Black DiamondsDark and impressive, black diamonds make a marvelous choice for engagement rings, wedding rings, earrings, and more. Black diamonds are fancy color diamonds however; they are much more affordable than other elegant color diamonds such as pink and blue diamonds. These opaque diamonds have no sparkle or glimmer. Instead, they have a high luster.
Different Types Of Black DiamondsThere are naturally manifesting black diamonds and also treated black diamonds. Because black diamonds are so rare, they are quite often treated to become black. Treated (also called enhanced) black diamonds are man-made by taking white diamonds that have too many inclusions to use for precious jewelry. The diamonds are then heated or irradiated to acquire a dark color. Color treated black diamonds are actually an astonishingly dark green color, but appear black in regular lighting. A GIA certification will specify if a diamond is purely natural or color treated. At Segal Jewelry, we only use natural black diamonds in our diamond jewelry.
Even though black diamonds are unique, they are generally less expensive than colorless diamonds. This is mainly because they are in far less demand than colorless diamonds. We think there aren’t any recognized guidelines as to how much a black diamond should cost, but a natural fancy black diamond will generally cost from $2,000 to $3,000 per carat.
Be wary of inexpensive black diamonds.If you stumble upon a low-cost black diamond, it was likely color treated. As the good old saying goes, if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.
Make The 4 C’s Work For YouBrush up on your diamond knowledge and familiarize yourself with the 4Cs. Isolate which of the 4Cs - cut, color, clarity, or carat weight - is the most necessary to you while buying diamonds. This will help you figure out where your opportunities are for saving money. For most potential customers, cut is the most essential 4C grade, because a diamond’s cut quality has the most impact on sparkle. For budget requirements, this means that a lower clarity or color grade will be a good way to save.
If you really want to save on clarity grade, it’s best to go with a brilliant cut diamond. Princess and round diamonds are the most widely recognized brilliant shapes. Brilliants will hide out lower clarity grades because of the faceting design on their table.
Consider Fancy Shape DiamondsWhile round cut diamonds are a super sparkly classic, they are also the most expensive diamond pattern. Fancy shapes are a more affordable option. In terms and conditions of diamond cutting, princesses are the least wasteful shape. This usually means that a princess cut can cost 20-30% less than a round cut of the same carat weight.
Oval shaped diamonds, pear shaped diamonds, and marquise shaped diamonds tend to look larger than other diamond shapes of the same carat bodyweight. This is because these diamond shapes and sizes have a larger surface area, so they face up bigger.
If you are searching for a diamond shape that you know is well-known at the moment, make sure to do lots of comparison shopping to make sure you are having a fair price. In 2019, oval shaped diamonds and pear shaped diamonds have been trending, so make absolutely sure to compare prices if you are considering one of these shapes. Fortunately, Segal Jewelry offers a price match guarantee on all natural diamonds. If you see an online competitor’s diamond priced for less, we will make an effort to find a similar diamond at a lower price.
Don’t Buy Uncertified DiamondsSome people today make the ill-advised choice to purchase uncertified diamonds to save money. Sellers of uncertified diamonds have a tendency to offer a steep price discount, but it is most assuredly not worth the risk. Uncertified diamonds - if they are authentic diamonds at all - are nearly always extremely low quality. Quite possibly with the discount provided, you will not be getting what you paid for.
You should also be wary of jewelers or online, that claim to offer wholesale diamonds to make sales. Anyone who is offering diamonds to the general public is not offering wholesale diamonds! Online jewelers have access to wholesale diamonds.
Don’t Buy Blind
Even if it is a screaming deal, don’t buy diamonds without acquiring a clear sense of what it looks like. This may seem intuitive, but many people purchasing diamonds online have only seen digital renderings of the stone. Ask the diamond seller for genuine photos or video of the diamond in question. Or, take advantage of a service like Segal Jewelry’s free in-store preview program, which allows our customers who are buying a diamond to see their diamond in person, obligation-free.
Universally, round or circular diamond shapes work for any hands, large or small. The ten most popular diamond shapes or designs to choose from are round, emerald, princess, cushion, Asscher, heart, marquise, oval, radiant, and pear. Think about your lifestyle and what kind of design and setting fits best with it.
There are no difficult rules about what diamond design you should wear. We believe the greatest diamond shape for you is the one you love, not what fits into society’s beauty standards about what types of hands are beautiful or not (who wrote those rules, anyway?). You write your own rules, and your hands are gorgeous no matter what size they are. At Segal Jewelry, we have a diamond ring style and shape to flatter every finger and every hand, and there is one rule we DO believe in: wear what you love.
The bottom line is that you should choose for the ring that you love-no matter what size, shape, or setting. With hundreds of configurations, several materials, and plenty of band styles to pick from, you can feel confident about finding the right ring for you (or we can custom design one for you).
Buying an engagement ring is a very important life decision. It symbolizes that you’re ready to make a lifelong commitment to your other half. You want to find the best and perfect ring, created with the same level of passion and care that fuels your love for each other. To find a diamond that reflects the brilliance of your love, explore Segal Jewelry’s hand-curated diamond selection, or read on for more ways to shop.