What Is a Diamond Laser Inscription?
A diamond laser inscription is a set of letters and numbers etched into the stone, usually on the girdle. These symbols serve as a unique identifier that can be used to identify a specific stone if necessary.
The grading lab where diamonds are certified usually laser engraves them.
These GIA-certified diamonds, for example, are laser inscribed, and the inscription numbers are visible on their certificates.
Why Diamond Inscriptions Important?
The symbols engraved on a diamond match those on its certification report, indicating that the stone is the one described in the report.
Always check with the store to see if the diamond you're considering is inscribed, and compare the inscription to the certificate number.
When it comes to protecting yourself from fraud, diamond inscriptions are extremely useful.
Don't forget to tell your jeweler about the inscription whenever you take your diamond in for repairs so that the person doing the work is careful not to damage it by accident.
Check the inscription on the stone when you get it back to make sure it's the same diamond.
Even if the jeweler has no intention of deceiving you, he or she may make a mistake and give you someone else's stone.
What if My Diamond Is Not Laser Inscribe?
Not every diamond has a laser inscription.
Some gemstone manufacturers choose not to pay for the diamond certifying authority's service.
In such cases, the inclusions, whose number and location in the stone are unique to each diamond, can also be used to identify the stone.
Inclusion plots or diagrams, which are maps that show each flaw inside or on the stone, are included on diamond certificates.
You can always compare your diamond to the plot on the certificate report to see where the stone's mapped inclusions are located.
Can I Have My Diamond Laser Inscribed?
You can always have your diamond inscribed if it doesn't have a laser inscription. Even if it already has an inscription, you might want to personalize it with a name or phrase.
The G.I.A. and other laboratories charge a fee for diamond engraving services. You can put whatever you want in the inscription (as long as it is doable).