My dear Orchidians this is a very true story…about 6 hours old! I
had a client who wanted a batch of diamonds for his new shared-claw
Eternity ring, namely 22 stones of VS, E-F colour. Nothing less!
With this in mind, I went to my favourite diamond dealer and
requested this order…but all I got was SI1 and a few SI2. Unknown
to my dealer, I went downtown to my G.I.A. certified appraisor…He
scanned very carefully these stones and guess what? Some SI1-some
more SI2 and 5-6 lesser grade I-1 to I-2 diamonds. To say I was a bit
surprised, is an understatement, how about being hurt? Where is my
trust now in with this dealer? When I called and informed this
original dealer about ‘the discovery’, he said this appraisor doesn’t
know what he is talking about…good grief! This assistant to this
company said… “I only checked a few stones and thought all would be
the same”…looks like a few more slipped by and I’m returning them
Imagine, if I would have bought ‘unseen’ these 22 diamonds and not
checked them until these were in the ring…how was I to explain this
oversight to my client? I originally asked for VS and got in return
only SI to I grading and even a lower colour grade?
I am now buying elsewhere, I had to telephone my client in Edmonton,
Alberta and inform him of the need to “Pre-Cert” any stones in the
future. This same client was one of the two fellows I was teaching
while I was away two weeks ago.
Now you all know why it is very important to “Pre-Certify” any, or
all diamonds for a client you might be involved with. What ever the
final appraising fee will be, its all worth the effort and time.
It’ll save you lots of embarassment in the future, if it ever arises.
My reputation was on the line, and no way was it going to be thrown
away for a few lesser grade stones…