3 Things your jeweller should show you when purchasing diamonds

Purchasing fine jewellery is not like purchasing anything else. When shopping for diamonds and other precious stones, one may feel ill-equipped to tackle the technical jargon that comes with it. Hence it is important to find a skilled and experience jeweller who will be able to guide you through the journey with ease.

Besides understanding the basic 4C’s, here are 3 things you should ask your jeweller to physically show you to help you understand and appreciate the differences between the different grades of diamonds.

1 – Sparkle

Diamonds are cut to maximise its sparkle, fire, brilliance and overall visual beauty. The sparkle as the name word suggests, refers to how sparkly or shimmery the diamond is. You should ask your jeweller to show you the difference in sparkle for each diamond under a light. That way, you will be able to see with your own eyes and compare the effects the different cuts, shapes and proportions have on diamonds.

Left pic - 6 claw setting; Right pic - 4 triangle claw setting with pavè band

2 – Colour

Ask your jeweller to show you a premium color (D) and compare it with a commercial color (H) under a white light, not a spotlight. A spotlight gives a yellow refraction and sparkle to the diamond, making it difficult to see the true body colour of a diamond.

Image on the left has a GIA grading of D compared to the right which has G colour

3 – Inclusions

To most of us, identifying an inclusion in a diamond is like finding a needle in haystack. You could ask your jeweller to show you how to spot an inclusion in a VS grade diamond. An experienced jeweller will be able to guide you through the process under a high magnification where you will be able to see the unique inclusions in each diamond. Remember, no two diamonds are the same – you can admire the one-of-a-kind characteristics of each inclusion unique to that diamond. We’ve seen inclusions that resemble a heart shape or event round crystals.

Actual image with NO FILTER - to show the black inclusion as it is.

At the end of the day, it is important to select a jeweller who will be able to talk you through these differences in an easy to understand manner to help you shop confidently.

At Suen Jewellers, we are made up of highly trained personal jewellers who are always ready to share their knowledge with you. Come over for a cup of coffee or tea and discover more about diamonds.

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