Picture by Kim Alaniz
A lot of customers ask me “How do I choose the best diamond for my jewelry?” or “I heard about the 4 C’s and I want a clean diamond” etc.
As most people know the 4 C’s are: Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat and the combination of these factors determines the price of the diamond. Now people read about this clarity and that color and yet the question remains – How do I choose the best diamond?
Well, I think that the question should be “How do I choose the best diamond for me?”
My best advice is to work with your jeweler and decide together what diamond is best for you.
With my customers, I always start with the design of the jewelry and as a result – the shape (cut) and size (carat) of the of the diamond(s) for that design like if the design requires princess cut diamond (square), round or oval or any other shape of diamond.
After we have an idea of what size and shape we want, I advise to select the best diamond that the budget allows and at this point the jeweler should take in consider the budget and give the customer a few options of diamonds: a very clean and with a very good color (if the budget allows it), a clean diamond and to compromise about the color, diamond with a good color and to compromise about the clarity, or any combination of color and clarity.
Now, when we have a few diamonds within our budget we should look at them and see which diamond has a good “life” or in other words which one do we like best and we should go with this diamond.
In the picture on the right, the customer wanted this design of a solitaire engagement ring and I guided him on choosing the right diamond for this design, with the best color and clarity while considering the budget.
To sum up, you should pick a good, trustworthy jeweler and work with him on finding the best diamond for you.