GIA relaunches website and revises grading reports

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Upgrade will offer improved security for students and clients online.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is set to re-launch its website this month, with revisions to its global-standard gem grading and identification reports.

A release from the GIA said the site "will deliver timely and engaging information for visitors of every interest level".

The GIA’s laboratory clients will be offered secure online access to their GIA identification and grading reports through the enhanced GIA report check service, while prospective students will find it easier to navigate in-depth information about GIA’s global diploma programs in gemmology, jewellery design, and manufacturing.

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The site will also feature historic and contemporary photography of the GIA’s vast collection of gemstones.

Donna Baker, the GIA’s president and chief executive, said: "We are excited to share what we have learned and developed in GIA’s eight decades of public service in this new and engaging way.

“These advances are the next steps in our continuous effort to serve the global public by bringing the fascinating world of gems, gemmology and jewellery to people all around the world and helping to ensure their trust in gems and jewellery."

The GIA’s new gem identification and grading reports will launch on March 15. Though they will continue to uphold the GIA’s standards for gem grading and identification, the new format has been designed to use less paper and other materials, as well as offering increased security features such as unique proprietary paper for the GIA, which could help to combat the occurrence of counterfeit reports.

QR codes will also be printed on each report, and will verify the document’s authenticity through direct access to GIA’s online report check service that now includes all GIA grading and identification reports.

Tom Moses, GIA’s senior vice president of laboratory and research, explained: “The revised format GIA Diamond Grading Report is half the weight of the previous version, which will reduce storage and postage costs for our clients and further increase the overall efficiency of the Institute’s grading and identification services."

The GIA has said it will offer no-cost reissues for reports issued on or after July 1 2012.

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