HOW TO TELL IF YOUR DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING IS TRULY AUTHENTIC9/29/2016
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Diamonds have long held a fascination that is unsurpassed by any other gemstone. Fashioned into engagement and wedding rings, diamonds symbolise eternal love and the bond of matrimony. When purchasing a diamond ring, it is important to not only look for a beautiful and unique design, but to ensure that the diamonds used are genuine, valuable and of high quality. They must therefore be thoroughly scrutinised by accomplished experts to ensure their authenticity.
· Use Only Registered Dealers
Ideally, a reputable jeweller selling diamonds should be a member of the relevant body that is responsible for overseeing gemstone authentication. In Australia, this is the role of the Jewellers Association of Australia or JAA.
It is also wise to make your purchase from a business that has registered an Australian Company Number or ACN with the Australia Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). This indicates that the business has a legitimate legal structure and has provided sufficient documentation to become registered under Australian Law.
Both of these organisations closely scrutinise their members and have rigorous checks and balances in place that strictly govern the eligibility and behaviour of those that trade under their auspices.
This due diligence serves as the first steps to providing peace of mind and a simple way to weed out sellers who are not transparent, run dubious operations or may have something untoward to hide.
· Positive Feedback
Lastly, it is best to purchase diamond jewellery from a business with an outstanding reputation. Delphi Diamonds has collection of fabulous diamond engagement rings in Sydney. Seek online feedbacks or testimonials from prior customers who are happy with their purchases.
· Certification and Authenticity
One should only purchase diamonds sold with certified documentation detailing their specific characteristics as determined by an expert gemmologist. Depending on the location from which the diamond is sourced, graded or sold, these reports or certificates are known by various names and are routinely undertaken by specialist bodies. These include the Gemmological Institute of America (GIA), the Antwerp Diamond High Council (HRD), American Gem Society Laboratories (AGS) and the Gem Studies Laboratory (GSL) in Australia.
Ethical jewellers will happily explain the function of these bodies and what their reports cover in simple, easily to understand terms. Such reports are generated by qualified gemmologists after viewing the diamond at great magnification and recording those characteristics and attributes such as weight, colour, cut and clarity that distinguish it from any other gem. This report adds authenticity and validation regarding the quality of each diamond as assessed by very stringent, universal standards.
· Laser Engraving
Legitimate dealers will provide buyers with a diamond grading report containing a unique identification number that is easily engraved with a laser upon the surface of the diamond. This engraving is so small that it can only be viewed when greatly magnified. The process does not mar or impact the beauty of the diamond in any way and is generally located on the outer edge or ‘girdle’ of the stone and is eventually hidden by the setting of the ring.
This unique means of identification is becoming more popular as consumers are keen to protect their investment by ensuring that what they have paid for is of genuine and excellent quality. It makes the task of matching the details of the report with the diamond being sold quite simple and also comes in handy for the purpose of insurance and valuation.
These basic tips will help ensure your diamond purchase remains a genuine treasure that rows in value and continues to hold a special place in the heart of your beloved for many years to come.