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Buying a beautiful diamond

ally —  December 8, 2015

SparkleIn our previous post we warned against buying diamonds online. The speed with which you can purchase items as well as the possibility of a bargain, is tempting but don’t be fooled. As a follow-up to that post here is a quick overview of the key factors you need to consider when buying a beautiful diamond.


Grading a diamonds exact colour is impossible once it has been set into a ring. We also can’t be sure of the certification at this stage which is why buying from a reputable and trusted jeweller is advised. They will have checked this information before buying the diamond loose which then gives you piece of mind that you are buying a beautiful diamond.


If you look at a beautiful diamond under magnification you expect it to be attractive to the eye. Aesthetics are key and can vary dramatically with clarity rating. The eye is the best way to assess a diamonds visual appeal and plays a major role despite the differences in clarity rating. It’s best to have an expert opinion., and of course see the stone before you buy it.  A small mark or inclusion in the wrong place on a diamond will mean that it could be visible to the naked eye.  Something that should be avoided at all costs.  Every time the wearer looks at the diamond their eye will be drawn to this mark and it really will ruin the diamonds beauty and appeal.  “A Diamond Must Be Seen”

Cut & Carat

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When buying a beautiful diamond, size does matter. One tenth of a millimetre can often be the difference between what is beautiful and what is not. The relationship between carat weight and physical size is of vital importance. The standard size for a 1 carat round diamond, should be around 6.3 – 6.5mm. If the 1 carat stone you are buying is 6.2mm or less, then we would advise you to not buy that diamond.  We would also suggest a smaller diamond with excellent symmetry, excellent polish and excellent proportions and a good colour maybe F or G over a larger stone that on the face of it seems good value but basically doesn’t sparkle because of poor its poor cut.  Again we say it “A Diamond Must Be seen”

Unfortunately there are a large amounts of poorly cut diamonds on the market. One of the major issues with buying a bargain diamond online is that you are most likely buying something that is sub-standard and not as valuable as you may have been led to believe.  A badly proportioned and cut diamond will probably have a very attractive and tempting price tag, but be assured its fire and scintillation won’t be attractive and it just won’t sparkle.  How you will know this before you buy it online, well you just won’t, and what beauty will a diamond have if it doesn’t sparkle!  “A Diamond Must Be Seen”

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Certification of a diamond can vary between different labs and the source of certification is important in ascertaining the true quality of the diamond. Your trusted local jeweller will be able to advise you on this and will have a knowledge of reputable laboratories that have worldwide recognition.  Robert Adair Jewellers in Ballymena, Northern Ireland can advise you on these key factors so that you know you are buying a beautiful diamond, indeed when you see it, the diamond will speak for itself.

Buying a beautiful diamond

When buying a beautiful diamond you must consider it’s source. As we’ve seen there are so many crucial factors to consider that we cannot urge you strongly enough to speak to a local jeweller with a good reputation who you can trust. As we said in our previous post, a diamond is a beautiful thing that should be seen and admired, but shouldn’t just be purchased like a commodity on the internet.

Robert Adair Jewellers in Ballymena, Northern Ireland can offer you the expert and trusted advice on diamonds and will be glad to help as you consider adding some sparkle to your life.

It’s possible to buy anything imaginable online now, from our weekly shopping to shoes, clothes and of course jewellery. There is no real risk involved with the purchase of many goods online but, here at Jewellery Latest we have to issue a caution.

Please think twice before buying diamonds online. A DIAMOND MUST BE SEEN!

SparkleThe beauty of a diamond is subjective and can be a difficult thing to explain fully. The grade of a diamond on a certificate only confirms the characteristics of the stone but not its beauty fire and scintillation. To determine this a diamond has to be seen. A diamond should not be treated like a commodity and be purchased on the basis of technical information on a piece of paper. Purchasing a diamond should be considered, researched and aided with the help of an expert.

Robert Adair Jewellers in Ballymena, Northern Ireland can advise you on the key factors when buying a diamond. The most important being the diamonds cut and colour.

In our next post we will go into a little more detail for you regarding the cut and colour and the other two “Cs” clarity and carat. A quick glance at the image below gives you an idea of just how varied diamond quality can be from the cut alone.

Remember to think twice before buying diamonds online. A diamond must be seen.

Robert Adair Jewellers in Ballymena, Northern Ireland can offer expert and trusted advice on diamonds and will be glad to help as you consider adding some sparkle to your life.