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 Post subject: EGL Int’l: Our Grades Are “More Practical and Realistic”
PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 10:00 pm 
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Many of us complain about the inconsistencies between GIA and EGL color grades on diamonds.
Finally, EGL explains why it grades as it does!
Why Our Grades Are “More Practical and Realistic”
JCK wrote:
While EGL International admits it grades color differently than other labs, it says its faceup evaluations are more relatable to consumers.

“EGL International has a more practical and realistic approach to grading, particularly as it relates to grading color,” managing partner and CEO Guy D. Benhamou said in a statement. “We put a great deal of emphasis on grading the color of the diamond faceup because that is how a diamond is seen when it is worn, whereas other labs attribute most of the color grade to the facedown position.”


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Barbra Voltaire wrote:


The downside of the EGL method comes from the fact that a face-up color depends to some extent on the pavilion angles used and the facet symmetry of the stone. On a diamond, a 42 degree main pavilion will look deeper in color than a 41 degree main pavilion of the same face-down color grade. If facets are cut diametrically, the color will appear face-up lighter than one cut with skewed facets.

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Actually I will stick to the more convenient GIA/HRD etc method... I find EGL just pushing their method to be able to defend their "wallet friendly" color grades.

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I think it would benefit the consumer to know that different standards are used. An easy way to do this would be for them to use their own grading scale and co-op the GIA scale. Different method, different scale = disclosure.

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Sorry, should of said they should NOT co-op the GIA scale.

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