Lumera sells only diamonds which have been certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). GIA is the world's oldest, largest, and one of the most respected independent laboratories. Unlike some other labs, GIA is not owned or partially owned by diamond wholesalers or retailers, and is a non-profit organization. GIA actually developed the "4 C's" diamond grading system (used almost universally today) to provide truly objective standards in the evaluation of a diamond.
Every Lumera Diamond is accompanied by its GIA Grading Report or Dossier. These diamond grading certificates may be viewed prior to purchase by clicking the name "GIA" next to any diamond.
Following is an overview of what each document contains:
GIA DIAMOND GRADING REPORT
The GIA diamond grading report includes the following information:
- Date: The date the diamond was examined by GIA
- Report Number: The unique tracking number assigned to each diamond and report.
- Shape (e.g. brilliant round, square modified brilliant)
- Measurements: to the nearest one-hundredth of a millimeter
- Carat Weight: to the nearest one-hundredth of a carat
- Depth %
- Table %
- Girdle Thickness
- Culet Size
- Polish Grade
- Symmetry Grade
- Clarity Grade
- Color Grade
- Cut Grade: for round diamonds only
- Fluorescence Grade
- Laser Inscription: Notes the content of any inscription present on the girdle of the diamond.
- General Comments: Additional identifying characteristics or features not otherwise represented in the report.
- Diamond Plot: showing all inclusions and blemishes found.
- Proportion Diagram: A graphic representation of the diamond's actual proportions.
- Security Features: A variety of document security features (such as hologram, security screen, micro-print lines) which confirm the authenticity of the report.
GIA DIAMOND DOSSIER
For smaller diamonds, an abbreviated form of the GIA Grading Report is often used, called a GIA Dossier. This condensed report offers the same information as the GIA Grading Report listed above, with the exception of a diamond plot, since the individual flaws are less important in smaller stones (as is clarity in general).
Every diamond that has been issued a GIA Diamond Dossier will have the report number laser inscribed on the diamond's girdle. This added security allows the purchaser to confirm the identity of the diamond at all times.
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A note of caution:
All Labs are not created equal, and their judgments are not held to any objective standard. Unfortunately, some labs have succumbed to pressure from retailers to lower their standards, thereby allowing lower quality diamonds to be certified with higher ratings, increasing their value in the marketplace. Before relying on any diamond certificate, make sure you are comfortable with the reputation and expertise of its author.
While Lumera chooses to offer only GIA certified diamonds, other labs which have a strong reputation in the marketplace include AGS (American Gem Society) and HRD (more common in Europe than the U.S). Diamonds with certification from labs such as IGI and EGL tend to sell at a small discount, since these labs are known for relaxed diamond grading standards (for example, a diamond graded G in color by EGL may only be graded H by GIA).
Use caution when comparing the price of diamonds graded by two different labs; what at first seems like a bargain may only be the result of more relaxed diamond grading.
Only buy diamonds which have been certified by a reputable lab. Do not accept certifications created by retailers, even if they claim to be GIA trained.
Keep your diamond certificate in a safe place. It provides invaluable security in the case of loss (helping to establish the quality and size of diamond required for equitable replacement), trade, or resale. Whenever the diamond must leave your possession (for example, to be cleaned), always let the party taking possession know you have a certificate. Knowing you can positively identify your diamond removes any temptation on the part of the third party to commit fraud (such as switching the diamond for one of lower quality).
A copy of your uniquely numbered GIA certificate is kept permanently on file with the GIA, and can be replaced at anytime if lost or destroyed.
Visit the Lumera Diamond Buying Guide for additional tips and advice.
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