Relative comparison of the Clarity and Color grades


 
Table 1.a. Carat, color and clarity of the diamonds used in the survey

No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Carat 0.74 0.78 1.08 1.11 0.62 0.60 0.62 0.62 0.71 0.70 0.79 0.71 0.75 1.13 1.02 1.23 0.70
Color
GIA F F H G I I G H H H E E H J E G H
AGS F F G G I H G H H n/a E E H I F G H
EGL E E G F H H F G G G E E G I F G H
Clarity
GIA SI1 VS2 SI2 SI2 VS1 VVS2 VS1 VS2 SI2 VS1 SI1 SI1 SI1 SI2 VVS2 VS1 VS2
AGS SI2 VS2 SI2 SI2 VS2 VVS2 VS2 SI1 SI2 n/a SI2 SI2 SI1 SI1 VS1 VS2 SI1
EGL SI1 VS2 SI2 SI2 VS1 VS1 VS2 VS2 SI2 VS2 SI1 SI2 SI1 SI1 VVS2 VS2 SI1

No. 1
Carat 0.74
Color
GIA F
AGS F
EGL E
Clarity
GIA SI1
AGS SI2
EGL SI1
No. 2
Carat 0.78
Color
GIA F
AGS F
EGL E
Clarity
GIA VS2
AGS VS2
EGL VS2
No. 3
Carat 1.08
Color
GIA H
AGS G
EGL G
Clarity
GIA SI2
AGS SI2
EGL SI2
No. 4
Carat 1.11
Color
GIA G
AGS G
EGL F
Clarity
GIA SI2
AGS SI2
EGL SI2
No. 5
Carat 0.62
Color
GIA I
AGS I
EGL H
Clarity
GIA VS1
AGS VS2
EGL VS1
No. 6
Carat 0.60
Color
GIA I
AGS H
EGL H
Clarity
GIA VVS2
AGS VVS2
EGL VS1
No. 7
Carat 0.62
Color
GIA G
AGS G
EGL F
Clarity
GIA VS1
AGS VS2
EGL VS2
No. 8
Carat 0.62
Color
GIA H
AGS H
EGL G
Clarity
GIA VS2
AGS SI1
EGL VS2
No. 9
Carat 0.71
Color
GIA H
AGS H
EGL G
Clarity
GIA SI2
AGS SI2
EGL SI2
No. 10
Carat 0.70
Color
GIA H
AGS n/a
EGL G
Clarity
GIA VS1
AGS n/a
EGL VS2
No. 11
Carat 0.79
Color
GIA E
AGS E
EGL E
Clarity
GIA SI1
AGS SI2
EGL SI1
No. 12
Carat 0.71
Color
GIA E
AGS E
EGL E
Clarity
GIA SI1
AGS SI2
EGL SI2
No. 13
Carat 0.75
Color
GIA H
AGS H
EGL G
Clarity
GIA SI1
AGS SI1
EGL SI1
No. 14
Carat 1.13
Color
GIA J
AGS I
EGL I
Clarity
GIA SI2
AGS SI1
EGL SI1
No. 15
Carat 1.02
Color
GIA E
AGS F
EGL F
Clarity
GIA VVS2
AGS VS1
EGL VVS2
No. 16
Carat 1.23
Color
GIA G
AGS G
EGL G
Clarity
GIA VS1
AGS VS2
EGL VS2
No. 17
Carat 0.70
Color
GIA H
AGS H
EGL H
Clarity
GIA VS2
AGS SI1
EGL SI1

 
Table 1.b. AGSL and EGL USA Grading Compared to GIA-GTL

  AGSL (out of 16) EGL USA (out of 17)
Clarity Stricter 9 (56%) 6 (35%)
Same 6 (38%) 10 (59%)
Softer 1 (6%) 1 (6%)
Color Stricter 1 (6%) 1 (6%)
Same 12 (75%) 4 (24%)
Softer 3 (19%) 12 (71%)


 

Figure 1. Difference in Clarity Grades Compared to GIA-GTL. Below the line corresponds to softer grading (higher grade) and above the line is stricter grading (lower grade)
 
 

Figure 2. Difference in Color Grade Compared to GIA-GTL. Below the line correspond to softer grading (higher grade) and above the line is stricter grading (lower grade).
 
 

 

 
 
 
3.1.1. Stone # 10 GIA Resubmission Difference

This diamond already had a GIA-GTL report (Oct. 2003) and was inadvertently resubmitted to GIA-GTL. It was to have been sent for an AGSL report, which explains the absence of AGSL data. The second report (April 2004) received the same color grade but a one grade stricter clarity (VS1 down to VS2). For consistency purposes a comparison was made using the first GIA-GTL report.
 
Other notable differences on these two reports in chronological order were depth percentages of 61.6% to 61.8%, table sizes 57% to 56%, girdle "Medium to Thick" compared to "Medium to Slightly Thick".There was a small dimensions difference: 5.67-5.70x3.50mm compared to 5.67-5.69x3.51mm. The most recent report had a comment "Clouds are not shown". Both plots appear similar. Both sets of proportion data (and that from the EGL USA report) were entered into DiamCalc, the OctoNus diamond modeling software, and it was found that girdle thickness was likely to be on the thicker side of slightly thick for the stones carat weight.

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