WHAT IS A DIAMOND CERTIFICATE?
A Diamond certificate is a report created by a team of gemmologists to evaluate the quality of a diamond. This is also known under a few different names:
- Diamond Grading Report
- Diamond Dossier
- Diamond Quality Document
The gemmologists will evaluate the diamond for its dimensions, carat, clarity, colour, polish and symmetry. There will also be a few further specifications taken from a diamond to complete the certification process. Tools used to evaluate the diamond are jeweller’s loupes, trained eyes, microscopes and other industry standard tools.
WHY DO I NEED A DIAMOND CERTIFICATE?
A diamond certificate is your proof of purchase. You will require this, along with a completed valuation so that you get your item correctly insured. Purchasing a diamond without this will result in difficulties of getting your jewellery protected.
WHAT TYPES OF CERTIFICATE ARE THERE?
There are ranges of diamond certificates you can select from, some are well recognised in the trade while others are not. However please note if you purchase any of these certificates your diamond, your insurance company will accept them 100%.
Established in 1931, GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds. After revolutionising graded the GIA has continued to provide unbeaten quality and service worldwide.
The GIA laser inscribes many of their diamonds (post January 2006) to ensure each matches the applicable certificate. You will need a loupe of 20x magnification to see this, failing that you will require a microscope. We have one available in store should you wish to view the inscription, however this is another added guarantee for any customer purchasing a diamond.
You can get more information on the GIA by visiting their site here.