NEW YORK, Dec. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Debbie Azar knows a lot about diamonds. She is the Co-Founder of Gemological Science International (GSI), an independent organization with a global footprint that combines state-of-the-art technology with deep professional expertise.
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She is passionate about her favorite subject. For example, when asked what is most important thing to consider when buying a diamond, she is quick to answer, "First and foremost you should love the diamond. A diamond should "speak" to you."
Even if you've fallen head over heels with a diamond, it's important to do your homework. A diamond is an important purchase and you should understand its value and make certain to authenticate that value.
Azar explains, "It's also extremely vital to receive a grading report for your diamond. The grading report includes important information that ultimately helps determine the price of the diamond." Specifically, a grading report includes:
- Details about the cut, carat weight, color and clarity
- Identification of the diamond as either natural or lab grown
- Determination of whether the diamond has been treated
It's crucial to use a professional gemological lab for certification, even if the jeweler is absolutely trustworthy. A well-respected and reputable lab like GSI has advanced technology and the degree of expertise necessary to issue a legitimate grading report.
Diamonds are valuable because they are rare, but have you ever wondered why they are so scarce? Azar explains, "Like a snowflake, all diamonds are different, and no two are ever the same. Natural diamonds take billions of years to grow and are formed hundreds of miles beneath the earth's surface. Today, there are very limited resources for potential diamond mines. Only a small percentage, somewhere around 20%, of all mined diamonds is actual gem quality."
Should buyers be concerned that many diamonds are harvested in poorer countries? Do diamonds do good as well as look good? Azar is eager to dispel misconceptions.
She tells us that if people stopped buying natural diamonds, many of African countries would face economic collapse. "A number of countries in Africa rely solely on the jobs provided by the natural diamond industry for their existence. Botswana, Namibia and other African countries rely on diamond mining and related industries not only for job creation, but as a source of financing infrastructure projects, building schools, hospitals, providing health and educational services for the populations and laying a foundation for other industries."
And the benefits are not limited to Africa. "In India, the diamond industry provides livelihood to millions of people, allows young people pull themselves out from poverty, get a higher education and have jobs," Azar adds.
In conclusion? "Diamonds not only look beautiful, they do a lot of good. On a personal note, I have the privilege to serve as a board member of Jewelers for Children, which is a charity in our industry that has donated over 50 million dollars to date to St. Jude's, Make a Wish Foundation and other charities that help children who are fighting life threatening diseases. I'm proud of the good things the industry as a whole is able to do."
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About Gemological Science International
Gemological Science International (GSI) is an independent gemological laboratory committed to providing clients with leading technology, proven industry expertise and absolute integrity. Founded in 2005, GSI has quickly grown to become one of the largest gemological organizations in the world, serving a wide array of major manufacturers, jewelry chains, department stores, and online jewelers. As a global industry leader, GSI has offices spanning four continents. The company is headquartered in the heart of New York City's Diamond District, with additional offices in the USA, India, Israel, Belgium, Botswana and Dubai. The only major gemological organization founded in the 21st century, GSI's mission is to remain at the forefront of the rapidly evolving gemological industry - through research, education, and the most advanced scientific processes and technologies.
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