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Purchasing Diamonds Guide

Looking for the perfect diamond engagement ring, but you don't know enough about purchasing diamonds? The Diamond Buying Guide presents the information you need on "how to buy a diamond." Read on to discover diamond purchasing information that includes descriptions of the various diamond cuts, clarity, color, carat weight, certificates, and more.

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diamond Does the thought of purchasing a diamond ring overwhelm you? Maybe you think you don't know enough about certificates, cuts, shapes, grading scales, or colors to make a well informed buying decision. There's good news — contrary to what some sales clerks and web sites would like you to believe, buying a diamond isn't rocket science.

An understanding of diamond grading will give you the technical information needed when making purchasing decisions. And learning about the available diamond shapes will help you narrow down your choices.

Where to Start When Buying Diamonds

If you want to learn the basics of diamond buying, start with our section on the "four Cs of diamonds" which explains the grading system for diamonds.

On the other hand, if you'd rather skip all of the studying and just jump to hand-selected links to diamonds you can purchase today, we've picked out close to 200 diamonds in a wide range of prices.

Diamond Size Chart

"How big is a one carat diamond"

Our printable Diamond Size Chart illustrates the relative size of diamonds and will help you make a decision about what size diamond to buy.

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More Diamond Details

We've put together some handy "checklists" so you're always prepared to ask the right questions and make smart shopping comparisons (including checklist items aimed specifically at purchasing diamonds online).

Throughout our guide, you'll see boxes like this one. These boxes contain information we think is pretty important.

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