What To Look For When Buying A Diamond Bracelet

Choosing a diamond bracelet can be fun and exciting. But knowing what to look for and place value on makes for a sound investment.

Buying jewelry is usually an emotional purchase. Market agencies spend millions of dollars to appeal to consumer's emotions, not their intellect. A smart consumer knows what they are buying. They know exactly what to look for when making a jewelry purchase. Diamond jewelry has always been popular. Diamond rings and earrings are the most popular, with bracelets coming in as a close third. In order to make a powerful purchase, what should one look for in a diamond bracelet? Three things should be taken into consideration - the diamond quality, the setting and the clasp. The most important aspect is the diamond quality. The quality consists of four points, also known as the four C's. The four C's are color, clarity, carat and cut.

Diamonds come in many colors including white, yellow, pink, blue and black. White diamonds are the most available, thus the least expensive. Color diamonds are more rare, thus commanding a higher price. Clarity is the clearness of the diamond. This is determined by the amount or lack there of imperfections. The scale of grading clarity begins with I - for imperfections, VS - very small imperfections, VVS - very, very small imperfections and F is for flawless. Imperfections may appear as cloudiness and/or air bubbles. The closer your diamond is to flawless, the higher the price.

Carat is the weight of the diamond. It is not necessarily in parallel proportion to the size of the diamond. The weight will, however, be in direct relation to the density of the diamond. Also note, the higher the carat weight does not mean the better quality of the diamond. A one-carat flawless is more valuable than a three carat VS quality diamond. Keep in mind when buying a diamond bracelet, that the carat weight will be the total carat weight of all of the diamonds, not the individuals.

The cut of the diamond consists of the shape, as well as the facets. Different shapes have different amount of facets. The more facets a diamond has, the more sparkle it will deliver. This is due to the reflection of light off of the multitude of facets. Round diamonds are the simplest shape. Pear, marquis, oblong, princess and trillion cut are more intricate, therefore will cost more. After you have decided what quality diamond you desire, choosing the setting is next. Beside the shape of your diamonds, the setting is the most aesthetically important aspect of your bracelet. It will decide whether it is an ordinary diamond bracelet, or a hard to find piece. A diamond bracelet may have a prong setting or a channel setting.

Prong setting assigns each diamond to an assigned prong (usually platinum for strength). The prongs may then be linked together with chain links. This gives the bracelet a very loose and fluid fit and look. Linking the prongs via a common metal (gold or platinum) bar leaves fluidness but has a more rigid construction. There is also a channel setting, which always commands attention. The diamonds are encased next to each other in a common casing. This gives a continuous flow of diamonds. The direct placement of the diamonds allows for more facet exposure, thus a higher sparkle. Security of your bracelet begins when you put it on your wrist. A secure clasp makes the difference between your bracelet giving you memories or becoming a memory. Spring clasps and lobster claws are the most secure clasps. They are thicker and stronger, making them almost impossible to open without deliberation.

Choosing a diamond bracelet can be fun and exciting. But knowing what to look for and place value on makes for a sound investment. And let's not forget security for your new investment. A good clasp will save your bracelet, as well as save you from heartache.

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