How to Choose a Diamond

your guide to picking the perfect diamond

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Choosing a diamond has been likened to choosing a life partner: one must tread with care. It’s true that most guys sweat over selecting a perfect proposal ring but that process can be a fun and enjoyable process if you take the correct approach.

Educating yourself is key and necessary in order to for you to choose a diamond rationally. With a wide selection of cutting shapes and sizes to take into consideration, it does take some effort to fully comprehend everything from the basics to making the best possible choice. 

Now, I sure most people might have heard or read about the 4 C’s of diamonds during their research or a casual visit to a jewelry store. But do you know that learning how to choose a diamond goes beyond the 4Cs?

Sadly, the majority of the people who think they fully understand the 4 C’s after an hour’s research or via a 5 minutes presentation in a jewelry store are WRONG. Likewise, if you think that you are able to choose a great looking diamond online just by looking at a GIA or AGS certificate, you better keep your fingers crossed when the package arrives.

A Little About Myself And Why I’m Qualified to Offer Advice

My name is Paul. I used be to a research officer in a top government manufacturing research institute. During my stint of 2 years as a researcher, I had developed scientific and analytic skills that enable me to examine any given data with a critical viewpoint.

While I am not a professional jeweler by trade, I became an avid gem collector by accident. The passion for diamonds ignited when I had to purchase a proposal ring for my girlfriend. Like most guys (or probably more extreme in my case), I was introduced to the fascinating world of diamonds in local jewelry stores and various online sources.

Very quickly, the desire for knowledge grew. Before long, I found myself immersed in gemological books purchased from GIA and even taking up professional courses to enhance my knowledge. In early 2013, I completed GIA’s Graduate Diamonds diploma program and topped the class for a practical examination module that was filled with trade jewelers and professionals.

I’m not telling you all this to brag about my accomplishments. Instead, what I’m saying here is that I have the credentials and background knowledge to offer valuable advice from both gemological and consumer perspectives.

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Let Me Show You How to Pick The Best Diamond Within Your Budget

In the process examining and buying diamonds, my analytical skills had also helped me question and dissect the information that was presented to me. There is really so much more that jewelers never reveal to you when it comes to making such an important purchase.

It doesn’t matter if you had never step foot into a jewelry store before or whether you had some prior experience in purchasing jewelry. What I am about to share with you on the jewelry trade is definitely going to be an eye opener. I’m going to arm you with the necessary knowledge to make the best of your online or offline shopping experience.

The Essential 4Cs on How to Choose a Diamond

Before you continue reading, you need to have a basic grasp of the 4Cs to better understand this section of the website. If you don’t have any idea what they are, please read on these topics first before you return back here again.


While the basic definitions of the 4 C’s are pretty easy to understand and are clearly indicated in a diamond’s certification report, most consumers fail to realize one thing:

  • The grading report alone Does Not tell you the full story of a diamond’s physical beauty without doing some further analysis…

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    So, how do you bring all these factors together and utilize them to help you in your decision making? Well, the good news is, it isn’t rocket science. It does however, require some simple analytical skills and know-hows and I am going to show all of that to you on the following pages.

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