(Closed) Is it a big deal if your diamond is GIA certified or IGI certified???

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
3830 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Not a big deal. I have no idea the specs or anything on my ring. I know i love it and i love my Fiance for choosing it for me. Thats it. 

Edit: AND it really annoys me when people compare engagement rings. THey are so personal i dont think people can or should compare. 

Post # 4
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

That is super rude!  I dont think my ring is any better than anyone elses because it came with a GIA cert. 

GIA is one the tougher grading companies so they have this “superior” type reputation I guess.  But that doesn’t mean a diamond with an IGI cert is less pretty/sparkly.  If I knew that girl I would have probably wanted to knock her off her invisbile high horse.

Post # 5
548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014


Well I think her “friend” is a terrible, rude jerk. Who even thinks to put someone down like that? That’s horrible!! But objectively, IGI is known to have very loose grading compared to GIA. Say you have an IGI stone that’s a G color, SI1 clarity. If GIA were to grade the diamond, they might grade it an I color, I1 clarity. Personally, Fiance and I did lots of research before hand and a GIA certified stone was important to us.
Ultimately, the important thing is that she loves her ring no matter what, and it was awful for her friend to say those things. I’m sure her ring is beautiful!

Post # 6
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I would never compare my ring to another’s, but for me personally, I would only buy stones graded by GIA or AGS.  They just have stricter standards for cut and color, and those things are important to me.  That is my personal preference, it’s extremely rude to compare against anyone else’s ring!  EGL and IGI just grade looser, so you sometimes see a color or cut difference of up to 2 grades.  And IGI is a huge lab, they handle the stones for most mall type chain stores, so they work fast and cheap.  Again, it’s strictly a personal preference, but GIA and AGS do grade on a stricter scale.  That girl was rude though 🙁

Post # 7
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I wouldn’t be devasted if the specs held up against GIA standards. But if I found out the specs were not as good as the IGI said, but the price Darling Husband paid was for a diamond of the stated IGI specs (hope I’m still making sense) then I would be upset that he over paid.

I had no say in my ring, but Darling Husband was set on getting a GIA certified diamond since they do have the stricter standards.

Post # 8
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

GIA and AGS has stricker standards that EGL and IGI certifications.  The girl with the GIA cert should not have said anything to the other, but the one that has the IGI cert should not be crying about it.

I have seen a lot of diamonds that have IGI certs that are just gorgeous in person.

Post # 9
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Agree with above. GIA and AGS are the only reliable graders. It is likely that EGL and IGI (or other labs) gradings would be a number of grades lower than if graded by GIA, AGS. This does not, however, mean anyone should bring this up to be rude or demean anyone else’s diamond if they are happy with it. 

But if people are researching diamonds online pre-purchase (for example on pricescope) then they should KNOW to look for GIA/AGS diamonds for quality.

Post # 10
8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Evenj0404:  How rude!

Personally I’d like to have a GIA certified diamond because I know they have the strictest standards.

With that said, though… it’s not the be-all and end-all, and if the ring is pretty and the person who bought it wasn’t ripped off, then who cares? I think it’s ridiculous to discuss the certification of e-rings in order to make someone else feel bad. Like if someone asks, I guess you can say who it’s certified by, but I am guessing most people don’t know/don’t care. That chick clearly has issues.

Post # 11
3 posts
  • Wedding: February 2004

My stone is a GIA. They grades their diamonds higher. For instance, a GIA diamond graded H would be a G on the IGI scale

Post # 12
3322 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Evenj0404:  her friend pointed out that her ring was GIA and therefore better than hers

In the scheme of life it is not a big deal where your diamond is certified – mine is AGS and it has zero impact on my life.  It is a big deal if you have a-holes for “friends” though.  That can make your life miserable.


Post # 13
716 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

You can go get your stones GIA certified if you want to — the thing is the specs are going to be much less than what IGI is saying they are. A “G” for IGI is more like an “L” for GIA… that’s the main difference. But yea, you can bring your diamond in to be evaluated by GIA if you want to.

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