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How can I make sure that my diamond won't be swapped out?

Today, we are going to discuss a topic that may concern you: how to ensure that your diamond will not be swapped during a repair or other workshop procedure? This question is legitimate, given that diamonds often have great sentimental value in addition to their monetary value. When we have to entrust it to a jeweler for a repair, a remodeling or a simple refurbishment, it is entirely normal to worry about not getting it back. Although the risk of exchange is extremely rare, it is possible to take measures to guarantee the safety of the stone. In this article, we will share some concrete tips to ensure that you leave with your stone.

1.Choose a trustworthy person or company.

To ensure the safety of your diamond, the first step is to select a reliable person or company. If you don't know anyone you can trust, ask around and search for comments and online reviews for the company in question. You can also check with the Office of Consumer Protection to see if the company has received any complaints in Quebec. Finally, don't hesitate to ask questions and express your concerns during your visit.

1.Observe your diamond before leaving it.

Before entrusting your diamond, take the time to observe the stone. Each diamond has its distinct characteristics, and it is possible to recognize the features that make it unique. Dimensions, inclusions, and the laser inscription on the side of the diamond are features that can be checked before and after repair.

To check the dimensions, measure the diameter of the stone with a micrometer or electronic caliper. If the measured diameter differs significantly from what you measured before the repair, you can be sure that the diamond has been swapped.

To check for inclusions, examine the stone with a loupe. Inclusions are internal marks that are unique to each stone. Take note of the shape and approximate location of the inclusions and compare them with the notes you took before the repair.

If the diamond comes with a certificate, check the laser inscription on the side of the stone. If you took note of this inscription before the repair, you can verify that it is the same stone.

3. Examine it carefully

When you retrieve your diamond, take the time to examine it carefully. While it is normal for the stone to look different after being cleaned, it should still be recognizable. If you notice anything that concerns you, speak up to the jeweler immediately.

4. Get a certificate

Finally, if you own a diamond of significant value, it is advisable to have it evaluated by a gemologist in order to obtain a quality certificate for the stone. This will make it easier for anyone, whether it's you or a professional, who wishes to confirm on-site whether the diamond matches the certificate or not..

In summary, it is essential to choose a trustworthy person or company to handle the repair or cleaning of your diamond. To ensure that the stone has not been replaced, you can monitor its dimensions, inclusions, and laser inscription on the side. By conducting a thorough examination after the repair, you can be certain that the stone returned to you is the same one you entrusted.

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As jewelers specializing in custom-made and jewelry transformation, we are happy to answer all your questions on the subject. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on our repair, resizing, or refurbishment services. Thank you for your attention and see you soon!

Marie-Claude Décarie, joaillière

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