Idexonline is reporting that 4 diamond graders in the
Antwerp office of HRD labs have been arrested for apparent “mistakes”
in grading diamonds. I don’t review HRD specifically in my diamond
certification page but I do stress how important it is to understand that not
all labs are created equal.
I get emails daily from people telling me they found a great
buy on a diamond and they want to understand why the diamonds I recommend on
James Allen, Whiteflash and others are more costly. When I ask for a copy of
the certificate 9 times out of 10 they send me an EGL cert. I can’t stress
enough that EGL certs are just not the same as a GIA or AGS cert. Comparing an
EGL vs. GIA is comparing apples to oranges.