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Infographics: How to Be a Smart Diamond Shopper

When it comes to buying a diamond, first timers often find the experience to be intimidating and confusing. Speaking from the perspective of someone who had been through the process, I can empathize with the feeling of being lost and getting overwhelmed by information.

Besides the 4Cs (cut, clarity, color and carat), there are many other factors to take into consideration when you are choosing a diamond. A lack of knowledge or misinformation can easily turn your purchase into a big disappointment. (more…)

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Beautiful Diamond Photographs For Your Eyes

Just yesterday, I brought out my old Canon camera from the dry box and decided to shoot some images of loose diamonds. In total, I captured about 120 photographs and picked out some of my favorite and most beautiful diamond photographs below.

ant beside a diamond

My favorite shot occurred by accident when a curious ant happened to pass by…


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Searching For a 0.90 Carat Diamond, SI Clarity With A Budget Of Around $5,000

5000 dollar budget diamondHi Paul,

Thanks for the great site. I have read pretty much every page of your website and it has given me the confidence to buy a diamond online.

Now, I have a question on how to go about selecting a SI1 diamond with amazing sparkle. My budget is about $4800 without the setting. I want to stay at a G or better in color and I want the diamond to have an excellent cut.

What exactly should I look for in the blown up video and image? When I look at the following list of diamonds, they all are SI1s but look dramatically different in how their arrows appear. Should I request other images for them?

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/F-SI1-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-1520684.asp
http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/G-SI1-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-1542585.asp
http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/F-SI1-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-1525466.asp

I really just care about it being eye clean.

Thanks so much!
Ashish Patel (more…)

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41 Industry Experts Reveal Factors On How They Choose And Buy Diamonds For Themselves

For many diamond shoppers, buying a diamond ring can be one of the most confusing and intimidating experience as a consumer. Why is that so? Well, diamonds are expensive purchases and involve careful consideration of various factors like budget, setting design and the 4Cs (just to name a few).

Almost every day, I get emails from consumers seeking help and advice on their purchase. The majority of the questions usually revolve around the 4Cs and a second opinion about their diamond choices. And then it got me thinking…

Will someone with gemological knowledge or experience in the diamond business make their buying choices differently from the general public? (more…)

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How to Approach And Find Good Buys in Estate Jewelry

If you had been around auction rooms or antique stores, you may have come across a term called estate jewelry. To put in layman terms, estate jewelry is pre-owned jewelry. However, most people confuse this term with antique style jewelry.

Strictly speaking, we only use the word antique when we refer to things that are more than a 100 years old. While some estate collections can date back to the distant past, not all estate jewelry might necessarily be that old. (more…)

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