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Before you make the purchase!

Larger, better quality diamonds (especially engagement rings) should only be purchased with a certificate from GIA, a highly rated and respected laboratory. The consumer should confirm the diamond is certified by a leading grading institution prior to making a purchase. Ask to examine the certificate and confirm the information is accurate. Again,even though my preference is for the Gemological Institute of America, there are other alternatives to the GIA, such as AGS, HRD. In many circumstances, the consumer is misguided into thinking they purchased a diamond that is certified, when in fact there is no certificate at all. An appraisal is not a certificate; this document is for insurance purposes only. So what about smaller or lesser quality diamonds that are set up as diamond stud earrings, tennis bracelets, or pendants?  In this case, multiple certificates are not practical and can be very expensive. Therefore the consumer must rely on the jewelers experience, education and instrumentation.  In-house grading is acceptable provided the company is using GIA standards for the accurate grading of diamonds.  Unfortunately, when there are no certificates on diamonds, (buyer beware) there is a tendency for many stores to inflate the grades of the diamonds they are selling. Check the seller’s credentials, and know the reputation of the store before making a purchase.  Ask questions regarding the grading system they use, if any at all. Confirm that your purchase includes an independent GIA report if applicable. And remember that a reputable jeweler should always provide a detailed appraisal at  time of purchase. 

Illusion Rings, Pendants, Earrings and Bracelets. 

So you just got a great deal on that one carat diamond ring, So you think!!  All the other diamond rings in the same quality and weight category were so much more expensive. Such a bargain, until you realize that your ring has many small diamonds that are aligned and fitted perfectly together. This creates the illusion of one large diamond.  What makes it unique is that it gives you exactly that, an (illusion).  So what is the big deal? Issue one, those much smaller diamonds cost 50%-90% less than a single one carat diamond. So if you paid less, it is because these diamonds cost significantly less than larger diamonds. Issue two, small diamonds that are set and aligned in your new ring may have a low tolerance for wear and tear. Meaning, when one diamond is loose the others will follow, as they need each other to maintain stability. Imagine the domino effect when one stone is lost, the other diamonds could follow right along. Issue three, these rings are extremely difficult if not impossible to repair. The unique process of manufacturing does not allow the jeweler to tighten or replace the missing diamonds easily.  Your mounting could be a total loss since it may not be repairable.  Issue 4, the illusion setting also makes it very difficult to examine the quality of the diamonds as numerous imperfections can be difficult to identify in smaller size stones. Just one illusion after the other!