Diamond Size Tutorial
toward finding the right diamond is to learn what size, or
carat weight, you can afford.
Here is the fastest and most accurate approach to finding the size of diamond you can afford:
Research live prices at a large online diamond database.
I will show you how to do this at one of the largest databases, with about 500,000 diamond listings: DiamondReview.com's "Diamond Finder". But don't go there yet, stay with me for the step-by-step.
First, prepare two browse windows on your desktop.
For Windows users (it should work on most browsers this way):
- Make this window (the one you are reading right now) very narrow, so it only takes up the left half of your computer screen
- Click this link to open a new window for the search form at:
DiamondReview.com's Diamond Finder
- Move that window to the right half of your screen.
- Now you can read this tutorial on your left, and enter data in the search form on your right. Excellent.
- And of course, if you have a small screen, just print this page so you can follow along, then click to open your full window for DiamondReview.com's Diamond Finder.
Now you are ready to do your diamond size research.
In the diamond search form:
- Select your choice for "Shape"
- For now, enter whatever "Carat" weight you want (to get started)
- Select your range for Color (ex: "G to H")
- Select your range for Clarity (ex: "VS1 to VS2")
- Skip "Depth" and "Table" for now
- Select "Sort by carat"
- Check the box for "descending order"
- Click Start Search
Narrow your search until you decide the size of diamond you can afford! One site is enough for this exercise, so let's move on to other issues...
This is only the beginning, and you will be refining your size decision as you learn more about the rest of the quality factors in the next step.
Bit of Advice:
The secret is to find a good jeweler you can rely on, for answers to any questions you might have along the way. You might want to start with the tested internet jewelers and the tested local jewelers. Read our reports and make a decision about that first and foremost. If nothing else, they are good benchmarks to compare anyone else you might find on your own. If you have done that, then move on to Step 4.
Read a Certificate and go beyond the 4 Cs...