We recommend when buying a diamond to ensure it comes with an independent diamond certificate but don’t simply rely on this alone. There are many factors you should take into consideration when purchasing a loose or mounted diamond and although sighting a diamond certificate can help to ensure authenticity and quality, there are many factors at play which can determine the overall value of a diamond beyond your 4 C’s. These are things like “cut grade” “Symmetry” “Polish” and “Fluroescence” It is also important where the inclusions are situated in the diamond and what type of inclusion they are as this will have an effect on the diamonds appearance and also effects the price. We inspect all of our loose diamonds before purchase to make sure we are sourcing the highest quality and we recommend you do the same. Always try to buy from someone that will allow you to view the diamond loose in its original parcel and under 10x magnification so you can get an understanding of what the factors determining the value of the stone are and what type of inclusions are present. Depending on the level of knowledge the Jeweller or Salesperson has they may also be able to educate you and show you the symmetry and cut grading of the stone which is just as important as the colour and clarity. If a stone is inferior in it’s manufacturing processes it will not be a scintillating diamond and can appear dull.
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Ashley Douglas specialise in designing and making engagement and wedding rings, and the supply of certified diamonds. We've operated out of the heritage listed Brisbane Arcade for 24 years, which is one of the oldest shopping destinations still in original form.