Loose Diamonds Buying Guide

By: Dana H

Loose Diamonds may seem like something that you only see in the movies, but more and more regular people are purchasing loose diamonds. Loose diamonds are often the most affordable way to get the perfect diamond ring. Many jewelers will attach loose diamonds to your jewelry for a nominal price. Loose diamonds are the most affordable way to up grade your current jewelry or to wear your own designs. Purchasing loose diamonds can now be done online and usually at the best prices. We have designed a guide for you to follow when purchasing a loose diamond.

Loose Diamonds Clarity

Loose diamond clarity begins with flawless for a diamond that does not have any "flaws" or inclusions. Most diamonds have some flaws, feathers and specks in them that are visible under 10 X magnifications or to the naked eye. The loose diamond clarity chart begins with flawless followed by VVS 1 (very, very slight flaws) and through the whole range of diamond clarities. These flaws considerably affect diamond prices. Relax, it only takes a few minutes to learn the lingo and compare diamond prices based on diamond clarity.

Carat Weight

The carat weight of loose diamonds is just that - how much the stone weighs. Not very exhilarating until you see the spectacular rise in price from a small quarter carat diamond to a one or two carat diamond. Loose diamonds allow couples to purchase the best diamond they can afford now and upgrade the center diamond in the future.

Loose Diamonds - Cut

Loose diamond cut refers tot the shape of your diamond. Round brilliant diamonds are the most popular diamond cut and are available in many price ranges and sizes. It pays to price round diamonds even if you plan to buy a fancy cut diamond. The "fancy cut" diamonds include oval diamonds, emerald cuts, pear shaped diamonds, heart diamonds, marquis cuts, etc. Each diamond cut has it's own magic and romance... Which diamond cut should you choose? Let you heart by your guide.

Loose Diamonds - Color

Loose diamond color is based on matching a diamond against a set of diamond color stones called "master" stones. The colors of the master stones (usually quartz) start range from colorless (best quality) to slightly yellowish followed by diamonds that are clearly yellow and brown diamonds. The diamond color chart starts with "D" for a colorless diamond, followed by E,F,G (slight yellowish tint) and H, I and J that are clearly yellowish. There are also fancy yellow diamonds, green diamonds, etc.

We hope this guide has been helpful, for more information on loose diamonds please visit www.diamonds-usa.com

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