If you have decided to invest in buying a diamond, you may have a lot of questions, many of which can only be answered by an appraiser. For example, how much do you know about the cut of a diamond? Would you know if the color and weight of the diamond is exactly what the distributor is telling you it is? Most importantly could you tell the difference between a real diamond and a really good fake diamond? Most of us would have to answer these questions with a no. Unless you are very familiar with diamonds there would be no way for you to know for sure that the diamond you purchased is exactly what you were led to believe it is. The only way around this is to have your diamond appraised. Since diamonds are very expensive and are a lifelong investment, you want to protect that investment with a diamond appraisal; the way to begin this is by finding a qualified appraiser in your area. Gather a little information about the appraiser before taking your diamond to them. You will want to know how long have they been in business and what type of reputation they carry. You are basically looking for any general information you can receive on the appraiser. It would probably be to your advantage to find an appraiser that does not sell diamonds. This way you can ensure that you will be receiving an accurate appraisal, and it will help you to avoid places where someone may be trying to scam you. It is rare but occasionally you may find someone who is trying to get you to sell them the diamonds for a price under its value so they can resale it at a higher price. It you do receive a lower value than what you believe the diamond to be worth then you can always take it to another appraiser just to be on the safe side. Anyone who buys diamonds should have an appraisal done, just to protect themselves from any scams that may be lurking about; after all when it comes to an investment of this nature you cannot be too careful.