- 2 years ago
Hey bees, so my soon-to-be fiancé and I recently picked out a few rings online from a jewelry store in Manhattan, NY (Verma Estate Jewelers). We’ve done our research, this is a legitimate jeweler. The one thing I noticed is that in the description of most of their diamond engagement rings, they say that they’re accompanied with a *GAI* Gemological Lab certificate and appraisal. That’s GAI, not GIA. Completely different. I asked them what the difference is (making sure it wasn’t just a typo) and they told me the GAI offers appraisals for insurance/retail replacement costs while the GIA does not give appraisal values. However, I can’t seem to find nearly as much info online about GAI. They seem credible enough based on their website, and use all the same grading scales (such as the 4 C’s) as the GIA, yet they don’t seem to be listed as a significant gem lab like the GIA, AGL, IGI etc…I can’t even find any posts on here with anyone also wondering about the GAI which is odd. There are plenty of posts asking about the legitimacy of the AGL, IGI and others, so why not the GAI?
Does anyone know anything more about the GAI? Has anyone encountered them before? I’m just weary about buying something so expensive online, but if the jeweler itself checks out (good ratings/reviews, legitimate brick and mortar store location, etc.) then they wouldn’t use a sketchy gem lab appraisal service, right?