The secret to buying diamond jewellery, any experience diamond jewellery shopper will tell you, is in finding a reputable and helpful jeweler. If you can get personal recommendations from friends, colleague or family then that is a good start however there are still a few things you can check to verify that they are good at what they do.
Any jeweler of good repute will be trained and certified by GIA (Gemological Institute of America) or AGS (American Gemological Society) or some reputable established institute. Also they will be associated with various bodies in the industry for example the American Gem Society (AGS), American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) etc. Therefore look for these signs to verify that you do have a good jeweler.
Not knowing how to buy diamond jewellery and groping about in the dark is not only intimidating but will also frustrating and confusing. Learning about the 4Cs of diamond grading and about diamonds in general is fascinating and easy to pick up. Therefore do a little research online or read books and learn about diamonds. This will help you learn what to look for and ask the right questions which in turn will help the jeweler find you exactly what you need.
Although getting a Diamond Report (more commonly known as a Certificate) may cost you a little extra, it is recommended that you get one for your purchase as this not only guarantees your purchase for its value, quality and authenticity but is also necessary for insurance purposes or in the event that you intend to sell your diamonds you can negotiate for a higher price with this certificate in hand.
When you buy diamond jewellery always get it appraised. Do not use the services of an in-house appraiser but find an Independent Appraiser not affiliated in any way to the jeweler. An Independent Appraiser should provide professional appraisal service only and not make recommendations or sell any thing apart from their service.
When buying diamond jewelry, it is vitally important that you check for the return policy and read the fine print before you buy. Diamonds involves significant investment and therefore if you are not happy with it you should be able to return it. Most reputable diamond jewelers have a 30 day return guarantee. So make sure you understand the return policy.
Diamonds are very expensive therefore it is a good idea to protect your investment in diamond jewelry with an insurance cover. Recommended insurance cover should include theft, accidental loss and damage. These are the most common issues related with diamond jewellery.
When you buy diamond jewellery you may have significant emotional reasons behind purchasing it. You do not want sully these emotions by buying blood diamonds that comes with history of human rights abuse. Therefore always check for the vendor’s policy against blood diamonds and ask questions about it.
These tips on how to buy diamond jewellery should help you make your diamond jewellery shopping a pleasurable experience and also help you get best value for your dollars.