They’re one of the most popular precious stones in the world: diamonds. Not just the go-to for engagement rings anymore, diamonds are the ideal gems for any special occasion, from graduations to promotions to big deals and closings . As with any significant decision, it’s a good idea to do your homework before going on your buying trip. You want the best quality and value, after all.
Here are some questions to ask your diamond specialist to help inform your purchase.
Can I See a Selection of Diamonds?
This may seem like a silly question to ask, because most people assume that someone who provides diamond services is going to immediately show you all of the available diamond options. If they did, however, you’d be at the store for a very long time. Ask to see a selection of diamonds. It’s likely that your diamond specialist will inquire if you have anything specific in mind, but it’s perfectly fine to say that you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for and to ask for advice.
Will You Give Me a Grading Report?
A diamond grading report is a document that comes from an accredited gemological laboratory - GIA, the Gemological Institute of America, is by far the most renowned and respected. This independent report will tell you everything about the diamond that you’ve selected, including quality metrics (color, clarity, cut and carat), it’s authenticity, and value.
This is an essential document attesting to the quality of your diamond. If you look at purchasing a diamond as an investment, the grading report is a large part of your due diligence.
How Do I Take Care of My New Diamond?
There are hundreds of websites that claim to tell you how to take care of your diamond, but why not take the time to ask a diamond specialist how they recommend doing so? While diamonds are gorgeous, and one of the hardest gems, they’re not indestructible, and depending on factors such as cut and shape, they may show wear or scratches over time.
Ask your jeweler not only how to store your diamond when you’re not wearing it, but also how to clean it properly. Most experts who provide diamond services prefer that you bring the diamond to them to have it cleaned professionally, but they should also be able to give you tips on how to keep your diamond clean in between visits.
How Should I Insure My Diamond?
You insure your vehicle, your home, and other important investments. A diamond is no different. An insurer will use the grading report that you have received to figure out an adequate level of coverage. Ask your diamond specialist what insurance agents/companies they recommend, and ask for a ballpark figure in terms of coverage. This way, should something happen to your diamond, you will receive compensation for it.
It’s important to remember that you should feel comfortable enough to ask your diamond specialist any question that you have about diamonds. The more knowledge you have about your diamond, the more comfortable you’ll feel making your purchase - and making the most of your purchase!