IGL diamond certification?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2003

@tea-and-books:  My first engagement ring was IGL certified. It was actually a SI2 and H color, I got compliments all the time. I believe they are so close to GIA certified. The only ones that I notice you need to be careful with is EGL certified, they tend to be off by a few colors or clarity then the previous ones. 

 

Post # 5
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320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@tea-and-books:  I had the opposite experience as the previous poster. After I had specifically asked for a GIA stone, one jeweler brought in an IGL stone. It was supposedly a G-color, VVS1 or 2 (can’t recall), but it was way too yellow for me, especially against the platinum and GIA stone setting. My guess is that the color was closer to J or K. I ended up with a GIA, G-color and  I barely notice any color.  That doesn’t mean the stone won’t be gorgeous, but keep that in mind for pricing purposes. 

Post # 6
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687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have to say that I know close to nothing about radiants and the certification process of fancy cuts since I’m a round brilliant devotee, however if I needed to have the GIA/AGS certificate I would make sure to get one through the jeweler BEFORE I commited to purchasing, even if it meant incurring extra costs since there’s a very high chance that the resulting GIA grades will be much lower. 

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