A lot of people are wary of the possibility to get their diamonds switched when taking their diamond jewelry for repair. While there is little possibility for your stone to get switched if you choose a reputable jeweler, there is a minority of jewelers who might actually swap your diamond for profit. In most cases, a jeweler won’t engage in such things because of the risk of losing reputation and business. But if you are still worried that your stones might get switched, then it is important to notice certain things before leaving your diamond jewelry with a jeweler for repair.
There are certain unique factors that can be useful for you to identify your original diamond. Knowing them can help you to ensure that the diamond you received back from the jeweler is indeed the original one. The following are some of the unique identifications marks that can be helpful for you to recognize your original diamond:
If your diamonds are certified by gemological labs like the GIA, then they will have a unique identification number that is inscribed to the girdle of the stone. This number will be unique to each stone, and it can be used to identify a diamond in case of disputes. You can see this number with the help of a lens and the same number will be mentioned in the diamond certificate. So if you are getting GIA certified diamonds or stones certified by other gemological labs like the IGI and AGS, then this unique identification number is one of the important factors that can be helpful for you to identify your diamond.
While inclusions are considered a flaw in diamonds, they can actually help you differentiate a diamond from another. The inclusions present in a diamond can be unique. Therefore, closely observe the type of inclusions and their locations before giving your jewelry for repair. Inclusions are like birthmarks that make each diamond unique.
Some diamonds can have multiple inclusions. You can see a map that plots the inclusions present in the diamond in its GIA grading report. This map can help to identify the location of inclusions present in the diamond. This map can be unique for each diamond, as the location of inclusions can vary between these stones.
In addition to analyzing the unique characteristics and identification number of your diamond, you should also take great care to choose a reputable jeweler. This helps to avoid your diamonds from being switched by the jeweler.