We at Lincoln Park Gems have access to diamonds from around the world. Through our developed industry relationships we can quickly search international diamond inventory to find the stone of your dreams. Once we have narrowed down the search according to your budget and specifications, we can have a stone shipped to us for you to view. If you love it, great, then we set it in your custom piece. But don’t worry if it isn’t perfect, we will find the one that is. This personal service and attention to detail is something that Lincoln Park Gems strives to give each of its customers. This process will ensure that your final ring or earrings are EXACTLY what you want.
Certified diamonds have been verified for quality, allowing consumers to purchase with confidence based on the attributes of the diamond rather than blindly trusting the sales pitch of the retailer. When armed with a grading certificate, consumers have a pretty good idea of what the diamond will look like without having to see it in person. Certified diamonds also:
- Hold their value better than their non-certified counterparts, especially for resale and upgrading purposes
- Simplify the comparison process it’s much easier to compare certified diamonds based on the 4 Cs than it is to rely on visual inspection alone
- Broaden the shopping base to include online retailers, resulting in significant savings
When purchasing certified diamonds, be sure the diamond certification is from a third-party laboratory rather than one associated with the store, jeweler, or diamond wholesaler, who may offer a biased opinion to facilitate the sale. Also, verify that the third-party laboratory has a history of stringent grading practices and that they’ve been in business long enough to establish a solid reputation in the jewelry industry. LPG recommends the following laboratories, in order of preference: GIA, AGS, EGL, IGI, and HRD.
Carat.¬†Look for the largest size within your price range that is still good quality. Don’t sacrifice quality for size; remember, bigger isn’t necessarily better.
Color. In general, the less color, the better. Diamonds are color graded on a scale from D-Z, with D as the most desirable (and valuable).
Clarity. ¬†While flawless is best, inclusions make up the ‘fingerprint’ of the diamond. Look for inclusions that are not noticeable to the naked eye. The grading scale ranges from FL – I3.
Cut.¬†A diamond’s cut is graded on a scale from Excellent/Ideal – Poor; the better the cut grade, the more brilliance the diamond will emit.