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To certify or not to certify?

One of the questions we get asked a lot is whether it is better to have a certified diamonds versus a non-certified diamond. A diamond is a diamond whether or not there's a sheet of paper that comes with it! That being said, there are some differences and we're here to break them down for you so that your next diamond purchase is one you feel confident in! 

Certified diamonds

Certified diamonds are those that have been evaluated by a team of gemologists in an official laboratory. Using traditional industry tools, the team creates a certificate that typically includes the diamond’s dimensions, color, clarity, symmetry and other characteristics. Not all diamonds are certified, but all diamonds can be.

Kevin Jewelers only sells pure diamonds, so even if your diamond is not lab-certified, you can rest-assured that if the product is labeled as a diamond, it is a true natural diamond (unless otherwise stated).

Non-certified diamonds

One of the most common misconceptions about non-certified diamonds is that they are less valuable than certified diamonds or that they may not be real. Two diamonds may have the same grade whether or not it is certified. Certified diamonds typically have a slightly higher price because of the cost to have a lab certify a diamond.

Certifying Authorities

We use the below official institutes to certify our diamonds:
  • GIA: Gemological Institute of America
  • AGS: American gem Society
  • EGL: European Gemological Laboratory