Diamond Certificates & Appraisal
A diamond can represent a significant investment. To protect that investment, before they are sold, many diamonds are sent to third party, impartial laboratories to receive a thorough evaluation; this evaluation is known as diamond certification. Reputable laboratories are staffed by professional gemologists specializing in grading diamonds. Every diamond certification has a unique identification number corresponding to a specific diamond. Once the certificate is produced, it will travel with the sale of the diamond from the seller to the buyer.
The most important aspect of the laboratory certification is that it provides an impartial judgment of the diamond's characteristics and quality. This certification, also referred to as a grading report or dossier, supplies the purchaser with added confidence that the diamond being sold is as described by the seller. The certificate is also a useful document for insurance purposes.
A certificate is a "blueprint" of a diamond, it tells you the diamond's exact measurements and weight, as well as the details of its cut and quality. It precisely points out all the individual characteristics of the stone. Certificates also serve as proof of the diamond's identity and value.
Keep in mind that a laboratory certification should not be confused with an appraisal. While as appraisal's main purpose is to establish the diamond's insurance value, the diamond certification is not intended to evaluate a diamond's market value, but rather its characteristics and quality.
Why Do I Need a Certificate?
Shopping for certified diamonds allows you to make an informed choice about your selections, and to comparison shop. You can compare one diamond of a particular weight and quality with other diamonds of similar weight and quality to determine which you prefer.
If a jeweler offers to sell you an expensive diamond ring without a certificate, keep in mind that it means you are buying the diamond based only on the salesperson's claim about its quality, and that a trained gemologist may disagree with the salesperson's assessment.
Independent Labatory Diamond Certification
When a Diamond is Certified by an Outside Independent Certification Company, the Color, Clarity, Cut, Weight and Symmetry that they list on the Diamond Report is factual and positive proof that the quality you paid for is the quality you're taking home.
All of our Diamonds are accompanied by one of these Internationally recognized Diamond Lab Report Certificates & Apprasials below, GIA, AGI, EGL, HRD or IGI which proves the authentication of each diamond and a Current Realistic Retail Replacment Value of the Item.
Gemological Institute of America
An independent, nonprofit organization that is renowned for its impartial service as the world's foremost authority in gemology: it offers gemstone identification and buying advice to consumers.
The Institute's history of ground-breaking scientific research, education, and gemological laboratory services reads as a virtual chronicle of the industry's own growth and sophistication.
The GIA has combined the principles of research, education, and service to help gem and jewelry professionals around the globe use science and product knowledge to sustain the public's trust.
GIA does not give Appraisals / Prices for the diamonds tested, They Only give the 4 Cs.
The GIA Diamond Grading Report includes an assessment of a diamond’s 4C’s – color, clarity, cut, and carat weight – along with a plotted diagram of its clarity characteristics and a graphic representation of the diamond’s proportions. For standard round brilliant cut diamonds falling in the D-Z color range, the report also includes a GIA Cut grade.
Accredited Gemological Institute (AGI NY) is an Independent Diamond and Jewelry Certification and Appraisal Service located at the center of the Diamond District in 47 Th Street in New York City.
As New York City’s Foremost Authority on Diamonds and Gemstones, AGI uses state-of-the-art technology to provide clients with the finest services available. AGI is among the Leading Appraiser Gemological Laboratories in New York City. AGI serves Hundreds of Jewelers, Retail Stores, Insurance Companies, Internet Sales Organizations, Catalog Companies and Consumers.
AGI's GIA Graduate Gemologists Reports are based on GIA grading techniques. Characteristics of the Diamonds / Jewelry graded are determined using a precise Digital Milimeter Gauge, A Master Set of Color Comprasion Stones, UV lamp, 10x Loupe, Binocular Microscope and Carat Scale.
AGI NY appraisals are recognized by all Major Insurance Companies. Services include an in depth description of the Diamond / Gem Stone which includes the four C's The Cut, The Color, The Clarity and The Carat weight along with the plot of inclusions, and a Realistic Estimated Retail Replacement Value of the Item.
AGI also verify and match GIA certificates with the stones and offer appraisals for the verified items needed for insurance purposes.
Almost everyone has heard of the "4 C's" of diamond value: cut, color, clarity and carat weight. Today, there's a "5th C" called "certification." A diamond certificate, also called a grading report, issued by a major independent gemological laboratory like EGL USA is the best way to assure the quality, authenticity, and integrity of your purchase.
The vast majority of EGL USA certificates are requested by the jewelry trade, however, consumers may send their diamonds, colored stones, or pearls directly to an EGL USA Group office for identification, grading, or laser inscription.
The coordinating body and official representative of the diamond sector based in Antwerp.
It is an official organization, recognized internationally and acting as host, spokesperson and intermediary for the Belgian diamond community.
The HRD wants to further develop Antwerp as a world diamond centre in order to optimize knowledge in and about the diamond sector.
International Gemological Institute (IGI) is one of the world's largest independent gem certification and appraisal institutes, with laboratories in Antwerp, New York, and Bangkok.
IGI serves jewelers, retail stores, insurance companies, Internet sales organizations, catalog companies, accounting and securities firms and consumers worldwide.
With a professional staff of 200, IGI issues more than 200,000 reports