|| Information About Certified Diamonds ||


Many customers shopping for a diamond engagement ring know they should buy from a retailer who only sells certified diamonds, but few understand what distinguishes a certified diamond from a non-certified diamond.

First, we'd like to applaud you for shopping certified! Now let's discuss the differences between certified and non-certified diamonds and how shopping for certified diamonds is a benefit in itself.

To put it simply, certified diamonds are diamonds that have been evaluated by an independent certifying agency, and they're accompanied by a unique identification number and certificate. Some certified diamonds are laser inscribed with the ID number for your peace of mind.

Certified diamonds aren't inherently better than non-certified diamonds, but they tend to be higher-quality stones because the retailer has chosen them for their documented quality. Many times, certified diamonds are completely natural and have not�undergone�treatment.

A number of diamond certifying agencies exist, but Diamond Mansion works mostly with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)�and EGL USA. What we've noticed with the naked eye is that GIA is more strict with its grading than EGL. As a result, customers tend to prefer GIA certified diamonds because they know that GIA sets a high standard.

Here's a sample of a GIA diamond grading report. GIA also maintains an online database where any user can search for diamonds�by ID number. In addition, here are some sample EGL reports. Users can also verify an EGL report by visiting the agency's homepage.

When you shop for a certified diamond that will be the center stone�in your custom engagement ring, you remove much of the guess work. Viewing a diamond's certification can give you peace of mind you might not have if you try�to choose from a selection of�non-certified stones.

Furthermore, shopping for certified diamonds can educate you about diamonds and give you a better appreciation for them. When you start to understand the various criteria listed on the diamond grading report and then compare grades to what you see with your naked eye, you'll slowly begin to learn the nuances of characteristics like color and clarity. When you see a D color stone, you'll be able to appreciate the lack of color for what it is.