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Diamond Grading Reports?

Asked by BrentSB (1points) September 3rd, 2010

Hi Everyone,

Im in the market for an engagement ring and im starting to educate myself about diamonds and how to purchase them. Ive done some reading about the 4C’s over at but what im finding is that in addition to knowing the 4C’s there are also several different labs who provide reports on the 4C’s. Can anyone tell me what the differences are between the labs and if there are labs that I should favor and avoid. Given that this is such a major expendature I want to make sure that Im taking all of the necessary steps to get it right.


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mrrich724's avatar

You know, I racked my brain worrying about this just 5 months ago (now happily married).

What I came to realize is that it all doesn’t even matter! Here are two steps to ensure happiness for you and your S.O.

1) Have a friend or relative recommend a place to go, just so you know you can let your guard down and you won’t get ripped off.

2) Tell the jeweler your price range and seriously . . . just pick a nice ring that you think looks very beautiful and that you will be proud to see on your S.O.‘s finger.

Once I realized that the “4 C’s” are probably just another marketing ploy to get people to buy into it, and to justify higher costs, I said “F*** it,” and I just asked to see 4 – 5 unset diamonds in the size and shape I wanted. Then, I picked the one I thought was most dazzling.

It worked out, and I saved myself alot of potential stress and brain power not worrying about “The 4 C’s” As long as you and your spouse think it’s a pretty ring, and you know you didn’t get torn a new one on the price, it will be fine.

Scout46's avatar

GIA is the original and most reliable. Most of the stones you see out there are graded by GIA already, so it’s not hard to find. Be careful about other types of reports – some are way less strict (ie, a G color diamond by EGL might only be an H for GIA).
The 4Cs aren’t a marketing ploy – they weren’t even developed specifically to sell stones, they were developed in order to be able to describe the characteristics of diamonds. I don’t recommend just choosing one based on sight. Also, a report is necessary to get the stone insured.

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