Diamond Jewelry

Written by Diane Sievert
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Buying diamond jewelry is not a task to be taken lightly. If you don't do your research, you could end up getting swindled. Brush up with a little Diamond 101 so that you can navigate your way through the wide world of diamond jewelry without getting lost.

How to Buy Diamond Jewelry with Confidence

The first four things to get straight are what people in the diamond jewelry business refer to as the four C's: carat, cut, color, and clarity. Carat refers to the weight, and subsequently, the size of the diamond whereas the cut refers to the shape of the diamond--the most common cuts are round, princess and pear. Diamonds also come in different colors (colorless or near colorless diamonds are far more expensive than slightly colored diamonds) and clarities (some diamonds are totally flawless while other have visible inclusions).

Most diamond jewelry is priced according to the diamond cut, carat, color and clarity. If someone offers you a diamond of poor clarity, one that is fraught with visible inclusions, you'll know that it's not worth much and then you can bargain accordingly. The same goes for color--don't spend too much on diamond jewelry that has a visibly yellow hue.

The other thing to consider when shopping for diamond jewelry is the diamond setting. Some diamonds are set in cheap or poorly designed settings. And don't forget to examine the brilliance of the diamond--unless you're specifically on the prowl for dirty diamonds, your diamond jewelry should sparkle!

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