(Closed) Urgent urgent! Need help today!!! EGL vs GIA!!!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

get the GIA one.. You can trust that cert 

Post # 4
768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have an EGL and am very very very happy with my stone, however, if they are the same price, I’d get the GIA since they are probably the same color/clarity anyways (since GIA is stricter). Yay! Good luck! 

Post # 5
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

If they are the same price and look the same to you, get the GIA! They are stricter than EGL and you know that in all liklihood the cert will be an accurate reflection of the diamond’s stats. The EGL “G VS1” would probably be closer to “H SI1” if it had been graded by GIA. 🙂 As long as the stone is eye clean and you are happy with it!

Post # 6
1935 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Go with the GIA stone. It’s a widely recognized grading organization, and you’re more likely to have an accurate appraisal from and independent party. EGLs and others have been known to inflate stats, meaning you’re paying more for a stone than it’s likely worth. Not that you can’t get a great EGL stone, but it’s riskier. 

Post # 7
1261 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@fiona8718:  GIA, all the way. That EGL probably looks the same because it is actually the same quality of gem as the GIA one, with inflated stats because they are more lax in their grading. Sometimes the difference in grading is slight, sometimes it is pretty huge – you kind of never know, because their standards aren’t so set, that it can vary widely depending on the person grading. So go for GIA, you always know what you’re getting is what it is. 🙂

Post # 8
1762 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

GIA for sure!!

Post # 9
1841 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

GIA, for sure.

Post # 10
1531 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

More often than not GIA grades are considered the best and most accurate. However, EGL sometimes gets it right – they really do. My stone was originally graded by EGL and I paid for GIA and they were identical. GIA’s Colour/carat/cut/clarity – all dimensions of the stone – everything matched EGL’s. 

Post # 11
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Either chose the one that you like looking at more, and if you truly can’t tell a difference, go with the GIA.  EGL cert is more lenient, so an EGL VS1 may be graded SI1 by GIA.  GIA is more stringent, so I’d go with that one.

Post # 13
1505 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If you can’t see the difference, I def. say GIA.

Post # 14
48 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

If they are the same cost, go with the GIA;  I’ve seen EGL reports generously vary +/-by several categories in colour and clarity from where an appraiser would think they would land; you can count on the GIA stone cert to be on the mark accurate and consistant in it’s appraisal value due to this fact over the long term. Your stone is ultimately not just in a ring, it’s in an investment, and you want that appraisal value to be consistant for insurance and replacement purposes in the future (btw-I’m a gemmologist) Hope this helps:)

Post # 15
20 posts
  • Wedding: September 2014

+1 for GIA 

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