National Jeweler Annoucement – FAKE KP CERTIFICATES GOING AROUND

Lindsay Greatorex15 May 2014

Lindsay Greatorex

Director of Social Media and Marketing

Diamonds by Eyal


Source: National Jeweler/Diamonds/Social Issues

May 13, 2014

Washington.–Diamond traders and members of the industry should be on the lookout for a number of fake Kimberly Process certificates, warns the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.

In an alert sent out Friday, the department warned that in one recent scheme, individuals were invited to Sierra Leone to view rough diamonds later identified as fake stones. It was not immediately clear at press time of what material these “fake” diamonds were actually made.

The individuals also were provided with a fake KP certificate numbered Sierra Leone 004199, issued in either April or May of this year. Variations of this certificate SL 004199 have been presented to diamond purchasers in the last three weeks.

In the last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection also has identified fake KP certificates from Guinea, Ghana and Sierra Leone used to defraud people in an advance-fee scheme.

The criminals approached U.S. citizens on the Internet, telling them to buy the rough diamonds directly from West African sources and promising legitimate KP certificates.

The State Department is asking anyone who is presented with a fake KP certificate to contact U.S. Customs and Border Protection at, and the Department of State at


If you are involved with buying, selling or trading diamonds, please be aware of this.

For the consumer this is the exact reason why it is extremely important to go a jeweler who has experience and education behind him because he will be able to tell the difference between a fake or real certificate as well as a fake diamond. You may think you are getting a really good deal on something that just happens to be worth nothing, so don’t trust who is selling you a stone, especially if the price seems to good to be true.
It is imperative that you work closely with a Jeweler like Eyal Cohen to safely and securely obtain exactly what you are looking for without any problems. Working with someone you can trust is the most important thing when it comes to diamonds.
For everything you need to know, come to Diamonds by Eyal where you can become educated on diamonds and get all the information you need to make the best purchase.

What Certificate Is Most Trustworthy?

Lindsay Greatorex


Lindsay Greatorex

Director of Social Media and Marketing

What Certificate is Most Trustworthy?

What cert are we suppose to trust? Why do the gradings vary when it’s the”same” stone? How am I suppose to know which cert is the most accurate? These are all questions you may find yourself asking a jeweler or someone else when you are looking to buy a diamond. This can be very confusing to the average consumer when it comes to diamonds because most people off the street are usually uneducated about diamonds. And that’s perfectly o.k. but you absolutely need the right educator to tell you everything you need to know (like Eyal) before making such a large purchase.

This is where the trust comes into play. You need to first trust your jeweler. It is always good to go to someone who is a professional who has an educational background concerning gemology, diamonds, stones and gold. It’s also important to see if they come from a long line of gemologists and family members in the diamond business. This is not to say that many first generation jewelers don’t know what they are talking about but it builds confidence for the consumer to be able to trust someone with a lot of knowledge and experience behind their work.

Your jeweler may tell you they’re all the same, don’t worry about the cert, and so on but those are all red flags that something isn’t right. A well educated and experienced jeweler will tell you the grading for different certs varies for different reasons.

GIA (Gemologist Institute of America) is the strictest grading system there is and the most recognized. Second to that is EGL USA (European Gemology Laboratory), then EGL International, IGI and so on.

GIA will give you the strictest, most honest appraisal of the diamond. EGL, however is more lenient than GIA in their grading so it is likely that a better grading will be given for the same stone by EGL.

It is not wrong to use any of the other grading systems besides GIA, as long as jewelers educate their consumers.

It always comes down to trust and honesty. In the end you need to find someone you can trust to take you through all the fine details when purchasing a diamond. A good jeweler will let you in on everything you need to know to make the best possible purchase for your budget. Certs just back up what an educated and honest Jeweler will tell you.