I've encountered this...
Buying from trusted dealers or jewelers are not enough. I've learned that you shouldn't trust anyone 100% in this industry.
I've been offered a stone which matches the certificate:
- The carat weight matches
- The measurement matches
- Color matches
- Clarity matches and the inclusions inside matches with the map
- GIA certificate number matches with the inscription on the stone
That was not enough, you have to be more thorough:
- This diamond has an old GIA certificate, should request the dealer to bring it back to GIA to regrade for a new GIA certificate (the old certificate below is the actual scammed stone, and the new certificate is an example)
- The certificate under "comments" doesn't say the stone is inscribed with a certificate number, which means GIA did not inscribe this stone. The inscription on this diamond was inscribed elsewhere (See red circle below)
- The most important part is check for FLUORESCENCE, couldn't emphasize this enough. Switch off the lights and use a UV light to look at your diamond to see if it glows a color (usually in blue). The stone I have encountered has a medium to strong fluorescence blue color, but the certificate is graded as NONE.
- When you look at a diamond, request to see every detail listed on the certificate of the diamond.
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