DIAMONDS AND DIAMOND SWITCHING JEWELERS

HOW TO STOP JEWELERS FROM SWITCHING YOUR DIAMOND

Diamond Crash Course

Jeweler Switched Your Diamond?

You always hear about Jewelers switching Diamonds.

It’s on the news.

It’s on TV.

It’s in the papers.

But is it really Cause for Alarm?

Sure it is, as long as you know that Not all Jewelers Switch Diamonds.

Truth be told, only a very few Jewelers would even attempt such a feat. But it’s those couple of Unscrupulous Jewelers that give the rest of the Jewelers a bad name.

It raises such concern that customers are afraid and nervous to leave their diamonds behind for simple things like Repairs, Ring Sizings, Retippings and even Polishings!

Can you Blame them?

A Jeweler can easily Switch your Nice, Beautiful, Expensive Diamond for a Lower Quality Diamond that’s full of Inclusions. How would you know?

People get excited to get their Jewelry back. They’re not looking at it closely. They put it on their finger and smile out the door.

And once they leave the store, it’s their word against the Jeweler’s!

But, it’s not only the Customer that needs to be concerned…

It’s a Two-Way Street

How does a Jeweler know that the Customer didn’t take the Ring elsewhere and had the Diamond Switched out? How do they know that they’re not trying to stick them with it? It’s a two-way street here. Can the Jewelers trust Customers? You see, it can go both ways. Scary eh?

So what’s a Consumer to do?

How can you Prevent yourself from becoming a Victim of Diamond Switching? Will you ever trust a Jeweler enough to leave your Rings behind for Repairs?

The Answer is: YES!

Yes, you can trust your Jeweler. Yes, you can leave your Rings for Repair. Yes! Yes! Yes!

If you want to know the honest to God’s truth, most Jewelers wouldn’t want your Small Flawed Diamond anyway. HA!

That’s right! Usually the people that are more concerned about Diamond Switching are the ones that have Small Low Quality Stones. Trust me, Jewelers don’t want them.

I know, I know, there always is a small risk involved with a Jeweler that will Switch Diamonds, but everything in life is like that, there are NO Guarantees. You just have to be smart, do your homework first, and be prepared.

Let me tell you, the number one way to keep from getting scammed is…

Know your Diamond!

That’s it! The number one way to keep from having a Jeweler Switch your Diamond is to know your Diamond.

You have to know what Quality it is.

You have to have it Appraised. You need to learn what the inclusions in your diamond look like under a 10x Jewelers Loupe or a Microscope.

Fingerprints

Every diamond has inclusions that are unique in nature. They have their own individual fingerprint, just like people. These characteristics make them different than any other diamond in the World.

You need to scope your diamond and search for it’s Flaws. Spot where the inclusions are. If you Memorize where they are and what they look like, you’ll be able to identify them later. Inclusions don’t grow or shrink. They don’t change colors or fade. Those inclusions will look like that forever.

Diamond Plots

If you know what the Inclusions look like, you’ll always see them. Learn them. Make a drawing of them. These drawings are called plots. Diamond Plots lay out the inclusions in the stone.

A Better Way

But there still is a better way. Because no matter how hard most people try to read inclusions and see where they’re at, they fail.

They fail because it takes years of practice to be able to Plot Diamonds and Read Inclusions and Identify the Markings in them. Most people are lucky if they can spot just a couple of the Flaws.

So what’s the better way?

Certification

Buy a Diamond that’s Certified!

Certified Diamonds are Proof of your Diamond’s Quality. It’s not some Jeweler telling you what that Diamond is. It’s an Independent Appraiser Accurately and Expertly Judging your Stone for Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat Weight. That Little Laminated Certificate says a lot. But is it enough?

I say NO! Just being Certified is not enough! So what is?

So now you may be confused. I’ve told you that learning your Diamond’s Plot isn’t enough. I’ve told you that having a Certified Diamond isn’t enough.
What does one have to do to keep Jewelers from Switching out your Diamond?

It seems impossible…

You see, just having a Certificate isn’t enough anymore. That Certificate can say that your Diamond’s a Brilliant Cut Diamond, with SI1 Clarity, and F Color, but you know what? There’s hundreds and thousands of Diamonds appraised saying that exact same thing.

So how does a Certificate really prove that the Diamond you’re looking at is really the Diamond you bought? Easy! There are a couple of ways…

The first way is to have a Professional Plot on the Certificate itself. A Diagram that has all of the Inclusions labeled and marked. Some Certificates have these, others don’t! You just have to Buy a Diamond that does have one (Most GIA Certified Larger Stones Do). Those Identifying Flaws are a Diamond’s Fingerprint. Those markings are 100% Proof of ID. But you know what’s BETTER?

Laser Inscribed

Having your Diamond Laser-Inscribed!

BINGO!

That’s the best way in the World to Guarantee you get your Diamond back. Laser-Inscribed Diamonds actually have the Certificate Number Etched into the Side of the Stone. (see picture)

The Diamond Girdle’s Edge, that little rim that runs around the outside of your Diamond, holds those little Microscopic Numbers and will be there forever. Those numbers match up with the numbers on the Certificate and there’s no way to Fake those.

