Diamond Buying 102: The Von Bargen’s Difference
At Von Bargen’s we go way beyond the 4’c (Cut, Color, Clarity, Carat) to ensure that you’re getting a diamond that performs to your expectation. Diamond performance is essential to understanding the value and ultimately what price you’re going to pay for a diamond.
You’ve learned the 4c’s and that is an excellent start, but there is more to know in order to get a spectacular diamond at a great value. Our goal is to educate you so you understand what impacts price and performance.
Beyond the 4C’s – What to Take into consideration when selecting your diamond:
Let’s start here. What Mother Nature does to a diamond impacts how rare a diamond is, the rarer an attribute, like color or clarity, the higher the price. Read More
You want a diamond with high performance, one that sparkles. Our best performing diamonds start with an Ideal Cut Grade (AGS) or an Excellent Cut Grade (GIA). Read More
Simply put, diamonds appear bright if they are cut to draw light from the brightest areas of the world. Among other things, this idea implies that the brightest diamonds will exhibit a minimum amount of light leakage and will not draw too much light from high angles where the observer’s head can obscure light sources. Read More
Hearts and Arrows scopes allow us to view the inner optical symmetry of a diamond. This is a simple test that yields a big return when reviewing diamonds. Read More
Think of the flash of light versus the spectrum light (light from prism). Varying a diamonds table and depth can give you more white light (flash) but potentially less spectrum light (fire – red, greens, blues, etc) or the inverse can be true. We balance the table to depth ratios so you get the optimal balance of the white light (flash) and the spectrum light (fire). Read More
Not all color and clarity grades are equal, especially among different laboratories. We find some SI1’s are better than other SI1’s by the nature, color, quantity or location of the inclusions. Did you ever get a grade in school that just wasn’t fair? Diamond grading can be like this too. Read More
Excellent or Ideal polish is critical in achieving clear dispersion, sharp scintillation and maximum brilliance. It takes time to polish the facet to a bright and smooth finish. Just as minute scratches can dull a glass surface, a poor polish on a diamond can reduce the brightness of its sparkle. Read More
The light performance of a diamond depends on the cutter’s decision on the angles and placement of the facets and the skill to place those facets at precise angles. Read More
Cutters know how to ‘swindle’ proportion sets to maximize weight at the expense of beauty. They choose to retain the weight of a diamond while invariably sacrificing its optical performance. The result is that you pay more for a diamond that looks smaller and under performs. Read More
In colorless or near colorless diamonds, we recommend no fluorescence, albeit there can be exceptions depending on the diamond’s shape and the customer’s preference. Read More
This refers to laser drilling and then fracture filling a diamond with glass. Okay, maybe it’s not actually glass but whatever they inject into the diamond is not okay with Von Bargen’s. Read More
We try to avoid large, very large or extremely large culets.
AGS and GIA are the only labs to use in our opinion because they are the most consistent, stringent and respected for their reporting. We use these labs to qualify diamonds for our review process. Of the diamonds we review, approximately 38% are rejected. Read More
At Von Bargen’s we sell only the finest diamonds available, at exceptionally competitive prices. We have a very stringent process in place to ensure that. Each individual diamond we carry is scrutinized and hand-selected for use in our jewelry. The best of these, The Legacy Diamonds of Von Bargen’s, are among the most rare and exceptional diamonds in the world. In order for a diamond to be selected as one of our Legacy Diamonds, they have to meet a very specific set of criteria. Read More