A young gent, known to me for many years, he was a Chinese Exchange
Student, living in my home from age 16 into College. He is planning
his wedding, and asked me for advice and assistance. I referred him
to Jay Whaley, also known to me, as both my Jewelry Teacher, and a
Despite strong suggestions against it from me, he decided to
purchase the Center Diamond from an online Diamond Dealer. He
overlooked his own misgivings, after asking the selling company to
ship directly to GIA, with the GIA Certificate, in order to
determine, if indeed this is the same stone GIA Certified some years
ago. The company refused to do this.
I made a call, at my friend’s request and spoke with the "Manager"
who reiterated, they would not ship to GIA. I asked her just what
proof he had that he delivered exactly the diamond they shipped to
him to GIA. Her answer was “the certificate is the proof.”
Well the Diamond arrived and was taken to GIA, and no, it is not the
Diamond on the Certificate. So now what? Jay Whaley has the side
diamonds and the bands are ready, except for the center stone. My
friend is out of contact at the moment, in Vancouver, and the
wedding will be in China shortly.
I also called Blue Nile with the proposal that a diamond purchased
from them, with a GIA certificate, be shipped directly to GIA for
verification. They said that it was not usual, but if that was the
customer’s request, they would honor it.
The stone is in the 7 to 8K price range. I have for the moment
misplaced my original notes, but however does one prove which stone
was actually shipped?
Thanks and Hugs,