Diamonds and working
with a Graduate Gemologist

While the 4 C's are excellent indicators of the rarity of diamonds, they do not in many ways determine the brilliance and beauty of the stone. A diamond may have great standards on paper, but won't necessarily show the radiance you desire. One might think that size and shape would be the most important considerations when choosing a diamond; however, it is actually the diamond's cut grade and color that determines whether it can draw a crowd, or make no impression at all.

For this reason, it is imperative that you work with a Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) when choosing a diamond. A good gemologist will not only scrutinize several diamonds to ensure the finest quality, but also provide you with a thorough education of diamonds as you go through the thrilling process of jewelry selection or design.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is an independent, international organization that is favored by only the top, most highly esteemed jewelers in the world. GIA is respected and known for its impartial judgment in diamond grading. Widely recognized as the global authority on gemstones, the GIA has developed objective measures by which to determine gem quality. By providing a worldwide industry standard, consumers, retailers and insurers have a clear standard/guideline by which to evaluate gemstones. The GIA is the most respected training school for gemologists, the industry's highest professional credential. In a world of increasingly sophisticated synthetic reproductions, by utilizing the services of a gemologist, consumers can have the utmost confidence in the quality of their investment.

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