Buying luxury jewelry, particularly diamond jewelry, entails doing prior research before taking the plunge. Diamonds are the most expensive stones out there, and when shopping for diamond jewelry or loose diamonds, you’ll come across the term “GIA certified diamonds”. It’s important to invest only in GIA-certified diamonds from a reliable and authorized seller.
What does GIA stand for?
GIA is an independent diamond authority that grades diamonds. They are a non-profit organization responsible for research on gems, and they educate gem professionals as well. GIA sets the standards for diamond quality, and they grade diamonds based on the 4C’s –color, cut, clarity, and carat.
GIA has created this standard, along with scientific procedures to evaluate each of the grading criteria. They’ve also developed the grading terminology to describe diamonds. It’s important to understand that they don’t mine, sell, or even buy diamonds. They don’t appraise diamonds and aren’t involved in its pricing either. The GIA operates independently for the interest of buyers and sellers, ensuring there’s reliable information out there that’s objective and unbiased. When buying diamonds, always opt for a GIA-certified one to ensure the quality and price of your diamond.
Are all diamonds GIA-certified?
Unfortunately, no. All diamonds aren’t graded, and ungraded diamonds are also sold to customers who perhaps don’t know much about gems or diamonds in general. There are plenty of GIA-certified diamonds available on the market too, which is a testament to their legacy of grading diamonds accurately. To be sure that the diamond you’re buying was graded by GIA, always ask for a grading report. The report has a unique number for every diamond, and that number is also sometimes engraved on the diamond’s girdle. That number can be searched through the GIA’s website to ensure its authenticity.
What does it mean to have a GIA-certified diamond?
GIA-graded and GIA-certified are terms often used interchangeably. GIA-graded diamonds and doesn’t just certify them. Certifying a diamond just means ensuring it’s a real diamond. GIA does more than that. They run a diamond through a rigorous grading process and provide a comprehensive report to go with it. The grading measures the clarity, carat, cut, and color of the diamond in question. The GIA is also able to identify the diamond’s country of origin. It’s important to note that the report doesn’t certify a diamond’s value—it’s still up to the seller to fix its price—but the grading process and report can help a buyer realize if the price is justifiable.
How does the GIA maintain objectivity when grading diamonds?
The GIA has developed a rigorous grading system over the years for diamonds. They also have robust procedures in place to ensure the diamonds are anonymous, meaning the grading laboratory doesn’t know where the diamonds have come from, i.e., the vendor. You can rest assured that the grading report hasn’t been tampered with based on who the diamond vendor is. All references to the owner are removed or concealed. A simple bar-code label is used on the diamonds to track them through the various steps.
Do GIA-certified diamonds cost more?
GIA-graded diamonds don’t cost more than ungraded diamonds. However, since diamonds differ from stone to stone, comparing the price tag alone isn’t sufficient. The price of a diamond is linked to its quality. If you can’t be certain of the quality of your diamond, you’ll never know whether you’re overpaying or underpaying. It’s essential to compare the prices of diamonds with similar 4C characteristics, which isn’t possible without reliable grading, so it’s best to avoid comparing ungraded diamonds with graded ones. You can only compare the prices of similarly graded diamonds.
Having a diamond graded isn’t expensive either. Since experts have got the process in the laboratory down to a t, it’s done efficiently and effectively. Grading a diamond costs as little as $48 for a diamond that’s 0.7 carat. Considering the fact that diamond engagement rings cost an average of $7,750, the added cost of grading is very small.
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