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Guide To Diamond Investment

Selecting the very best diamond value requires a complete understanding of diamond quality. By comparing the important aspects of diamond quality, one can accurately determine the diamond that provides the greatest amount of visual appeal in terms of size, beauty, brilliance and price. Below is a listing of the recommended diamond qualities that provide the very best diamond values.

When buying a diamond, let one of Droste's Certified Gemologist-Appraisers help you compare all aspects of diamond quality and then guide you to the best possible diamond value that is right for you.

Use the following guidelines to select the diamond that most fits your preference in a diamond:

Very Quality Conscious Buyers:

  • Cut: Ideal to Near Ideal (AGS cut grade 0 to 2)
  • Color: E, F
  • Clarity: VS1, VS2
  • Carat Weight: Largest Available At Best Price (Must Meet Cut, Color, Clarity Requirements)

Quality Conscious Buyers:

  • Cut: Near Ideal (AGS cut grade 1 to 2)
  • Color: F, G
  • Clarity: VS2, SI1
  • Carat Weight: Largest Available At Best Price (Must Meet Cut, Color, Clarity Requirements)

Selecting a diamond that is slightly higher than the recommended range of quality above is acceptable, however the size of the diamond will be slightly smaller. Selecting a diamond that is slightly lower in quality than the recommended range is also acceptable. These diamonds will offer larger size but a small degree of beauty will be sacrificed.

Diamonds below the GIA Color Grade I and the GIA Clarity Grade SI2 are not recommended. These lower quality diamonds cost much less but offer much less beauty and brilliance than better quality diamonds.

Finding the very best diamond value requires more than simply finding the lowest price on a diamond of a specific quality. For example, the best diamond value can mean finding the lowest price on a Certified Flawless, D Colorless Diamond with Ideal Cut, or it could be finding the lowest price on a larger but much lower quality diamond, such as a diamond with L Color, Average Cut and Imperfect 3 Clarity Grade. In these examples, both diamonds can potentially offer the buyer exceptional diamond value for their respective qualities.

However, when choosing the best possible diamond value from a practical sense, many agree a diamond with the greatest amount of size, beauty and brilliance when viewed to the naked eye, is truly the best diamond value. For example, when we compare these two diamonds side by side, an E color, Near Ideal Cut, SI1 clarity grade to a D color, Ideal Cut, Flawless diamond, the D color, Ideal cut, Flawless diamond would look significantly smaller with little or no apparent difference in beauty to the eye. In this case the lower grade E Color, near Ideal Cut, SI1 would provide greater diamond size with equal visual beauty to the naked eye than the higher quality, much more costly D Color, Ideal Cut, Flawless diamond.

The very best diamond value considers the elements of quality in this order of greatest importance. Elements of quality that most effect the beauty of a diamond under normal wearing conditions are given higher priority than those that can only be seen under high magnification.

  1. Cut
  2. Color
  3. Clarity
  4. Carat Weight

If you need help in selecting the very best diamond value, contact Droste's Certified Gemolgogists-Appraisers at 1-800-766-7119 . We will be happy to help guide you to the very best diamond value for your money.

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