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chrono

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I was about to send my cobalt spinel to AGL for grading but it turns out that AGL has been bought over and is most likely to be closed, with the diamond grading side only remaining. I''m not sure if I want to spend mega bucks for AGTA or Gubelin because I only need it to be verified that it isn''t a synthetic. I know it isn''t but it''s always great to have confirmation from a reputable lab. What are the other good labs out there?
 

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I''d rather go to an established lab; sort of like diamonds having a GIA or AGS cert rather than relying on just an independant appraiser.
 

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Doesn''t the AGTA do a less expensive basic gem id report?
 

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I''ll have to check their website. I know about the full reports and those cost around $200, I think.
 

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try egl in downtown los angeles or guild laboratory (charles carmona). see if you can get a verbal. a lot less money than a full cert.
 

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I called EGL (downtown LA) a few weeks ago, but they informed me that they don''t grade color stones there. They asked me to send the stones to New York. I haven''t done so, because with shipping back and forth, I figure it will cost over a hundred there. Just like Chrono, I also wanted to have a Lab certificate (for peace of mind) to verify that if the stone is synthetic or not. Not easy, huh?
 

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I am confused now; my dealer just informed me that he met AGL''s owner this February in Tuscon and nothing was mentioned about the closing of the coloured gemstone lab. In any case, he''ll contact the owner again to confirm and if it is indeed closing, then the cobalt spinel will be sent to AGTA.
 
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