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Questions to ask your jeweller when buying a fancy colour diamond

Buying a fancy coloured diamond isn’t like buying fashion jewellery. It’s understandable that the bulk of fancy diamond buyers will feel as though they’re in over their head when it comes to making their big purchase.

If you frequent a jewellery store in Sydney and trust that they will offer good and honest advice, there are a few questions that you should be asking when it comes to selecting the perfect fancy coloured diamond. Here are just a few.

What colour grade is this diamond?

In a nutshell, diamonds are graded from D-Z in terms of colourlessness – D being perfectly colourless, Z being lightly coloured. Diamonds generally lose value the further down the alphabet they’re graded.

But any diamond with colour that falls beyond the Z rating is considered a fancy diamond. The heavier hues result in these diamonds rising markedly in value. The gradings for fancy coloured diamonds are as follows:

  • Faint
  • Very Light
  • Light
  • Fancy Light
  • Fancy
  • Fancy Dark
  • Fancy Intense
  • Fancy Deep
  • Fancy Vivid

Check with your jeweller exactly where on this scale your diamond sits, and ensure that the price reflects the grading.

Are there any non-diamond options I should consider?

Perhaps, instead of choosing a pink diamond, you could go for a pink sapphire. Instead of a red diamond, you could invest in a ruby. Ask your jeweller about the pros and cons of each gemstone, and make an informed choice as to whether a fancy diamond is truly your best option.

Are your diamonds independently certified?

Independent certification ensures that the diamond you buy is exactly what the jeweller says it is. Independent certifiers like GIA (the Gemmological Institute of America) aren’t beholden to anyone, meaning that you can trust their advice.

Are your diamonds ethically sourced?

Any jeweller worth their salt will ensure that they source diamonds that are conflict free and ethical. If your jeweller is part of an industry body such as the JAA (jewellery Association of Australia), they will be held to a very high standard.

Arman’s Fine Jewellery offers a range of coloured diamonds that are certified and ethically sourced. Visit our Sydney Jewellery store to explore our exclusive range.