Before You Buy: Know Thyself

Yellow and White Diamond Double Halo Setting at Adiamor


It is easy to get caught up in a diamond’s spectacular beauty, especially if you’re in the market for one. Unfortunately, it is also easy to get swept up in a diamond to where you overlook some red flags. But, that’s exactly why we’re here, to save you from buyer’s remorse and steer you towards lifelong love. However, if you think this is going to be a primer on the 5 C’s, think again. This is going to be three tips on truly finding a diamond you absolutely love for the rest of your life. What tips would you give a friend?


Know Your Lifestyle

Split shank halo setting for marquise cut diamond at Adiamor


There are a vast range of diamond cuts on the market. However, all lifestyles are not created equal and neither are cuts. Therefore, if you lead a very active life and don’t take the best care of your jewelry, then we recommend steering clear of a cut with sharp edges unless they are protected by the setting. Furthermore, consider how you will wear your diamond and how often you intend on wearing it. If this is a special occasion piece, then you don’t need to factor in an active lifestyle as you will not be wearing the diamond too frequently. Yet, if you’re looking for an everyday diamond piece, particularly a bracelet or ring, then you should thoroughly assess how you use your hands to determine which cuts and styles will seamlessly fit into your life.


Know Your Color

Yellow cushion-cut diamond halo ring set in 18K white and yellow gold at Blue Nile



Diamonds come in a range of colors and it is best to have an idea of which colors strike your fancy (see what we did there) and find a diamond within that color rage. A word of note however, be honest with yourself. Do you like a specific color because it’s trendy or have you liked that color for as long as you can remember? If you’re following a trend, chances are you may get bored with this color the moment the fashion denizens state that it is “out”. Go with a color you truly love and you will never be disappointed.


Know the Flaws You Can Live with

J VS 2.08 carat round diamond stud earrings set in 14K white gold at I.D. Jewelry



Unless your pockets are extremely deep, then you will more than likely purchase a diamond with a flaw of some sort (aka one with inclusions). Make peace with knowing what type of flaw you can live with. Diamonds within the included range have inclusions visible to the naked eye whereas internally flawless and the very, very slightly included range require a strong microscope to see the flaws. Review the clarity scale to learn what flaws you can live with and which ones you’ll want to pass on.


A diamond purchase can be an exciting, emotional journey, but it is best to analyze yourself and have an idea of what you want and don’t want prior to going diamond shopping. This way, cooler heads will prevail and you’ll come away with a diamond that you’ll cherish forever. What tips would you give a friend? Let us know in the forums!


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