If diamonds are on your must have list this year, you need to be aware of three letters – GIA. That’s the Gemological Institute of America and they are your ticket to a great quality diamond. Founded in the 1930’s, this body is the world’s leading certifier of our favourite sparkling rocks. They introduced the game changing Diamond Grading Report in the 1950’s, which set the standard for grading the four main attributes of a diamond, most commonly referred to as the 4C’s, that is its cut, carat, colour and clarity. Each stone possesses a unique set of distinguishing characteristics, assessing them in this way against a universal standard helps provide the industry and the general public with a reliable benchmark.
Purchasing GIA certified diamonds affords buyers great assurance that their stone has been through this process and honestly assessed. Both wholesalers and their customers can be sure of what they are dealing with and negotiate a fair price for the gem in question. It is a stringent process that also protects against blood diamonds, these are stones that are sourced from areas of conflict and sold to fund oppressive regimes or wars.
Such certification is vital to the trade of conflict free stones and jewellers that subscribe to only using GIA certified diamonds take their global responsibilities seriously. Kush Diamonds is one such organisation, choosing to only use stones certified in this manner for their fine pieces of jewellery. As a diamond wholesaler with over 35 years’ of trading activity, they fully understand how important these trading guidelines are to the integrity of the industry and the peace of mind of their clients. A document of certification accompanies every stone assessed by the GIA, detailing the unique qualities of the gem in question and this paperwork is passed on to the new owner at the time of purchase.
Assessing a diamond in its loose form, that is before it becomes set in to a piece of jewellery, is the best way to properly undertake a study of its various elements. That way the individual properties of the gem can be most fully analysed and documented, attempting to do this once the stone is set would be much harder and produce less reliable results. At Kush Diamonds they take their client satisfaction seriously and consider it a vital part of the consultation process to fully disclose all information available concerning a gemstone. This enables customers to make informed decisions based on reliable information and feel completely at ease with the quality of their final piece of jewellery. It also enables purchasers to work within their budgets and be clear on the standard of diamond that they wish to buy.
The world has an ongoing love affair with these dazzling rocks and today they remain as popular as ever, sealing the engagement of many happy couples around the globe. We highly recommend that you protect this beautiful and valuable asset once it becomes yours, the certification information from the GIA will be a helpful document for insurance purposes.