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Miner's Cut Heirloom?

SeekingClarity

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Hello PS!

Online research brought me to Pricescope and I've continued to read everything in the knowledge section along with a number of posts to try and better educate myself. However, it seems my questions have led me to even more questions, so here I am.

A 2+ ct miner's cut diamond ring has been passed down to me from my mother. Based on the description, I was lead to believe it was nothing special, but it seems it might be worth more than I originally thought. There is no formal paperwork to accompany it, since it is from 1889. I'm planning to get it certified, laser inscribed with a unique ID and also perhaps appraised for insurance purposes.

My question is where to take it for certification, as I am currently living in Sydney, Australia. I've found two places that could possibly do this for me, but I have no idea how to differentiate between them. Would one certification be more widely recognized internationally than another?

1. Diamond Certification Laboratory of Australia (DCLA), http://www.dcla.com.au/
2. Australian Diamond Grading aboratory (ADGL), http://adgl.com.au/

As an aside, how does appraisal work when living outside the US when diamond prices are pegged to the USD (or at least that's what I thought I read)?

Thanks in advance,
SC
 

diamondseeker2006

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I would first take it to someone like Garry Holloway to appraise for you. Then if he thinks diamond grading would be worthwhile, he could recommend where to send it. An appraisal is adequate for insurance with an antique stone if GIA or AGS grading is inaccessible or too costly to send out of the country. (Hopefully someone from Australia can recommend a jeweler in Sydney. We just trust Garry because he is involved with this forum.)

http://www.hollowaydiamonds.com.au/contact

There is no great advantage to have laser inscription because that can be polished off. Rarely are stolen diamond rings recovered, and that's why items of value should be insured.
 

SeekingClarity

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diamondseeker2006|1471802819|4068370 said:
I would first take it to someone like Garry Holloway to appraise for you. Then if he thinks diamond grading would be worthwhile, he could recommend where to send it. An appraisal is adequate for insurance with an antique stone if GIA or AGS grading is inaccessible or too costly to send out of the country. (Hopefully someone from Australia can recommend a jeweler in Sydney. We just trust Garry because he is involved with this forum.)

http://www.hollowaydiamonds.com.au/contact

There is no great advantage to have laser inscription because that can be polished off. Rarely are stolen diamond rings recovered, and that's why items of value should be insured.
Thanks, diamondseeker2006. I didn't realize the laser inscription can be polished off which is a big disconcerting. It sounds like an appraisal should be sufficient. I have to admit, I want to know more about the diamond, so perhaps I'll have it graded locally just to satisfy my own curiosity...

Any input from other Sydneysiders on a local appraisers/certification would be appreciated!
 

diamondseeker2006

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You might start another thread asking for recommendations for jeweler/appraisers in Sydney who are familiar with antique diamonds and jewelry.
 
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