Diamonds are a big deal. In fact, the diamond industry is worth billions of dollars each year with over 100 million carats being produced annually. Yet most men have no idea how to buy a diamond for themselves or for their significant other. The following is a guide on how to buy a diamond as a man and what you need to know when purchasing one in order to get your money’s worth!
Some Background about Diamonds
Diamonds are graded on four characteristics – clarity, color, cut and carat weight.
- Clarity refers to how many flaws there are in the diamond.
- Color indicates the hue of the diamond (diamonds that show yellow or brown tints are not as valuable).
- Cut refers to how well-cut it is.
- Carat weight means its size relative to other diamonds of similar quality.
These four qualities determine both the price and appearance of your stone which becomes your ‘perfect’ diamond!
Tips on Buying a Diamond as A Man
Know your budget
First and foremost you need to figure out how much you’ll be willing to spend in order to get a diamond that meets your requirements in terms of clarity, color, cut and carat weight.
This is crucial because once you zero in on these four factors, you can look for diamonds within your price range.
It’s possible that there are diamonds available at less than what you have set aside or maybe even above it but if they don’t meet all four parameters set by you, there’s no point in considering them.
Buy diamonds that are certified VS not certified
The next thing to figure out is whether or not you want to buy a diamond that’s been graded by experts who have studied it under microscopes and determined its clarity, color etc or if you’d rather go for an uncertified stone that may be cheaper but then again you won’t know how good the quality of the stone actually is.
Diamonds are sold based on their certification grades. Our advice would always be to go with a certified diamond because it will give you peace of mind when buying.
Also keep in mind that while some jewelers might sell both certifed and uncertified diamonds, the latter is usually more expensive than the former.
Buy based on personal preferences
This one’s easy – once you know your budget remember that you get what you pay for. If you want a top-notch diamond, make sure to dish out the bucks because cheap stones are likely to be of poor quality.
Not only this, it’s also best if he works in collaboration with his girlfriend or fiancée when making this purchase so they both know exactly what she wants and needs before shelling out their hard earned cash!
Keep in mind how it looks with her engagement ring
The thought process here is very simple – remember to pick a stone that looks great alongside her engagement ring!
Doing so will not only ensure the two jewels look great together but also give your future bride one less thing to worry about when planning her wedding day.
Remember that you have to consider the color, cut and carat weight of your diamond alongside her ring so that they go together perfectly!
Be prepared to compromise
If this is your first diamond purchase then remember all diamonds are NOT created equal.
For example, there might be a stone with great clarity but it also has a lot of color in it. However, there might be another diamond with a lower clarity but is totally colorless!
This is where the idea of compromising comes into play – you may have to look at several different stones before finding one that’s worth your money and meets all of your requirements.
You shoudn’t give up until you find one that ticks all of your boxes and comes within budget. Diamonds are often considered as an integral part of engagement rings because each cut or facet you see on the stone represents some attribute about the person wearing it.
This being the case, while making this purchase you need to keep in mind what she likes, her personality traits which means asking her for help when choosing the right stone wouldn’t be a bad idea.
When it comes down to it, you need to make sure your diamond is perfect for her. That means considering things like the color, cut and carat weight of the stone alongside its clarity grades.
Now that she doesn’t have to worry about picking out a ring for herself all she has to do is sit back and enjoy being engaged!