Diamond Buying 102: Man versus Nature
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.
Mankind cuts diamonds so that they sparkle, the better the cut, the higher the performance (sparkle and scintillation) and the higher the price. A better cut takes more raw materials (diamond rough). You can also purchase raw or uncut diamonds.
The Perfect Cut (Ideal and Excellent)
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).
The Cut of a diamond can affect the value of a diamond up to 50%. Yes pause and think about that. At Von Bargen’s, cut is the most important factor in determining a diamond’s performance, beauty and ultimately its value. Comparing a diamond that is smaller in size but cut ideally next to a non-ideal cut is interesting; to the naked eye the smaller stone can appear larger.
When you buy a non-ideal cut diamond you’re buying a diamond that was cut to weigh as much as possible.
It wasn’t cut to perform or be beautiful.