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Shopping for diamonds can be tricky. But if you do a little research on the 4 C's, you will be better prepared.
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Diamond Cuts Guide

A complete guide to diamond cuts and how a diamond's cut will have a dramatic impact on your diamonds' brilliance, sparkle, scintillation and overall appearance.
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There is no doubt about the importance of diamond cuts when judging the beauty of your diamond.  Brilliance, scintillation, Fire and sparkle are all a direct result of how well a diamond is cut.  Ideal cut diamonds will sparkle more than Very Good (VG) cut diamonds.  Diamonds with Good, Fair or poor cut are not good options if you want your diamond to sparkle.  


There is also a rule that is called the "60/60" rule that simply means you want your depth and table to be as close to 60% as possible.  A diamond that meets the 60/60 rule, has excellent symmetry, excellent, polish and an "Excellent Cut Grade", will spsarkle to it's fullest potential...guaranteed.  To learn more about diamond cuts, visit this page.  It's a great article


An important note:  A diamond that has a very poor clarity grade, ie: large number of inclusions (imperfections), can have a negative impact on the sparkle of the diamond.  This does not mean that you have to buy a flawless diamond or even a VVS clarity diamond, but you should consider buying a SI1 or VS2.  That way the inclusions will be small enough so as to not negatively impact the diamond's potential brilliance, fire and scintillation.

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Diamond Color Chart and the 4 C's

Diamond color is graded on a color scale that begins with D ( perfectly colorless) and goes all the way to Z. Most diamonds in engagement rings fall in the D to J color grade

 

One of the 4C's of diamonds is Diamond color grade.  This can be a tricky subject for new diamond shoppers, however a little bit of basic understanding on how diamond color grades lrelate to each other will help you make the best decision.  

 

One quick tip is that a colorless diamond is not always the prettiest diamond.  You have to babalnce all of the 4 C's (color, cut, clarity and carat weight) in order to get the best looking diamond for your money.

 

 

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Groupon lets you save $10K on your engagement ring - CNBC.com

Groupon lets you save $10K on your engagement ring - CNBC.com | Shopping For Diamonds and Diamond Advice | Scoop.it
Groupon lets you save $10K on your engagement ring
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If the high price tag associated with getting married is enough to keep you single, Groupon may have the answer.
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If you think Groupon is selling engagement rings at $10,000 discount, I have some swamp land in Florida that I would like to sell you.  The key to this promotion is the highly inflated "retail replacement value" that is printed on the so-called "appraisal".  Groupon is not doing any favors to their loyal customers by giving them the impression that the ring they are buying is worth anything close to that value.  If you are considering actually making this purchase, do your homework first. Look at the quality of the diamond and whether or not it's GIA certified.  Even by GIA's grading standards, an I1-I2 clarity diamond is a very low clarity grade.  There is only one grade lower and that is I3, which is pretty much junk.  Then you also have to factor in the low color grade, and does it even mention the cut grade?  Chances are also very good that if the diamond is not certified by GIA, the grading could be considered much lower than what is stated  on the "Appraisal", and I do use the word Appraisal very lightly!

 

Do your homework people and remember this about diamonds.  There is no such thing as a free lunch and you get EXACTLY what you pay for.  It is so nice of this company to sell such valuable diamonds for soooooo cheap!  NOT! 

 

(File this under "Too Good To Be True")  

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