The Importance of Certification

The value of a precious stone is determined by its gemological makeup, natural rarity and finished quality. Diamonds and gemstones of similar appearance can have important differences in value. Even experts need powerful analytic tools to detect synthetics, treatments and enhancement processes.

Gemstones should only change hands when accompanied by a certificate attesting to quality. Regardless of location or marketplace, an authentic Laboratory Report is the common language of trust and confidence in the gemological world, and should be considered an essential part of any transaction. We take this responsibility very seriously.

Some of the World renowned Diamond and Jewellery Certification Providers -

Solitaire Gemmological Laboratories Ltd. (SGL)

Solitaire Gemmological Laboratories (SGL) is an independent international laboratory that provides professional gemstone identification and grading services to the gems & jewellery industry worldwide through its centres in London, Dubai, Riyadh, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Thrissur, Coimbatore, Pune, Jaipur and Kolkata.

All SGL laboratories, as a part of the seamless network, use the same system, process, technology and methodology globally to provide top of the line service to the gems & jewellery industry. By combining innovative thinking, new technology, and values such as integrity and commitment, SGL has built gemmological laboratories equipped to meet the ever so evolving challenges of the industry. Each day, we strive to protect diamond retailers, manufacturers, traders and the end consumers, by providing them with the highest quality reports and professional services.

As a gemmological laboratory, we confine ourselves to the analysis and interpretation of the scientific characteristics of gemstones. This will help us lead the way to benchmark our presence as one of the leading gemmological laboratories around the world.

Visit their website for more details: www.solitaire-labs.com

International Gemological Institute (IGI)

A diamond's beauty is the result of natural aspects of the rough crystal combined with the finished quality of the cutting and polishing process.

The famous 4 Cs, used to describe a diamond's attributes, are well-known throughout the world. Some aspects can be determined at a glance: Is it large or small? Is it icy or warmly tinted? Is it clean to the naked eye or do some of nature's birthmarks show themselves? Does it sparkle madly with rainbow-colored flashes, or is it calm, deep and serene?

Beyond a glance, precise information determined by impartial experts must be assigned to each diamond. For example, what specific color grade should be assigned? Do the natural characteristics impact durability? Are the primary angles inside the ranges found optimum for visual performance? Each of a diamond's 4 Cs deserves an in-depth evaluation that goes beyond the abilities of unaided and untrained eyes.

A certificate from IGI represents the all-important 5th C that no one should be without: Confidence. As the world's largest independent gem certification and appraisal institute for diamonds, colored gemstones and jewelry, IGI is a standard of excellence for industry professionals and consumers around the globe.

Gemstones should only change hands when accompanied by a certificate attesting to quality. Regardless of location or marketplace, an authentic IGI Laboratory Report is the common language of trust and confidence in the gemological world.

Visit their website for more details : www.igiworldwide.com

HKD Diamond Laboratories, Canada

HKD Diamond Laboratories Canada is an international provider for diamond reports, jewellery dossiers, and branded jewellery reports. Staffed by GIA trained gemologists and other professionally accredited personnel, its three state-of- the-art laboratories are conveniently located in the heart of the gemstone and jewellery districts of Toronto- Canada, Mumbai-India, and Bangkok- Thailand.

Clear and concise, HKD diamond and gem reports are continually adapted to the ever-changing jewellery marketplace. Professionally produced using advance technology, HKD lab reports are provided to the trade, but are also produced in a user-friendly format that caters to the final consumer. In addition, HKD specializes in branded reports for jewellery designers wishing to supply a "Certificate of Authenticity" along with their fine jewellery. Digital diamond plots, logos, SealSafe holograms, micro printing, unique identification numbers and an online verification system are among the security measures taken to prevent tampering of these critical documents.

HKD Diamond Laboratories Canada remains committed to providing the highest level of standards and evaluation practices in the industry while always striving toward greater cost efficiencies and quicker turnaround time. Reliability, accuracy, and consumer confidence have been and always will be the company's top priority. For HKD's commitment does not end with the immediate client, but with the women and men who wear its clients’ jewellery.

Visit their website for more details: www.hkdlab.ca

GIA - gemological Institute of America

The Gemological Institute of America commonly abbreviated as GIA was established in 1931 and has been one of the world’s largest and most respected not-for-profit institute of learning,grading and gemological research .GIA exists to connect people to understanding of gems. For over 80 years, GIA has been the authority and the unique source for knowledge on gems, its grading reports are considered the bench mark for determining and communicating gemstone quality, both by the trade and consumers alike. The creators of global standards to accuretly determine quality of diamonds( 4C's - cut, clarity, colour, carat weight and the international Diamond Grading System), coloured stones and pearls(7 pearls Factors-size, shape, colour, Nacre,Lustre, surface and matching. These standards are the benchmarks by which all gems are judged.

At the GIA laboratories, a comprehensive report helps analyze the quality of the diamond. With an increase in the number of consumers looking for authentication on the diamond purchased, GIA has ensured that the certification it offers provides accurate details to the consumer.

Beside all this, the GIA also offers diploma and certificate programs with comprehensive studies in the fields of gemology, diamonds, coloured stones, jewellery, Jewellery Design & Technology, Jewellery design and CAD/CAM for jewellery, making them pioneers in the field of gemstones and diamonds.

Visit their website for more details: www.giaindia.in

BIS hallmark

Government of India' has identified BIS a sole agency in India to operate this scheme. BIS hallmarking Scheme is voluntary in nature and is operating under BIS Act, Rules and Regulations. It operates on the basis of trust and thus it is desirable that aspect of quality control are in built in the system responsible for managing quality.

Visit their website for more details: www.bis.org.in

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