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Laser Inscription: Good, Bad, Indifferent?

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averagejoe

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I have seen several retailers offering diamonds which are laser inscribed with a brand name or certificate number. Does laser inscription add or detract from the value of the diamond if it is resold in the future?
 

drewg350

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Hey Lawmax, just curious, which Branded stone did you chose? Any particular reason? Thanks!!!!
 

pricescope

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Averagejoe, it rather add some value since it helps you to identify the diamond. Although it is not expencive as you said many vendors now offer this service.
 

lawmax

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A laser inscription is good for identification purposes-when you bring your stone in for cleaning, you can look at the laser inscription before leaving with your diamond to be sure it is your diamond you got back. It can also be good to have a brand name on your diamond for resale purposes as brand name diamonds often cost more and "should" offer some assurance about the quality of the cut. I would say this depends on the brand.A personal inscription like "To JB from TC" would probably be a problem in terms of resale.On the other hand, a laser inscription can be polished off pretty easily (if a diamond is stolen or some other scenario), and any store that buys a laser engraving machine can put any inscription they want on any diamond.Most jewelers can be trusted not to engage in stone-switching but it can happen and does.It is good to know what the inclusions in your diamond look like-you can always make sure that the jeweler shows you what yours look like under a microscope and that they match your lab grading report before you leave your diamond and then again afterwards.My diamond is inscribed with the brand name and certificate number and I'm glad.Hope that helps,lawmax
 

lawmax

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Hi Drew,My husband bought me an EightStar from Steve L. He knew how particular I am about diamonds and just liked it better than any of the others he was shown. He looked at the EightStar in a tray along with a branded H&A stone, unbranded, ideal cut, etc. He said he took the tray outside and the EightStar just stood out.
 

lawmax

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Oh, I'd be happy to make a fuss
but from a technical standpoint, it would be good to get Steve's point of view.
 

StevL

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Then again Lawmax is pretty special too.Tell your husband hello Lawmax, and I want a ride with him one day!------------------
 

drewg350

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Congrat's on the "Eightstar"!! I have heard and read so much on them I have to go see some over at Jonathan's Goodoldgold business. What was it that really stood out about it? Was it the Fire? I've heard so much about the awesome color disply. Was the brilliance comparable to other well cut stones? Are the "arrows" real apparent when you look at the stone compared with others? I'm just curious because I've heard so much about them. Congrat's again on a beautiful choice of branded stone. Thanks!!!!!!
 

pricescope

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StevL, may be you can tell us what deferentiate 8* from others when looking with the naked eyes? Lawmax doesn't want making fuss about it
 

StevL

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Look at it this way. It doesn't detract from the diamonds look, or its value, it does offer some identification. So the question is why not have it?Save money?
No, we offer this service for $20.00 if you want something added or a first time inscription, so it doesn't really cost much either. Most people do enjoy knowing they have an easy way to ident their own diamond.------------------
 

lawmax

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I do believe you were asked a direct question!
Educate us.
 

pricescope

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StevL, frankly there is not so many dealers here at all (i'm not sure whether it's too bad, if you know what i mean)
I cannot imagine you writing the sales pitches
So please do. Perhaps we'd need another thread for that.
 

pricescope

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Drew, Lawmax told me that she cannot express it in words. It is just special and different than others - that's all
 

StevL

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Now you are asking me to say something and I don't want anyone to think this is a sales pitch, as I do carry a couple brands. There are many beautiful diamonds out there, and you have many dealers on this forum.Are you sure you want me to go there? You know I would be happy to
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