The key ingredient for any engagement ring or eternity ring, nothings says “I Love you” like a sparkling diamond. South Africa is world renowned for it’s weath of natural resouces. It’s stores of precious metals such as gold, platinum and silver have meant that jewellery has always been a good buy in SA for tourists or visitors. But savvy travellers to SA all know that what they really should be asking for is diamonds! Here are 6 tips to buying a diamond for a piece of jewellery or investment.
- Diamonds were discovered in South Africa in the 1800’s and have been mined here ever since. In fact, the Star of Africa, which sits in the British Crown Jewels was part of the Cullinan Diamond, which weighed over 3000 carats when it was discovered near Pretoria. South Africa produces extremely high quality gem diamonds. Diamonds are graded according to the 4 C’s, cut, colour, clarity and carat or weight.
- The price of a diamond increases dramatically once you go over a half carat or a carat. Savvy buyers will look for a stone that weighs just under these weights, ie a 0.49 carat stone will be significantly cheaper than a 0.52 carat stone.
- When shopping for a stone for a piece of jewellery it is not advised go for a “D”colour stone. In diamond grading speak, “D” is a brilliant white stone and is the top colour but is recommended only for investment stones. Colours “G” and “H”are much better colours for a ring or other piece of jewellery. they will still look white to the naked eye and cost considerably less.
- When it comes to cuts, this really is personal choice. A classic cut is timeless and fancy cuts like heart-shapes are rarer and more unique.
- Clarity relates to the inclusions or imperfections that can be found in the stone. Obviously you want to go for a stone that has the least imperfections possible but often the grading can be misleading and anything that is a “vsi “or “vvsi” is a very worthy stone to be fitted in a setting as these you will only see any inclusions with a lope and only looking from the base of the stone and not from the top.
- Diamonds are very stable investments, they hold their value and hence are very attractive to investors who want a less risky investment in troubled times.
For an obligation free consultation contact Alon Bergman for more info on purchasing a quality certified diamond.