İyi bir pırlanta satıcısı ile başlayın
BY FAR the most important thing you can do to make sure you get a deal is to find a good dealer. No matter what you learn, you will never learn enough to protect yourself from an unscrupulous dealer. It took me years to learn what I know, and I still need a dozen instruments and proper lighting to accurately grade a diamond.
The answer? I spent months testing and rating the top 24 jewelers and only 2 online dealers received my perfect score. I spent months again carefully selecting the best local jewelers in each area of the country to make it easy for you to shop with confidence and get a great deal.
Look at more than one store or Web site. Certainly check with the local Better Business Bureau to see if there are any outstanding complaints. (More on how to select a good dealer.) You might also check with friends who bought a diamond to hear about dealers they liked. Take these simple security precautions to avoid paying too much or not getting what you want.
Pırlantanın 4C sini öğrenin
The more you know about the 4 Cs of diamond quality, the better you will be prepared to assess a dealer and the price he offers.
Where to find good diamond information:
We've spent months researching and organizing our diamond knowledge on this site. Plus, our knowledge ansd services are completely unbiased. We don't sell diamonds or take referral fees from any dealers.
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Pırlanta 4C nin de detayına inin
What you don't know will cost you when it comes to diamond pricing. Please use our How to Read a Certificate report and be sure to follow the easy steps in our Diamond Pricing Tutorial to avoid making mistakes. If you do not make adjustments for the 13 major factors, you can easily pay up to 30% more than you should for your diamond. Easier yet, use our Dealer Ratings Report for the quickest way to find the best dealer and then the diamond you want at the best possible price.
İstediğiniz pırlantaya net olarak karar verin
The next step is to decide what you want. Go here for help in deciding on the size and quality of a diamond that is best for your unique needs and tastes. Don't settle for whatever a dealer has in stock -- use the information you have learned about the 4 Cs to decide what you want. Then hunt for a diamond that fits your unique needs. You can almost always find what you want if you are willing to hunt for it.
Pırlanta Rapaport Toptan Fiyat Listesini Öğrenin
Never buy a diamond without knowing the price listed for that stone on the Rapaport Diamond Report -- the price list used by diamond dealers all over the world. Caution: The 4 Cs and the Rapaport price list is not enough to price a diamond accurately. Our Diamond Pricing Tutorial will teach you all the tricks to using the huge online databases to include all 22 diamond price factors and find out the best possible price for your diamond.
Derecelendirme Raporunda israrcı olun
Always insist on a grading certificate from a respected, independent gem laboratory (we only recommend GIA, AGS or EGL). You should also arrange for a local, respected, independent appraiser to make sure the diamond you receive actually matches the certificate.
Bilgi Kuvvet dir
The reports and calculators in our Five Easy Steps make it easy to be accurate because they do all the hard work for you.
There are a great many things to know about Diamonds and the Diamond Industry. By reading books and the information available on the Internet, you can learn a lot, but that still doesn't help you much in physically grading a Diamond or going through the Diamond buying process. Nonetheless, if you know the right things you can have better success rate in buying a Diamond for a fair price. Here is a shortlist of the things you need to know.
Diamond Buyer's Checklist
- Learn as much as you can about Diamonds. Unless you feel that Dollar Bills are like so much paper, there are several thousand motivations to "know your stuff" about Diamonds.
- Decide and write down, in order of importance, which of the 5C's are most important to you: Cost, Carat, Color, Clarity or Cut.
- Once you know what you are looking for, physically visit jewelry stores. Identify a jeweler who is willing to spend some time with you showing you diamonds. Look at as many diamonds as you can that match your specs and budget. Make sure when comparing prices that you compare apples to apples. This can be more difficult than it sounds. For example, sometimes relatively minor differences in cut/proportions can have an impact on a stone's price and beauty. Most importantly, do NOT compare the price of a certified Diamond with the price of a Diamond which is not certified, or is only certified by an unknown Laboratory. You may be in for a surprise because the quality asserted by a no name lab may not match the quality asserted at a reputable lab. Which would translate into paying more money for something that is less than you thought it was.
- Always ask for a certificate. There are several Independent Laboratories out there. The most well-known is GIA, the Gemological Institute of America. GIA has done a great service by providing the public with a metric to compare Diamonds and by extension Diamond prices from different suppliers / jewelers / dealers. AGS (American Gem Society) follows the guidelines set by the GIA when they issue their certificate, as do all reputable labs. Nonetheless, if you don't know the rules of the game, even a lab report may not help you. For example, as mentioned in one of our articles, you should be aware of the difference between an appraisal by a G.G. (GIA Gemologist) as opposed to a report issued by GIA GTL (Gem Trade Lab). Many people believe they have a GIA-backed report when in fact all they have is a report written by a graduate of the school, which is a different branch of the organization.
- The Rapaport Diamond Report (Rap Sheet). There is a standard report of Diamond Prices known as the Rap Sheet. This officially lists high wholesale diamond prices in the NY market. The reality is that usually wholesalers speak to each other about prices in terms of the percentage discount to the Rap Sheet. How much of a discount to Rap? It really depends on the quality of Diamond you are looking for. On the wholesale market, Diamonds of some qualities are sold at a deeper discount to Rap than other qualities. There are market fluctuations which change according to supply and demand. The best way to know prices for the specific Diamond you are looking for is to shop around for a Certified Diamond of a quality range you desire, within your budget.
- Don't pay a premium for one of the C's only to turn around and get low quality in another C. While there are exceptions to this rule, for example if you are getting a great price, why would you pay a premium for a branded ideal cut diamond and then get a low color or clarity? Save some money on the brand name and upgrade the other C(s).
- Is it safe to buy a Diamond on the Internet? Definitely. When this tutorial was first written, there were many caveats. But these days there are so many choices and jewelers with a good track record, that you can watch the process as other consumers purchase and get a pretty good idea of what to expect. Also, just because you found a good supplier on the Internet, it doesn't mean you can't make an effort to visit them in person. Of course sometimes distances make it impractical.
The best advice for an Internet purchase is:
*Select a reputable jeweler
*Choose a Diamond that carries a GIA report
*Make sure you can work with the return policy
*Have an independent appraiser picked out who will verify that the Diamond matches the certificate.
One important warning about selecting an appraiser. Make sure the appraiser is not closely tied financially or openly associated with other vendors nor one that sells jewelry themselves. They may just try to make you feel bad about the purchase in order to get a commission or sale for themselves. Since most of the business an appraiser gets comes from referrals by jewelers, many appraisers consider the jeweler a better "customer" than you who are actually cutting them a check. The sad economics of appraising causes a conflict of interest far more often than you might expect.
When buying a diamond, the most important factor that you have to consider is your budget. This is a good starting point when making such an important decision. Statistics have shown that a common starting point for a diamond for an engagement is approximately two months salary.
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