Gem Rock Auctions has one of the largest and most comprehensive ranges of certified gemstones listed on the Internet. This gives our buyers more confidence and trust when purchasing a natural gemstone. With over two thousand certified gemstones on line already it is a great place to starting shopping for gemstones online.
Our Gemstone Sheriff program also adds another layer of assurance by using the collective knowledge of a panel of gemologists to check any gemstone listed on our site. This is useful for gemstones that have not yet been certified.
The market is flooded with glass, plastic and synthetic gemstones. Over the years this has done great harm to the gemstone industry. Gem Rock Auctions is dedicated to selling only natural gemstones to our customers. Having a large selection of certified and tested gemstones ads to the confidence of buyers.
If you are looking to buy a gemstone for the first time and don’t know what some of the terms mean it is best to start with certified gemstones. That way you will know that each stone has been tested by experts (known as Gemologists) and is described 100% correctly.
To give you an example of a gemstone that has caused much confusion and pain for buyers over the years. This is Goldstone. It is sold around the world as a naturally occur gemstone with a beautiful sparkle. in reality this is a man made gemstone (primarily made of glass). You will never find a certified Goldstone because the gemological laboratories will call it Glass.
There are many reasons why some gemstone buyers want to buy a certified gemstone. More often than not however, they want to buy a certified stone for the assurance they receive from that certification.
Certification gives the buyer the assurance that what they are buying is the real thing. It’s also very helpful and simplifies the resale process, should they decide to later sell the stone.
Usually the gemstone you purchase will not be certified, so it is important to know your options in sending your new investment off to be certified.
When having a stone certified, there are many options available. Some are much better than others, so it’s important to consider all of your options. The cost of certification will also be something for you to consider. The more information you have on the certification, the more you will pay for it.
Some laboratories will allow all types of stones, where some will have restrictions such as no Quartz or Pearl.
GHI, BGL, AIGS, GIT, GRS, EGL & GIA are some of the major laboratories that offer these types of certifications.
Always make sure if you are buying a stone that is already certified, that it has been certified from a third party, not from within the company you are buying from. It is not acceptable in the gem trade to certify your own stones and then sell them.
There are many trained gemologists that can identify gemstones, but it is always best to have your stone certified at a gemological laboratory specializing in gemstone testing. Gemstone labs will have the means to have the latest testing equipment and a reputation to maintain.
There are many labs around the world that are worthy of certifying your stones so you don’t have to choose the most popular ones (GIA, EGL ect.) However there are benefits to having them done by these distinguished companies as well. They often specialize and engage in leading edge research, and are the experts in their field where treatments are concerned. They are also now trying to certify the origin of the gemstone being tested, but it’s not normally necessary.
Deciding to have your stone certified is a personal choice. It’s highly recommended for those stones that are expensive or rare. It does offer confidence that you have a valuable stone especially when spending a large dollar amount. There are many great uncertified stones available as well. Just make sure to choose reputable dealers and sellers like the sellers on Gemrock Auctions.
A certified gemology laboratory will investigate a variety of diamonds, colored gemstones and pearls at their research facility.
There are several major areas in the world recognized for quality certified testing. The United States of America offers several certified laboratories being a major gemstone import / export location as well as Bangkok and Antwerp.
Gemologists in these facilities have academic training from major universities, combined with many years of laboratory experience in gem identification. In conducting gem research they use a variety of advanced scientific instruments.
These laboratories collaborate with a number of Gemological researchers from other Certified Gemologist Laboratory facilities. They all use the same unique access to a wide range of gem materials and worldwide gem-producing localities which allow them to conduct Gemological research that could be carried out by few other organizations.
This is the most important and significant difference in a CERTIFIED GEM and an APPRAISED / EVALUATED GEM! In today’s world a range of synthetic gem materials can be found in the jewelry trade. There are also a number of natural gem materials that have been treated in laboratories to improve their color or appearance.
These products have become increasingly sophisticated, and details of the growth or treatment process are not always revealed, a situation that will cause difficulty for a gemologist who may be visiting your facility for valuations/appraisals & identification. The appraiser is limited in identification when laboratory testing cannot be performed.
The focus of a certified gemologist Lab’s research program is to investigate natural, synthetic and treated gem materials to develop means of identifying them. Why? Because accurate identification is essential for proper disclosure of these goods at the time of their sale, and to maintain consumer confidence in the gem and jewelry industry.
The certified gemstone is most desired over a valuation/appraisal because this gem is usually going to be sold and a buyer may want a report on the gem.
The positive aspect of using a Certified Laboratory is the lab constantly looks at new gem finds, new testing techniques, new treatment techniques and use the latest laboratory equipment needed for gem testing.
A visiting gemologist cannot provide ALL of these things and a permanent hire gemologist can only use what equipment he or his company owns. Many companies hire a Gemologist to visit there Jewelry store or company when a very large number or gems need valuation. The company using the site visiting gemologist many times buy rough and large quantities of gems needing valuation / appraisal at once.
This cost much less in comparison to sending 500 gems to a lab to have each gem tested. If a seller works directly with a mine and buys 500 pounds of rough they can have the rough tested for authenticity, then cut the rough into faceted gems, after the rough is cut into faceted gems they may still want a value placed on the faceted gems therefore a gemologist will provide that service in the end providing a APPRAISAL / VALUATION.
This is not the same as a CERTIFIED GEM… This does not mean the appraisal is worthless it tells the buyer exactly what their selling and that information can be passed on to buyers if the visiting gemologist has created a report ‘per gem’. Many services can be provided excluding laboratory testing.
When you have a gem that is not sealed this does not mean the report is incorrect but a buyer may not be as confident with a valuation or appraisal as they are with a Certification. Appraisals are usually requested by a buyer who has already bought a gem so they may insure the gem, jewelry or piece in question. VALUATION also is usually provided to a seller who buys large quantities and they want verification the mine is giving them what they are paying for since there have been cased of gems being tampered with in the mine itself!
With any route you decide take to CERTIFY, APPRAISE or VALUATE your gem use an ACCREDITED GRADUATE GEMOLOGIST or LABORATORY who has GRADUATED from an ACCREDITED GEMOLOGICAL SCHOOL. Some gemologist schools allow students to take a few courses outside the school as well as testing. We do advise using an ACCREDITED GEMOLOGICAL SCHOOL & LABORATORY; most accredited laboratories also offer schools. This is where you will want your gems to be certified through.
Appraisal service should be performed by an independent appraiser. An appraisal should contain a quality analysis, description, and valuation ‘tell you the value’ of the gemstone or jewelry item. While Gem Rock Auctions cannot recommend individual appraisers, there are several national appraisal associations and networks that will be able to help you locate an appraiser in your area.
Many of these associations require their appraisers to have been a GRADUATE GEMOLOGIST as well as additional appraisal training. To locate an appraiser, check your local phone listings or contact one of the following appraisal associations. We discourage buying gems from sellers who offer appraisals on their own products, this service should come from a service outside the Sellers own company so valuations are accurate and not inflated. Some sellers do hire a Gemologist to come to there store or company and perform this service within their business when a large number or gems or jewelry pieces need appraisal / valuation. That seller should not be a regular employee of the company asking for appraisal. THIS SERVICE IS NOT A CERTIFICATION OF THE GEMS BEING APPRAISED, BUT ONLY AN APPRAISAL. Certification offers gemstone testing and other reports a Hired Gemologist cannot offer.
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