How To Examine A Diamond

Whenever possible, you should look at a diamond just as a professional diamond buyer does loose (not mounted in a setting), with proper lighting conditions, and of course using the proper tools. Examining a diamond up close and personal will give you a true understanding of the intricate details that make each diamond unique. Here are some quick FAQ's and video links to help you understand the lingo and familiarize yourself with the tools and terminology.

When I examine a diamond should I use my hands or tweezers?

Diamond tweezers are the preferred tool to hold and examine a diamond. Oils from your hands can transfer to a diamond, so using tweezers will keep the diamond clean. See more details here

Should I ask the salesperson to clean the diamond before I view it?

The diamonds should already be clean, and a professional jewelry salesperson should show you the diamond after having cleaned it. See more details here

Does It Matter Under What Light I View A Diamond?

Short answer YES. In fact, when purchasing your diamond you should actually see it under several different light sources, and in a color grading tray. First use a laboratory light that bleaches out all color except for the actual color of your diamond. Also view the diamond under natural conditions such as sunlight because that is how the diamond will be viewed. See more details here

Should I View A Diamond Under A Microscope When Shopping?

Yes, you should view the diamond under a stereo binocular microscope at ten power magnification with a stable light source and two eyes looking at the diamond. See more details here

Why Is 10x Magnification The Industry Standard?

Ten times' magnification is the standard magnification in the industry as a result of the creation of the Clarity Rating Scale. This scale is the standard used throughout the diamond industry. See more details here

What Should I Focus On When Looking At A Diamond Under Magnification?

Look at what's in the diamond; this is the C of clarity. Most diamonds have minor inclusions and it is these internal markings that are very valuable in identifying your diamond, because there are no two diamonds that have inclusions in exactly the same places.

The other things that you look for are abrasions on the surface, nicks or cavities or cracks that may affect the structural integrity of the diamond. Also be aware of markings that will affect the beauty and brilliance of it. See more details here

Verify Diamond Weight

After you have compared your diamonds up close under the gemscope, your engagement diamond will be weighed in front of you. It’s crucial to know the exact carat weight of the diamond, as just a difference of a point or two can significantly change the cost of a diamond.