Diamond Certification

GIA Certificates

With the mystique comes peace of mind
Here’s the practical side of possibly the most romantic purchase you’ll ever make…

Diamond certificates are more accurately known as Diamond Grading Reports.  These documents are commonly provided with the purchase of a significant stone of 25 points or more.  The reports are prepared by independent, certified gemmologists from laboratories around the world and can help calculate the specific characteristics of your diamond.

What’s Included in a Diamond Grading Report?
A Diamond Grading Report will commonly include a plotted diagram of your diamond and all significant characteristics, including the 4C’s (Cut, Colour, Clarity, Carat weight).  The report also describes the diamond’s shape, exact measurements, proportions and depth percentages as well as the polish and symmetry grades.  It should also comment on such characteristics as fluorescence, graining, and any imperfections in the diamond. Please note that a Grading Report does not include an appraisal or any kind of statement of monetary worth of the diamond.  Grading Reports simply state the scientific facts of your diamond that can be evaluated by highly standardized criteria.  The best way to understand your diamond grading report is to schedule an appointment with your jeweller.  This way, he can explain to you each portion of the certificate while examining your diamond with you.

Does a Diamond Grading Report increase the value of my diamond?
Certification of a diamond does not increase the value of your diamond.  Certification is, however, a safeguard for the consumer as it is confirmation of your diamond’s authenticity and specific characteristics.  Therefore, the certification in itself is a valuable document.

The Benefits of a Diamond Grading Report
Diamond Grading Reports assure you of the quality and authenticity of your diamond.   As most consumers are not experts, a certificate is an objective comparison.  In addition, some insurance companies will require a  Grading Report if you are planning to insure the diamond.