Diamond Information for Diamond Buying

Diamond information

for those looking for the best purchasing value. Listen in – or send me an email and I will help you directly. Information covering best ways to purchase, performance (beauty), color, clarity, carat weight and certificates.

A diamonds value is dictated by the rarity of four characteristics, Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat weight also known as the 4c’s. These four characteristics can be further simplified into the system I termed BPS©. BPS© simply stands for Beauty, Purity, Size.

When you prioritize your diamond search by the BPS© scale your diamond search will be more simple and fun! Decide upon what’s important and mix and match your 4c’s to end up with your perfect diamond. *Note: though a diamonds value may increase or decrease because of rarity, most rarity factors do not affect beauty as seen by the naked eye.

The rarity factor of “Diamond Cut” is the most important characteristic influencing the beauty of a diamond and therfore falls cleanly into the “B” category for Beauty in the BPS© sytem. The better the cut the more rare and beautiful your diamond will be.

The rarity factor of “Diamond Color” definitely affects price, but does nothing to alter beauty as related to sparkle or brilliance. However you may find that your personal preference may lean one direction or another. Therefore color is personal and is filed into the “P” category for Purity in the BPS© system.

The rarity factor of “Diamond Clarity” can dramatically affect the beauty of the diamond in the very low grades and in other parts of the scale may or may not be visible to the unaided eye. In the lower middle to highest parts of the scale – there is no visible difference unless magnified and therefore may only affect beauty in the largest of stones. Therfore clarity is a personal choice for the majority of the scale and is filed into the “P” for Purity in the BPS© system.

The size of your diamond is characterized by two features. The more obvious of the two is its “Weight”. This is how much your diamond weighs on a scale. The less obvious feature is the influence that beauty has on the appearance of a diamonds size. The more beautiful and well made a diamond is the larger it will be percieved to be. Carat Weight is filed in the “S” category for Size in the BPS system

What are the basic differences in diamond beauty grading tools in 10 minutes.


Beauty, Purity and Size! Diamond Answer Man Episode 19

Just a quick note I am still working on the video showing the diamond performance tool comparison for those techno-geeks out there and  I know I said it last week but I really truly am just about finished.

So if you’re out there looking in to buy a  diamond going from jewelry store to jewelry store and maybe getting on the Internet searching and filling your brain with all that wonderful and I say wonderful .. However, your brain is mush if you spent more than a half an hour looking and reading about diamonds on the Internet for an engagement ring and it’s driving you crazy! Sure you don’t make a wrong decision because a  wrong decision can cost you lots of money and the other thing you could do is buy something that does not perform well. Listen to Diamond Answer Man Episode 19 and find out about Beauty, Purity and Size to simplify your purchase.

This is an extension to the show in 2012, where we talked about the entire goal for BPS is to simplify your diamond purchase! If you would like to listen to that earlier podcast it is linked here! You can also find it on iTunes, Blackberry, Zune and Stitcher Radio.  If you have anything that plays an MP3 I am just about everywhere you look to download.

If you are looking at buying and want some individual protection you might take a look at the free PDF Affidavit of Diamond Buying Agreement

I talked with a branded cutter here in the U.S. who has stopped outside polishing of the diamonds they produce. They found it is too hard to control the quality of production where price is the selling point for polishing job export.

Also the big question!

Plan and prepare for your diamond purchase.

  1. Set aside your funds
  2. Give yourself a time frame (write things down)
    1. Make a decision on diamond
      1. Get all your questions in order
    2. Make a decision on ring
      1. Pay Attention
    3. Make a decision on asking for hand
      1. Start thinking now!

And I may re-record Episode 3 and re-release it – oh how I hate the recording quality!!
J. Christopher


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