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Buying a Diamond in Auction Checklist

Lewis Findley
Lewis Findley

How to Buy Diamonds in Auction

Buying a diamond online can present the same amount of trouble as looking for a new home, car or even a holiday.

Where do you start? What do you prioritise? How do you skip past the jargon? Well, we created this guide because that diamond you're looking for does exist and hopefully, we can take you there.

From the 4Cs right down to what's the best setting, start asking yourself the right questions before you buy diamonds online!

The first question is budget.

What's My Budget?

How do I budget for an engagement ring?

Determining a budget for your desired gemstone, ring or diamond is pivotal because it gives you a ceiling for what you can and cannot buy.

It's imperative that you stick to your budget because, as you research more into engagement rings, you'll start seeing how the prices fluctuate once certain elements are taken into account.

These elements are called the Four Cs and they determine the quality of a diamond or gemstone.

What are the 4 Cs of a Diamond?

What are the four Cs?

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The Four Cs refers to the quality of a diamond. When you break them down, they stand for Cut, Clarity, Colour and Carat. 

We have a guide for each aspect of the Four Cs. 

It's important that you make use of these guides so you can profile the diamond you're looking for. 

Once you have your ideal diamond qualities, It's time to think of the shape.

Which Diamond Shape is the Best?

What's the best diamond shape?

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Diamonds come in various shapes and this affects the way they look and feel. For example, there are round-cut, oval, baguette, trillion and even princess cuts but there's more!

Finding the ideal shape means you'll need to know what other shapes are out there. Check out this guide on diamond shapes and find that perfect shape to symbolise what you're looking for.

Once you have your diamond, it's time to move onto the setting.

Which Diamond Setting is the Best?

What's the best diamond setting?

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There's a wealth of settings available for your jewellery. Examples include Prong, channel, bar, bezel, tension, illusion.

They influence how the ring sits and also if it's accompanied by any other diamonds etc. 

Finding the setting you want can be overwhelming but this guide will explain 16 different settings along with the pros and cons of each!  

Once you have your setting, what metal should it be in?

Gold vs Platinum - Which One is Better?

What's the difference between yellow, white, rose gold and platinum?

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The arguments regarding gold, white gold, rose gold and platinum are quite fascinating. 

They each have their own pros and cons which range from how comfortable they are to which metal is easier to work with!

What you need to remember is that platinum is the most expensive out of the four. It's renowned for its longevity but it requires special knowledge when working on it e.g. resizing. 

Check our guide which explains the main differences between platinum and yellow, white and rose gold.

final words

Finding the perfect diamond can be difficult but it's not impossible!

This guide was designed to give you the information, or at least a starting point, so you can find that perfect diamond.

Don't stop here though. You can find a wealth of jewellery available in our auctions from gemstones to engagement rings and luxury jewellery.

Discover our current catalogues to Bid, Win and Love today!