Post # 1
So my boyfriend and I purchased my engagement ring this past friday (YAY!!). It’s a 0.95 carat, round brilliant solitaire. “i” color and VVS2 clarity. The jeweler we bought it from has known my family since well before I was born so we got an absolutely amazing deal. The jewelry store has been in business since 1938 and the owner now has been dealing with diamonds and going to Antwerp, Germany every year since he was a teenager (so 35-40 years roughly). I trust that my stone is what he says it is and regardless of if it’s a color or inclusion grade off we still got a killer price on it.
i’m just wondering if it’s worth sending it to GIA and having them do a report on it and certify it? I can’t imagine i’ll ever get rid of it because i’m extremely centimental and an upgrade isn’t really my style so the report would be strictly for my curiosity. Any insight would help!!
Post # 2
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
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
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 # 6
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
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
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
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
CaroAbb : Antwerp is in Belgium. Why don’t you get it graded by a GIA grad gemologist in your city?
Post # 11
summerrain123 : my apologies. I’m not sure why I thought it was in Germany.
I don’t live in a city, i’m from a small town of 600 people. My ring was purchased in the biggest town in my area with about 16,000 people. I think the closest GIA jeweler is 2 1/2 – 3 hours from my home 🙁
sillysarah84 : He never said Germany. I just for some reason thought that’s where it was. So i’ll continue to trust what he says, thanks though😊
Post # 12
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.
Post # 13
sillysarah84 : i just about pissed myself.