Show me your EGL graded diamonds!

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
139 posts
Blushing bee

@peonyinlove:  Here is mine! Personally, I love it! I believe they said it was an SI1, K colored stone !

Post # 6
528 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t have an EGL diamond, but the EGL and GIA are widely regarded as the most reputable diamond labs in the world. I think buying a diamond certified by either is a safe bet. As long as it’s not graded in-house (ie: mall jewelers) you’ll be fine. You could have the same diamond graded by both labs and I bet the results would be the same. 

Post # 7
164 posts
Blushing bee

@ellie-b:  I have to disagree. EGL is considered one of the worst labs for consumers (aka best for retailers), especially EGL International. They have the reputation for being the lab retailers send stones to in order to get higher grades.

I’ve read the threads regarding EGL on Pricescope, and I understand why they are disliked so much. There are tons of threads of ‘why does my diamond have a yellow tint when it was graded a G (a generally very safe color)’ graded by EGL, while if the stone was graded by GIA/AGS, it would’ve gotten an I/J. It’s essentially misleading the customer, so I have a negative view on them as well, considering 1 color upgrade could mean hundreds if not thousands of dollars extra. I’ve heard that EGL USA is better than EGL International (especially EGL Israel).

It helps when you’re buying from reputable retailers like Good Old Gold, who do tons of their own analysis and reports (more so than most retailers). It seems like you’ve got a good vendor since they’re willing to take pictures/videos for you. Are you working with GOG?

It’s not that if you buy an EGL stone, your diamond won’t be beautiful. Its just that taking past experiences into account, chances are it’s not the color/clarity it says it is. Even more importantly, their cut grading system isn’t as reputable as GIA/AGS either. You’ve heard that cut is the most important, and unless you’re willing to study pavilion/crown angles (which you said you’re not), it’s important to be able to trust the lab’s grading.

The best advice I can give is that in diamonds, you get what you pay for. There’s that chance that an EGL stone graded a D VS1 is actually an GIA F SI1, but as long as it’s cut well, it doesn’t change how the stone looks, or how good a performer it is.


Post # 8
4634 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We purchased an EGL stone as well, I was very hesitant.. based on online reviews and the overall popularity of GIA. Upon seeing the stone in person, I was sold and we’re both thrilled about the purchase. I had it appraised just recently (at an appraiser who uses the GIA specifications) and it came back the same as EGL graded it.. which was surprising. 

Post # 12
3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@peonyinlove:  My diamond and ring is an antique. It was appraised with an estimated color/clarity. I don’t care what it “officially GIA” is. It’s my favorite ring and I would be hysterical if the diamond fell out and I had to find another one with such history and imperfections. We’re also students and I just wanted to love it! 

Post # 13
1779 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

@peonyinlove:  Don’t have an egl diamond but do have an IGI which I believe is considered the absolute worst grading. (no offence to the ladies who have this cert) Thankfully colorwise my diamond is very good (cert says e, private appraiser said d) and despite it’s terrible clarity certification of I, it still performs well (ie is very sparkly n can’t see inclusions easily). Overall IGI was pretty accurate….

I’ve found that how a diamond performs in person is much more relevant than the certification. Just my 2c.

You’re going with GoodasGold, so I’m sure you’ll get a very nice diamond. There is a bee that has an Erica Grace setting for her simulant and the design is really lovely!

Can’t wait to see your finished ring.Smile

Post # 14
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

The issue is that EGL IS crappy, when you are discussing modern round brilliants. Their grades for cut, color, and clarity can be way off.

When it comes to old cuts, MOST have been graded by EGL so they are the only gang in town. GIA and AGS just haven’t really gotten into grading old cuts. But in reality, with old cuts the assessment is based on your eye (or the eyes of trusted vendors such as JBEG and GOG) and if YOU think the stone is beautiful, because the grades won’t tell you much. With old cuts you are going for the romance of the stone and the way it plays with the light in a unique way vs. looking at how well it conforms to mathematical standards as a modern cut would. In this way, Pricescope isn’t necessarily being hypocritical. A stone can be beautiful, even if EGL graded it 🙂

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