What is GIA Certification?
In today's tough economic times, many people are selling their diamond jewelry in order to get a quick cash infusion. When selling diamond jewelry, it is important for sellers to know that GIA certification of the stones is good way to ensure that they are receiving top dollar for their used jewelry. However, if you're not a gemologist, you may be wondering just what is GIA certification?
The Gemological Institute of America, or GIA, is the world’s leading authority on diamonds and gemstones. Having developed the standards by which diamonds are evaluated, the GIA is internationally renowned as the number one go-to source for knowledge about diamonds. Back in the 1940’s, the GIA established the International Diamond Grading System. They were the original creators of the 4Cs: Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat weight; the universal system by which diamonds are evaluated for quality today. The GIA is the premier educator in gems and jewelry, turning out the industry’s leading expert gemologists.
GIA certification of diamonds must be performed by a GIA Gemologist; a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America. GIA Gemologists specialize in grading diamonds. Reputable labs use state-of-the-art equipment to evaluate diamonds; to determine the characteristics and quality of diamonds using the gold standard, GIA certification process.
GIA certification is not the same as an appraisal. An appraisal is usually performed to establish a diamond’s value for insurance purposes. A GIA certification is an impartial lab report; an unbiased judgment of the diamond’s 4C characteristics: Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat Weight. A GIA certification report from a reputable GIA gemologist is an invaluable resource for generating an accurate diamond appraisal. Ralph Mueller & Associates, a diamond buyer in Phoenix, employes experienced gemologists who can provide GIA certification of your diamonds and other precious stones. To receive the very best price for your unwanted diamonds, gold and other jewelry in Arizona, contact us today!