One of the things that affect the cost of a diamond is the presence or absence of certification. Usually, certified diamonds are way costlier than non-certified ones. Most people shopping for diamonds often have questions on what difference it makes when you buy a certified or non-certified diamond.
Of course, people can only receive answers to such questions through adequate explanations from experts in the jewelry industry. This article is written to bring such answers to your table. As you read, you will understand what certified diamonds and non-certified diamonds are. You will also find out what could be the potential cons of buying a non-certified diamond.
Certified and Non-Certified Diamond
Certified diamonds (or any other kind of gemstone) are jewelry that have been accessed and graded by an independent gemological organization. Such grading aims to provide transparency and also to acquire credibility for the jewelry.
Certification for a diamond provides adequate details on the cut, clarity, color, and carat weight of a diamond. The four qualities, known as the 4Cs of diamond, are universally recognized as the four basic qualities of any kind of gemstone.
A certified diamond, however, is one that any gemological institution has not graded. Note that this does not automatically mean such diamond is of lesser quality than certified diamonds, as largely believed by many. It only means the essential details about such a diamond are not known.
From observations, more people are wearing non-certified diamonds than certified ones. Non-certified diamonds are cheaper, readily sold in local jewelry shops, and may just be of a good grade as a certified diamond. The absence of a grading certification for a diamond ring can, however cause undesired effects.
What are the Cons of Buying a Non-Certified Diamond?
- No one Knows what Exactly it is
Despite the amount of expertise a jeweler has, a non-certified diamond still remains ‘unknown.’ No one can readily determine if it is synthetic or not, if it has certain invisible inclusions, or if it is, in fact, a diamond! A trusted jeweler or jewelry shop might be able to offer you credible diamonds. But then, you just can tell when you are offered a very low quality diamond or a substance that is not even a diamond.
- Quality is at Stake
Diamonds are one of the hardest known gemstones there are. This makes them suitable for use as many kinds of jewelry, including engagement rings. A diamond of a good grade is expected to still maintain a good shape even after many years of use. Credible diamonds are that good.
However, do not be surprised if you buy a non-certified diamond and it starts chipping after three or six months. See, buying a non-certified diamond is like buying potato chips without a brand label and expiry date. You can open the pack and find freshly fried chips, crispy and yummy. Or you can open the pack and find stale or decaying chips with a nasty smell.
Because the quality of non-certified diamond rings is not readily accessed, it is best to avoid buying them.
As already emphasized, when you buy a non-certified diamond, it does not automatically mean you bought a diamond of less quality. People have diverse opinions on this, and the opinions are subjective. Suppose you have a credible jeweler or jewelry shop out there. In that case, you may get a diamond from them even when it is not certified. There are chances, though, that the jeweler may not thoroughly appraise such a diamond. If you are lucky, you will find out that after 50 years of use, the diamond still maintains the initial sparkle that attracted you to it in the first place.