Buying a Diamond & The Popular Misconceptions

After learning about 2 different online articles spewing incorrect info, I feel I need to clear up some things.

Sure we live in a world where so many things are accessible online, but can you really believe it all??  I admit, I tend to be a skeptic, so questioning things comes pretty naturally.  Plus, taking GIA courses has increased my thirst for knowledge, and in that, the correct information to help me gain that knowledge.

The first article discussed the difference between qualities of diamonds.  The writer claims there is no visible difference between colorless & near colorless, so why spend more on the “so-called” higher quality?  As a GIA Diamond Graduate, this statement seriously struck a nerve.  If there is no visible difference, why do colorless stones demand a higher price?  If there is no visible difference, why do diamond dealers fight over the higher colored stones?  To be completely honest, sure there are folks who cannot see a difference due to various reasons.  Another thing to keep in mind is that not all diamond gradings are created equal.  Stones are still graded by people, so the grades are somewhat subjective.  One thing about Christopher William Jewelers is that we hand pick stones…you could actually say we’re pretty picky about it. ☺  However, if you can’t see a difference, we recommend focusing on other qualities, such as carat weight, cut, or clarity.  Just like when purchasing a car – would you spend extra money on features you would never use?  Maybe, but most people will make a rational decision based on need or what is important to him or her.  But, I’ll let you decide.  Take a look at this image and see if you can see a difference.  It may be a little difficult looking at an image, but trust me – if you know what you’re looking for, you can see a difference in person.

The second article went over differences between genuine and synthetic (lab created stones).  Again, the author was totally misinformed, stating the several following incorrect facts.  #1: Synthetic stones never show inclusions.  Okay - does this look like an included stone to you?

[This stone contains flux, which is common in synthetic stones.]

#2: Natural stones are opaque, due to all of the inclusions.  Partially true.  Low quality, commercial grade stones tend to be heavily included.  However, that is not the case for fine, gem quality stones.  #3: While lab created stones are always vivid in color, natural gemstones are not; they are more pastel.  Natural gemstones span all strengths of color.  Again, low quality typically means poor color.  However, if you shop in a store that focuses on quality & takes pride in their merchandise, then you should see genuine stones that look like this.

[FYI: These range from $690.00 to $1,690.00 so you don’t break the bank!]

BAM!  Just blew your mind a little, huh?  In this day & age, there is so much information available online – some good and some not so good.  But, like I said, you can’t trust everything you read.  My main tip is to use a trustworthy source when doing jewelry research (or any research for that matter).  Also, if something doesn’t sound quite right to you, question it!

Thank you for sticking it out by listening to me rant.  Feel free to contact Christopher William Jewelers if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
Your Honest Gemologist-In-Training,
Tessie E. Nauman
**First Two Images Courtesy of The Gemological Institute of America’s website**