The GIA certificate: a passport that follows the diamond through life
Globally, there are several institutes who issue certificates for diamonds, but common for all of them save one (GIA), is that they are owned by entities within the diamond industry who are all interested in providing the highest certificate possible for every diamond, so that it may achieve the highest possible market value. At GIA, a non- profit organization and the world’s leading institute in classification and certifying of diamonds, it is considered a virtue to present a 100% correct and truthful certificate for every diamond. There are no outside influences that might affect the certification in any way. The problem in certifying a diamond occurs when there is a certificate produced for a diamond, which is not a 100% reflection of reality. Some institutes have a habit of upgrading diamonds to a better quality than what they actually are and as a result, you as a consumer can easily end up purchasing a diamond at above market price. Therefore, be careful what certificate you receive with your diamond jewelry.
Quality assurance of diamonds
There are a great amount of factors in play when buying a diamond. First and foremost, it is about matching the client’s budget with the best stone possible at that price. Both carat, color, clarity and cut are crucial for the value of the diamond in question. It is all about knowing your client’s specific needs and wishes. Some want the largest carat possible, being less focused on color and clarity, while others want a smaller carat with a finer quality color and clarity.