- Who is the GIA?
- The Gemological Institute of America is considered the world's foremost authority in grading diamonds. The GIA is a non-profit organization founded in 1934. The GIA created the 4C's grading system currently used worldwide throughout the diamond industry. Every grading laboratory around the world uses GIA trained graders and the GIA 4C's grading system. The GIA is recognized throughout the diamond industry, and is generally considered, to be the most respected grading laboratory.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the GIA?
The Gemological Institute of America is considered the world's foremost authority in grading diamonds. The GIA is a non-profit organization founded in 1934. The GIA created the 4C's grading system currently used worldwide throughout the diamond industry. Every grading laboratory around the world uses GIA trained graders and the GIA 4C's grading system. The GIA is recognized throughout the diamond industry, and is generally considered, to be the most respected grading laboratory.
What about appraising?
An appraisal is performed to obtain an accurate description of an item and a current market value. Jewelry appraisals are usually done for insurance purposes. It is important that replacement values are updated periodically to keep up with rising prices.
Who is J Edwards United?
J Edwards United Inc. is a separate internet company offering loose GIA certified diamonds, engagement and bridal rings. All certified diamonds offered by J. Edwards United have been pre-selected to meet the finest grades for cut, depth and table percentages, polish, symmetry and fluorescence. We offer over 3,000 designer engagement and wedding rings making our selection one of the largest in the United States.
Do you offer a warranty?
We offer both a warranty and a lifetime maintenance benefit. Both are FREE. Our warranty covers any defects in workmanship or materials. Should a problem occur as a result of a manufacturing defect, we will either repair or replace the item at no charge. Our lifetime maintenance benefit covers refinishing, repairs and overall maintenance of your item. See sales receipt or benefits section on this website for full details. You should register your warranty online, by clicking "Warranty" in our menu.
Do you guarantee the quality of your rings?
Yes. Every ring is made to our customer's specifications. Our rings are not dropped shipped by others. Every ring we sell goes through our in-house quality control inspection and is covered by our warranty. We guarantee that your ring will be free from defects in workmanship and materials. You may also have your ring refinished or repaired at any time, at no charge, under our lifetime maintenance benefit.
What is a diamond?
A diamond is crystallized carbon that is formed at more than 2000 degrees, under great pressure, many miles under the earth's surface. A diamond is the hardest of all gemstones and is practically indestructible. There are diamond deposits in many parts of the world, the most occurring in Africa and Russia.
What is a conflict diamond ... sometimes referred to as a blood diamond ... and does J. Edwards sell them?
Conflict diamonds are rough diamonds used to finance wars by rebel forces against legitimate governments. In order to prevent the sale of conflict diamonds, the Kimberley Process was formed. The Kimberley Process is a joint government and international diamond industry initiative used to stem the flow of illicit stones. Participants in the Kimberley Process must certify the origin of rough as being free from conflict and as being obtained only from legitimate sources of supply. Today, Kimberley Process participants account for 99.8% of the global production of rough diamonds. J. Edwards buys diamonds only from sources that are participants in the Kimberley Process.
What is Carat Weight?
A Carat is a unit of weight, made up of points ... points and carats are like ounces to pounds. It takes 100 points to equal one carat. For example, 25 points = 1/4 carat, 50 points = 1/2 carat, etc. The price of diamonds are calculated as price per carat. To arrive at a price, you must multiply the price per carat by the weight of the diamond. Example: If a diamond is priced at $1,000 per carat.. and the weight is .50 (1/2 carat), the resulting price will be $500. All of the prices shown on our site are the net result of this calculation. Carat referring to weight for gemstones is spelled with a C. Karat, spelled with a K, is for gold content in items made with gold.
What is meant by ideal grading?
Ideal refers to the optimum measurements for cut, depth and table percentages, and polish, symmetry and fluorescence. See our educational video for a full explanation.