Selling Your Diamonds
We at New England Diamond & Jewelry Buyers understand that selling a diamond can be a difficult decision, and we are here to make the process as easy and transparent as possible.
Our team of diamond experts have years of experience in evaluating diamonds, and we will provide you with a fair and competitive price for your diamond. We accept diamonds of all shapes and sizes, including loose diamonds and diamond jewelry.
The process can be quick, most appraisals take 10 to 15 minutes. There is no pressure to sell and if you are ready we can cut you a check in minutes.
How we determine the value of your Diamond(s)
Our experts use advanced technology and grading systems to evaluate each diamond and consider several factors before offering you a price to buy your diamond(s)
Diamond quality: The quality of the diamond will play a significant role in determining its value. Like all jeweler we will consider the “Four C’s”, the diamond’s carat weight, cut, clarity, and color when determining its value. The higher the quality of the diamond, the more valuable it will be.
Diamond Carat Weight: Diamond carat weight refers to the size of the diamond. This is where we start our appraisal of your diamond. If certificates or appraisals are available, these could help. If not, we weigh the stone if it’s not in a setting. If the stone is mounted, we use a micrometer to measure the height and width of the diamond. Using formulas we can approximate the weight of the diamond. In most cases and with your permission, we are able to remove a diamond from a setting to determine the exact weight. This is important when the diamond is on a borderline carat weight (i.e below or above 2.00 carats). The price per carat increases substantially once the stone hits the 2.00 carat mark
Diamond Color: Our next step is to look at the diamond’s color. Diamond colors come in a wide range, from colorless to yellow, brown, and even pink, blue, green, and other fancy colors. The color of a diamond is graded on a scale developed by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), which ranges from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow or brown).
Here are the different types of diamond colors and how they affect their value:
- Colorless (D-F) – Diamonds in this category are considered to be the most valuable and desirable, as they have no visible coloration and allow more light to pass through the stone, creating more brilliance and fire.
- Near Colorless (G-J) – These diamonds may have a slight tint of yellow or brown, but it is typically not visible to the naked eye. They are still very popular and valuable, especially when cut well.
- Faint Yellow (K-M) – Diamonds in this category have a visible yellow or brown tint, which can affect their value. However, some people prefer this coloration and may find it appealing.
- Very Light Yellow (N-R) – These diamonds have a more pronounced yellow or brown tint and are considered lower quality.
- Light Yellow (S-Z) – Diamonds in this category have a strong yellow or brown tint and are considered the least valuable.
It’s important to note that some diamonds are naturally colored, such as pink, blue, and green diamonds, and these can be extremely rare and valuable. The value of a colored diamond depends on the intensity of its color, with more vivid and intense colors being more valuable.
Overall, the color of a diamond can significantly affect its value, with colorless and near-colorless diamonds being the most valuable, while lower color grades can reduce a diamond’s value.
When the diamond is set in a mounting the color needs to be approximated because the metal and ambient light can alter the true color. This is where the expertise of New England Diamond & Jewelry Buyers’ diamond professionals is so important. With close to 30 years of experience, we can almost always color grade a set diamond within one grade.
Why is this important? Let’s take a 2.00 ct Round Brilliant cut diamond with a clarity of VS2. The difference in price between an F color and G color stone (just one color grade) would be approximately $2,000 to you!
Diamond Clarity: Diamond clarity refers to the presence or absence of tiny imperfections, or blemishes, on and within the diamond. These imperfections are referred to as inclusions or internal characteristics. There are several types of diamond clarity, and they are typically graded on a scale developed by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA):
- Flawless (FL) – A diamond with no inclusions or blemishes visible under 10x magnification.
- Internally Flawless (IF) – A diamond with no inclusions visible under 10x magnification, but may have minor blemishes.
- Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2) – Diamonds with very minor inclusions that are difficult to see under 10x magnification.
- Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2) – Diamonds with minor inclusions that are visible under 10x magnification.
- Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2) – Diamonds with noticeable inclusions that are visible under 10x magnification and may be visible to the naked eye.
- Included (I1, I2, and I3) – Diamonds with obvious inclusions that are visible to the naked eye, which can affect the diamond’s beauty and durability.
The clarity grade of a diamond can affect its value, with higher clarity grades commanding higher prices. Flawless and internally flawless diamonds are the rarest and most valuable, followed by VVS diamonds, while lower clarity grades are generally less valuable.
Clarity in a diamond is determined with a 10X Loupe and we are able to judge the amount of inclusions as well as the location of the inclusions. The only tricky part to judging clarity is when an inclusion is hidden by ring prongs or p_bottom_left_rightat a location not easily visible. Generally, we can estimate clarity fairly easily. There might be instances where we would ask the stone to be removed from the mounting to inspect, although, this is not the norm.
Diamond Cut: The final component is determining the cut of the diamond. Diamond cut refers to the way it has been shaped and polished from its rough state into a finished gemstone. The cut can impact a diamond’s beauty, brilliance, and overall appearance. We look at various angles, measurements and ratios to help judge the cut grade. Cut grades range from Excellent to Very Good to Good to Poor.
A well-cut diamond will reflect light internally and externally, producing a dazzling sparkle and fire. This is because a properly cut diamond will optimize the way light travels through the stone, maximizing its brilliance, fire, and scintillation.
Market demand: The current market demand for diamonds can play a role in determining the price you can get for your diamond.
Certification: If you have a certification from a reputable grading agency like GIA, it will add credibility to the diamond’s quality and increase its value.
At New England Diamond & Jewelry Buyers, we value honesty, integrity, and professionalism. We are committed to providing the highest level of customer service, and we will guide you through every step of the process. We will answer any questions you may have, provide you with a detailed explanation of our evaluation process, and offer you a fair and honest assessment of your diamond.
We understand that selling a diamond can be a personal and emotional decision, and we will treat your diamond with the utmost care and respect. We also offer a confidential and secure selling process, ensuring that your privacy and safety are our top priorities.
So, whether you have a diamond engagement ring, a loose diamond, or any other diamond jewelry, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and turn your diamond into cash!