Buying Diamonds Online
With all of the potential for scams concerning diamonds, buying diamonds online almost seems
unthinkable! However, you actually can purchase diamonds online, without any problems as long as you are
First, think about your reasons for wanting to purchase the diamond online, as opposed to making a purchase from
a local jewelry store.
The most common reason is price. Due to low overhead costs, online jewelers and wholesalers are able to offer
lower prices. See Brilliant Cut
However, you must be careful sometimes; a price that is too low is a sure indication of a scam.
One of the best things about purchasing online is the unlimited selection. When shopping offline, you are
limited to the selection in the stores in your general area. Online, there are no limits. But again, you must use a
great deal of care and consideration before handing your money over to someone that you cannot see and have never
Before shopping, learn as much as you can about diamonds especially cut, color, clarity and carat weights. When
you are knowledgeable about diamonds, it will be harder for a con artist to rip you off. Once you know more about
diamonds, you will be ready to start shopping.
Take your time. Don't purchase the first diamond that you see that interests you. Instead, look for similar
diamonds for sale. Do some comparison shopping to find the lowest prices.
Once you have found the lowest price, start doing your investigation. You know about diamonds, you've found a
diamond that you love, and you've found the lowest price but you are still quite a ways away from actually
purchasing that diamond!
Ask about the seller's credentials, such as professional jewelry associations that they belong to. View and
print the seller's return, refund, and upgrade policies.
Also inquire about additional services, such as settings and mountings, sizing, and free shipping. Do a search
for customer reviews on this particular company around the Internet. Also check with the BBB Online to see if there
have been any complaints.
Ask for a diamond grading report from an independent laboratory such as GIA
or AGS. The other certifications such as HRD and EGLUSA don't carry that much weight in the
United States and should be heavily depended upon.
You should examine the diamond certification prior to making a purchase. Finally, use a reputable
escrow service for high dollar diamonds preferably one that will have the diamond appraised while it is in their
The seller sends the diamond to the escrow service, and you send the money to pay for the diamond to the escrow
service. The escrow service has the diamond appraised, sends the diamond to you, and sends the money to the seller.
This is the surest way to protect yourself…again, make sure that you use a reputable escrow service!
Vicente Ross is a certified diamond buyer and appraiser who travels
the globe seeking incredible deals on Diamond Engagement
Cut Diamonds, Antique Diamond Engagement Rings,
Unique Diamond Engagement Rings and other Fine Jewelry and shares his finds and expertise on his information packed website
Source: Vicente Ross, http://DiamondExperts.biz/