Our own Richard Shults is a GIA Alumni! (We’re proud.)

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Richard Shults is one of our in-house experts. He’s been in the jewelry, watch and diamond business for over 25 years. Richard loves to ski, hike and spend time with his wife Lynn, daughter Katelyn and their dog Willow. His status as an alum of GIA means he’s had the finest training in the world when it comes to diamond testing, valuation, and sales. Go Rich!

Understanding gemstones are not cut and dry, going beyond the quality of the gem itself. In a world where gems can more easily be created in a laboratory setting, manmade can masquerade as natural. For example, in April of 2018, a grading laboratory in China discovered a synthetic diamond masquerading as a natural stone, complete with a forged inscription and a falsified report. The stone had a type of impurity, known as a “silicon-vacancy center,” that is extremely rare in natural diamonds but common in CVD diamonds, helping the scientists identify its origins. It also had other characteristics that indicated it was synthetic, such as showing green fluorescence under ultra-violet light. Suffice to say, this was not the first case of its type.

What is the GIA? Established in 1931, the Gemological Institute of America is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. A public benefit, nonprofit institute, GIA is the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewelry. GIA is the world’s most trusted name in diamond grading and gem identification. With objectivity and expertise as its hallmarks, GIA ensures the integrity and accuracy of every report it issues. GIA tests every material submitted to determine whether it is natural or not, and discloses any treatments discovered during our examination.

All this aside, grandma’s ring you never wear can be working smarter for you. Get started with an evaluation of your asset here. We’re the experts.