A diamond certificate is an expert third party opinion. It states the quality of every aspect of a diamond. Without this certification you are left to trust the jeweler’s estimates. This can cause a potential conflict because the jeweler is the one trying to sell you the diamond.
Buying a certified diamond will usually cost a little more because the diamond had to go through a lab of gemologists that have carefully graded every aspect of the diamond. This is a very minor expense that is worth many times its cost for your protection. There are thousands of labs that grade diamonds. They all offer their certifications in wonderful glossy folders, but you only should consider diamonds graded by three labs. They are the GIA (Gemological Institute of America), EGL (European Gemological Labs), and AGS (American Gem Society).
The most important fact that has to be the first criteria for a laboratory offering an unbiased, legitimate appraisal is that they are not connected in any way with buying or selling diamonds. These three labs all meet that requirement. Here at NYC Wholesale Diamonds we educate first to inform and protect the consumer. If you decide to view our extensive inventory of Certified Diamonds obtained directly from the source in Antwerp, you will find we sell diamonds at wholesale prices from all three of these labs. It would be our pleasure to meet with you to discuss each laboratory’s merits, and differences in their grading practices and procedures. These labs are paid to get the most accurate grades possible but some of the things that they grade have a bit of subjectiveness to them. Meaning the decision will have to be made by a human. A machine can just generate correct weight and dimensions, but not the actual diamond grade.
If the diamond that you are looking at has a certificate from a different lab, I would highly advise that you do some research immediately. This will in most cases lead you to reconsider your decision.
Feel free to call NYC Wholesale Diamonds to set up an in person Diamond Education Appointment with our founder and president Keith J. Saxe by calling (212) 719-2214. If you are searching for an engagement ring we can help you find the Perfect Diamond, Ring and Wedding Bands. Our personal consultation includes an informative lesson on the quality, pricing, and certification of diamonds. Locating the perfect, ideal cut diamond for maximum spectacular brilliance. Designing the perfect setting for the diamond. Advice on immediate protection by the least expensive insurance options. As well as advice on your actual proposal as its romantic significance will last a lifetime.
Keith Saxe is GIA and FIT trained and has been a trusted high end diamond jewelry specialist for 25 years. He is the founder and president of NYC Wholesale Diamonds located at 47 West 47th Street Suite 3A in the New York City Diamond District. His website is www.NYCWholesaleDiamonds.com and authors a blog at www.NYCDiamondBlog.com.
and his Wedding Band Consumer Advice article published http://www.sandiegocountynews.com/2013/04/24/the-best-time-to-buy-your-wedding-bands/