We can’t emphasize it enough: Diamond certification matters. A certificate for your diamond is like it’s assessment calling card. It outlines the 4 C’s (Cut, Carat, Colour, and Clarity) as well as elements of symmetry, polish, and any other unique characteristics of your stone.
A reputable certification is a must if you want assurance of quality. The truth of the matter is — there are some sketchy sellers out there, and even sketchier products. For this reason, being confident in your diamond before buying is a must. One benefit of diamond grading labs is that they strive to be completely objective in their scoring.
Well-known Diamond Evaluators
Examples of reputable and well-known diamond evaluators include GIA (Gemological Institute of America), AGS (American Gemological Society), EGL (European Gemological Laboratory), and SGL (Solitaire Gemological Laboratories). Of course, there is much discussion around which Diamond Certification Lab is best. These are the most trusted by jewellers when it comes to a world standard.
Many consider GIA to be the gold (or diamond) standard. GIA places emphasis on informed diamond knowledge for everyone involved in the selling and buying process. To maintain a fair and honest grading system, GIA uses four different diamond graders—or gemologists—to reach a score.
AGS is the second most common certification used in the US, second to GIA. EGL is further divided into EGL USA and EGL International. EGL International is the standard of Europe but banned in the United States.
Impact of Diamond Certification on Diamond Sales
Accurate certifications serve everyone involved in diamond sales. A standard of quality and care encourages an authentic market. If people are buying and selling a product they understand, operations run more smoothly. Price range can vary drastically between diamonds. If there are mistakes or fraudulent certification, it undermines the integrity of the diamond industry. Interestingly, not all diamonds receive a certification. A general rule of thumb is to rate and certify diamonds from 0.5 carats and larger.
Receive Diamond’s Certificate While Buying It
A word to the wise: Be mindful of jewelers who cannot give you a certificate at the time of purchase. If this happens, you are unable to verify the certificate while buying and are vulnerable to dishonest salesmanship. You will need to have a copy of your certificate for resale and insurance purposes. This certificate is your proof of the diamond’s qualities and overall value — keep it safe and easily accessible! DiamondNet which presents latest engagement ring designs, provides diamonds with GIA, AGS, IG certifications.