Diamonds have been regarded as one of the most precious stones in existence since almost the beginning of time. In fact, the ancient Greeks revered these stones and thought that they were pieces of falling stars, due to their brilliance and sparkle. Today, diamonds are even more popular than ever, and thanks to internet shopping, are widely available in a range of prices and styles that anyone can afford. If you are looking for diamond pendants that will add a touch of bling and class to your look, it is important that you understand what to look for in a diamond pendant.
Diamonds are graded by the four â€œC’sâ€: cut, color, carat and clarity. These stones are essentially pure carbon, and not created equal. The cut refers to the shape the stone has been cut into and the way it has been polished to a finished product from a rough stone. There are many types of cuts, and this could be princess, pear, marquise, emerald, cushion, heart, round, oval or even custom. Princess is widely regarded as the most popular shape of diamond today.
The carat refers to the weight of the diamond, and when buying a diamond pendant, you need to find out whether the carat you are buying is for a single diamond or the total carat weight of the piece. The larger the carat of a single stone, the greater the value of the piece. For example, a one carat pendant that is comprised out of fifteen small diamonds is of far less value than a one carat pendant cut from a single diamond stone.
Color refers to the actual color of the diamond, and since few are the completely clear and colorless that is so desirable, there is actually a rating process for the color of the stone. However, some colored diamonds, especially yellow, blue and pink, are today highly sought after and so may have more value than even the clearest diamond. Clarity refers to the brilliance of the stone, and may also refer to flaws within the piece.
When looking online for diamond pendants, it is important to only buy from a reputable source. If possible, get certificates that guarantee the stone’s authenticity and value, as this will be helpful for insurance purposes. Most reputable jewelry stores are more than willing to offer independent appraisal services for very high value pieces, which can ease the online diamond buying process.
If you have gone to the trouble to research and buy a diamond for your jewelry collection, you also need to know how to properly care for your new found treasure. The more you wear diamonds, the dirtier they can get just from contact with your skin, perfume and cosmetics. Experts recommend that you use professional jewelers to clean these types of pieces, but if that is not an option, at least use a high quality cleaning product specifically designed for diamond jewelry. This will keep your bling looking like new without damaging the piece or your investment.
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