The cost of buying diamonds can vary considerably.
Buying Diamonds online, for example, tend to be cheaper than from the local diamond shop in the High Street as, online dealers have much lower overheads, no shop, utilities and little staff to pay for.
Buying diamonds online can give you the opportunity of finding the best cut diamonds. It is relatively easy for sellers to list their wholesalers inventories online whereas stores can only offer and show their current stock. This will open the door to a much larger selection of beautifully cut diamonds at the best price.
In addition, there are many more dealers on line than there are stores. This increases competition and reduces operating costs the benefits of which, in an effort to get your business, are passed onto you the buyer. There are also some tax benefits to be derived from buying interstate and even from other countries in many cases.
Diamonds look their best in a well lite environment hence the lighting in many stores is deliberately designed to show the diamonds at their best. However when you get the diamond home or in the natural light you would normally display it, the difference can be disappointing.
So there is an additional advantage to buying diamonds online where you can have them shipped to your home and inspect them in the light they would normally be worn. You can also take them to a local jeweler and get an additional assessment prior to confirming your purchase.
Of course the difficulty with buying diamonds online is the uncertainty that you will get what you pay for, and how do you know you can trust the seller or dealer?
It is important therefore that you educate yourself very well with the various aspects of diamonds that you need to make an informed purchase.
Firstly general information about diamonds is offered at Price of Diamonds (link below) on the 4 C's of diamonds, cut, color, clarity and carat weight, the basic facts about diamonds, how to tell a real diamond from a imitation or zirconia. Additionally, there are various addition articles covering a multitude of facets (pun intended) of different diamonds, added on a regular basis so it pays to check back at regular intervals and read all of those as well.
The basic things to remember are to:
Ensure you educate yourself about diamonds. Understand about how diamonds are cut and presented.
Browse the dealers online and locate those that are reputable and reliable. Ring them up and discuss how they operate. Read their terms and conditions on the web site. Ensure they have a fixed address and contact numbers and faxes. Check if they are members of a Diamond Association in their country.
Get each purchase independently appraised. This ensures you know what you are getting. It appplies even if you are buying a diamond from a store. Especially if you are not experienced in understanding the value of diamonds.
Do a comprehensive search on prices. Once you know what to look for in a diamond you can compare apples with apples, or in this case diamonds with diamonds.
Whether you are buying just the one diamond for a celebratory occasion, or to impress that special person, or collecting as a hobby or for investment purposes, diamond buying can be a satisfying and rewarding experience provided you follow the important points above.
More comprehensive information and news about diamonds can be found at http://priceofdiamonds.org .