Ritani? Anyone have experiences with them? GIA vs EGL?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Should I go with $$$GIA or $$EGL?
    GIA : (29 votes)
    81 %
    EGL : (1 votes)
    3 %
    It doesn't really matter : (6 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    515 posts
    Busy bee

    @KaylaFromAR:  I think it’s worth going with the GIA. I have an E VVS1 and my friend has an G VS2. Her coloring is soooo different than mine. Meaning that it looks yellower when they are held side by side. Hers was graded EGL and has very good specs, but I feel like GIA is more stringent with their grading. I’m no expert, but I have seen G colored diamonds graded by GIA and I couldn’t tell the difference in color when it was held up next to my E diamond.

    Post # 5
    Member
    515 posts
    Busy bee

    @KaylaFromAR:  I understand. My SO and I set a strict budget of $2,500 and I sacrificed size for quality. but really, i dont think you will notice a huge difference if you decide to go with the smaller diamond. They are pretty close. And I think for piece of mind it’s worth it. But at the end of the day, you should get something that YOU love. GIA amd EGL aside. Would Ritani set another diamond for you? If so, then it might be worth it.

    Edit: Also, can you see the diamonds in person?

     

    Post # 6
    Member
    218 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    Buy GIA-forget EGL.  I went to multiple jewelry stores and talked to online dealers and everyone said GIA hands down-bottom line you get what you pay for.

    Post # 7
    Member
    3693 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Do some searches on GIA vs EGL. Pricescope has some good threads on that subject. EGL does not grade as strictly as GIA. So an EGL-graded H SI1 is often equivalent to a GIA-graded J/K SI2/I1. They’re known to be up to five grades off from what GIA would grade that stone to be. They make it look like you’re getting a great deal, with a bigger carat size and the same color and clarity for a lower price, but in reality, the color and clarity are likely both lower than what EGL is claiming. There really aren’t any deals in diamonds.

    Post # 11
    Member
    515 posts
    Busy bee

    @KaylaFromAR:  It’s beautiful! Let us know what you decide!! Also, just as a side note…are you set on a round diamond? sometimes you can get a fancy cut (emerald, pear, oval) for less money because they are not as high in demand. just something to think about if you are worried about a budget!

    Post # 14
    Member
    1951 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @KaylaFromAR:  go GIA. And, to be honest, the size isn’t that different. But I’d also never buy a diamond without seeing it in person, snice you just can’t tell with a photo or videos, no matter how good they are.

    What is the return policy on the EGL stone?

    Post # 15
    Member
    536 posts
    Busy bee

    One thing to consider (from the vendor’s/wholesaler’s perspective).  A GIA stone will always command a higher price than an EGL stone.  So if you actually have a high-quality, colorless/near-colorless, well cut stone, why would you send it to the EGL to be graded? You would send it to the GIA so that you could sell it at a higher price point.

    As a result, I think the stones graded by EGL are usually (but not always) lower quality stones to begin with. My understanding is diamond cutters will send their lower quality stones there to get a higher grading overall.  I think you’re decision to go with a GIA stone is a good one.

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