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GIA Diamonds

by Haley Anhut
Posted February 16, 2021

A diamond certification allows the buyer to know that they are getting a diamond of good value. This certification, issued by an independent gemological lab, gives the buyer information on the diamond’s cut, carat weight, color, clarity grade, and more. There are a few laboratories that grade diamonds including, IGI (International Gemological Institute), GCAL (Gem Certification & Assurance Lab), and AGS (American Gem Society). But there is one lab that goes above and beyond the rest, GIA (Gemological Institute of America). Established in 1931, GIA is known to be the “gold standard” for diamond grading. 

What Is a GIA Diamond?

A GIA diamond is one that is graded by this independent laboratory. You may have heard about the 4 C’s of a diamond, but, did you know that GIA invented this system and the terminology that goes along with the grading system? This grading system is used by every independent gemological lab and is trusted among jewelers and retailers alike. They uphold the strictest diamond grading criteria known in the industry. They were the first in the industry to introduce diamond grading reports in 1953, which are still used today. They even graded the famous 45 carat, Hope Diamond.

What Does It Mean for a Diamond to Be a “GIA Certified Diamond”?

GIA does not certify diamonds, rather they grade them based on the diamond’s unique characteristics. Saying that a diamond is GIA graded means that it has passed the rigorous examination of the GIA labs. GIA is an independent, nonprofit organization, and has no say in a diamond’s certification or value. They only give a report on a diamond after evaluation. The GIA graders are meticulous when it comes to grading color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. GIA will also grade a diamond on its fluorescence, finish, and any other information relevant to the diamond.

Are GIA Diamonds More Expensive?

Because GIA is the most reputable lab, it’s often thought that their diamonds are more expensive. However, this is false. Remember, GIA does not certify diamonds, they only grade diamonds. The value of a diamond is tied to its quality. A diamond of lower quality will be less expensive, and of higher quality will be more expensive. GIA provides these grading reports so the buyer knows if the diamond they’re purchasing is actually of good quality, and therefore value. This is why diamond grading is so important, it tells the consumer exactly what they are paying for. 

Do You Need to Get a Diamond Graded?

You should always receive a diamond certification when you purchase a diamond, online or in a store. The certificate is an identity card for your unique and precious diamond and will show the buyer all the qualities of that diamond. Also, this diamond certification is needed if you plan to get jewelry insurance down the line. Remember that if you are purchasing a diamond, either online or at a store, you should receive a diamond certificate. Only purchase your diamonds from reputable brands, and be sure to do your research. This is a major purchase, be sure to do your due diligence before buying. 

Where Can I Buy a GIA Diamond?

There are many quality online retailers that sell GIA certified diamonds, including Clean Origin! As of 2021, Clean Origin is proud to offer our customers GIA certified diamonds in all 9 diamond shapes. These diamonds will range from a VS2 to VVS1 clarity grade, D to G color grade, and for carat sizes 2 carats and larger. These diamonds offer the highest color and clarity grades, at an affordable price. Remember, lab grown diamonds can be anywhere from 20-40% less expensive than mined diamonds. Our hand-selected collection is ideal for those looking to wow their bride-to-be with a stunning diamond. All of our GIA diamonds will be accompanied by a printed copy of the GIA certification with a digital confirmation available on the GIA website. Shop Clean Origins GIA diamonds, here.