Every natural mined diamond is unique and rare. A fact, which means no two diamonds are the same.

Two diamonds with an identical grade and weight on paper are never truly identical.

Even with a diamond report from the same laboratory, microscopic differences will show not all diamonds are equal.

This fact can make shopping for a diamond overwhelming, especially for the first time.

Not all diamond experts are equal. Polishing and diamond manufacturing is the highest qualification. Getting the best from the rough is a specialised trade.

Buying a diamond from a Jeweller, and especially an online seller can be a daunting process.

Finding a beautiful diamond is relatively easy, but finding the best diamond and the correct one for your taste and budget is more of a challenge especially for a novice.

This is where the Diamond Exchange is here to guide will take you through the many factors involved in finding the right diamond for you.

Buying a diamond has never been so safe and easy.

How to buy a diamond

The 4 c’s of Diamond determining quality and price.

The 4Cs are Carat, Cut, Colour and Clarity. But there are many diamond characteristics which influence the value and look of the diamond, even with identical grades.

Round and Fancy Shapes

A diamond’s unique Shape and popularity determines the price.

Round diamonds are on average 20% more expensive all other attributes being equal.

The reason is the polished diamonds yield, or recovery from the rough diamond.

Certification by an internationally recognised Laboratory

Not all laboratories are the same. Most important is the recognition by world bodies like the IDC, WFDB, IDMA and Cibjo.

Knowing when and who to ask for help

Every polished diamond is valuable. However, a diamond’s characteristics determine how high we value it compared to other diamonds. Some qualities are rarer than others are. ‘Type 2a as example’.

Jewellers, brokers and wholesalers all use the grading scales set out by industry bodies like the IDC and recognised laboratories to make choices when assessing diamonds.

However, this is just the beginning when it comes to judging quality. Grading systems developed by gemological laboratories such as the GIA, HRD, DCLA, AGS and IGI set the standard.

These and a few other laboratories represent the most trusted certifying bodies in the diamond industry. You will find them listed on the main trade platforms like Rappnet and IDEX.

The 4Cs are a common factor when evaluating a diamond. Having an educated understanding of the 4Cs will help you make the preliminary choice. Having real expert help makes buying a diamond an exciting and enjoyable experience.

Having in-depth knowledge on diamond qualities and characteristics opens a new dimension in how to buy a diamond.

A certification of the diamond’s grade certainly ensures the identification. This along with professional for assistance will truly enhance your purchase.

The internet is a great resource and all the research and time spent will help. That said it takes years of polishing, manufacturing and grading experience to acquire the knowledge.

If you are not sure, ask us for help.