The Advantages of Loose Diamonds
There’s much to love about a diamond’s brilliance and fire, just as there is plenty to adore about their color and clarity. Sometimes a person finds the diamond of their dreams but are unable to find the perfect mount. On other occasions, someone may want a new gemstone to freshen up a piece of jewelry with deep meaning, like designer engagement rings. Still more people enjoy collecting diamonds, but don’t wish to place them in a setting. For all these circumstances, loose diamonds provide an answer.
Buying loose diamonds in person allows a connoisseur to see the diamonds at multiple angles and with more ways to view light traveling through the crystal. Few people get the chance to look at diamonds from the culet up or at the girdle’s edge, giving them a new perspective on the diamond. Those who are buying loose diamonds online or through a third party can ask for photos of the jewels they’re browsing. Without a setting to block the light, the diamonds are able to be photographed in their brightest state.
When storing loose diamonds, make sure that they are secure. They should be prevented from moving around, which may harm the stones or other jewels or jewelry that they may be stored with. Stones such as heart shaped loose diamonds or pear shaped loose diamonds, with their points and potentially thin girdles, may be particularly prone to accidental damage in these circumstances. Wrapping your loose diamonds in tissue paper before storage may help protect them from unwanted impacts.
A Buying Guide for Loose Diamonds
If you are searching for the finest loose diamonds either to create your bespoke engagement ring or simply as an investment, a buying guide with few handy tips can be quite helpful.
What Carat Weight Should I Opt For?
Undoubtedly one of the most vital and pertinent questions you must ask yourself when buying a loose diamond, because in comparison to all the different factors, carat weight determines the price and the size of the diamond you want to buy.
What Shape Should I Select?
The second most significant issue you should decide on when you buy a certified loose diamond. Purely a subject of aesthetics, unless you are clear about your personal or your fiancée’s preferences, figuring this part out is not easy. There is no dearth of shapes when it comes to diamonds. However, if you are totally clueless, the safest and the most popular choice is the Round Brilliant.
Which Diamond Cut Quality Should I Decide?
Once you have decided on the size and shape of the diamond, it is time to make a decision about the cut quality. Again, this quality leaves a remarkable effect on the price of a loose diamond. Selecting a cut quality is tricky since cut grades are usually not standardized across different vendors. While choosing the cut grade, it is always recommended that you should draw on the cut grade in the certificate over and above an individual retailer’s cut grade.
What Color Grade Should I Look For in Loose Diamonds?
The color of a diamond plays an important role on both the price and appearance of a loose diamond. The price and appearance of a transparent diamond differs from that of a fancy colored diamond. Also, consider that different diamond shapes reflect color at varied strengths.
Which Clarity Grade Should I Look For?
Loose diamonds which rank higher on the clarity grade i.e. has lesser amount of inclusions or blemishes will cost you more. You can save a lot by investing in a diamond which is apparently clean to the naked eye though ranking lower in the clarity grade as most of your diamond’s untrained admirers will never notice the difference.
Which Diamond Lab’s Certificate Should I Choose When Buying a Loose Diamond?
Consider only Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and American Gem Society (AGS) certified diamonds when you are buying a loose diamond.
Things You Need to Know When Buying Heart Shaped Loose Diamonds
A heart shaped diamond speaks volumes about your commitment and admiration for that special someone. The modified brilliant cut diamond in the shape of a heart is an unmistakable and unique symbol of love.
Symmetry is an extremely important characteristic when you are selecting a heart, since it is crucial that both halves of the diamond are identical. The cleft linking the twin lobes must be distinct and sharp and the wings or the sides curving down to the point must feature a slightly rounded silhouette.
If you are investing in heart shaped loose diamonds, any gemstone weighing less than .50 carats possibly will not be excellent choice because the ‘heart’ shape is way more intricate to perceive in comparatively smaller diamonds, particularly after they are held up in prongs. If the diamond is meant for creating a bespoke ring, three prongs or bezel setting with one prong each for the point and the two lobes will better preserve the heart shaped outline of the stone after it is positioned.
From fat to narrow, heart shaped loose diamonds come in an array of silhouettes. Though the length to width ratio of an ideal heart shaped diamond is just about 1.00, the choice of any specific profile should be always decided by your personal preference. Customers may prefer slightly narrower cuts (1.05 – 1.15) for hearts meant to be incorporated in pendants, whereas for hearts to be set in solitaire rings, a somewhat wider cut (.85 – 1.00) may look most appealing.
The decisions regarding the ‘color’ and ‘clarity’ of the heart shaped loose diamond is essentially a personal choice. A technically flawless unblemished translucent diamond may rank quite higher on the price hierarchy. However, actual difference between a diamond with inclusions and another completely clear diamond is quite difficult to distinguish.
While buying heart shaped loose diamonds ensure it includes accurate length to width ratio details including precise measurements so you know exactly what you are purchasing. Your diamond must be graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or American Gem Society Laboratories (AGSL) certifying its quality. In addition to that, the diamond should come with a Certificate of Authenticity issued by the Gem Certification & Assurance Lab (GCAL).
Heart shaped diamonds enjoy immense popularity in solitaire rings as well as pendants. Surely, nothing beats the excitement of conveying your feelings with a sparkling heart shaped engagement ring.
Make an informed and intelligent choice when investing in a loose diamond, contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you in making the right choice.