(Closed) Certified vs Uncertified Stones

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

This is gonna be a stupid question, I’m new with all this.  Does certified mean that a professional jewerler checked out your ring and gave it a value? 

Post # 18
46 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

Actually, if you read one of the PP, that is exactly what did happen. Uncerted diamond  broke because they didn’tknow enough about the stone (thin girdle).

HOwever, if you bought a diamond uncerted that someone told you was a E VVS, and charged you accordingly, and later you find out it is a J SI1, would that not be akin to having bought a lemon to some degree? You paid for something you did not get, and for something that was not in the expectations of the transaction. I’d call not getting what I paid for a lemon in diamond terms…

Uncerted diamonds are difficult to resell, should you ever need to, the loss can generally be expected to be about 50-60%. A certed diamond you will lose less (perhaps 30%) but it could be consigned, or sold back to a vendor with a buyback policy. Diamonds are not investments, so again, for me, that’s a good reason when I’m going to lay down a wad of cash to be very sure I’m ok with what I’m getting (cert) or have enough experience to wing it. If you don’t have the experience, I highly recommend a cert and some minimal education past the color and clarity hype.

CRazy in love, a diamond that has a certificate means it has a report on it that comes from a lab like GIA or AGS where they measure the anlges of the stone to let you know the proporions of it so you can tell something about how well it was cut (an uncerted stone won’t have this), it will also (if GIA or AGS certed) give you a very relaible idea of the color and clarity of the diamond. Most important to me are the angles, which you need to know how well it was cut. (Or you need to know how to use and read an idealscope, which I also know how to do.) I feel it’s safer for people that don’t know much about stones to stick with a certed stone from a reliable lab. There are a few parameters you need to remember or write down, and with those in hand, you can easily discard stones that don’t meet that. 

Is it possible to find a nice stone outside the “ideal” specs?  Absolutely, and some people search out interesting specs that aren’t the norm. They are generally very well educated on the effect they are going for (like high crown angle paried with small table). For most people who aren’t that in to it, certs just seem a safer and surer way to spend your hard earned money. But, feel free to ignore as well. To each their own and it’s your own money to spend as you wish. I prefer to know what I am getting, not just hope or guess.

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