Diamond IQ test

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$aditional_message = $aditional_message. “You’re a diamond wizard and are ready to begin your shopping experience.
Armed with this knowledge, you will ensure a beautiful, sparkly stone at the end of your search. Start your search with the
Pricescope search engine.

Know you are looking for an exceptionally cut stone? Try the
search by cut quality and start looking for those ideals and H&A’s today.
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Armed with this knowledge, you will ensure a beautiful, sparkly stone at the end of your search. Start your search with the
Pricescope search engine.

Know you are looking for an exceptionally cut stone? Try the
search by cut quality and start looking for those ideals and H&A’s today.
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$aditional_message = $aditional_message. “You know a lot about diamonds but there are still some fundamental things you should learn. Be sure to read through the
Pricescope tutorial
for further education. Continue your research and you will ensure a beautiful, sparkly stone at the end of your search.

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$aditional_message = $aditional_message. “You’re a diamond novice! Just start your search? The
Pricescope tutorialwill tell you all you need to learn about shopping for diamonds. Don’t get taken for a ride.
Educate yourself on diamonds and you will ensure a beautiful, sparkly stone at the end of your search.
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1. The most important thing in finding a sparkly diamond is color and

FALSE. The most important thing to a diamond’s sparkle
is the 4th C…CUT. The cut of a stone will ensure that the stone has a great
balance of fire, scintillation and brilliance, which are all items that your
eye perceives in ‘motion’ as sparkle. Many people tend to think that color and
clarity have a large part to do with the diamond’s sparkly look. In essence,
color only makes the stone look colorful and clarity only makes the diamond
look included. Only in very rare and extreme instances will a diamond’s clarity
have anything to do with sparkle, for example if a stone is so heavily included
(I3 or similar) that it affects the way the diamond is able to return light.
With stones in the typical clarity grades (IF-SI), clarity does not play a part
in determining a diamond’s sparkle. Cut is what makes the diamond look it’s
best, sparkle it’s brightest and perform most effectively.

2. Diamonds sold on the internet are primarily rejects or stones that
don’t meet the grade at your mall or local jeweler.

FALSE. In fact, the internet offers a way to widen
your selection options. Online vendors tend to carry more inventory in well-cut
stones, and this benefits you in spending less time searching. Many times the
online vendors carry the same virtual inventory as an offline vendor can get
access to, so in essence, you may be searching from a similar pool of stones.
Also, there are internet stones that are branded and sold only by certain
online vendors–stones that you cannot find elsewhere.

3. The best way to shop for diamonds is in a jewelry store with bright

FALSE. All diamonds, no matter how good, or how bad,
look great under well designed jewellery shop lights. However,
that is not how your stone will be viewed on a daily basis. Even a horribly cut
stone will sparkle when put under many warm, bright lights. But a well-cut
stone will sparkle regardless of the lighting situation…even in almost dark!
Ask to take the stone out into natural lighting, or near a window. As you are
getting serious about your diamond purchase, try to emulate lighting situations
that your stone may be in (e.g. candlelight or low-light) so that you can get a
real feel for what your diamond will look like when it’s on your finger. Unless
you plan to attach a pocket-light to your finger, your stone will not always
look as it does in the typical jeweler lighting.

4. More facets on a diamond mean more sparkle.

FALSE. More facets on a diamond just mean more facets!
Many companies have been cutting stones with more facets, and they tout those
as better than the typical 57/58 faceted stone. That is not necessarily true.
In the end, if your eye appreciates the look of the extra facets more than a
regular diamond–then that may be the stone for you. But it’s important to be
educated about the extra facets and why they were placed there in the first
place. People have noted that extra facet diamonds don’t look like a ‘real
diamond’, but that may just be a perception. The question I would ask yourself
if considering a diamond with more facets is: why was this diamond cut with
more facets when an experienced cutter could have cut a 57/58 diamond with
excellent proportions and achieve the same look if not better? In the end only
you can determine if an extra-faceted stone is right for you–but be sure that
you know that you can get a 57/58 diamond that was excellently cut and have it
look the same if not better than the branded, expensive extra-faceted stone.

5. Hearts and Arrows on a diamond mean excellent symmetry in the stone.

TRUE. Hearts and Arrows (H&A) represent excellent
symmetry, but nothing in diamonds is perfect. There is no ‘industry standard’
when it comes to H&A stones, many people don’t realize that anyone can call a
stone H&A, put a label on it and sell it for more. What you should be looking
for in an H&A stone are the H&A images to be very crisp and the H&A to be
aligned without broken arrow heads or sloppy hearts. See below for a few images
of H&A that are excellent vs those that are mediocre. One important thing to
note is that almost any stone will exhibit some sight of Hearts and
Arrows–even a non-well-cut stone. That is just the nature of a round brilliant
cut. However, you are looking for excellence in those H&A images in order to be
able to determine if the H&A branding is well-deserved. Be sure to not pay the
markup for a sloppy H&A stone, you could most likely get an excellently cut H&A
with that same money if you continue to look.

6. An AGS0 grade means that the diamond is an ‘ideal’ cut.

FALSE. An AGS0 grade means that the diamond scored
‘Ideal’ for Proportions, Polish & Symmetry. The AGS0 is a well intentioned
attempt to help establish cut quality. However, not all are great stones. The
tolerances used by the AGS are not as tight as those in the AGA (the first US
diamond certificate with a cut grade) or other cut grading tools like
. AGS graded diamonds tend to be a little more expensive but are a
good place to start. Be sure to take the numbers from the cert and run them
through HCA; that way you will avoid most of the
stones that do not perform as well with ideal-scope
and brilliancescopes etc. There are some very nice looking diamonds, with
unusual proportion combinations, that rate as low as AGS7. The GIA cut study
survey has had favorable responses to diamonds rated as low as AGS10.

