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How to Avoid Diamond Switching

Updated on March 11, 2013

I've had my diamond ring for about a year and a half now and I must say I'm very paranoid when it comes to letting it out of my sight! Here are some tips to ensure you don't get duped into buying a diamond that's not even worth a fraction of the price!

Get your diamond GIA certified

Although this will increase the price of the diamond you buy, you are basically buying a peace of mind. When your diamond is certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), they inscribe special serial numbers into your diamond, which can only be seen through a powerful loupe or a microscope. If you leave your diamond to be resized or to be cleaned, make sure you can view the serial number upon receiving your ring. The lights in a jewelry store will always make a diamond or cubic zirconia sparkle, so don't go by how "shiny" your diamond is!

Ask Questions and Make Comments

When you leave your diamond at the jeweler's to be cleaned or sized, make sure you examine your diamond carefully in front of them and then make comments or ask questions about the diamond (e.g. "I see that there is a mark here"). Make sure to take careful note of the serial number on your diamond (you can bring your diamond's certificate with you to doublecheck before you drop off your ring) and to notice any special marks or inclusions on your diamond. By doing this, you're showing that you're paying attention to your diamond and that you're not messing around. If a jeweler was going to switch your diamond, they will think twice because they know you will notice any irregularities.

Find a Trusted Jeweler and Stand Your Ground

I've heard that most jewelers won't switch diamonds because it takes a long time to build a trusted reputation. Most jewelry stores have been passed on from generation to generation. That being the case, make sure you find a trusted jeweler that has a well-established reputation in the community. This minimizes the likelihood that somebody will try to scam you.

And one last tip...if anybody tries to make you feel embarrassed for double checking or even triple checking the serial number on your diamond, ignore them! This is your diamond that you bought with your hard earned money! The last time I picked up my newly cleaned diamond ring, I couldn't see the serial number with their dinky little loupe so eventually the manager had to take me to another jewelry store (that wasn't even owned by them) so that I could see the serial number on their high powered microscope. For a while, I felt bad that they had to go through so much trouble for me, but don't be! You have the right to know that the diamond you're wearing is the one you paid for!

Elaine Li
Make Up. Fashion. Personal Finance. Food. Human Resources. Embracing Happiness. These are my interests, in no particular order!


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      Paul 4 years ago

      If you're leaving your jewelry overnight for repairs or a new setting, it is a good idea to get the store to plot the diamond + laser inscription on a "receipt".


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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      I agree and glad to help in any way. Peter

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      Elaine Li 6 years ago from Vancouver, BC

      That's good to know. I'm sure this doesn't happen often, but it's always good to have a peace of mind.

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      I've been in the jewelry business for over thirty years and the only time I have ever seen a diamond switched out was to replace a damaged or broken stone. The jeweler was too emberassed to admit they ruined the stone so they replaced it with an undamaged one. I'm not saying it never happens but it is rare. The GIA solution is the best. With the laser engraving there is no doubt if that stone is yours or not. And don't even worry about anything smaller than a 0.20ct they are not worth the time to switch it. Good advice but don't get too paranoid. Peter