(Closed) Does everyones wedding band have a EGL/GIA cert?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: cert for your wedding band?
    No, and that's normal : (28 votes)
    64 %
    No, but I think I should have one : (3 votes)
    7 %
    Yes, I have one and you should too! : (10 votes)
    23 %
    Yes, I have one but I don't know if that's good or bad. : (1 votes)
    2 %
    I just don't know, period. : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    4714 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 1998

    I was told by my appraiser that sometimes when the diamonds are smaller (i have .75ct 15stone ring) they dont certify something that small but I dont know for sure if that is true or not…just going by what they said

    Post # 5
    1866 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Yeah, you don’t get smaller diamonds certified – GelaMac, your appraiser was correct.  

    Post # 6
    7609 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I’ve been told that I can have one made if I want, but that most people don’t bother for their wedding bands.  I probably won’t ask for one (but I do have one for my e-ring).

    Post # 7
    359 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My band has 5 stones and is .5 total weight, and it came with a certification card.

    Post # 8
    1595 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Yep- totally normal, my assumption is that it costs the jeweler money to have a stone appraised and they wouldn’t waste time appraising such tiny stones since it would eat away at their profit margin, considering a wedding band has multiple stones and the markup is not as high as a larger single stone ring.

    ETA: I find it more commonplace for the jeweler to tell you the weight and color of the stones (even clarity), but not so often cut grade…they may however tell you the “type” of cut (ie: single stone vs full cut).

    Post # 9
    221 posts
    Helper bee

    I was told that they generally don’t give GIA/EGL certification for smaller diamonds like the ones in a band. I have a GIA for my center stone on my e-ring, but it doesn’t cover the stones in the halo or band. Most reputable jewelers will cover a loss of these stones anyway since it’s pretty common to lose them.

    Post # 12
    4663 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    isn’t it pretty expensive to get a GIA certificate? $200 or so?

    Post # 13
    2118 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    My wedding band came with GIA certificate. 

    Post # 14
    269 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    (Jeweler here.)

    Stones under .30 carat or so – the kind that go into bands – are generally not individually certified such as larger engagement-quality stones are. That is normal. Small stones are generally batch graded instead and the jeweler will select matching stones from a batch to create a ring. 

    My own engagement stone is not certified because it is a vintage piece and I would have to remove the diamond from the setting to have it certified.

    If you have a certified stone, make sure you hang on to your diamond certificate. It is a large part of the value of your stone and may be required of you if you ever have to file an insurance claim. Additionally, if you ever want to upgrade your stone, the value of your current stone will significantly diminish if you lose the certificate. 

    Oh, one last thing – GIA certification is superior to EGL certification. EGL stones are considerably more affordable, but that’s because the GIA is much more stringent with grading. 


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