Press Release

GIA Adds Alexandrite to Colored Stone Identification & Origin Reports


GIA’s Retailer Support Program expands its colored stones resources

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Jan. 31, 2019 – GIA now offers origin reporting for alexandrite, adding it to Colored Stone Identification & Origin Report services for ruby, sapphire, emerald, Paraíba tourmaline and red spinel. For more information about GIA colored stone reports and services, including fees, visit GIA.edu/gem-lab-service/colored-stone.
 
“Offering an alexandrite Identification & Origin Report continues GIA’s mission to bring our research-based laboratory services to our clients,” said Shane McClure, global director of colored stone services. “This service ultimately benefits the gem and jewelry-buying public by providing reliable reports.”
 
The GIA Identification & Origin Report describes whether the stone is natural or laboratory-grown, identifies the type of gemstone, includes any detectable treatments and offers a research-based opinion on the geographic origin of the stone. The report also contains a detailed description of the gemstone including cut, shape, weight, measurement and color, with a photograph of the gemstone.
 
GIA also announced that their Retailer Support Program (RSP) – a resource for retailers to help sales staff educate consumers about diamonds, colored stones and pearls, the 4Cs of diamond quality and GIA reports – will soon be offering additional colored stone materials. Beginning Feb. 4, retailers will have access to gemstone counter displays, a birthstone flipchart and brochures about sapphire and ruby. Following soon after will be a brochure on how to understand GIA colored stone reports. For information about the RSP visit Retailer.gia.edu/EN-US/about-gia-rsp.htm.


About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight and, in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which is recognized around the world as the standard for diamond quality.
 
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism.