What Is a GIA Diamond Grading Report?

So, you’re looking to sell a stone or diamond ring to diamond buyers. Let us ask you this: Do you also have a GIA diamond grading report? Without one, you’re may not get the cash for diamonds that your goods are worth. Have no idea what we’re talking about? It’s all good. Keep reading, and we’ll fill you in.


What’s So Great About a Grading Report?

Basically, the grading report published by the Gemological Institute of America will tell you all about a diamond’s characteristics and quality. This matters because the trained eye can look at this report and figure out how much a stone is worth. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a family or engagement ring, the report is proof of the worth of that stone, so it’s always a good thing to have.

What info about a diamond is in a report, anyway? The 4 Cs: carat weight, cut, clarity, and color.


Carat Weight

The carat weight is how much a diamond weighs. This is an exact measurement to the hundredth of a carat, to be—well—exact. One carat equals one-fifth of a gram. For every ounce, there are 142 carats which are divided into points. Every carat is worth 100 points, so if a diamond is listed in the report as being a half-carat, it might also be called a “50-point stone.”



The cut of a diamond is literally how it was shaped by the jeweler. The way a jeweler cuts a stone will determine its amount of sparkle. Diamonds come in many different cuts, including pear, oval, radiant, princess, and round. The report will grade a diamond’s cut as being fair, poor, good, very good, or excellent.



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A diamond can also get certain characteristics while being cut, or just by nature. Lines and spots can exist in the stone, and the more a stone has, the less it’s worth. The report will include where on the scale the stone falls, from flawless to imperfect—good information if you want to sell diamond rings for fast cash.



The report will also reveal info about the color of your diamond, which is also measured according to a scale. Gemologists measure diamond color according to how far away it is from a white, colorless, and very rare diamond. They use a white surface to compare the stone against, and the report will give the stone a grade between D (colorless) and F (light).

Now you know what’s on the GIA report—and those GIA guys aren’t interested in buying your diamond, which means you’re getting unbiased info. So, if you haven’t come in to sell it yet, why? Maybe you need the right buyer. We’re GEM Pawnbrokers.70 years of experience. 24 locations in NY. GIA and JIA certified. Always the most cash for gold, diamonds, and more. ‘Nuff said? Call us. (718) 596-5626.

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