Buying Diamond Earrings
Diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend, and why shouldn’t they be; they shine, they sparkle, they are beautiful, they are timeless, and they are sure to attract anyone’s attention. Of course all that comes with a heavy price–they are expensive! So before venturing out to purchase a pair of earrings that will probably be a once in a lifetime investment as far as diamond jewelry is concerned, whether you are a female treating yourself or a man buying for your beloved, make sure you have a little basic knowledge about them, so if time comes to selling diamond earrings, you know what to expect.
When buying diamond earrings, look for the 4 C’s- cut, color, clarity and carat. The first of the 4 C’s is the cut of the diamond and it refers to two categories–the shape of the diamond and the quality of the cut. Cut diamonds are expensive, but those cut in different shapes would cost much more because a lot of skill and time is involved in making the shape. For instance, a diamond cut in the shape of a little lily would cost a lot more than those cut into little circles. Diamond cuts typically have their own names experts refer to, such as an emerald cut which is a long rectangle while the princess cut is a square bottom with a pyramid shape on top. There are also the radiant diamond cut, oval diamond cut and pear shaped cut among others. Princess cut diamonds are generally around 30% more expensive than emerald cut diamonds since less common cuts are typically more affordable. The quality of the cut refers to how much light the cut reflects making it sparkle and how sharp the angle is.
Color refers to the tint of the diamonds. Loose diamonds are commonly colorless and transparent, and therefore not as expensive as the rare colored ones are. But diamonds are found in nature and come in different types of colors. Generally earrings made with dark colored diamonds would cost more than the lighter ones. White diamonds are preferred over yellow colored ones, which are considered dirty. Diamonds that come full of natural color such as green, blue and pink are typically rare but far more expensive than the yellow and brown diamonds.
Clarity is the number of imperfections or ‘inclusions’ in the diamond. Diamond, the hardest natural material can only be cut with another diamond. In the process of it turning from carbon to diamond some defects are formed internally such as gas pockets that reflect light differently from the rest of the diamond. These internal defects are called inclusions. The more defects found in a diamond, the lesser its price. Of course a perfectly clear diamond would indicate no flaws and thus would be very expensive. These marks are usually impossible to see with the naked eye; so a few flaws in a pair of diamond earrings will save a buyer a lot of money.
Carat, the unit with which diamonds are weighed refers to the volume and mass of the diamond. The higher the carat, the more the diamonds needed to make your earrings weigh and hence the higher the price. Almost everyone is familiar with this term because it is also used to measure the weight of gold. A carat is approximately 200 milligrams and each carat is divided into 100 ‘points’. Most earrings come in 0.25ct, 0.5ct, 1.0ct, 1,5ct, 2.0ct and so on. Diamond earrings with odd weights like 0.66ct come cheaper without losing on their size. An honest retailer will always write ct for carat or ctw/tcw (total carat weight). Because earrings come in pairs and should have equal size diamonds, buyers should always look for the total carat weight symbol when making their purchase. This characteristic of diamonds is usually the main factor that determines the popularity and value of diamonds.
The size, cut and color of the diamond earrings determine its beauty. Clarity does not have much of an impact of the beauty of diamonds and jewelers and jewelry designers alike have ways of hiding the imperfections in diamonds so they are not visible in the earrings. Those with higher clarity are much more expensive.
The most popular style diamond earrings in the past have been the chandelier style earrings. Great for work or formal occasions, the chandelier style diamond earrings are a series of connected bars covered in diamonds. These come in a range of prices that vary according to the size of the earrings. Another favorite are diamond stud earrings, which have the quality of being classy and timeless without being too loud.
Popular Diamond Earring Styles
It is not everyday that one buys a pair of diamond earrings. These are only bought on rare and very special occasions, such as an engagement when you want to give your girl a pair of beautiful earrings made from an expensive natural material, on an anniversary to commemorate a certain amount of years you have lived together to honor all your memories, or on the unique occasion of the birth of your first child. Diamond earrings come in an array of shapes, so observe the type of earrings your beloved wears in order to get an idea whether she would prefer dangling pear shaped diamond earrings, chandelier style diamond earrings, diamond studs or something in between.
There are a number of reputable retailers in the market specializing in diamond earrings, with Cash4Gold being right at the top of the league. Sometimes someone would want to sell diamond earrings gifted to them by an ex-boyfriend or husband, a family heirloom or just for the sake of getting another style of diamond earrings – that is where Cash4Gold comes in – to make your dreams come true!