So you have found that one piece of jewelry that you can’t live without, however you aren’t sure whether whatever stone is in it is real or not.
Fear not, the world is filled with gemologists who are here to help you. If you don’t know what a gemologist is, they are people who are educated within the field of gems and stones such as diamonds, rubies etc. Most of the time those gemologists are hired by certification and validation agencies and companies. Those companies are there to help make sure that you, the consumer, get what they pay for.
Whenever you want to buy a piece of jewelry, you always want to make sure that the piece is accompanied with a certificate.
But before you go out and buy the first piece of jewelry with whatever certificate you find, there are a couple of this to keep in mind.
First off you want to make sure that the certificate specifically states what the stone actually is, what kind of properties it has based on the different grading units of the worlds stones. On top of that we recommend that whatever certificate company/agency you find, make sure they have a website. Even better is if they have a website and they make it possible for you to check the reports on their website. If a certificate is just made, without you being able to check the actual certificate somewhere like a website, they are easily replicated and you can be sure what is what. Thus make sure that the certificate provider has a website with a report checkup.
Depending on the grading company they also often times include a valuation of the piece, those are great to keep in mind, when getting a piece of jewelry with certificate. This is particularly for insurance reasons, to make sure you get the right amount of money from your insurance company, should you be in the unfortunate event of the piece being stolen or otherwise going missing.
If you search the web for jewelry, you will quickly realise that there are many different kinds of certification companies and agencies.
You have the most known and most common one, which is GIA, which stands for Gemological Institute of America. They are the biggest organization of certification providers. Although when items are certified with GIA, they are often times sold for a higher price than the actual value of the item itself, which is because of their reputation. This is great, if you are willing to pay the slight premium.
We however recommend you to be open and look at the many alternatives, we have listed a couple here below:
UGS (https://unifiedgemologicalservices.com/) (Unified Gemological Services)
GGS (http://globalgemologicalservices.com/) (Global Gemological Services)
EGL USA (https://www.eglusa.com/)
Those are all companies who offer the requirements we recommend you have for an authentication agency. They are from different parts of the world, so there should be a little something for everyone. Not to say that those are the only ones out there, if you have a look, there are thousands. Those are just a couple of the ones we would recommend and ones we think are of great quality.