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The What-To-Know About Certified Diamonds
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By: Suzanne Grover Email Article
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What Are GIA & EGL Certified Diamonds?
The European Gemological Laboratory (EGL) and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) are two independent institutions that research and certify the "quality, authenticity, and integrity of your purchase." Using modern verification processes, both of these companies specialize in grading diamonds, diamond character study, laser inscription, and assigning different class certifications to diamonds.

Choice Certified
When looking for a ring that will catch everyone's attention, a brilliant round cut diamond is a great choice. The refractive quality of this type of cut is incredibly impressive. A round cut, when paired with a prong setting, accents the clarity and magnifies the internal fiery brilliance of the diamond. The prong setting gives a raised effect to the diamond, resulting in ample light entry points. This means that no matter which angle your gorgeous engagement ring is viewed from, everyone will see a dazzling and delightful diamond. Round brilliant cut and ideal cut diamonds are currently the most popular choices for brides to be. However, the princess cut diamond ranks a very close second in popularity.
For those who don't know, the princess cut appears to be a square and resembles an upside down pyramid when in the setting. Another name for the princess cut is the square modified brilliant cut, or a bride's best friend.
Cushion cut diamonds are a hybrid variant between ancient mine cuts and the more modern oval cuts. They are fondly referred to as the "candlelight diamond" because they are seen as a very romantic diamond choice. No matter what shape of diamond you're looking for, make sure you only select from ideal certified diamonds.

Benefits of Certification
When you buy EGL certified diamonds or GIA certified diamonds, you can be secure in the fact that your diamond engagement ring is from a reputable, conflict-free source because your diamond purchase comes with precise certification documentation. Knowing specifics regarding the authenticity and quality of your diamond, helps you to avoid getting duped with third rate diamonds or stones with synthetic fillers. Since artificial filling in diamonds isn't always visible in diamonds, it can be easy for less reputable jewelers to pass off diamonds of lesser quality as better than they really are. Be sure you know what you're buying! When looking at diamonds for sale online, always opt for a trustworthy online jeweler that uses laser inscription and sells EGL certified and GIA certified diamonds. These are the ideal jewelers you should be doing business with.

Suzanne Grover Owner of Inter-Continental Jewelers

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