Yesterday I got schooled in diamonds! Someone Patrick works with suggested a guy in Montgomery, AL who deals diamonds. When I set up the appointment the receptionist told me that it would take about an hour and a half because he liked to do diamond education first. I can't believe how much I learned! It was fun too.
He touched on how diamonds formed and how they cut round and emerald cut diamonds from more perfectly formed diamond crystals and how they cut oval,heart, marquise, and other fancy shapes from diamond crystals that had "shifted" their growth pattern during formation.
He went through all the 4 C's I already knew about diamonds and elaborated on each of those things. I never knew this stuff and you can't find it online. He went through the measuring process and told you about how a carat is actually 0.2 grams and carats are measured in weight not physical size. Then he went into the correct proportions of the cut of a diamond and how that affected the reflection and beauty. He showed us exactly how to look at color and showed us diamonds that were slightly green (its not just a white/yellow thing!). After that he went into the clarity and explained different types of inclusions that can be found on a stone. There are so many more things he talked about that were interesting, but I couldn't possibly go into it all.
He even told us how he buys diamonds and showed us the invoice prices he paid, told us how much of a profit he makes (anywhere from 12-15%).
After the educational part, he brought us into his "lab" where he had the microscope set up. He asked us our price range and found a few diamonds that were in the range. He placed them all next to each other and we sort of went over the things he taught us on the actual diamonds. We looked at them under the 'scope and I think I found the one I want!!!
It really is a good deal. I looked at it under the microscope and saw the imperfections. They were VERY minimal compared to the problems I saw with diamonds in other places almost TWICE the price he was asking. He weighed it for us and measured it for us for correct angle and depth.
He suggested that we look again with out new-found knowledge and get back with him if he thinks we want his diamond. He didn't charge us ANYthing for the appointment.
This guy does have a great reputation and I can see why.
I'm soooo excited! :)
8/04/2006 09:01:00 AM