Tradition is to represent one’s love for another with a diamond, as there is good reason for this. The diamond is impossible to destroy, as is the love for your significant other. Diamonds are the absolute hardest element that we are aware of on Earth.
It is believed that the tradition began when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a diamond ring and soon after they were married. That was almost 500 years ago, when diamonds could only be found in India and therefore were not accessible to the common man.
Should a person only buy new diamonds at retail stores? Not at all, because you can get a quality diamond at a great bargain if you shop in other places besides retail stores.
Retail stores will charge you much more than the diamond is worth so that they can receive a huge profit. Not only that, your extremely expensive diamond ring will be just like all the other rings on the market. It doesn’t matter where you are, you should think about the 4 C’s: cut, color, clarity, and carat. Never buy a diamond with the hidden 5th C, which is “cheap in quality.”
There is always the possibility of finding an excellent bargain if you look in loan shops or pawnbrokers. These places are reputable and follow the law just as any other retail store. The only difference is that the jewelry has come from a pre-owned situation, likely turned in as a trade for money so that the person could receive a small loan. More often than not, the jewelry provides cash for groceries or an auto repair bill and is more useful this way than by just holding on to an old broach that is never worn. Although a person may seek the money from a loan shop because of poor credit conditions, the jewelry is not of poor quality; the broker will not allow it to be.
Confirm that the jewelry is worth what you are paying. Have the jeweler or pawnbroker present a certificate of authenticity and quality. Obtain this from GIA, which is an established company that has not only been in business since 1931, but is also responsible for the grading system of the 4 C’s. Respected sources like the American Society and the International Gemological Institute do certify diamonds.
Once they come out of pawn, the gems and the metal are separated, and the diamonds can be reconditioned to an as-good-as-new state. With the price of gold now over $1,000 per ounce, the gold from the rings, broaches, and necklaces can be redeveloped into new appearances by experienced goldsmiths. Pairing the gold with a pre-owned diamond allows you to design a one of a kind and customized engagement ring that your sweetheart will treasure for the rest of your time together. By avoiding the standard retail jewelry store, your budget will deliver a larger diamond to make her the envy of all her friends.