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Buying Loose Diamonds Online: What You Need to Know

Purchasing loose diamonds online to be set in your custom or existing piece may seem to be a daunting task. To a certain degree, it can be, but if armed with the proper knowledge, like anything else, making a good, solid purchase is easily within one's grasp.

Take into account every possible factor when selecting a loose diamond or diamonds, and don't be afraid to ask questions of the seller. Some important things to know and/or consider when buying loose diamonds:


  • Know Your Sellers' Reputation - It cannot be overstated how important it is to know that the person or company with whom you are dealing is experienced and well-respected in the world of loose cut diamonds. Brian Gavin of Brian Gavin Diamonds, for example, is a fifth generation diamond cutter with a long legacy of finding and cutting some of the most exquisite diamonds anywhere. If the person you are considering doing business with does not have a length, respected reputation like Brian's, it might be a good idea to reconsider.
  • Do Not Skimp on Cut - Of the 4Cs of a loose diamond, the cut/performance of a diamond is where most people tend to fall down a bit. Make sure to understand the various factors that go into determining the quality of a diamond's cut, so as to not end up with a diamond that an unscrupulous dealer or jeweler is looking to unload. This goes back to tip #1 in this series about knowing the reputation of the people with whom you are working.
  • Know at Least a Little About Each of the 4Cs - The 4Cs of loose diamonds are, of course, Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat weight. Take the time to do some research on the intricacies of each of these diamond specifications. With this knowledge under your belt, ask the jeweler or diamond cutter you are working with to explain the 4Cs to you. His or her explanation should be the same as what your diligent research produced. If not, be afraid, as this is a red flag.
  • Know Your Diamond's History - Is the loose diamond you are buying conflict free? In certain parts of the word; Angola, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia, for example, civil wars fought largely over diamonds and who controls their sale, have resulted in the loss of millions of lives. The only truly effective method for stemming this bloodshed of innocent people is to have consumers demand that the only diamonds they will buy be verified as conflict free. This practice can end the death and suffering of untold numbers of men, women and children. Before even considering looking at a loose diamond from any jeweler, take Brian Gavin's advice and ask this jeweler point blank and directly if they can verify that their diamonds' sources are conflict free. If they cannot, take a stand on behalf of those who cannot protect themselves from harm and walk directly out of that jeweler's place of business.
  • Does it "Flip Your Trigger"? - Ultimately, regardless of size or style of cut, the diamond you buy simply needs to be thoroughly aesthetically pleasing to you. A brilliant loose diamond should shout out to you. No matter what a specific loose diamonds value may be when compared to another, it is not a good deal unless you love it.

To start getting a good feel for what is out there in the loose diamond world, click the button above, where you will find a huge collection of fine cut diamonds that can be searched through a thorough system of applying just the right particulars to result in seeing only the loose diamonds online that fit your desires.

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