be forever, but not all are created equal and a diamond
appraisal by a qualified specialist can be invaluable in
determining whether yours are indeed rare gems or little more than
glorified lumps of coal.
Diamond Appraisal vs. Gemological Analysis
important to understand the difference between a diamond appraisal
and a gemologists analysis. Although both are important in
determining the quality and value of your diamonds, a diamond
appraisal and a lab certificate are two entirely different things.
"certified loose diamonds" means that these unmounted gems
have been scientifically examined and analyzed by professional
gemologists in a state-of-the-art laboratory. This is important,
because industrial science now has the means to produce artificial
diamonds that are nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. Now,
if appearance is all that is important to you, artificial diamonds
are just fine for crafting attractive wholesale gemstone jewelry.
However, if you are looking at diamonds as an investment that will
appreciate in value, theres no substitute for the real thing.
wholesalers will provide a certificate from an independent
gemology lab when you purchase loose certified loose diamonds. This
brings us to the other side of the equation, which is diamond appraisal.
Why a Diamond Appraisal is Important
gemologists analysis can tell you if your diamond is genuine
and whether or not any color variation is natural or the result of
artificial chemical processes, a diamond appraisal can give you
specific information about your stones, such as:
- Whether or
not the quality of the diamond reflects the grading document - If the
grading document has sufficient data - If the gem has been cut correctly
The latter is
especially important. Even if a diamond is genuine and flawless when
it comes out of the ground, cutting the gem improperly means shards
of nearly worthless carbon. At best, certified loose diamonds that
have been improperly cut will be worth substantially less than those
which have been cut be trained craftsmen. While less-than-perfect
stones can be made into discount wholesale gemstone jewelry readily
enough, they are not investment quality.
Avoiding Potential Conflicts
trade is controlled worldwide by a relative few institutions,
partially because they are found in so few remote parts of the world.
Because there is so much money at stake, confidence games and
rip-offs are common, and there are many opportunities for
conflict of interest.
It is vital
that both your gemologists
report and your diamond appraisal be done by separate, independent
labs that have no connection to the diamond wholesalers from whom you
plan to make your purchase.