Buy & Sell Diamonds

Our expertise in diamonds allows us to give you the best deal possible because we can grade your diamonds accurately. Come stop by our shop today to buy or sell your diamonds and diamond jewelry! You can call us at 585-347-4482.

Sell Your Diamond for Cash at Baytowne Traders

Baytowne Traders buys all types of diamonds. You can sell your diamond ring, loose diamonds, and any other diamond jewelry or accessories to us.

Many people ask us how much we pay for diamonds. The answer depends on the quality and size of your diamond. The 4Cs of diamond quality are cut, color, clarity, and carat. At Baytowne Traders, we want our customers to know exactly what kind of diamond they are buying or selling when they visit our store.

Diamond Price: How the 4Cs Affect Buying & Selling Rates

Diamond Cuts

The first C of diamond quality is cut. Most diamonds have a round cut but there are also other types of cuts like princess cuts and emerald cuts.

This is a round cut loose diamond.
This is a princess cut diamond ring.
This is an emerald cut loose diamond.

Diamond cuts come in different styles like the ones shown above. They also come in different qualities. For example, some round cut diamonds have a better cut quality than others. The GIA has five grades for cuts and here they are listed from worst to best: poor, fair, good, very good, and excellent. You can sell your diamond to us for more cash if the quality of the cut is "Excellent" than you could if its quality was "Poor."

This is a diagram of the different aspects of a round cut diamond.

When buying or selling diamonds, the quality of the cut is important because the cut grade affects how well the diamond interacts with light. A good cut has a beautiful sparkle. In the diamond business, we call these qualities brightness, fire, and scintillation.

Brightness describes how the white light reflects both inside and outside of the diamond.

Fire describes how the white light is broken into all of the colors of the rainbow, like a prism. This is why diamonds have a rainboww sparkle—because of their fire.

Scintillation is how much the diamond sparkles from the reflections of the light inside of it.

Diamond Colors

Diamond color actually refers to its lack of color. When buying and selling diamonds, remember that a colorless diamond commands a higher price than a diamond with more color. Diamond color is also graded on a scale created by the GIA and it ranges from D (colorless) to Z (light) and all of the letters in between.

Here you can see the differences in diamond color from the grades D, H, N, and Z.

Sometimes diamonds can have natural colors that are not on the GIA's grading scale. These diamonds are refered to as fancy color diamonds and they generally are worth more (like pink diamonds or blue diamonds).

Diamond Clarity

Diamond clarity is another important factor when it comes to figuring out how much you can sell your diamond for or how much you should spend to buy one. Diamond clarity refers to the imperfections, known as inclusions, that can be seen in diamonds either with the naked eye, 10x magnification, or with a microscope. Some inclusions can be seen with the naked eye but there are also diamonds refered to as "eye clean" which require magnification or a microscope to see the inclusions.

The grades for diamond clarity are as follows (from worst to best): I3, I2, I1, SI2, SI1, VS2, VS1, VVS2, VVS1, IF, and FL. Let’s break down those abbreviations:

  • I stands for included.
  • SI stands for slightly included.
  • VS stands for very slightly included.
  • VVS stands for very very slightly included.
  • IF stands for internally flawless.
  • FL stands for flawless.

Inclusions are observed under 10x magnification.

This image gives you an idea of what various grades of diamond inclusions look like.

Diamond Carats

Diamond carats refer to the weight of the diamond that you are buying or selling. Do not confuse the word 'carat' with the word 'karat' because a karat measures the purity of gold, which we also buy and sell! For diamonds, a metric carat is 200mg. The larger the carat, the more the diamond weighs and the bigger it is.

Buy a Diamond at Baytowne Traders

At Baytowne Traders, our prices are more competitive than most jewelry stores and you also get the trusted Baytowne Traders name behind every purchase you make with us. Now that you know all about buying and selling diamonds, we encourage you to check out some of the jewelry stores and then come to Baytowne Traders and get the best deals on diamonds in Rochester!