7. SI clarity does not guarantee that the stone will be eye-clean.

TRUE. An SI clarity does not guarantee anything.
Each lab will determine it’s own level of comforability with clarity grades. A
GIA SI may not be the same as an EGL Israel SI. Also, grading is done from the
top down, not from the sides or the bottom. Therefore, there may be an SI stone
that has inclusions visible from the sides or from the bottom, but not from the
top. That stone would be deserving of the SI grade, in that instance. If
considering an SI stone for the purposes of maximizing your budget, confirm
with your jeweler or vendor that the stone is eye-clean and if you are viewing
the stone in person–confirm this yourself. The SI grade is a great way to get
a slightly larger stone for less money as long as there are no inclusions
visible to your naked eye. It’s also important to note the types of inclusions
visible in an SI grading. There may be wispy white inclusions that are only
visible at certain angles of the stone, these may be acceptable to you.
However, others may not like the appearance of black carbon inclusions, no
matter how small, these tend to appear as specs of dirt in the stone.

8. An IF or FL clarity grading means that the diamond has perfect

FALSE. No diamond has perfect clarity, it’s not the
nature of a diamond to be absolutely perfect. IF or FL means only that there
are no visible inclusions under 10x magnification. Bump that magnification up
to 40x or 60x and you may very well see some small imperfections in the stone.
However, all grading is done at 10x magnification, an important thing ot
remember when thinking about clarity grading. Clarity grading can affect the
price of your stone in a large way, determine what is most important to you
before beginning your search.

9. Diamond grading reports are 100% accurate and eliminate the need of
independent evaluation.

Grading reports (typically issued by labs such as AGS, GIA, EGL, etc.)
reflect the lab’s opinion of how a stone should be graded.
Such reports are subjective professional evaluations – similar to a doctor’s diagnosis.
That’s why it’s important to get an independent expert opinion of your stone.
Think of it as a “second opinion” on your diamond.

10. All one-carat diamonds are going to be the same size.

FALSE. The average diameter of a well-cut 1 carat
diamond should be around 6.5mm. Many times at a local store you may see a 1c
stone, then see another stone on someone’s hand and think that one looks larger
than another. But how can they be, they are both the same size? In fact, the
cut of the stone doesn’t only have to do with the sparkle, but also to do with
how the diamond appears in size. If a 1 carat stone has an average diameter of
6.4mm, that means that this stone will face up more as a .90c stone than a 1c
stone. Be sure you are not paying the price for a 1c stone if you are only
getting something that looks like a .90c stone. Sometimes the stone will also
face up larger, in that a 1c stone may have a diameter of 6.6mm. This means the
stone looks larger than 1c, more around 1.10c. This all has to do with the cut.
In terms of a smaller-looking 1c stone, chances are the extra carat weight is
hidden where you cannot see it, in the pavilion of the stone (bottom) or the
girdle of the stone with a thick girdle. This is not desirable. Some would
prefer more of the weight to be distributed up top in the diamter, with a more
shallow pavilion. This would give you the bigger looking 1c stone. However,
neither the smaller looking 1c or the larger looking 1c are going to be cut to
the true ‘ideal’ proportions of a 1c. Depending on what your priorities are,
more people looking for an excellently cut stone would lean towards finding a
1c with that 6.5mm average diameter and ensuring that all proportions are in
matching order.

11. Buying from a Brick and Mortar jeweler is safer than buying online.

FALSE. Buying online is no more risky than buying
offline. Offline with a local jeweler, you can view the stone and most likely
also view the stone and inclusions under a 10x magnification loupe. Online, you
do not have the luxury of viewing the stone in person, but many online vendors
give you so many reports and pictures of the stone that it feels as though you
are looking at the stone through virtual eyes. When shopping offline, one
relies heavily on trust–you are trusting that jeweler to lead you in the right
direction in order to make a sound purchase. However, online you must do most
of the research yourself–this usually leads to a more educated purchase, one
that most buyers feel more confident about than they could have imagined at the
start of the shopping experience. However you buy, online or offline, be sure
to educate yourself, request all the pictures and reports that you may need to
satisfy your curiousity. A good online vendor will go that extra mile for you
as the customer–ensuring that you are satisfied with your purchase. Many
online vendors even have buyback policies, or lifetime trade-in policies, just
as many offline jewelers do the same. Buying online is most likely cheaper than
buying the same diamond offline because online vendors do not always have the
same overhead that an offline jeweler does in terms of a local storefront.
However you purchase, research the vendor or jeweler before giving them your
money. And always ensure that you have a good return policy in case the

12. There is no need to send a diamond with a grading report from a good
lab to an independent appraiser.

FALSE. A grading report is subjective, as noted
earlier. You should always have the stone double checked by an independent
appraiser when you get it. An independent appraiser will be able to view the
stone and run any reports that you request, as long as they have equipment.
They will be able to confirm the size of the stone, color, clarity, locations
of inclusions, the grading information and any other information that came with
your stone. If they have a Sarin machine, they will be able to confirm the
angles and additional specs on the stone. An IdealScope will show you the light
return of the stone. A BrillianceScope (which only a few appraisers have) will
show you how the stone will perform in various lighting circumstances. All in
all, an independent appraisal is very important. Independent appraisers work
for you–the customer. The average range of an independent appraisal can be
around $100 per hour. One stone will most likely take around one hour of work.