By Robert Palmer
The cost of buying diamonds");
can vary considerably.
online, for example, tend to be cheaper than from the local diamond shop in the High Street since online dealers have much lower overheads, no shop, utilities and much less staff to pay for.
online can give you the opportunity of finding the best cut diamonds. It is relatively easy for sellers to list their wholesalers inventories online whereas stores can only offer and show their current stock. This will open the door to a much larger selection of beautifully cut Diamonds");
at the best price.
In addition, there are many more dealers on line than there are stores. This increases competition and reduces operating costs the benefits of which, in an effort to get your business, are passed onto you the buyer. There are also some tax benefits to be derived from buying interstate and even from other countries in many cases.
Diamonds look their best in a well lite environment hence the lighting in many stores is deliberately designed to show the Diamonds");
at their best. However when you get the diamond home or in the natural light you would normally display it, the difference can be disappointing.
So there is an additional advantage to buying diamonds");
online where you can have them shipped to your home and inspect them in the light they would normally be worn. You can also take them to a local jeweller and get an additional assessment prior to confirming your purchase.
Of course the difficulty with buying Diamonds");
online is the uncertainty that you will get what you pay for, and how do you know you can trust the seller or dealer?
It is important therefore that you educate yourself very well with the various aspects of Diamonds");
that you need to make an informed purchase.
Firstly general information about diamonds");
is offered at: Price of Diamonds");
on the 4 C's of diamonds, cut, color, clarity and carat weight, the basic facts about diamonds, how to tell a real diamond from a imitation or zirconia.
There are heaps of addition articles covering the various facets (pun intended)
diamonds, added on a regular basis so it pays to check back at regular
intervals and read all of those as well.
The basic things to
remember are to:
Ensure you educate yourself about diamonds.
about how diamonds");
Read the article on the 4C's of diamonds, cut, color,
clarity and carat weight.
Browse the dealers online and locate those
that are reputable and reliable. Ring them up and discuss how they operate. Read
their terms and conditions on the web site. Ensure they have a fixed address
and contact numbers and faxes. Check if they are members of a Diamond Association
in their country.
Get each purchase independently appraised. This ensures
you know what you are getting. It applies even if you are buying a diamond from
a store. Especially if you are not experienced in understanding the value of
Do a patient search on prices. Once you know what to look for
in a diamond you can compare apples with apples, or in this case diamonds");
Whether you are buying just the one diamond for
a celebratory occasion, or to impress that special person, or collecting as a
hobby or for investment purposes, diamond buying can be a satisfying and rewarding
experience provided you keep in mind the important points above.
So, as they
say, "know before you go!". and check out Price of Diamonds");
for full comprehensive information about diamonds");