Laser-Inscribed Numbers are Permanent and there for a lifetime they will help you identify your Diamond.

Scope the Diamond

When you take your Diamond into a Jeweler, scope it. Look for your numbers. When you get your Diamond back from the jeweler, scope it again and find your numbers. You’ll then know without a doubt that it is your Diamond and that your Diamond didn’t get Switched!

If you want to go home happy and smiling, buy Diamonds that are Certified with Laser-Inscriptions!

Laser-inscribed diamonds are well worth the investment and well worth the peace of mind!



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2 Comments on DIAMONDS AND DIAMOND SWITCHING JEWELERS

  1. Richard ~ Your advice is to buy a Certified, plotted, laser inscribed diamond from the start, or at least that’s the way I’m reading it. OK, fine. But, here’s a question for you. Can you have your diamond appraised/examined, Certified AND Laser inscribed AFTER the fact? I mean, can you send it to have done after you’ve had it for a while?

    The reason I ask, is of course rather involved, but I will explain. It’s because I took my daughter’s old engagement ring (from a relationship that didn’t make the grade years ago) to have a current appraisal done, so she could sell it. The GIA certified appraiser/jeweler took her ring and did a pretty thorough examination of her ring while I waited (I called and made an appointment beforehand) so I could leave with the ring in my hands, and he made the notations he needed to compile the final report. While he did that, I wandered around a bit, examining the case goods. When he came back with her ring, and I paid the bill for the appraisal, he noticed my diamond solitaire, and asked if I would like to have mine done at the same time. I told him I couldn’t afford to pay for two appraisals, but had been curious about the quality of the stone. He said while I was there, if I wanted him to, he could loupe it for me. I agreed, of course!

    It was one I had purchased on eBay in a small, white gold four prong Tiffany mounting which did it no favors. But the listing had included enough very clear, very close up photos looking straight through the table, and from the pavilion side, and even enlarging them, I had been unable to locate any obvious flaws. The seller didn’t have a lot of information on it, but it had an excellent price on it, and it intrigued me, so I bought it.

    I created a remount for it, using a 2.2mm narrow but thick (also 2mm) halo profile wedding band in 10kt yellow gold that I didn’t wear much, and the tulip (?) shaped, apparent 6 prong illusion head off an empty 14kt white gold ring mounting I happened to stumble across for a song on eBay that was too small for my finger, but the head was the perfect size for this .35ct stone. I had my jeweler friend put all the pieces together to create an outstanding, but simple mount for this diamond (paying for the work by scrapping out the remainder of the white gold ring!)

    It REALLY made this stone POP!! Getting it out of that low four prong set and up into the light, with the tiniest amount of bright, white, newly rhodium plated gold surrounding it really did the job. It looks at first, and even second, glance like at least a ¾ct stone. The illusion mounting isn’t conspicuous at all, and I had friends gasp when they saw it, thinking that my husband had spent a lot of money on me!

    Anyway, back to the jeweler in question. He loupes it in the store light, and twists and turns it every which way, and started making “hmm” noises the more he looked at it. Then, he walked over to his microscope on the counter, uncovered it, and turned it on! He hadn’t said a word the whole time ~ except the “hmmm” sounds he had made (and a nice complement on the choice of mounting, too!)

    He put my ring under the scope, and continued to go “hmmm” occasionally. He twisted it, turned it, turned up the magnification, readjusted the light, and finally said that he couldn’t find ANYTHING in that stone! Not a single inclusion of any kind. No clouds, no pinpoints, obviously no carbon spots, no feathers, nothing! He let me look, too. Of course, I’m not certified, but I know how to use a microscope. I didn’t see a THING either, of course! He said the color was also good, and got back out his set of Master stones. He compared in the sunlight, and in the store light on the counter and we agreed it was hanging somewhere between an F and a G. Since he didn’t do an “official appraisal” or put anything in writing, I didn’t get charged, especially since he offered to do it, but I don’t have anything to back it up, either.

    SO, I put my ring back on, which I can wear with numerous bands I have also collected on eBay over time, and went home, kind of excited! It is, after all, a pretty small stone in the Grand Scheme of Diamonds and Things, and surely not worth a huge amount of money. But it’s beautiful, and it’s mine!

    So, can a stone like this be done up “after the fact?” Is it worth the probable expense? I’m curious, not just for me, but for anyone else who might have that question floating around in their “diamond mind!”

    • Hi Shari. You absolutely can have it done after you’ve bought it. See my post here: http://www.jewelry-secrets.com/Blog/the-cost-to-certify-a-diamond/ It shows all the various Certification Companies (GIA +), and shows their costs (although they may have gone up since the post was created). It’s a start, and if you really want it done, go for it. But generally for Diamonds under .50 ct, it’s not really worth it. I would probably just have the guy do an appraisal on it, so you’ll have it for insurance purposes. :) -Richard

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