DIAMOND EDUCATION AND INFORMATION
DIAMOND COLOR CHART EXAMPLES ONLY
Diamond color is a range within each color category it is a "OPINION " of the lab providing the reoprt on the diamond and an vary by
As you can see when the diamoond 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 UN A WHITE TRAY UNDER SPECIAL LIGHTS SO YOU DONT 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 but have a warm white tinge to them.
N-Z: Not carried.
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CERTIFICATES or GRADING REPORTS as they are also known.
1.Both GIA and EGL Certificates are two of the Most recognized Lab names here in the USA
However ( there are also many others that exist) EGL-USA , EGL HONG KONG , IGI, HRD,AGS etc....
2. Diamond Certificates/ Grading Reports are from Labs that outline the details of the stone, Both are 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 stores, ebay and other sites even Government Auctions
3.They are ALL recognized in the industry and are more desirable than buying a diamond without any certification at all. However THEY ARE NOT THE SAME...... AS A EXAMPLE:
-A Harvard Diploma will be more desirable and costly to obtain the one from a less know name College right ?
- If you're looking to buy a Black dress you can buy a Prada Black dress or a Macy's Black dress and both will be called "black" even though they may not look exact.
- You can buy a Silver Bentley and a silver BMW and the shade will not be exact but there both SILVER ..... you get the ideal .
You look at both and test drive them. However you decide to buy the BMW, You love the way it looks and drives and the Price it's offered at. Can you then expect to go down the road to a Certified a Bentley Dealer and ask them to "confirm or Verify" your car is Exact as a theirs, and worth Just as much?
This calls for common sense on the consumers behalf. Sadly This is what a lot of people do, they buy a Gorgeous diamond online 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?????
when you ask their "OPINION" on your Deal"? Or if you buy a diamond with a grading report other then GIA for a lower price you'd pay for one with a GIA cert and then you go to a GIA Appraiser please do not expect them to tel you that the diamond matches their criteria as it will NOT
but neither did the price tag.
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".
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 !!!! it has happened MANY TIMES,
Grading report or otherwise known as a certificate is a "guideline" ONLY of the diamonds details NOT A GUARANTEE even when you buy one with a GIA. there in NO SET INDUSTRY STANDARD 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 that other certificates are 1-2 or 7 grades off either as each diamond IS DIFFERENT.
ALL CERTIFICATED INCLUDE A DISCLAIMER : 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 3-Day inspection period from delivery to you, on any item I ship out.
This will give you the opportunity to see it for yourself and make your own decision if you love it or not . Two diamonds with the exact details can still look different and be prices differently and THERE ARE NO TWO DIAMONDS THAT ARE IDENTICAL.
Clarity is the most difficult to grasp as in each category especially VS1- i1 there are nicer and uglier options available within the same grading.