We see it all of the time. In pamphlets, in magazines, and on websites sporting the trendy, vintage, or even simple wedding rings. All of our favorite designs are accented by the phrase “*certified diamonds” in their descriptions. But what does that mean? And do you need to make sure your diamond is certified? Have no fear, we’re breaking it down for you today. Let’s take a look at what certified vs. non-certified means and how you should go about your ring shopping.
What is a Certified Diamond?
A “certified diamond” is a polished diamond/diamonds that have went under quality analysis by the American Gem Society Laboratories (AGSL) or Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Once they’ve been looked through, the diamond is then given a report – or a certificate. When buyers are looking into purchasing larger diamonds, it’s a good idea to make sure that there’s a certification that comes along with it. If you’re shelling out a lot of money, you’ll want to ensure the quality of the item.
Benefits of Buying Certified
Certified diamonds are verified, quality pieces. Here’s what included in the confidence of your purchase:
The diamonds will hold their value better over the years. This is beneficial for trade-in or resale.
Shopping is easier. You have a much greater advantage in terms of knowing what your diamond will look like when purchasing a certified diamond (including with online retailers).
Because of that confidence, you can shop online with confidence and know what you’ll be receiving upon shipment.
You won’t be overpaying. Instead, you’ll have the information you need – with proof – to make an educated purchase.
For example, Elma Jewellry London is an online jewelry retailer that provides a host of engagement and wedding options – with certified diamonds. They explain, “At Elma jewellery, all our gold and diamonds have been hallmarked as per the legal standard by the Assay offices in either Birmingham or Sheffield.” Jewelry in the UK is “hallmarked,” which is a different process than certifying a diamond. Instead of using the AGSL or GIA, like in the U.S., they have their own process. In the UK, it’s the law that every piece of precious metal is sold as Platinum, Gold, or Silver and stamped accordingly; the law was made in the 1300’s by King Edward l. The hallmark usually consists of 3 marks together including the sponsor or maker’s mark, precious metal mark, and which Assay Office the item was marked in.
What is a Non-Certified Diamond?
Simply put, a non-certified diamond is one that has not gone under the thorough analysis by the AGSL or the GIA. But that’s okay! Not all diamonds are in need of these kinds of reports. For example, smaller diamonds don’t “need” the extra validation. Although the certificates prove that the gem is, in actuality, what it says it is, it doesn’t necessarily make it any “better,” especially when buying from a reputable jeweler.