These are the 5 most common mistakes in the search for a diamond

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Typical mistakes – and how to avoid them.

1. Not search at all

An engagement ring is not an everyday purchase and the selection of a diamond seems complicated at first. Therefore, many choose to buy a "finished" ring with a diamond already set.

Note: Only if you choose the diamond for your ring yourself, you can

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Choosing a diamond yourself is not difficult. All you have to do is to find out about the "4C", namely the quality criteria of diamonds. The next step is to weigh them against each other to find the diamond that fits both your expectations and your budget.

  • The 4C: How to recognize the quality and value of a diamond
  • Guide: Choosing a diamond

2. Exclusively go for color grade "D"

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The scale for the color of white diamonds ranges from D - Z and measures whether the stone has a yellowish tint: While diamonds of grade "D" are completely transparent, a coloration is visible at "Z".

What many do not know: The subtle differences between the topmost color levels are hardly visible to the naked eye! Only in the price are the fine color gradations clearly noticeable.

  • Avoid this mistake and look for a diamond in the colour levels F or G.
  • If you choose a setting in yellow gold, a yellowish colour is even less noticeable. In this case, you can therefore confidently choose a diamond in colour grade H.

3. Forget everything but the carat weight

Many people think that size is the only thing that matters with diamonds. This is measured by the carat weight: One carat is equal to approximately 0.2 grams.

Avoid this mistake! The value of a diamond is determined by four characteristics.


Besides the carat weight, these are the color, the clarity and the quality of the cut. These four characteristics are known as the "4C": Carat, Color, Clarity, Cut.

  • When choosing a diamond, it is always a matter of finding the right compromise between these characteristics.
  • What is more important to you? A larger diamond or better quality overall? Do you have a fixed budget or are you looking for a specific diamond, at whatever cost?
  • Weigh what is important to you and find the best diamond in your budget.

Guide: Choosing a diamond

4. Look for impurities with a microscope

The clarity scale measures how many small carbon inclusions there are inside a diamond.

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The same applies here as for the color grade: The subtle differences in the uppermost ranks are not visible to the naked eye.

  • For diamonds of the purity grades F/IF (flawless), VVS (very few inclusions) and VS (few inclusions) impurities are only visible under 10x magnification.
  • Even diamonds with purity grade SI (light impurities) are hardly visible to the naked eye.

5. Not insisting on a certificate

When buying a diamond ring you should always insist on the certificate of the diamond.

Only then you can

  • be sure of the ethical origin of the stone
  • make sure that the quality characteristics indicated are correct
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That's the way to do it:

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