GIA vs EGL is there a big difference?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which certification is better?
    GIA : (11 votes)
    61 %
    EGL : (0 votes)
    I really don't care for certification : (3 votes)
    17 %
    They both are good in their own way : (4 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    1893 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

    WowGamerBabe:  go with GIA 100%. Often it seems that EGL is a “better deal” but EGL diamonds are graded much looser than GIA. This means that although you think you’re getting a G SI1 diamond, it might actually be a J SI2 diamond in GIA standards, so it’s not actually a good deal. Egl is usually 2 to 4 grades off in color and 1 or 2 grades off in clarity. Here is a personal example. My FI didn’t understand this when he bought my diamond and purchased a G SI1 EGL diamond. In GIA standards though it’s more like a K I1 diamond. He thought he was getting a great deal, but actually he paid more than what a GIA K I1 diamond is worth. It was an unfortunate lesson for us. I strongly recommend you go with GIA because it’s really a gamble with what you’re going to get with EGL. It could just be one color grade off, or it could be like mine where it’s 4 off. We are actually contemplating upgrading to a new stone that is the same size but is GIA.

    Post # 3
    Member
    764 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    WowGamerBabe:  This in a way is difficult to answer. EGL does have looser standards when it comes to grading diamonds. Now it does not mean that EGL has nasty or no good diamonds. So it is not like you HAVE to buy a GIA certed stone to have a nice diamond. Just know that you just go up in color and clarity if it is EGLI (EGL- israel) there is also different standards in EGL within itself. EGL that is graded in the states is going to be much more correct than EGL Israel. You can also find stones that are not certed at all that are beautiful, and with a trained jeweler could still tell you what the stone should be graded at. The option of the stone being not certed is the cheapest, but then again you are gambling on the stone not being exactly what the jeweler says it is. 

    To me certification does not matter. I would take an EGL certed stone and grade it myself under GIA standards and base my decision off of that instead of what the paper told me. I hope this makes sense.

    Post # 4
    Member
    3368 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1997

    Dealers and jewelers know when they have good stones, and they will generally send those to GIA for certification because they will command a higher premium. Stones that may look okay but have lower specs they will send somewhere else that will grade them “softer”. Unless you are very well educated in diamonds and examine them through a scope, don’t depend on EGL to be accurate.

    The best thing about a GIA graded stone is that you know what it is and you know whether the asking price is fair. With EGL, you might be getting what they say it is, or it might be several grades lower. So the asking price generally looks great compared to GIA – IF the stats are actually comparable. They usually aren’t. GIA is the best bet for someone who wants to be sure of what they are paying for. It is often said that with diamonds you get what you pay for… or less.

    Post # 5
    Member
    26 posts
    Newbee

    I was just looking at diamonds online and went in yesterday to see them in person. 

    On paper they seemed pretty similar. One was a .68 ct, SI2, E color, EGL certified ideal cut. The other was a .70 ct, SI2, H color,  GIA certified excellent cut. When I saw them in person the GIA was by far superior! Much clearer and sparklier! I couldn’t tell a difference in color, however the EGL was noticeably duller/cloudy. 

    Here’s a picture I took to compare:

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