Table of Contents
- 1 Is EGL a good certification?
- 2 What is EGL certification?
- 3 How much does it cost to become GIA certified?
- 4 Do GIA certified diamonds cost more?
- 5 Are GIA diamonds more expensive?
- 6 What is the difference between EGL and GIA certified diamonds?
- 7 Is egegl certification worth it?
- 8 What is the difference between An EGL and an independent certificate?
Is EGL a good certification?
From a standpoint of accuracy and consistency, the consensus of the experts is that EGL certification is not as reliable as diamond certification done by AGS or GIA. As a result, diamonds marketed with EGL reports are significantly discounted relative to diamonds with reports from AGS Laboratories (AGSL) and GIA.
What is EGL certification?
EGL stands for European Gemological Laboratories, which was established in 1974 and claims to be the largest independent network of gemological laboratories. Along with the European network, EGL certificates are also issued by several other countries: EGL India, EGL South Africa, EGL Platinum (Israel), and EGL USA.
Are EGL diamonds real?
Some jewelers use EGL USA or International for diamond grading, but reputable vendors stick with GIA and AGS labs. GIA is the gold standard lab, respected by the entire industry, while EGL is unreliable and known for inflating grades.
How much does it cost to become GIA certified?
Living Off-Campus Budgets
|Programs/Locations||Graduate Gemologist (Carlsbad)||Graduate Jeweler Program|
|Instructional Weeks||26 Weeks||26 Weeks|
|Cost of Attendance||$39,501||$39,330|
|Books & Supply & Sale Tax||$2,882||$2,311|
Do GIA certified diamonds cost more?
Having a diamond graded by GIA is not expensive. GIA charges as little as $48 for a grading report for a diamond weighing 0.70 ct to 0.99 ct, and as little as $80 for a diamond weighing 1.00 ct to 1.49 ct. (Most jewelers factor grading fees into the price of the diamond.)
Are EGL diamonds bad?
If you’re wondering if it really matters that you choose GIA certified diamonds over EGL certified diamonds, the answer is yes! EGL certified diamonds tend to be of lesser quality – sometimes up to two color grades and one clarity grade lower – but are graded equally to GIA certified diamonds.
Are GIA diamonds more expensive?
Because GIA is the most reputable lab, it’s often thought that their diamonds are more expensive. However, this is false. Remember, GIA does not certify diamonds, they only grade diamonds. The value of a diamond is tied to its quality.
What is the difference between EGL and GIA certified diamonds?
When comparing EGL to GIA, GIA has higher standards and is more uniform in how they grade. In general, an EGL certified diamond compares to a GIA certified diamond of 3-4 grades lower (depending on the particular EGL lab). That’s why James Allen and Brian Gavin Diamonds don’t stock any diamonds certified by EGL.
What is the difference between GIA grading and EGL grading?
This assumption is encouraged by the fact that EGL USA has adopted GIA’s grading terminology. However, while the terminology is identical, the implementation and standards are very different. Because GIA and EGL apply different standards to the grading process, the resultant grades are very different as well.
Is egegl certification worth it?
EGL does not do that. In fact, its the opposite. EGL is only used to fool consumers into overpaying for an inferior product. If you’re buying online, use James Allen’s highly recommended cutting edge diamond viewing tool or Blue Nile’s 360° Videos and stick with the GIA or AGS certification—the most consistent lab available.
What is the difference between An EGL and an independent certificate?
The reason you buy a diamond with an independent certificate is that you have peace of mind you are getting the quality you are paying for. EGL does not do that. In fact, its the opposite. EGL is only used to fool consumers into overpaying for an inferior product.