Tips for Buying Diamonds Online
This article was written to answer many of the most frequently
asked questions on the topic of buying diamonds and diamond
jewelry from sites on the Internet. I hope you find all of this
Considering all of the possible ways you can be scammed when
shopping for diamonds, buying diamonds online almost seems
unimaginable! Even so, you absolutely can acquire diamonds
online, with no problems as long as you are careful. First,
consider your reasons for wanting to buy the diamond online,
contrary to making a purchase from a local jewelry outlet. The
most common reason is price. Due to low overhead costs, online
jewelers and wholesalers are able to offer reduced prices.
However, you should be wary, because sometimes a price that is
too low is a possible indication of a scam.
One of the excellent things about purchasing diamonds online is
the unconstrained selection. When shopping offline, you are
limited to the choices in the stores in your general location.
Online, there are no such limits. But again, you must use a
great deal of care and attentiveness prior to handing your cash
over to someone that you cannot see and have never met in person.
Before shopping, learn as much as you can about diamonds -
specifically cut, clarity, color and carat weight. When you know
more about diamonds, it will be that much more difficult for an
unscrupulous merchant to rip you off. When you know
significantly more about diamonds, you will then be prepared to
start shopping in earnest.
Take your time. Don't purchase the first diamond you see that
interests you. Instead, look for diamonds that are very similar
but are priced lower. Do some comparison shopping to find the
lowest prices. Once you have found the best price, start your
investigation. Now you know about diamonds, you've found a
diamond that you love, and you've found the lowest price... but
you are still quite a ways from actually purchasing that new
diamond or piece of jewelry.
Ask about the seller's credentials. Do a search for customer
reviews on this particular company around the Internet. Be sure
to check with the BBB Online to see if there have been any
complaints lodged against them. You'll want to know any
professional jeweler associations they belong to. View and print
the seller's return and refund policy, as well as their upgrade
policy. Also, inquire about additional services, such as
providing settings and mountings, sizing rings, and free
shipping. Ask for a diamond grading report from an independent
laboratory, such as GIA, EGL, or AGS. These are organizations
that are respected around the world in the gem industry. You
need to see this before making a jewelry purchase that includes
diamonds, such as diamond engagement
rings or anniversary rings.
Lastly, use a trustworthy escrow service for high-priced
diamonds and diamond jewelry - preferably one that will have the
diamond appraised while it is in their keeping. The merchant
sends the gem to the escrow company, and you send the money to
pay for the diamond to the escrow service. The escrow service
has the diamond independently appraised, sends the diamond to
you, and forwards the money you've paid to the seller. This is
the surest way to shield yourself. Again, make sure that you use
a reputable escrow service that you've also vetted for security
and excellent business practices.
I hope you have gotten some good ideas from this article and
that you are able to use them in preparation for your upcoming
diamond purchase. Remember, always investigate the diamond
merchant's credentials and any complaints filed with the local
Better Business Bureau. If you still have a nagging little voice
telling you something's wrong, you should move on and check out