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Getting laser engraving or gemprint

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ukstipe

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Hi
I am wondering if anyone out there can shed some light on getting laser engraving on a diamond. Does this process reduce the value of the diamond? I don''t want to put our initials on the diamond or anything; only an ID number. I have heard about Gemprint - an ID number is laser engraved or something like that and the unique ID number is stored in a database. Insurance companies like this. Since I am based in the UK, is this prevalent over here?
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Brad
 

oldminer

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Gemprint leaves no mark on the stone although it is performed with a laser created image. Laser inscription, on the other hand, does engrave the girdle of the diamond with the numbers/letters of your choice. Neither has a negative effect on value. Both cost about the same.

You cannot re-identify a Gemprinted diamond yourself. You need equipment. A laser inscribed diamond can be re-identified with a jeweler's loupe immediately. For that reason alone, I prefer laser inscription.

I don't know what the situation on Gemprinting is in the UK. In the USA some insurance companies discount insurance on Gemprinted pieces. This may be done where you are, but I am not sure.
 
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