The different diamond certificates...
, 03:18 PM
Hello everyone, I am a newbie to diamonds and recently have been looking for a round cut diamond for an engagement ring.
I have finally decided on a VS2-VS1, Ideal/excellent cut, G-F colour and between 1.30-1.50 carats. I'm from Toronto Canada and have been looking around for the past month or so. The one thing that has been confusing me is the 'reputation' of the different gem grading labs out there like GIA, AGL, EGL, HRD and the most popular one in Canada Gem Scan. I heard that GIA is the most 'accurate' as far as the diamond grading goes, I'd like to hear from people on this forum in regards to that topic. Since I live in Toronto Canada, a lot of the jewellers/diamond wholesalers I've visited carry Gem Scan stones, and I have heard from most jewellers that Gem Scan's grading can be 1-2 grades below GIA's grading for the same diamond. Can anyone verify this fact? Also can anyone rank the different gem lab's from most accurate to least accurate?
Can anyone recommend a diamond jewellery store/wholesaler in Toronto Canada that is reputable and has fair prices? I've looked online at bluenile.ca and though the diamonds are nice, the price is just not that good after you take into account the taxes and conversion to CDN funds.
I am kind of deciding between several diamonds as well, and hoping to get some input/advice...
diamond#1 1.51c, VS2, very good cut, H with EGL certificate for $12,525 CDN.
diamond#2 1.37c, VS2, very good cut, F, with GIA cert. for $12,700 CDN
diamond#3 1.31c, VVS1, excellent cut, G with GIA cert for $13,500 CDN
diamond#4 1.29c, VS2, very good cut, G with HRD cert. for $11,500 CDN
diamond#5 1.50c, VS1, very good cut, H+ with Gem Scan cert. for $11,500 CDN.
I'm just kind of leary about getting an H colour stone and how yellow it will look on a platinium setting. To a pair of untrained eyes like mine, all these diamonds look pretty beautiful.
Any and all advice/comments are very much appreciated.
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