An engagement ring is the most important jewellery purchase in a person’s life, but the dizzying array of choices and particulars involved can be daunting. In order to acquire the best possible piece which fits your budget, a basic understanding of diamonds is essential before committing to a significant purchase.

Choosing the perfect piece of jewellery for a loved one should be an exciting experience. This is why I like to make the process more pleasant by covering the basics – so that you may make confident purchases you are satisfied with.

Understanding the various aspects of diamond quality and characteristics is not always straightforward and simple. Bellow you will find a basic guide which outlines a diamond's characteristics, and how those characteristics influence appearance. However, if you are interested in gaining a better understanding of diamonds in a more hands-on environment, you are welcome to attend one of the diamond buying classes I teach regularly in downtown Vancouver.

This crash-course in diamond essentials covers in detail everything you will need to make an optimal purchase, as well as synthetic diamonds, diamond treatments and how they influence pricing.

If you go to the Gemstones section of my website, under Diamonds you will find examples for different size, quality and shapes of diamonds and see how they affect the prices.

Once you have made the decision to begin shopping for a diamond, you should allow a qualified professional to assist with your purchase. This will give you the peace of mind that you are buying exactly what you want and that you are getting it at the best price. As a Graduate Gemologist and a diamond grader, I make confident purchases for my clients regularly. I do not stock any diamonds, but shop for each stone individually to tailor to each of my client’s specific criteria.

I deal with both Canadian and overseas wholesalers and my prices are generally 5-20% below wholesale prices. If you have any inquiries, or would like me to assist you with your purchase, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Diamond Buying Class

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