One of the latest crazes is to have your diamond laser inscribed. What I’m talking about is the placement of serial numbers by a laser on the girdle of diamonds for identification purposes.
Perception: By placing a serial number on the girdle of a diamond that matches a certificate an independent appraiser can verify if the diamond matches the certificate. Also if the diamond is ever stolen and recovered the serial number can be put into a database so the diamond can be returned to you. The inscription is permanent like a tattoo and cannot be removed or altered without a major weight loss or potential damage to the diamond.
Reality: The only way to be 100% sure a diamond matches a certificate is to check its measurements and match up its plotting of inclusions and blemishes. Anybody can take an extra certificate and laser inscribe its number on a diamond that doesn’t match it. Now it maybe true if some common thug stole your diamond having a serial number that matches your certificate might bring it back to you, but it is unlikely. All sophisticated jewel thieves have the girdles repolished to remove the laser inscription so the diamond cannot be traced. This of course dispels the notion that an inscription is permanent and cannot be removed.
I have to hand it to all those companies that keep trying to come up with some new gimmick to hook us on but come on, let’s put this in the simplest of terms. If we already have the fingerprint (the plotting) of the diamond we don’t need to carve our initials into it to prove it’s ours.
by Fred Cuellar, author of the best-selling book “How to Buy a Diamond.”
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