GIA Grading Scale
What is the GIA grading scale?
When you purchase a diamond it generally has a grading report. That means that someone has carefully given their opinion on the clarity, color, cut and carat of a diamond. A common myth is all grading reports are equal, but that is far from the truth.
Just because an opinion is given, doesn’t mean that we can except it a hard evidence. We’ve selected the Gemological Institute of America as our buying standard. We chose the GIA standard because the GIA has set the highest and most consistent standard in the the world for grading diamonds. We find that we can pay the most for GIA graded diamonds as well.
We still buy about any diamond over .75ct even if it doesn’t have a GIA report or certificate.
Now many certificates and reports can be very close, but we require our GIA certified gemologists to confirm those diamond details. If your diamond is in great condition (no cracks, no chips and no unnatural enhancements) and you have GIA certificate for your diamond, or want to sent it off to get certified – you find that will give you exactly what we quoted. The only way that the range prices apply is if you leave any fields blank.
Was your diamond graded elsewhere? For example, if you have a wonderful diamond that was graded overseas or by a local jeweler who graded it to best of his/her ability, our quote could be off by more or less depending on what details we can confirm. This doesn’t mean that we take the liberty of dropping or raising the grade of your diamond – it means that we’ll tell you what our GIA certified gemologists think it is – and what we’ll pay for it.
If you think you would like to submit your diamond to GIA to acquire a certificate, GIA charges a fee and there is an average wait of 4 weeks. We quote you by the same standard with or without the report.