Some people say that a diamond is forever. When you consider picking up diamond gifts for the important people in your life, you have a lot to think about beyond the mere makeup of the stone's setting. While the setting is definitely an important component to think about, there is more to it than merely the setting itself. When you buy diamonds, you are buying more than just a rock to put into a ring or necklace. A diamond is a special kind of stone, and as such requires some specialized knowledge.

Buying diamonds or any other kind of jewelry requires an appreciation for the subtle aspects of both the stone and the setting into which it will be placed. While you do not need to worry about a diamond getting scratched up by its placement within a setting, you may need to be somewhat concerned about the setting not allowing the diamond to catch as much light as it should in order to sparkle as much as it can. Jewelry that showcases a stone needs a lot of light.

While a lot of people who own diamond jewelry do not realize this, the setting actually has a lot to do with how well the diamond's cut and other qualities are shown off. The way the light plays off of the diamond and through it makes a huge amount of difference to the overall look of the piece, as well as the gem itself. A proper diamond in a bad setting will look bad, and even the best diamonds do not look their best if their settings are not up to par with the quality of the stone. Of course, there are occasions when you can cheat somewhat and make the opposite work just as well.

In gem investment, there are several different quality levels for stones. At one extreme are the diamonds that are used for drill bits. These are not gem quality in the slightest, and you would never see them on a piece of jewelry. On the exact opposite end of the diamond spectrum are investment grade stones that typically cost far more than the average person can afford to spend.

The most major advantages to investment grade stones are things that most people would not care that much about anyway, such as an extravagant size or having absolutely no inclusions. While these are great for their status symbol value, most people only need a stone that looks great in its setting. This means that even with some small inclusions, the stone will still look great when its wearer shows it off. A few tiny inclusions can easily be hidden when the right kind of setting is used, and this makes all the difference. For a small fraction of the price that a "perfect" stone would command, you can get a nice stone that will still look great for its intended purpose.

Ultimately, your diamond buying experience should be one that is both relaxing and educational for you. The gem dealer should be willing to explain every facet of the diamond experience, both literally and figuratively speaking. When you know that your gem is coming from a knowledgeable and reputable expert in the field, you can focus on buying a beautiful stone instead of worrying about whether you will be paying the best price you can find. On top of that, even if you do work with a highly reputable gem dealer, you might still want to get a second opinion to make sure the deal you are getting is the best one possible. Just remember that in the end, spending a little more or less on a diamond is a small matter, since this is the kind of gift that lasts.

This is particularly the case with engagement rings.

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