Does the Certification Date Matter for GIA Diamonds?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:36

Often, a purchaser of GIA Certified loose diamonds will not notice that the certificate is dated. However, when they do, they often make the assumption that newer is better, and that an older date is an indication of a "used" diamond. Is it?

What are Wholesale Diamonds?

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 16:11

Customers searching for a loose diamond, particularly online, will often be presented with the opportunity to purchase "wholesale". But what exactly is wholesale in the diamond industry?

The Most Common Mistake When Choosing Loose Diamond Clarity

Thu, 02/14/2013 - 17:54

With regard to the purchase of loose diamonds, clarity refers to the degree to which imperfections are present, either internally or on the surface of the stone. Buyers often pay a premium for higher clarity, believing this will improve the appearance of the diamond. However, in many cases it will have no effect at all, beyond a certain threshold.

GIA vs. EGL - What difference does it make?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 09:33

In recent years, EGL-USA certifications have grown in popularity, especially for loose diamonds under 1 carat. The EGL certification is popular with retailers because it is less expensive than a GIA certificate and has a looser grading standard.