sending ring to GIA???

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
41 posts
  • Wedding: May 2017

There are lots of different rating systems out there so your jeweler probably isn’t lying but it doesn’t mean he is going off of the GIA rating system. It is not your job to send it to GIA, that’s your jeweler’s job to source stones ethically and with the rating he is promising to his customers. I found this out the hard way. My diamond is a VS2 and not supposed to have visible inclusions however it does AND it has a cloud. I’ll eventually get it replaced but it’s fine for now. So even though it has the same rating names as the GIA ratings, it isn’t certified so the rating basically means nothing.

moving forward, I’m always requesting my diamonds be GIA certified and that the jeweler provide the GIA certificate  along with my jewelry. A jeweler recently told me anything over .5ct should be GIA certified, but stones smaller doesn’t have to be because you wouldn’t notice the difference. Also ask for an appraisal so you can have your ring insured. Hope this helps!

Post # 3
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

In order to be graded, your diamond will have to be unset, FWIW. 

As far as sending it in to GIA, that’s entirely up to you. If you love the diamond, I don’t really see the point. It’d just be an additional expense. 

If the diamond is a dud, you could send it away for grading and then compare the gemologist grade to what your jeweler sold you. 


Post # 4
5534 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

I don’t see any point in paying to send it to GIA if you’ve already bought it and love the stone but it’s up to you. 

Post # 5
1246 posts
Bumble bee

I wouldn’t bother! 

Post # 6
5533 posts
Bee Keeper

CaroAbb :  Sending it to GIA isn’t really worth the money in this case.  They will also grade your color and your clarity 1 or 2 levels lower than what it is [normal for them].  Unless you plan on selling it-there really is no need to get it certified.  Also-you don’t need it certified for insurance purposes, only appraised.  If you’re happy with the diamond, then trust in what your jeweler is telling you.

Post # 7
6273 posts
Bee Keeper

I wouldn’t bother. As others said it would have to be taken out of its setting. If you love it and believe it to be the spec he’s said then what’s the point?

we bought an antique diamond ring and considered gia too. In the end we just had it appraised (by a master goldsmith member as our insurance policy required). It came back with a letter saying it was the spec we were told it was and with a value nearly double what my husband paid so that was good enough for us. Maybe you could get an appraisal too if you wanted to check it out. 

Post # 8
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

If you go to sell it then it’s worth getting the certificate but if not then don’t worry about unless you want to just have what you purchased verified. I am in the process of resetting my ring which I sent to California so went ahead and requested they send my stone to be rated but I did it because the appraisal is difficult from what the jeweler was saying it was. It shouldn’t cost you much to get it graded, probably about $150…the other good thing about having it officially graded is if you have it appraised for insurance purposes you have that as prove of what you have. 


Post # 9
152 posts
Blushing bee

I hate to be this person, but… if he told you he goes to Antwerp, Germany every year I would have a hard time believing anything he says. Antwerp is in Belgium.  😬

Post # 10
665 posts
Busy bee

CaroAbb :  Antwerp is in Belgium. Why don’t you get it graded by a GIA grad gemologist in your city?

Post # 12
6434 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I have to agree that if you bought and love the stone and do not intend to sell it, then unsetting it and sending it to GIA is relatively pointless. It will cost you, too, both to remove it from its setting and to reset it after it is graded, as well as the fee GIA charges (and insured shipping both ways). If you are happy with the stone and the price you paid, I wouldn’t bother.


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