If you are inexperienced in diamond buying, you may have never heard the term GIA certified before. Educating yourself before buying your first diamond is extremely important. Many people go into engagement ring shopping without the proper knowledge of what they should be looking for in a quality diamond. This can lead to getting a lower quality diamond than you paid for. This blog will tell you everything you need to know about GIA-certified diamonds so you can shop for your next piece of jewelry with confidence.
GIA is a term used in the diamond industry to describe a stone that passes specific requirements and has been graded by one organization. GIA’s primary purpose is to conduct research on gemstones and set universal standards for diamond value. They grade diamonds based on 4 main qualities: color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. This standard is used throughout the industry because GIA is independent and performs unbiased grading of all diamonds. Once evaluated by this organization, the diamond will receive a certification and report stating its grade.
Diamonds are only considered GIA certified after being assessed by GIA and evaluated based on the 4C’s, color clarity, cut, and carat weight. If you have bought a diamond in the past from a seller, it does not necessarily mean the stone has been GIA graded. Jewelers and diamond sellers are not required to get all diamonds certified. It is wise to request to see the evaluation report before purchasing a diamond from anyone, especially an unofficial diamond seller. The GIA certification will give you peace of mind that you are getting a quality stone.
If you plan to sell a diamond, it is in your best interest to check if it has been graded. If not, you can easily get it graded yourself by GIA. You can drop your stone off at any of GIA’s 9 locations around the world. If you are not near one, there are shipping options available. A safer option is to go through a local jeweler and have them ship your stone themselves.
Mark Maglin, the owner of Gembyr, is a certified gemologist appraiser and graduate gemologist from the GIA. He will purchase diamonds that are certified or uncertified. He has the expertise to grade uncertified diamonds on the 4C’s and will give you a fair price on his findings. Contact Gembyr at (603) 828-1144 to have your diamond appraised.