Online auctions offer fantastic opportunities to get fine jewelry at bargain prices. The key to successfully taking advantage of these opportunities is knowing what kinds of jewelry to bid on and when. In this article, we will help you learn how to get the most value for your money by identifying some of the best jewelry to buy at an online auction.
For many people, diamond jewelry is a favorite target at online auctions. Not only is diamond jewelry highly valuable, gorgeous, and suitable for all sorts of gift-giving occasions, it is also one of the easiest types of jewelry to evaluate when you can’t see it in person.
Because diamond quality is gauged using an international standard called the 4 C’s, online auction sites are able to provide a very clear and unbiased description of each and every piece of diamond jewelry offered for sale. You will be able to learn about the clarity, color, carat weight, and cut of the diamonds in each piece of jewelry, just from reading the description and understanding the way diamonds are ranked on these four scales.
When looking for diamond jewelry at online auctions, remember that you want your diamonds to be as colorless as possible. Near-colorless diamonds ranked between G and I on the color scale are pretty standard for retail jewelry, and will look colorless to the naked eye.
Another helpful guideline for buying diamonds online is to look for stones than rank Very Slightly Included (VSI) or Slightly Included (SI). The bigger the diamond, the more important clarity is, because it will be easier to see any imperfections. Most of the imperfections in VSI diamonds will be very hard to see with the naked eye. SI diamonds may have dark spots, clouds, or feathering that you can see when you look closely. Bear this in mind when setting your budget for auction items.