expecting diamonds !! Don't Panic. Here's help.
way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but the way to a woman's
usually involves a jeweller. And the most special gift of love that a
woman can receive is a diamond. But what is it about diamonds that makes
women go weak in their knees? When asked, most women would say it is the
brilliance and sparkle of a diamond that they find absolutely irresistible,
others would mention that diamonds have marked some of the most special
moments of their life and yet others would perhaps vouch for diamonds
being the ultimate statement in fashion.
But do men know how to choose and buy diamond jewellery?
Here's a step-by-step guide to help you.
And to make the buying of a diamond an exhilarating experience like no
1. TUNE IN
Pay extra attention to your girlfriend's clothes and lifestyle. Platinum
or gold? Simple solitaire or fancy scrollwork? Find out what she has her
heart set on. Is it a pendant, ring or ear studs? Watch her as you browse
while window-shopping. Go by how she reacts, not what she says. Watch
her reactions to other women's jewellery. She may be reluctant to tell
you what she really wants. Once you have an idea of her taste, don't involve
her in the actual purchase. She will cherish the memory of your surprise.
2. SET A BUDGET
Determine your budget and stick to it. Keep in mind that you're better
off buying a smaller, better-quality diamond than a big, dull, ugly one.
3. EDUCATE YOURSELF
Before you hit the stores, you've got to learn to talk the talk. After
all, how can you pick a stone if you don't know your 4Cs and how they
affect the dazzle and value of your intended gem.
4.FIND THE RIGHT JEWELLER
Only, we repeat only shop at a jeweler who has been recommended by friends
or has a spotless reputation in your community. Safe bets are retailers
associated with Debeers. What kind of vibe does the store have? Is the
staff knowledgeable and patient? What are the return, repair, and replacement
policies? Don't be afraid to ask questions and take your time looking
for the right piece.
5. BEWARE OF BARGAINS
Chasing a diamond bargain could prove very costly.
Avoid storefront 5-36 operations, discounters and any shops that promise
wholesale prices to retail customers.
6.GET IT IN WRITING
Make sure you get a "fingerprint" of your ring on the bill
of sale, which should include the stone's 4Cs, shape, dimensions, and
any cosmetic enhancements. Also, anything that affects its value if it
is handmade or custom-designed -- should also be noted. Last but not least,
plot the diamond's inclusions and blemishes on a drawing of the stone.
When you pick up the ring, check the diamond against the diagram to make
sure it's the same one!
Also insist on a guarantee from the jewellery store.
Think romance. Don't compromise. This is one of life's most important
occasions. You want a diamond as unique as your love.
Happy hunting !