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Certified Vs. Non-Certified


Check out these two links…Very similar but the certified one is WAY more expensive? Why wouldn’t everyone get theirs certified? Is this common?

I am new a this so just trying to learn. Sorry if this is a dumb or obvious question!


the good book says there are no dumb questions
certificates cost money number 1
Also if you do get a certificate it needs to be through a reputable Gemmology association or Valuer who is a member of a Gemmology association and has a qualification etc etc. I have seen some Certified gems and the certificates are very dubious or obviously the person who did the gemstone testing had no idea what they were doing in the first place.
the 55.86 cts Kunzite may be worth $20 to $40 per carat wholesale depending on the colour and quality of the gemstone but I would not think any more than that trying to determine quality and colour is virtually impossible unless the gem is in front of you