- Oct 26, 2017
Send to GIA? It depends.I am wondering if the color is worth having it GIA certified?
Does this appear Grey or Bluish Grey?
I can't seem to find very much about grey diamond color grading. Do you know of any good examples?Send to GIA? It depends.
Do you own it?
If so how did you get it?
Purchase? If so from where?
Or, are you considering buying it?
If so, the seller made the call to not send it to GIA ... NOT a good sign.
If it falls in GIA's FCD Grey box it may be valuable.
If it falls in GIA's D-Z white diamond scale but has a grayish color its value will be lower than if GIA considerd it to be an FCD.
Can't judge FCD color from pics.
A zillion things can throw off the color we see on our screens.
Here's a little write up on gray diamonds.I can't seem to find very much about grey diamond color grading. Do you know of any good examples?
This is very encouraging. I haven't seen a diamond with color and clarity like this in the same stone so I think now after positive feedback I will send to GIA and see how it goes.Hi Kali
It's very hard to tell from pictures – the stone definitely has color – although I don't see it as gray based on the pictures. But of course that's not conclusive.
If you really like the diamond, it's probably worth the money (less than $200) to send it into GIA to see what they say.
We have had plenty of gray diamonds over the years. In many cases they can be pretty dull, and lifeless. In the best of cases, they actually sparkle gray. It sounds like a contradiction, but it is possible in the best of cases.
Best of luck and I hope this helps
I can see how the pictures make it look kind of brown I will work on getting a better photo. When i look at it on top of a light table there is next to 0 yellow or brown.It looks brownish in the face-up picture. I don't think it's worth sending to GIA and I hope you didn't pay much for it.
I agree with tourmaline on this point. I also hope you didn't pay a whole lot. Even if GIA does give it a grade of "gray", it likely won't be a very valuable diamond based on the pics.It looks brownish in the face-up picture.
Thank you for the feedback, I just took one last photo for comparison to a champagne brown DiamondI agree with tourmaline on this point. I also hope you didn't pay a whole lot. Even if GIA does give it a grade of "gray", it likely won't be a very valuable diamond based on the pics.
But I'd still love to know what they say.
This is true tyty333- color is graded through the pavilion.Color is graded by looking at the bottom of the stone. What do you see from the bottom?
oops, my bad!This is true tyty333- color is graded through the pavilion.
However only for colorless diamonds.
This leads to some interesting hypotheticals.
For example- what if a stone is borderline FCD? pinkjewel touched upon this
From the bottom it's Y-Z, from the top it may look like a Fancy Light Yellow.
True, FCDs color is grading looking down into the top.As far as I remember (and I certainly could be wrong) I thought FCDs were graded looking at the top of the diamond-not the bottom. I guess in this case it would depend on whether GIA thought there was enough color to designate it an FCD.
what a difference, here is the pavillion.Color is graded by looking at the bottom of the stone. What do you see from the bottom?
Here are some gray stones at JA with which you can compare.
When it comes to its true value, the elephant in the room is where (from whom) you bought it.what would be the key characteristic that I could look for to see the value in this stone? The amount of saturation and the hue?
I really appreciate your feedback on this. I have bought a number of stones from this Etsy vendor previously that have tested as Diamond at various moissanite tester locations.When it comes to its true value, the elephant in the room is where (from whom) you bought it.
If you found it at a garage sale you may have gotten a bargain.
Estate sale, less likely.
If you bought it from a store, no chance.
From anyone who sells diamonds regularly online, you almost certainly overpaid, which will become apparent with a GIA report ... that is if you can even find comps ... always tricky with FCDs.
Diamond vendors know what they have but hope you don't.
That's what GIA grading reports are for ... consumer protection.
If the seller felt (s)he could have sold it for more with a GIA report (s)he would have.
Ungraded diamonds are a lottery, exciting when imagining winning that big jackpot ... but almost certainly
So, back to the elephant.
Where did you buy it?
To respect your privacy and security I'm not asking for the specific seller's info, just what kind of seller it was.
I'd guess a seller on eBay with other stones listed.
If there is a money-back guarantee time period I'd take it first to a pawn shop or jeweler and have them test so see if it's even a real natural diamond (mined from the earth) rather than a lab-created one or some other stone.
If the material itself is real natural (mined) diamond, the next question is whether the color itself is also of natural origin or the result of lab treatment.
I'd guess natural.
Can't imagine paying a lab for that color, unless they were paying and hoping for blue or green but ended up with gray.
There are a zillion ways to get ripped off buying diamonds, especially Fancy Colored ones.
That's why when shopping GIA is your friend.