Claim ownership of your ring with a diamond certificate
A diamond certificate is a report that give you valuable information about the 4 C’s.
These were taken into consideration when the diamond you are buying was priced.
Until recently, most people had no idea that certificates for diamonds even existed.
They went to a jeweler; choose a diamond or a finished ring, paid for it and that was that.
You should not accept IN HOUSE certificates…i.e. those generated by the Jeweler as they will most likely be biased.
They are in business after all and will give their diamonds the best possible rating.
The certificates should come from independent organisations like the Gemmological Institute of America (GIA), International Gemmological Institute (IGI)… the oldest institute of its kind in Antwerp, European Gemmological Laboratory (EGL) or GemScan International based in Canada.
These certificates are very important as shown below;
- They clearly point out what characteristics your diamond has.
This in turn tells you if you are getting value for money.
You could end up paying a lot of money for a low quality diamond especially if you are in the high price end of the market.
- If your diamond ring was stolen (God forbid) & recovered (Thank God) & the police asked you to claim it, you’d need a certificate to identify it.
Without one, you might end up buying it back at the police auction…if you are lucky.
- Jewelers are human & they could get your diamond mixed up with one of lower quality if for example two similar diamond engagement rings were being repaired.
If they gave you one of higher quality, you would take it back. Right??
The only way to prove which diamond belonged to who would be with a diamond certificate.
To learn more about certificates, you can go to the following site; Gemmological Institute of America.
The organizations below also offer certificates;
International Gemmological Institute
European Gemmological Laboratory