What is a Certified Diamond?
We provide diamonds certified by either of two top diamond grading companies, The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or European Gemological Laboratory (EGL). Diamond certification insures that the diamond you are considering has been appraised by an outside entity. Certification is often suggested when insuring the larger center or main diamond of your ring, earrings, pendant or bracelet.
Diamond certification highlights the many attributes of a given diamond. Certification diagrams the proportions of the cut of the diamond, the color, clarity, and carat weight of it as well. It also mentions addtional grading information in terms of the finish (polish and symmetry) of the diamond and whether the diamond is laser inscribed. It defines the measurements of the diamond, its shape and cutting style and whether the diamond has outstanding additional information unique to it.
Certified diamonds are issued a registry number by the certifying lab that is unique to the individual diamond. This number appears on the report and can be laser inscribed on the diamond as well. Not all certified diamonds are laser inscribed.
How is an Appraisal different from Diamond Certification?
We offer our customers a written appraisal for any Diamond or Gemstone purchase. This appraisal unlike the Diamond Certification which is only about a single diamond takes into account the entire piece of jewelry. An appraisal lists additional gems or diamonds that make up the piece as well as how the piece is designed and in what type of metal. An appraisal assigns a monetary value to the jewelry. This appraisal is recommended when the jewelry is to be insured. An appraisal is often required in addition to the certification for purposes of replacement valuation. Appraisals should be updated every three years to reflect the increasing value of the diamonds and/or gems. Appraisals are often accompanied by a photo of the jewelry.