Appraising a Diamond Ring

Appraising a Diamond Ring

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To appraise the value of a diamond in a ring, the appraiser needs to watch out for four major factors: the color of the stone, the cut, clarity and the carat weight of the stone. These four dimensions can be graded using an established grading system such as the gemological institute of America (GIA).

Appraisers look at how colorless a ring is to establish the color grade of a particular diamond ring. Gemstones that have stronger color like red or blue are considered to be less valuable, compared to the stones that lack visible colors.

Clarity level of diamonds are determined by appraisers by looking at the natural flaws which can be seen in and on the surface of a stone. Diamonds in which such imperfections cannot be easily spotted even with a 10x loupe are deemed the most valuable. Stones with inclusions readily visible under magnification are assigned a lower clarity grade.

Measuring the proportion of the stones and knowing how close they are to the ideal proportion set as standard is a perfect way of evaluating the diamond cut quality. Diamonds cut with these ideal proportions have been found to have the greatest brilliance and sparkle, and this is why their dimensions have been set as a standard. Important characteristics used to evaluate the cut of a diamond include; the diamond’s total depth, it stone’s top facet, the thickness of its edge, the polish and balance of its facet, and the size of the diamond’s culet.

The mass of a diamond expressed in carats is simply the carat weight of the stone. Generally, the relationship between carat and value of a diamond is non-linear, as one carat is equivalent to 0.2g. Smaller diamonds are significantly less valuable than the bigger diamonds due to the bigger carat present in the bigger diamond. When appraising a diamond, the weight of the stone should be taken into consideration because, diamond cost more with increasing weight due to the fact that bigger stones are very rare to be seen, even if all other qualities are equal.

Hallmarks can also influence your decision when acquiring a diamond ring, as this will tell you the metal content of a piece, its origin and the designer. These hallmarks are located on the inside of the ring. Unless the item is over 100 years old or the hallmark has worn off, all fine jewelry should have some type of hallmark. An antique ring that doesn’t have a hallmark can be appraised but if the ring looks new without a hallmark, it is likely to be just a costume ring.

In conclusion, appraising a diamond ring will put together the outcome in evaluating its stones and metallic parts, and the resulting value will show how much the item is worth as a complete piece of jewelry in the marketplace. An appraised value of a ring is significantly based on how much it would cost to buy the similar item in the market. Rings are valued by an appraiser by the amount to buy a new piece with the same features.

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