Many people prefer to buy their diamond rings online these days. If you are also planning to do so, the tips below will help you with your purchase.
Choosing Diamonds Online
Let’s agree that buying diamonds online is a bit more tricky than doing so in person. The main reason is that you don’t see the stone while shopping. Of course, you can see the colour, clarity and cut grades of diamonds listed on the website, but being able to see the actual stones in person would give you a better idea of how each of them would look. Not to mention that often diamonds of the same quality grade may look slightly different.
That’s why, if you are buying diamonds online, choose reputable websites where you can see high-quality pictures of the actual stones. Never buy diamonds that you haven’t seen at all.
Make sure that the diamonds you are going to buy online are accompanied by a diamond certificate issued by a reputable institute. This certificate ensures that the quality of the stone has been checked by an independent third-party organization specialized in gemstone grading. In other words, a report is a kind of guarantee that you are getting what you are paying for.
Buying Diamonds: Loose or Mounted?
Another important decision is whether to buy rings with diamonds that have already been set or buy loose diamonds and have them set in the mounting.
The advantage of buying loose diamonds is that you can see stones from all sides and notice any flaws easily. On the contrary, when the stone is already set, the mounting can hide some visible flaws of the stone. This is fine as long as you don’t take the stone out. But if someday you decide that you want another mounting, it may not conceal the diamond’s imperfections so well.
Selecting the Metal
When selecting diamond rings online, you should pay attention to the durability of the metal as well.
The most durable choice is platinum, but it is also the most expensive one.
White gold is a popular option too. It’s relatively durable and cheaper than platinum.
Compared with these two metals, yellow gold wears out more easily as it is softer.
Keep in mind to choose the colour of the metal according to the colour of the diamonds. Stones that have visible yellow tints should not be put in white metals. They will make the hues in the diamonds even more noticeable. For such stones, yellow gold is a better solution.
Don’t Forget About Return Policies
When shopping for diamond rings online, it’s worth stressing the importance of reading the return policy of the store since you won’t always have the option to see the rings and diamonds in person before the purchase.
In case you don’t like how the ring and the stones look when worn, the terms should allow you to return the piece within a certain period.
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