Exact Diamond Quote

Would you like an exact quote before you send your diamond?

Many factors affect the value of a diamond including: Carat weight, color, clarity, and cut (proportions). Inaccurate information on some lab reports and appraisals are very common and must be addressed if an accurate estimate is to be given sight unseen.

The best reports for consistently accurate information are GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and AGS (American Gem Society). Very rarely do we see a diamond accompanied with these lab reports that we disagree with.

Unfortunately most appraisals are lenient giving the buyer (and the seller) the benefit of the doubt by over-grading the diamond. It gives the jeweler (or dealer) an excuse to charge a higher price and also enter a higher appraised value. This is wrong because it gives the buyer a false sense of value and will likely increase the insurance premiums over a period of many years unnecessarily.

If your diamond has a GIA or AGS report you have a 95% probability of receiving the exact sight unseen quote from Selljewelrynow.com. We do see an approximate 1% inaccuracy rate in which the offer may be adjusted. The other possible deductions would be caused from damage on the diamond not mentioned on the lab report and contrast of the inclusions which a report does not go into detail. For example "crystals" that are dark in color devalue a diamond slightly versus their white counterparts.

Before sending it to insure 100% accuracy on the quote you must take the diamond to a dealer or jeweler who is an expert in grading and identifying proportions when it is loose or mounted. Even graduate gemologists may not have the necessary expertise unless they deal in diamonds on a regular basis and know the standards of GIA and AGS precisely.

To qualify your local diamond expert ask them the following questions:

If you have a GIA or AGS report:

  1. Ask them if they can double check the legitimacy of it next to the diamond in question. (Rarely is this a problem but occasionally reports get unintentionally switched on the initial purchase).
  2. Ask them if they are capable of identifying any damage on the diamond not mentioned on the report including: chips, nicks, bruises, burning or scratches.
  3. Ask them if they are capable of identifying the color or contrast of the inclusions (especially crystals).

Without GIA or AGS report:

  1. Ask them if they are capable of grading, estimating weight and proportions to exact GIA standards. Be sure to make them aware that you want accuracy for the purpose of knowing exactly what to expect from GIA if you were to send it to their lab. They would have to remove the diamond to do this properly.
  2. Ask them if they are capable of identifying any damage on the diamond including: chips, nicks, bruises, burning or scratches.
  3. Ask them if they are capable of identifying the color or contrast of the inclusions (especially crystals).
  4. Ask them if they have a long-wave ultraviolet light to check the level of fluorescence in you diamond.

If you choose to do your own GIA or AGS report follow these instructions:

  1. Locate a local diamond expert. (Ask the previous outlined questions).
  2. Make sure that the value warrant the cost of a GIA or AGS report. Call or email us with you local findings.
  3. Make sure that there are no negative characteristics that can be eliminated before your report is done. The report will be unforgiving in details of exact specifications including easily removed nicks, chips, burns or scratches.
  4. Call GIA or AGS to let them know you are sending your diamond.

GIA website: http://gia4cs.gia.edu/EN-US/gr-how-to-get-diamond-grading-report.htm

GIA Laboratory Customer Service can be reached at 760-603-4500 ext. 7590 in California

or 212-221-5858 ext. 3724 in New York;

or e-mail labservice@gia.edu.

AGS website: https://www.agslab.com/faqs.php

AGS hours of operation are from 8:00 to 3:45pm PST, Monday through Friday.

AGS E-Mail: support@agslab.com | marketing@agslab.com

AGS Phone: Tel: 702.233.6120 | Fax: 702.233.6125

 

After 33 years in the industry we have found that the lack of disclosure and accuracy seems to be more common than the full disclosure and an emphasis on accuracy and education of the buyer. We take misrepresentation very seriously and often recommend the pursuit of a full refund from the original seller. Please call us at (800) 854-0014 or email us at info@gemgate.com if you have any further questions.