Does the thought of purchasing a diamond ring overwhelm you? Don't think you
know enough about certificates, inclusions, grading scales, and colors?
Or do you know the basics, but need a refresher course?
A good understanding of diamonds is necessary before you begin shopping.
Our guide gives you the basics -- the all-important "four Cs",
a glossary of terms, special information on "fancy shapes,"
a Diamond FAQ, and more.
Where to Start When Buying Diamonds
If you want to learn the basics of diamond buying, start with our section on the "four Cs of diamonds" which explains
the grading system for diamonds.
On the other hand, if you'd rather skip all of the studying and just jump to hand-selected links to diamonds you can purchase today,
first visit our "Diamond Shapes" page. Once you know what shape diamond you'd like to buy, visit one of the following pages where
you'll find links to diamonds in a variety of price ranges:
We've put together some handy "checklists"
so you're always prepared to ask the right questions and make smart shopping comparisons
items aimed specifically at purchasing diamonds online).
- The "Four Cs" of Diamonds
These are the basics -- and what you should know before you begin
shopping for your diamond.
Learn the difference between an "appraisal" and a "certificate" and why
a certificate is an important part of your diamond purchase.
The world of diamonds has its own language. If you're confused by any
of the terms used in these documents (or other terms you've heard from
diamond jewelers), check the glossary.
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