DIAMOND EDUCATION AND INFORMATION
PLEASE READ BEFORE BUYING A DIAMOND ANYWHERE.
DIAMOND COLOR CHART EXAMPLES ONLY
Diamond color is a range within each color category it is a "OPINION " of the lab providing the report on the diamond and an vary by mutiple grades
As you can see when the diamond is " FACE UP " color is much harder ti see even when compared SIDE BY SIDE
FUN FACT : COLOR FACE UP IS NOT AS OBVIOUS AS LOOSE UP SIDE DOWN ON A WHITE TRAY UNDER SPECIAL LIGHTS
SO YOU DON'T NEED TO SPEND THOUSANDS MORE ON A D E F when a G H I is Just as Gorgeous saving you THOUSANDS .
D: Absolutely colorless. The highest color grade, which is extremely rare.
E: Colorless. An expert gemologist can detect only slight traces of color. A rare diamond.
F: Colorless. Slight color detected by an expert gemologist, but still considered a "colorless" grade. A high-quality diamond.
G-H: Near- colorless. Color noticeable when compared to diamonds of better grades, but these grades offer excellent value. MOST SOLD
I-J: Near- colorless. Color slightly detectable. An excellent value.
K-M: SELECTED ONES OFFER THE BIGGEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK on larger diamonds especially with fluorescence which can Upgrade color visually
N-Z: Not carried.
CERTIFICATES or GRADING REPORTS as they are also known.
1.Both GIA and EGL Certificates Lab reports are recognized here in the USA However ( there are also many others that exist) EGL-USA , EGL HONG KONG , IGI, HRD, & AGS etc... Although they use the same terminology Letters D-Z to indicate color and FL-I3 in clarity THEY ARE ALL DIFFERENT
2. Diamond Certificates/ Grading Reports are from Labs that outline the details of the stone, recognized Labs which are distributed to Diamond Districts and Jewelry Stores across USA ,CANADA, AUSTRALIA and WORLD WIDE. They are offered on Online, as well as jewelry stores, eBay and other sites even Government Auctions.
I get emails all the time so they are definitely NOT ILLEGAL as some may suggest!
3.They are ALL recognized in the industry and are more desirable than buying a diamond without any report at all. However THEY ARE NOT THE SAME......
This calls for common sense on the consumers behalf as well as some research. Sadly This is what a lot of people do, they buy a visually Gorgeous diamond and then go to a local Jeweler who didn't sell them the ring to "Verify what a Great deal they got" what do you think they will tell you or try and do????? They will put doubt in your head to try and sell you their inventory. giving you their "OPINION" on your Deal"? Or if you buy a diamond with a grading report other then GIA for a much lower price then a equal quality with a GIA report. The lower price you're paying reflects the looser grading already, so visiting a GIA Appraiser or Jewelry store for their "opinion" again, Consumers should not expect them to tell you that the diamond matches GIA's stricter grading criteria as it will Definitely NOT, that is a well known fact.
WHEN YOU'VE PURCHASED A EGL CERTIFIED DIAMOND, (DON'T EXPECT IT TO = TO GIA DIAMOND GRADING ).
IN FACT IF YOURE BUYING A IGI, HRD, AGS, EGL-USA OR ANY OTHER GRADED DIAMOND. DON"T EXPECT IT TO MATCH OR BE THE SAME AS GIA . IT WILL NOT BE 9/10 TIMES .
The BASIC rule to go by is, "IF If it was not certified by GIA, IT WILL NOT MATCH GIA."
There is nothing wrong with buying a diamond with another certification as long as you are aware of these detail, and accept the variation, years ago people would buy none certified diamonds from a local jeweler and just take their word for it. A grading report is a guideline to verify carat weigh and measurements and estimated inclusion plot to identify the diamond IT IS NOT A GUARATEE OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND .
I offer a 7 day inspection period to give you the opportunity to see it for yourself and make your own informed decision if you love it or not.
Yes its confusiong as two diamonds even with the exact details on a certificate done by the same lab, can still look different and be prices differently, THERE ARE NO TWO DIAMONDS IN THE WOLD THAT ARE IDENTICAL visually even if they show almostthe same details on paper. That is why YOU have to see it for yourself. Both Diamond in the picture are GIA GRADED AS H COLRO AND SI1 CLARITY TRIPLE EXCELLENT . Do they look the same ?
