiving for tinted diamonds. So while you're buying a loose diamond, instead of getting a colourless stone, choose a slightly tinted diamond that won't make a big difference and look just as beautiful in a ring.
Last But Not the Least: Carat
A diamond's weight and size is measured in carats. The more carats a diamond has, the most expensive it'll be. The weight of a diamond won't affect the quality of the stone. The important part is to find the right balance between the carat weight and cut of the loose diamond that you choose. Size does matter but bigger isn't always better. Picking a diamond size depends on the ring style you want, balance between all the 4Cs and your budget. So, look if everything makes sense in the bigger picture while you're buying loose diamonds.
If you can find a way to balance all the 4Cs in a way that works best for you, buying loose diamonds will be a breeze. We hope you've a great time shopping!