“Diamonds Are Forever”. This phrase was coined in the late 1940s by the De Beers Consolidated Mining Co. in reference to the presentation of diamond rings before marriage. The idea was that only the extraordinary durability of diamonds could do justice to the eternal love signified by the act of marriage. Today, a diamond ring is an absolute necessity when proposing, and diamonds are among the most valuable stones on Earth.
However, there is a great deal of variance when it comes to the value of diamonds and diamond jewelry. This variance generally has to do with diamond quality. Unfortunately, the quality of a diamond is extremely difficult for a layperson to determine. While professional diamond buyers are easily able to appraise the value of a diamond, ordinary men who wish to sell diamonds often find themselves lost in a market they know nothing about. That’s why today we’re going to over what’s important in the valuation of a diamond.
When evaluating a diamond, the most important things to remember are the 4 C’s: Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat. Of these, the easiest for a layperson to judge are Color and Carat. Color refers to how close a diamond is to being entirely colorless. The closer a diamond is to being truly colorless, the more valuable it is. By contrast, diamonds with yellow or brown tints to them are far less valuable, as they are much more common. A Carat is a unit of measurement that represents a diamonds weight. One carat is roughly equivalent 0.2 grams, and can generally be estimated from the size of the rock.
The second two qualities that diamond buyers focus on when evaluating diamonds are Cut and Clarity, both of which can be difficult for the average person to properly estimate. The “cut” of a diamond refers to the design of the diamond and how well said rock reflects light. Therefore, the best cut diamond are also the brightest diamonds. Finally, the clarity of a diamond refers to the presence of internal inclusions and external blemishes, both of which lower the quality of a diamond. However, it’s difficult for one to spot these without both a decent microscope and the training of a diamond buyer.
Finally, if selling diamond jewelry, one should check the fit of the diamond in the metal. The better the fit, the more value the jewelry possesses. While these tips will help you get a sense of the value of your diamond, they won’t get you an exact appraisal. If you’re looking to sell diamonds, please contact us. Our diamond buyers are well trained and prepared to give you a precise appraisal.