Whether you’re engagement ring shopping or you’ve just been looking for a new jewellery piece, there’s a good chance that you’ve come across the term “GIA certified diamond” before. This is something that many people simply don’t fully understand. The Hatton Garden Diamond Group is a proud supplier of GIA diamonds. But what exactly does GIA certified mean? Here is some of the most important information regarding what the term means as well as why it’s important.
WHAT IS THE GIA?
GIA stands for the Gemological Institute of America. This is a non-profit institute dedicated to research and education in the field of gemology and jewellery arts.
WHAT IS A GIA DIAMOND?
This type of diamond has been graded by GIA. GIA examines the diamond and assesses its quality based on the 4Cs. These are colour, clarity, cut, and carat.
ARE ALL DIAMONDS GIA CERTIFIED?
No. If you want to be sure that your diamond is GIA graded then the best thing that you can do is to speak to your jeweller. That way you can be sure that you’re always happy with your purchases.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT THAT A DIAMOND IS GIA CERTIFIED?
Simply put, if you’re going to be spending the amount of money that many of us do on something like an engagement ring, you want it to be sure that it is the highest possible quality. A GIA graded diamond gives you the security to know that you’re getting the best quality for the money that you’re spending. Not only that but many insurance companies require a GIA grading report before they are willing to insure your ring.
IS THERE ANY BIAS IN GIA GRADING?
The GIA is an unbiased organisation that focuses purely on the objective quality of a diamond.
HOW DO YOU GET A DIAMOND GIA GRADED?
Most of the time, submission for GIA grading is performed by your jeweller thanks to the complexities that come with packaging and insuring a diamond for inspection. However, it is possible to submit a diamond of GIA grading yourself.
Please remember that GIA diamond grading reports can only be provided for unmounted stones so the diamond will need to be removed from its setting before being sent for analysis.
ARE GIA DIAMONDS MORE EXPENSIVE?
GIA diamonds can be more expensive simply because of their quality has been tested and authenticated. They aren’t necessarily more expensive, but they are often worth the extra money simply because you can be sure of their quality.
CAN GIA IDENTIFY WHERE THE DIAMOND WAS MINED?
GIA performs analysis of many diamonds in their rough form directly from the mine. This means that they can identify the country of origin. However, a GIA Diamond Grading Report is not the same thing as a GIA Diamond Origin Report.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KNOW A DIAMOND’S ORIGIN?
The ethical sourcing of diamonds is an incredibly important thing for consumers and for the Hatton Garden Diamond group. Knowing a diamond’s origin allows you to be sure that it was sourced ethically and that there has been no damage done to the origin country’s local communities.