A certificate is a "blueprint" of a diamond,
it tells you the diamond's exact measurements and weight,
as well as the details of its cut and quality. It precisely
points out all the individual characteristics of the stone.
Certificates also serve as proof of the diamond's identity
A certificate is not the same thing as an appraisal. A
certificate describes the quality of a diamond, but it does
not place a monetary value on the gem. An appraisal places
a monetary value on your diamond, but does not certify the
quality of the diamond.
Why Do I Need a Certificate?
Shopping for certified diamonds allows you to make an informed
choice about your selections, and to comparison shop. You
can compare one diamond of a particular weight and quality
with other diamonds of similar weight and quality to determine
which you prefer.
If a jeweller offers to sell you an expensive diamond ring
without a certificate, keep in mind that it means you are
buying the diamond based only on the salesperson's claim
about its quality, and that a trained gemologist may disagree
with the salesperson's assessment.
Independent Diamond Certification
Any of our diamonds over .40 carat is accompanied by one
of these internationally recognised diamond certificates
below, GIA, HRD or IGI which proves the authentication
of each diamond.
Gemological Institute of America
An independent, nonprofit organization that
is renowned for its impartial service as the world's
foremost authority in gemology: it offers gemstone
identification and buying advice to consumers.
The Institute's history of ground-breaking scientific
research, education, and gemological laboratory services
reads as a virtual chronicle of the industry's own
growth and sophistication.
The GIA has combined the principles of research,
education, and service to help gem and jewelry professionals
around the globe use science and product knowledge
to sustain the public's trust.
The coordinating body and official representative
of the diamond sector based in Antwerp.
It is an official organization, recognized internationally
and acting as host, spokesperson and intermediary
for the Belgian diamond community.
The HRD wants to further develop Antwerp as a world
diamond centre in order to optimize knowledge in and
about the diamond sector.
International Gemological Institute (IGI) is one
of the world's largest independent gem certification
and appraisal institutes, with laboratories in Antwerp,
New York, and Bangkok.
IGI serves jewelers, retail stores, insurance companies,
Internet sales organizations, catalog companies, accounting
and securities firms and consumers worldwide.
With a professional staff of 200, IGI issues more
than 200,000 reports a year.