How Can I Verify My Gemstones After Cleaning?
The jewelry community has a long and rich history, and the industry is built on trust for long lasting business and customer relations. The majority of jewelers in the industry are honest and trustworthy and would not consider exchanging gemstones or jewelry without their clients request and consent, but as in any industry, there are a few who take advantage of others. These few that switch gemstones or diamonds and replace it with something else that looks similar are not tolerated by the rest of the jewelry industry and lose business contacts as well as valued customers over time.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, inspect your jewelry before and after work is done, and to look into second or third opinions on serious jewelry matters. The more informed you are about jewelry practices, jewelry standards, repair methods, gemstone characteristics, and current market prices the more you can analyze the quality and pricing yourself.
In the interest of preventing that from happening, there are some simple steps to take to verify your gemstones or jewelry until you build a good long lasting relationship with your jeweler. So when you bring in your diamonds, gemstones, or jewelry for cleaning, you need to be aware of your pieces unique features.
Usually, the person who sells a diamond or gemstones to you enters a detailed description of the color, size and clarity or gives you a laboratory certification on your gemstone. If this hasn’t been done, then request the jeweler to identify the features of the precious stones and write the description of the stone on the receipt itself. Remember, the description should be complete in all respects, and some unique feature must be identified that sets it apart from other gems. A jeweler’s microscope helps to look at these characteristics, from 10x to 64x power magnification. Any unusual cutting features should also be mentioned in the receipt—in fact, the more information, the better. Make sure you have a duplicate receipt so that the jeweler and you both have the same copy.
If the diamonds or gemstones are certified, then they come with a certified grading report from a gemological laboratory, and more often than not, have a laser inscription on its edge. The inscription can be read using a high power loop or jeweler’s microscope. This unique identifier should be present on the certificate also. In case, the laser inscription is absent, you can always get one done at a grading lab by paying a small fee.
Everyone knows that a gemstone or diamond that has been cleaned will look different from the one you handed in. So, it’s good practice to get them cleaned before getting jewelers note down the stone’s description and unique features. After you have your jewelry repaired and you got to collect it, check out the ID and see if it matches the one on the certificate or check out the laser inscription. Remember to do this before you leave the jeweler’s shop and not after you reach home.
The best advice is to find a trustworthy and reputable jeweler who has been in business for many years and is open to sharing their information and help you grow your personal jewelry knowledge. It also helps if you can view their work, read about their history, and can check out other customer reviews ahead of time.
If you want us to verify your jewelry and gemstones, contact Towne Jewelers for an inspection and you can even take a look for yourself under our microscopeCheck My Jewelry -- Schedule an Inspection