Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2015 - Healdsburg, CA
Hello bees! I’ve been lurking the waiting and ring boards and trying to learn as much about erings and diamonds as possible. My SO and I are in the market for a ring (yay!) and have narrowed it down to a 0.75-1ct radiant cut solitaire. We have been to multiple jewelers and have been trying to find the right diamond for the right price. I saw some diamonds for sale online that look legit, but the certification is IGL (International Gemological Laboratories) certified. I have really only heard of GIA certification. Has anyone bought an IGL certified stone or knows more information? If I buy it, should I send it to GIA to get their certification? Thanks!
Post # 3
@tea-and-books: My first engagement ring was IGL certified. It was actually a SI2 and H color, I got compliments all the time. I believe they are so close to GIA certified. The only ones that I notice you need to be careful with is EGL certified, they tend to be off by a few colors or clarity then the previous ones.
Post # 5
I had the opposite experience as the previous poster. After I had specifically asked for a GIA stone, one jeweler brought in an IGL stone. It was supposedly a G-color, VVS1 or 2 (can’t recall), but it was way too yellow for me, especially against the platinum and GIA stone setting. My guess is that the color was closer to J or K. I ended up with a GIA, G-color and I barely notice any color. That doesn’t mean the stone won’t be gorgeous, but keep that in mind for pricing purposes.
Post # 6
I have to say that I know close to nothing about radiants and the certification process of fancy cuts since I’m a round brilliant devotee, however if I needed to have the GIA/AGS certificate I would make sure to get one through the jeweler BEFORE I commited to purchasing, even if it meant incurring extra costs since there’s a very high chance that the resulting GIA grades will be much lower.