To further this "Pre-Cert" scenario!
I made a ring for my niece some years ago..(don't remember the finer
details) I memo'ed this stone from my.."dealer", all was well. But
the mother of the guy wanted an independent verbal and alsoa written
appraisal of that stone..she insisted that 'we' visit another
appraisor downtown Toronto.
Well after some talking and meeting with this fellow, he decided to
grade the stone..it came back to me/us a BETTER grade and colour,
than what my dealer actually gave me..so here was a more positive
story...For a few extra dollars for their time and fees out of 'her'
pocket, everyone was very happy.
A 'diamond dealer'..(sic) from out of our Ontario province was
selling large one carat stones to many jewellery store owners. My
client bought a parcel of 6, one carat stones, but for some unknown
reason, they said that they didn't have enough 'on-hand' diamonds to
sell him...So he paid them for the stones up-front and they would
send his new selection from their office. This was a red-flag day and
he missed it!...bad move!
He gets his stones, but something was terribly wrong...he called me
in to his store and ask me point blank what do I think of his
purchase? Well, after a few moments I quietly told him of an error in
two of the 'stones'...MOISSANITE!!!..point to this.."out of province,
out of sight!" Buyer beware, he knew of this tragic purchase, but
couldn't do anything to prosecute!
Its good to buy stones, but 'trust' the seller, know a bit of your
stones, learn also on how to judge them, listen to your 'gut'