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EGL vs GIA – Just The Facts

EGL vs GIA

I’ve written a lot about GIA, EGL, and diamond certificates in general. Typically, I’m pretty passionate (read: opinionated!) But I realized that I might be missing a bare bones, to-the-point breakdown of these two major grading labs. Just the facts. So I want to share a few tidbits about each, saving my biased opinion for the end. Here we go, EGL vs GIA. EGL (European Gemological Laboratory): EGL was established in 1974 and employs a staff of over 1,100 – many of which are scientists, certified diamond graders, and educators. EGL’s international locations are found in cities such as Paris, Read More →

GIA Certificates vs. EGL Certificates

When it comes to diamond shoppping, you’ll hear a lot about the 4 C’s. Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat weight. But there are really 5 C’s you need to know about, and the 5th is Certificate. A diamond’s certificate can play a big part in its price and your piece of mind. Here’s why. What is a diamond certificate? A diamond certificate is a report issued by gemologists from a specific lab. The diamond is evaluated on several factors, including the stone’s measurements, clarity, color, polish, and brilliance, among others. Nearly every diamond, once mined, cut and polished,  gets a Read More →

GIA vs. EGL

The differences between GIA vs. EGL certified diamonds are hotly debated. A diamond certificate is a report card issued by a diamond grading lab. The diamond is evaluated on several different factors, including measurement/proportions, clarity, cut, color, polish, symmetry, brilliance and more. Many diamonds receive a certificate before they arrive at the retail point – your local jeweler. This assures you, the one shelling out the big bucks, that you’re getting what you pay for. Diamond grading labs across the globe produce certificates. The authority of all of them though, is GIA (Gemological Institute of America.) The next best lab Read More →

Engagement Ring Eye Candy: GIA Certified Engagement Rings

We’ve sung the praises of GIA certified engagement rings before. They’re the “gold standard” (no pun intended) when it comes to diamond grading for one reason: consistency. GIA’s labs all over the world will reliably produce the same grades for a diamond. This reputation for fair grading – certificates with no inflated color or clarity grades – makes GIA the go-to source for diamond grading. That’s why you’ll likely find a GIA certificate accompanying major important diamonds at the fine auction houses like Christie’s, Bonham’s and Sotheby’s. It’s why their certified diamonds command a higher price. And it’s why a Read More →

Brangelina’s Hong Kong Jewelry Shopping Spree Includes Parmigiani Watch

What happens when you mix a $20 million dollar a year actress, a UN High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador, a tattooed sexy chick with the bee-stung lips, a $30 million actor and the twice running Sexiest Man Alive, with an extravagant Hong Kong vacation in between filming movies in Sydney, Australia and the U.K.? You guessed it, Brangelina’s Hong Kong jewelry shopping spree. The high profile couple of nine years, 49 year old Brad Pitt and 38 year old Angelina Jolie, engaged in 2012 with three biological and three adopted children, but yet to embrace the m— word (marriage), Read More →

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