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How To Inspect Used Diamond Jewelry

by Nathan Gordon

Buying diamond jewelry can be a lot easier when you've got a selection of used, or "estate," jewelry in front of you. Yet you still want value for your money. When a piece of jewelry has been in use before, the chances of it showing signs of wear are, of course, greater. Diamond sellers will do what they can to fix up the jewelry, but you still want to take a look at a few features to ensure that the piece is something you feel good about spending money on.

Is It Certified?

First, has the diamond (or other stones in the piece, like rubies) been certified? The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the American Gem Society (AGS, also sometimes called the American Gemological Society) are two of the top organizations that certify precious stones. Certification is verification that the stone is real, and it also lets you know what the quality is like. There are other organizations, but a GIA or AGS certification is the best option. If the stone is not certified, you'd need to get it appraised at the very least, to ensure it's real and of a quality that matches the price of the jewelry.

Chips, Cracks, Inclusions, and More

Perfectly fine diamonds that are certified can have flaws. Some of these are flaws within the stone, called inclusions; they may not be visible to your eye, or they may only be visible when you inspect the stone closely. Used jewelry could also display scratches and chips, and you need to be sure you're OK with those before you buy. For example, an antique diamond ring from a century ago may have a minor scratch that isn't very visible, and the ring may be so neat that you're willing to just live with that scratch.

Edges and Prongs

Check the edges and prongs around the stone. It should go without saying that stones should be set securely in the jewelry. Prongs should have a good grip on the stones. There shouldn't be areas where the edge of the stone could catch on something and cause the stone to be yanked out of the setting.

The age of the item should be taken into account, too. Overall, the jewelry should be something that you think is worth the price you're asked to pay. If one piece does not meet your standards, don't be discouraged -- see what else the seller has because you may find some real treasures. Contact local jewelry shops for more information about diamonds for sale