Learn how to understand the 4 Cs, choose the best metal for your engagement ring, and avoid being taken advantage of by sales associates. This course covers the following as they regard to choosing the best engagement ring for your partner.
This section will go over the basics of the 4 C's and how they affect a diamond's beauty and price.
The cut of a diamond refers to its shape but also its symmetry. This lecture will cover:
Clarity refers to how clear or included a diamond is. This lecture will cover:
Color refers to the overall body of the diamond. This lecture will cover:
Carat weight is purely the amount of diamond present. Be careful when buying diamonds online!
A summary of the most important factors to look for in each C of your diamond.
Fancy shapes are any shape of diamond other than a round brilliant. This lecture will cover:
Diamond certificates and diamond grading reports are useful, but be wary of folks who use it as a selling point. This lecture will help you understand how you can use certificates to your benefit.
This section will go over the most common jewelry metals and the characteristics of each type. It will also explain how to care for the metals and types of settings that hold your diamond.
There are several settings available but this lecture will cover the most common settings.
This lecture will explain Carat vs. Karat and what the purity of each metal is in your ring.
This lecture will cover the durability of each metal as it relates to average wear and individual metal characteristics.
Maintenance is an important part of your ring purchase. This lecture will cover:
Insurance is completely separate from maintenance. This lecture will cover:
This lecture reviews the key factors that drive the price of diamonds and how you can save $ with each 'C'.
This lecture explains what a reasonable negotiation on price is for a diamond depending on its size and quality.
This lecture explains the difference between a discount, a sale, and a mark down. Avoid playing the price game.
Discounts sound great but remember you get what you pay for. This lecture covers:
Through several GIA and AGS courses, I have learned the scientific beauty behind diamonds. The way they are mined, cut, and set into rings is a process most can only scrape the surface of. While I can nerd out on facet junctions and refractive indexes all day, I recognize over half of the people who purchase a diamond for their engagement ring don't really want the lab definition of brilliance. What they do want is to find a beautiful diamond for their engagement ring that will knock the socks off of their partners and to not get ripped off in the process.
In my studies and career in luxury jewelry I have found simple explanations for diamond qualities and ring characteristics to help people searching for the perfect engagement ring have less stress and more knowledge about what they are buying.