7 Questions to Ask your Jeweler (Part One)
Buying jewelry or diamonds is not something most people do every day. In fact, it is something most people do only a few times in their life. Buying jewelry and diamonds is not liking buying anything else. You may know how to pick out a car and negotiate an auto loan, but buying jewelry is a different experience. This is more emotional and personal. It is about taste and style. When you are ready to make your next jewelry purchase, consider asking your jeweler these 7 questions to make sure you bring home the perfect piece.
- Can you tell me about the 4Cs?
In the diamond world, the 4Cs are everything. The Gemological Institute of America instituted the 4Cs as a way of describing and grading diamonds. The 4Cs are cut, color, clarity, and carat. They each have a unique impact on the appearance of a diamond. Ask your jeweler to tell you about the 4Cs, not only for your education but to show that they are masters of these concepts as well. Don’t be afraid to ask for examples of these characteristics on real diamonds.
- May I see the grading report?
When buying a diamond, you should make sure it comes with an independent grading report from an accredited agency. Now that you know a little about the 4Cs, you should be able to read the grading report, if not fully understand it. This is a way to ensure the authenticity and validity of the stone you are buying. It proves that the stone has been assessed by an unbiased third party professional.
- May I see a variety of stones?
You want to be able to compare and contrast stones as a way to pick out which characteristics matter most to you. Once you start comparing stones, you can begin narrowing down your selections.