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Wait! What you should know before buying a diamond .
GIA and IGI are two of the most respected diamond grading labs in the world. They grade diamonds so you know exactly what your buying. These diamonds are certificated
If the diamond you are buying has no certification ensure the company you are buying from has a good reputation for providing good quality stock and can guarantee themselves that it is good quality.
Other grading to look out for is EGL which offers strict diamond grading at an affordable price. If buying an in house graded diamond, this can provide a very un-biased view it may not have the same value as a Diamond with genuine certification but as mentioned above the retailer may have an excellent in house diamond grading expertise.
The GIA is a highly respected diamond grading laboratory. However, a diamond certificate is not a guarantee of the quality of the diamond. It is the opinion of a diamond grader presented on a piece of paper. The nature of diamond grading is that the grader makes an informed observation on the properties of the stone, which allows for variation between the certificates based on who the grader is.
A diamond certificate is in no way a guarantee of what you are getting. It is more important to purchase your diamond from a jeweller who is reputable and who you can trust. On un-laser marked stones, it is easy for a jeweller to say a certificate belongs to a particular stone and the customer has little way of proving otherwise”
You may want to consider buying your diamond online as you can make a saving of between 20 – 25% opposed to buying your engagement ring on the high street. UK business online will include sales tax at 20%. Cheaper online prices may be due to lower operating costs of the business. Tax may be saved if buying from another country and importing in. You may well get charged import tax (Duty) if picked up by customs though.
Once you have bought your Diamond then you can have a bespoke ring created for you personally. This may well be less expensive than the High Street options and much more individual