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When you go for diamond engagement ring shopping, you come across options like: certified diamond engagement ring and non-certified diamond engagement ring. You can decide which one to choose only after you know the difference between the two, and here, in this article we have written in detail about certified and non-certified rings.

What does “certified diamond ring” mean?
Well, there’s a common notion that the rings fall under the category of certified or non-certified, but the truth is rings are not usually certified – the stones they contain can be. In o

ther words, the phrase that the diamond ring is certified means that the diamond (or diamonds) embedded in it comes with grading report describing its quality characteristics. On the other hand, if the ring is non-certified, this means the stone in it doesn’t come with a grading report.

What information does a diamond ring’s certificate give?
The diamond certificate contains quality characteristics that are evaluated and documented by a grading laboratory, such as the lab of the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) or AGS (American Gem Society).

The characteristics talked about in the document are the features that affect the price of the diamond such as the cut, clarity, colour and carat weight. Besides these, certificate may have a mention of the stone’s polish, symmetry, dimensions, fluorescence (if any), etc.

What are the benefits of buying certified diamond engagement ring over non-certified diamond engagement ring?

A vendor would always tell you that his product is the best but a certification is a third-party verification that gives all the more assurance about the quality of the stone. It tells you all about the stone that you are buying, be it the colour, clarity or cut. And because you have all the information needed, you can compare the price of the diamond and save yourself from overpaying.

And if you ever wish to sell the ring, a certificate would act as a proof of the quality of the stone.

Should you buy rings with non-certified diamonds?
If you buy a ring with non-certified diamonds, chances are that the claim about the quality may not be true and you may end up paying more than its worth. Having said this, we would like to mention that certification is sometimes not possible, for instance, in case of ring with multiple small stones; certifying all of them is impractical, as these stones are very cheap taken individually and have simplified cuts. While if you are buying a ring with big centre diamond, make sure to get it certified.

Where to buy a diamond engagement ring?
We would recommend Marlow’s Diamond as they offer a range of stunning diamond rings, the diamond of which is conflict free and comes with a GIA diamond certificate, which means you don’t have to worry about the quality as it would all be on papers. You can check out their collection online or visit their store in Birmingham and London.