Press Release

GIA Launches Japanese Website

Institute translates trusted information on gems and jewelry

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Sept. 14, 2015 – Japanese speakers now have access to GIA’s extensive and trusted online content about gems and jewelry at in their native language. The debut of GIA’s website in Japanese is part of the Institute’s continued efforts to educate consumers, gem enthusiasts, researchers, retailers, students and lab clients in Japan about the wondrous world of gems.
“The translation of our website is part of GIA’s commitment to delivering gemological information and instruction in Japan in Japanese,” said Bev Hori, GIA’s chief learning officer and senior vice president of education. “Japan is one of the world’s largest markets for gems and jewelry, so it’s important for GIA to make our educational resources available in this important country. Our website features curated gemological content you won’t find elsewhere on the internet, so translating this information helps us serve the public interest.”
The site will automatically display a language based on the user’s browser preference. A user may select a different language from a drop-down menu which appears at the top of every site page. The translations include more than 1.8 million words in the Gem Encyclopedia, Analysis & Grading, Professional Education, Research & News and About GIA sections.
GIA launched a redesigned in 2013 as part of its mission to share knowledge and information widely. The Institute fulfills its mission of protecting the public trust in gems and jewelry through professional education programs and beneficiation efforts; gemology research and laboratory services; by supporting more than 100,000 active alumni; and through GIA’s library and museum. GIA’s website supports all of these efforts and has the potential to reach millions more. The site was translated into Simplified Chinese and British English in April 2015.
Due to its very technical nature, some content including Report Check and laboratory report information, Gems & Gemology articles and the Gübelin gem database has not yet been translated.

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 in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.
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.