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Loose diamonds are one of the most sought after gems in the world: they play a big part in the history of gemstones. Loose diamonds have long been worshiped, treasured, fought for, and seen as a symbol for power and wealth dating as far back as 4000 years ago. Tales and stories pertaining to this magnificent gem go from horrifying real life curses to fairy tales that enchant our children. Today, the jewelry market is filled with diamonds that it is difficult to stumble on a jewelry store that does not have them. Loose diamonds and gems will typically be displayed in small, clear containers, preferably on white foam filler that highlights the stones' true color. There may be several stones in the same small case, usually of similar size and quality. These stones make perfect choices for diamond earrings or matched accent stones to create more elaborate rings. To examine the stones closely, buyers should not hesitate to ask the sales attendants to take the stones out of the cases. This process will give the buyer a chance to inspect the loose diamonds at every angle. Reputable dealers will have loupes, magnifying glasses, and other tools such as microscopes available for such inspections. It helps to have an idea about the jewelry design before choosing which loose diamonds to use. The right setting can help reveal the quality of the desired diamonds. For example a bezel or flush setting can conceal small imperfections that might be too obvious in a more exposed setting, such as a prong style. The type of metal can affect the stone color; gold settings will make lower-quality diamonds seem slightly yellowish and will look far darker while a platinum or white gold ring may be able to use lower quality diamonds without changing the color dramatically. Aside from ring design, buyers should also be educated on the desired size and shapes of the loose diamond. Gem dealers will usually have a wide array of shapes available for buyers to choose from. Not knowing the exact desired shape and size from the beginning, especially the carat size of the stone, might cause one to be confused and frustrated. However these delays can be avoided when one is properly oriented with the basic knowledge. The buyer must educate themselves about diamond quality, including several key characteristics of loose diamonds: The different shades and hues available in diamonds, Carats or the stone size. Buyers may want to note that stones may look smaller once they are set. Knowing this, prospective buyers should be ready to buy possibly bigger diamonds. The quality of the diamond's cut can affect how well the stone can be set in an engagement ring , and clarity which includes being keen of Diamond Flaws and Inclusions that potentially lower the stone's value. So, it is possible for a buyer to get a good deal when buying loose diamonds and to avoid the frustrations that may come with what could probably be the most important purchase of your life. In a nutshell, you have to have a budget, decide on the shape of diamond that you want. Common

shapes are round, princess, emerald, oval, radiant, baguette, marquise, pear, and trillion, and decide on the carat size. Then find the best color/clarity loose diamond that meets your budget requirement and carat requirement. Always remember that size does not equal value so a 2 carat yellowish diamond does not mean that it is good quality.

Author of this article is an a specialist on the subject of Diamonds and their shapes. He has written several articles on Loose Diamond, Diamond Online. He also runs a website called

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