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Do you really need a GIA certificate? [Page 1 of 2]

You're a groom-to-be and you've just walked in to your local diamond shop, be it Zales, People's Jewelers or in the heart of the Diamond District in New York City. You've picked out a diamond engagement ring that you think looks spectacular. Does it have a grading certificate from the Gemological Institute of America? If not, is that a big deal? GroomGroove.com digs deeper into whether grooms need to buy rings with rocks that are "GIA-Certified".

What is the GIA?

The Gemological Institute of America is the world-renowned and not-for-profit gemological research institute, created to protect the public trust in gems. They train gemologists, educate consumers and provide grading reports for gems such as diamonds - maybe even the one you're planning on buying for your girlfriend. Yes - that's right, they're "Rock Raters". GIA provides an invaluable service in the unbiased rating of diamonds, as most grooms don't even know that there are four Cs! (And by the way, it's GIA that invented the whole concept of the 4Cs of cut, color, clarity and carat.)

GIA Certificate

What does GIA provide?

In the case of a groom-to-be buying a diamond engagement ring, GIA grades stones for each of the four Cs. Further, they will provide a precise diagram of where inclusions and clouds may be found (under a loupe, or otherwise) and an evaluation of how good the cut is, and if it is a natural diamond. All of this information is included on a diamond grading report, which is the purchaser's to keep (and not lose). If the stone is found to be anything other than a natural diamond (such as synthetic or treated), it will not be issued a Diamond Grading Report or Dossier. A sample report is available by clicking on the image to the left.

You'll notice that the report has addresses on the top right, not to mention other safeguards against counterfeiting. GIA reports are made only in New York or Carlsbad, California. Accordingly, you want the real deal - a report from GIA, not just an appraisal from someone who has undergone GIA training. article continues...
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Great Vid! Something to look at, the crown angle and poavliin angle given on the GIA cert is based only on the poavliin main facets and the kite facets. That's only 16 facets out of the 57 on an RB, so you don't know if the others are perfect. The other thing is that the HCA tool is good but makes a few assumptions like perfect optical symmetry (different to the symmetry grade on the cert). It also assumes a perfect girdle. Gary Holloway made the tool about 10 years ago and has since moved on.
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Elliot
Sat, Jun.11th 2011
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Yes you do need a GIA certificate with your diamond! It is the best way to know exactly what you are buying, including the 4 C's of the stone. That way you don't overpay for a stone that has been graded loosely by a less stringent or respectable lab.
M.N.
Tue, May.31st 2011
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I have to respectfully disagree with George. GIA grading is much stricter and more reliable than any other lab. Industry professionals agree that no other report is as accurate as a GIA grading report. In addition to telling you about the 4 C's of your stone, a GIA report will tell you if it has been treated or enhanced in any way. GIA is unrivaled in terms of their integrity and accuracy. Don't bother with other labs.
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Tue, May.31st 2011
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Definitely agree with some of the others on here--GIA is a scientific lab dedicated to providing accurate grading reports. I wouldn't even consider purchasing a diamond that was not GIA-certified. It's really the best way to learn all the specifications of your stone, including the 4 C's.
Ellen D.
Tue, May.31st 2011
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I would definitely not buy a diamond unless it was GIA-certified. They are the most respected lab in the industry for a reason. Their reports are graded with precision and accuracy and I would not want to risk getting a less reliable report from any other lab. It's too big of a purchase to take a chance!
Jerry Glomb
Fri, Jan.28th 2011
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Actually, GIA tends to be the most respected lab in the industry. They have the strictest grading standards and the best reputation for accuracy. They aren't affiliated with any commercial enterprise, unlike many other laboratories. Plus, they invented the 4 C's in the first place.
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Fri, Feb.5th 2010
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Fri, Feb.5th 2010
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I HAVE PURCHASED A DIAMOND RING FROM BLUE NILE. I HAVE FOUND THAT GIA HAVE NOT LASER INSCRIBED THIS DIAMOND BUT BLUE NILE HAVE PUT A STICKER ON THE CERTIFICATE INSCRIBING THE GIA REPORT No themselfs is this o/k
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Bruce
Thu, Aug.13th 2009
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I've been doing a lot of engagement ring research, and I have to say that getting a GIA-certified diamond is definitely the way to go. GIA is the oldest diamond-certification laboratory and the most advanced... it actually invented the 4-Cs concept. It's also the only unaffiliated, non-profit diamond-grading laboratory. The lab actually provides two different diamond grading reports: the Diamond Dossier, which includes laser inscription, and the Diamond Grading Report, which features a plotted diagram of the diamond that acts like its fingerprint (since no two diamonds are the same). Every GIA report has a unique report number, so you can verify online that your report matches your diamond. For such a huge purchase, you definitely want to be sure that you know what you're getting.
George
Wed, Jul.2nd 2008
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Sadly it's not true that every stone that has a GIA report is laser inscribed. It is at the discretion of the person requesting the report to decide if the stone should be inscribed. If you are getting a stone from a reputable jeweler, ie a AGS member, the stone should either be laser inscribed for you at no cost to you, or should have a AGS certificate. An AGS certificate is a much better choice than a GIA certificate in that they are the only laboratory in the world that bases their cut grade upon physics and have spent 10 years and millions of dollars perfecting their research. Please make sure that when you buy a diamond that you are going to a reputable jeweler who you have researched through either AGS or GIA to find. Both organizations will help you find a jeweler in your area who is going to be able to help you. Be very careful buying a diamond online as I have heard of person who had bought a diamond and gotten it checked by a jeweler and the diamond was supposed to be a F-VS2* with a GIA certificate inscribed upon the girdle of the stone. When the jeweler looked at it, it was inscribed, but it was more like a I-I1* diamond. The certificate had been re-ordered and the number had been inscribed upon a diamond that the person was unable to return to the online vendor. He was out over 3000$, and had no way to get his money back.

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