FUTHER EXAMPLE : If you are buying a 3.00 G Vs2 EGL Graded diamond in the range of $28-30K ( my prices are lower by the way ) or 3.01 G si1 GIA for $36Kand you compare it you SHOULD NOT EXPECT the EGL grading to match GIA's even when it has a higher clarity on paper. The grading looser therfore appears higher when in fact it is not.
The price will indicate the grading is off , you may ask How many grades , well impossible to tell at a glance. You can send it to GIA to find out OR JUST BUY ONE ALREADY GRADED BY GIA with a lower clarity and color to stay closer to the EGL PRICE POINT.
Another example to help you see the difference , if 2 identical cars are being sold at thousands apart, logically there are reasons why: higher miles, less options, more wear and tear, had a accident etc.
Similar with diamonds even 2 identical diamonds can cost thousands apart SEE the GIA EXAMPLES BELOW .
difference in cut, dimensions, visual appearance, the location and type of inclusions or acquisition cost.
There is no universal pricing for each carat, weight, color and clarity two diamonds almost identical ALL GIA in size color and clarity can be 10- 28K APART !!!!!!
3.01 G Si1 VERY GOOD CUT $36,835
3.12 G Si1 EXCELLENT CUT $46,072
3.12 G Si1 EXCELLENT CUT $64,097
They are both 3.12 G SI1 GIA and there is a 18,000 PRICE DIFFERENCE.
*****DIAMOND DIRECT BUY- ANNA IS NOT A CERTIFIED GEMOLOGIST ONLY A "BROKER" IN THE SALE TRANSACTION.
Going back to the certificates, ALL LABS use different Grading systems and diamond grading for mainly color and clarity this can also include cut, polish and symmetry is done at every laboratory not with machines but by the human eye. THEREFORE IT IS "SUBJECTIVE". The LABS OPINION
This is where they WILL vary, and each Certificate even GIA will not offer any warranty as to their grading. You can send the same diamond to GIA in LA and NY and get 2 different opinions at times !!!! ( see video below)
It has happened MANY TIMES, You can even send the same diamond in mutiple times and get a different grading EVEN FROM THE SAME GIA LAB.
Grading report or otherwise known as a certificate is a ONLY A "guideline" of the diamonds details NOT A GUARANTEE even when you buy one with a GIA Report. There in No LEGALAL DEFINITION OR STANDARD SET that EXISTS AS LAW. It is a general opinion that GIA has the reputation of being the most consistent and stricter then others, there is no one rule general rule that OTHER certificates are 1-2 or 7 grades off because all diamonds ARE DIFFERENT.
ALL CERTIFICATED INCLUDE A DISCLAIMER Including : GIA CERTIFICATE WHICH STATES " THIS REPORT IS NOT A GUARANTEE OR VALUATION"
" IT is the Lab's "Opinion" which is SUBJECTIVE and Vary depending on persons, training, eyes, and techniques and equipment used at the time of grading, lighting and many other factors.
4. A diamond Certificate can be compared to a "Birth Certificate" of a Diamond stating Details about the Diamonds 4 C's
5. A certificate alone will not describe how beautiful or ugly the diamond is in reality. Nor will it tell you if it sparkles ,No matter who certified it..... ONLY your eye can determine that FACT! Therefore that is why I offer the 7-Day inspection period from delivery to you, on any item SOLD
would you commit to marry somone based on their profile picture without meeting face to face ?
BOTH DIAMONDS GRADED by GIA with a i1 Rating ( the same clarity )
DO THEY LOOK THE SAME TO YOU ?) they are offered for a very close price hyndreds apart .
Perfect example JUST HOW SUBJECTIVE GRADING CAN BE .
Images provided by Olimpian Diamonds 3rd generation Jewelers
ARE EGL DIAMONDS ILLEGAL ?
NO There is no LAW stat states they are illegal, EGLUSA tried to ban the use of the name EGL over 10 years ago but it never went thru
EGL-USA is not Affiliated with EGL from Europle and since most of the EGL LABS have closed there are only a few operating one in HONG KONG and EGL PLATINUM