So, you’ve decided to you want to add a piece or two of high-quality diamond jewelry to your private collection. Excellent choice! (Well, of course I’m going to say that...) Anyway, buying diamonds and diamond jewelry is an art in itself. And, of course, we have some handy tips for you below... :)
1. Do a bit of research about diamond quality. In other words: the 4Cs. I’ve touched on this topic a couple of times before (such as here and here), and I might do another piece sometime soon. A bit of basic knowledge like this will give you a better idea of the value and price of a particular diamond. Plus, you’ll also find a deeper understanding of the beauty of diamonds...
2. Pick a reputable jeweler, jewelry brand, and/or jewelry boutique. Basically, it’s not much different from picking a doctor: you need someone that’s trustworthy, who is properly trained (and certified by the proper authorities in his field—so, when we’re talking about diamonds, this would be the GIA), who can explain how a diamond’s quality is measured (see above), who can help you understand the difference between two seemingly identical stones, and who encourages you to compare different stones, designs, and so on.
Of course, you can find all of those qualifications here:
... or at any of Miss Mondial’s boutiques... :)
(This one is our store at Mal Kelapa Gading, by the way.)
3. Now, with diamonds, we often deal with differences in quality that is so subtle, so miniscule, that only becomes apparent under close examination using laboratory-grade equipment. So, make sure that your purchase comes with a diamond grading report from an internationally-recognized institution (such as, again, the GIA).
4. And finally, like with all major purchases, get your new diamond jewelry pieces insured (which, in turn, will require a diamond grading report... this is what the insurers will use to determine the value of your purchase).