Other Aspects of Diamond Value
Cut, color, clarity, carat, and shape are the primary factors in how a diamond will be graded and valued under industry standards. However, the diamond’s desirability and final price can also be affected by other aesthetic and market elements.
Knowing an item has been professionally examined and validated makes it more reliable and desirable. A consumer may have a general sense of a diamond’s value, but they don’t have the ability or opportunity to accurately evaluate whether a price is fair. Certification by professionals using set standards ensures transparency and gives an authentic, official answer to the question “How much is my diamond worth?”
Buyers tend to be willing to pay more for graded, certified diamonds simply because of the assurance it offers. Without that professional documentation, a high-quality diamond might not reach its full market potential.
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
The foremost authority in diamond grading is the Gemological Institute of America, or GIA. The organization sets rigorous diamond grading standards and evaluates stones individually for greater transparency and consumer assurance. The Institute is also the originator of “the four Cs,” which changed the industry forever.
One of the reasons GIA certification is so highly regarded is that the Institute is an independent nonprofit organization. With no direct stake in the diamonds they evaluate, their grading reports are highly trusted as accurate and unbiased.
Other Grading and Certification Options
There are other grading labs that offer diamond certification, but it’s important to note that not all of them are nonprofit organizations like the GIA. The American Gem Society (AGS) is a nonprofit that offers grades similar to the GIA and is often considered a close second in quality.
For-profit diamond grading labs unfortunately have a natural potential for bias. Companies like the European Gemological Laboratory (EGL) and the International Gemological Institute (IGI) are large, well-known diamond graders, but their standards tend to be less strict and their grades are often significantly different from the GIA’s.
Some diamonds exhibit a fascinating phenomenon known as fluorescence. When introduced to ultraviolet (UV) light, certain stones will emit a subtle glow. This characteristic is caused by the presence of trace elements (like nitrogen, boron, and/or aluminum) in the crystal structure. Depending on how strong the fluorescence is, there may or may not be visible clouding in normal light conditions.
Fluorescence is not a major factor in diamond value, and it isn’t always detrimental. In fact, some fluorescence may help to enhance a stone’s whiteness. In grading, this characteristic ranges from “none” to “very strong,” but the degree to which it affects price truly depends on how it affects the diamond’s appearance.
When it comes to visual appeal, people naturally find symmetry compelling. On a diamond, the symmetry of the stone refers to how precise and well-aligned the faceting is. This not only makes the diamond itself look good but creates an attractive, symmetrical display of light.
In addition to better light performance, diamonds with a high degree of symmetry are often indicators of skill and craftsmanship. However, even a skilled jeweler may leave some asymmetry if it improves the stone’s carat weight or clarity. In general, better symmetry typically means a higher overall value.
The polish of a diamond refers not to cleanliness, but to the quality of the stone’s surface. If flaws or blemishes are present, an otherwise well-crafted finish may look less clear and direct light less effectively. A diamond with a good, blemish-free polish highlights the stone’s overall clarity and brilliance, giving it a more dazzling presentation.
Much like symmetry, a finely polished stone suggests a degree of skill and attention to detail. Combined with the visual factor, this increases the sense of rarity and luxury, making the diamond worth more to buyers.
Learn the True Value of Your Diamonds at Diamonds USA
Whether you have an old chipped wedding ring, inherited jewelry, or a few loose stones, you can easily sell unwanted diamonds for their full material value at Diamonds USA.
Here are just a few reasons why we’re a trusted diamond buyer for sellers of all kinds:
- Unlike retail-focused buyers who require items to be in good condition, we purchase diamonds of any quality. Even if it’s chipped, cracked, broken, or full of flaws, we’ll pay you for the diamond material itself.
- All of our appraisers are GIA-certified, ensuring that you’ll be paid the most accurate market price for your diamonds.
- We’re fast and efficient. Everything can be done from the comfort of home, and we offer a 24-hour turnaround that starts when we receive your diamonds.
- Selling with us is a risk-free process. There is never any obligation to sell, and we insure and track all shipments.
How to Sell Your Diamonds
Selling unwanted diamond items to Diamonds USA is a simple process with just a few short steps:
- Provide some basic information about your items via our online appraisal request form. We’ll send you a free appraisal kit with shipping materials for your items.
- Place your diamond items inside the shipping materials and send them back to us. Throughout transit, your diamonds will be trackable.
- Within 24 hours of receiving your items, we’ll have your diamonds appraised and send you our best offer. If you aren’t satisfied with the amount, simply reject the offer, and we’ll send your diamonds back at no charge.
It’s time to stop wondering “How much is my diamond ring worth?” Fill out our online appraisal request form today and discover just how much yours are really worth.