How to buy a diamond

How to Buy a Loose Diamond

If you’re searching for the perfect loose lab-grown diamond, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re using a setting that has been passed down through generations, or you’re replacing a lost diamond for a 10th-anniversary gift, we understand that there are instances where just a loose diamond is needed. But, before you make that purchase, make sure you understand how to choose the best stone.

What is a certified diamond?

When a diamond is certified, it means it has been verified and graded for quality by a 3rd party gem laboratory. The lab will use the 4 c’s to grade the diamond and give its ‘stamp of approval’. If you’re purchasing a diamond, it’s highly recommended that you only purchase a certified diamond.

Lab-grown diamonds go through the same verification and grading process as mined stones. At Clean Origin, we only partner with independent, internationally recognized laboratories, including GCAL and IGI.

After the diamond is graded, the lab issues a formal report, grading each attribute in detail. A visual “map” of the diamond further illustrates any inclusions or “birthmarks” that were formed during the creation of the diamond. This report includes a unique identification number and accompanies your diamond. Learn more about our independently certified diamonds, here.

What should I look for in a loose diamond?

Just like if you were searching for an engagement ring, you’ll use the 4 C’s of diamonds to decide what stone is best for you. Let’s review.

Cut- People often confuse diamond shape and diamond cut. Round, oval, and pear are all examples of diamond ‘shapes’. A diamond’s cut, however, is actually an assessment of the skill of the artisan who plans, maps and hand cuts the facets on each individual diamond. Our cut scale goes from ‘good’ all the way up to ‘ideal’.

Color- When talking about color in diamonds, it’s actually a reference to the absence of color. The color of a diamond is graded on an alphabetical scale starting at D and ranging all the way down to Z with D being a colorless diamond and Z being yellow. At Clean Origin, we do not offer any color lower than J. Often times, moving up or down one color is an easy way to save a bit of money for a slight change that would be unnoticeable to a naked, untrained eye.

Clarity- Clarity measures how many natural inclusions or imperfections are found in a diamond. Since lab-grown diamonds are grown using replication of what happens under the earth’s surface, they still contain varying levels of these ‘blemishes’. Our diamonds start at SI2 and go up to VVS1.

Carat- The most commonly known amongst all ‘C’s’, carat is the size of the diamond. Size is a large contributor to the price of a diamond. However, if you’re saving 20-40% by going with lab-grown, you could easily purchase a diamond that’s 20-40% larger for your same original budget. We offer a wide variety of carat sizes, starting as small as 0.30.

How much are loose diamonds?

Buying a loose diamond will almost always be less than purchasing a ring since you’re not getting a setting. However, the price, loose or not, will really all depend on the type of diamond and where you purchase it. Lab-grown diamonds can be anywhere from 20-40% less than mined diamonds. So if you’re looking to get the absolute best ‘bang for your buck’, you’ll want to start there. However, even within the man-made companies, there is tons of fluctuation with prices. At Clean Origin, we pride ourselves on offering the absolute best pricing we can offer. In fact, our prices are so good all-year-round that we never offer discounts because our diamonds are just too competitively priced (similar to other direct-to-consumer brands such as Warby Parker).  

Our customer service team is also made up of people who have been in the industry for years…not just a group of salesmen looking to make a commission check. Because of this, they’re able to help you navigate the 4 C’s and find a diamond that is in your budget and something you or your loved one with absolutely adore.

If you’re looking to purchase a loose lab-grown diamond, take some time to browse our vast selection, including many of the various fancy-shaped diamonds. Then, set up a time to talk with one of our diamond experts so you can discuss exactly how the diamond will be used. This could be an important piece of information for your purchasing decision and our team will know how to help!