Can GIA laser inscription be faked?
GIA’s grading lab recently detected “a number” of diamonds that had counterfeit GIA inscriptions on their girdles. “This is not the first time we have seen this,” says spokesperson Stephen Morisseau. “But recently we have seen a number of stones with fake inscriptions.”
What is GIA laser inscription?
Laser Inscription. Show Details. Personalize, brand or easily identify your diamond. Microscopically inscribe a personal message, symbol, logo, or your diamond’s unique GIA report number on its girdle.
Are all GIA certified diamonds engraved?
Many diamonds are laser inscribed when they are certified by a major laboratory, such as GIA, EGL, or AGS, but not all certified stones are laser inscribed.
How do I check my GIA laser inscription?
The GIA report number appears microscopically engraved on the outer edge (girdle) of the diamond. This gives buyers a unique way of linking their GIA report to the physical diamond. Enter this number into GIA’s website and hey-presto — you have an electronic copy of your diamond grading report.
Do all lab grown diamonds have laser inscription?
Lab grown diamonds are just as hard and scratch resistant as mined diamonds and are cut with the same precision mined diamonds are. In fact, each lab created diamond is laser inscribed on the diamond’s girdle (the widest part of the diamond) and a report.
How do you tell if diamond is GIA certified?
To be sure your diamond was graded by GIA, ask to see its GIA grading report. In addition to a full assessment of the diamond’s 4Cs, the GIA report contains a unique number, which is also sometimes inscribed on the diamond’s girdle.
How can you tell a fake GIA certificate?
Every GIA certificate has a Report number associated with it. While people can fake certificates, they can’t fake the actual database’s information. Simply go to GIA Report Check and input the Report Number from the certificate to check for it’s authenticity.
Can a gemologist tell a lab grown diamond?
Because laboratory-grown diamonds are essentially chemically and optically the same as their natural counterparts, traditional gemological observations and old-style “diamond detectors” are not able to tell them apart.
Can you remove laser engraving from diamond?
Removing is easy with a grinding wheel. Lasering again will be more difficult as the equipment is much more expensive. Safest way is to note the inclusions on the stone, inclusion map and learn to identify them.
Is a GIA diamond worth more?
Why are GIA graded diamonds worth more? Because, the diamond market knows that the grading standards for GIA are much stricter than those of EGL USA. Thus they are valued higher.
What is a GIA laser inscription on a diamond?
A GIA laser inscription gives the consumer greater confidence when purchasing a diamond. Retailers should use this as a further selling point since not all laboratories laser mark diamonds in this way. GIA records the stone under this number in their online archive.
How do I know if a diamond is GIA certified?
For smaller diamonds below 1 carat in size, there is a link between a GIA certified diamond and the accompanying report. Diamonds accompanied by GIA Diamond Dossiers® typically feature a micro-laser inscription applied to the edge of the diamond. The GIA report number appears microscopically engraved on the outer edge (girdle) of the diamond.
What is a laser engraving on a diamond?
The outer edge will appear as a polished, faceted or bruted (matt) surface on which the number will be microscopically lasered. A GIA laser inscription gives the consumer greater confidence when purchasing a diamond.