GIA Plans on Launching a Service That Tracks the Origin of Your Diamond
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GIA Plans on Launching a Service That Tracks the Origin of Your Diamond

GIA Plans on Launching a Service That Tracks the Origin of Your Diamond

Current Events | April 20, 2022
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The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will be launching a new service that verifies the country of origin for natural and lab-grown diamonds.

Ever wondered where your diamond comes from? You’ll be able to know, thanks to the new service that the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will be rolling out soon—called GIA Source Verify.

According to the institute, this service is currently in development, but it will be offered as an expansion of its Diamond Origin Report and colored-stone origin reports. Through Source Verify, GIA will be able to determine a stone’s origin information by using third-party verified documents, such as Kimberley Process (KP) certificates, as well as invoices from diamond manufacturers and other involved parties in the supply chain. All this information can be accessed through GIA’s online Report Check service.

“The Source Verify service is an extension of our important consumer-protection mission,” shares GIA CEO Susan Jacques. “Now more than ever, GIA is uniquely positioned to protect consumers by giving them the vital diamond-source information they demand, and the confidence they deserve when making purchase decisions. This is the right thing to do and the right time to do it.”

The Importance of Diamond Certification

Diamond certification, especially from a reputable lab like GIA, is an important identifying factor that not only guarantees the nature of your diamond (natural or lab-grown) but also provides a comprehensive guide on the quality of your diamond—based on the 4Cs criteria (cut, color, clarity, and carat).

This allows sellers to price their diamonds accordingly and gives buyers the peace of mind that they are getting their money’s worth, which promotes an environment of transparency and responsible business practices.

Certifications, however, do not include the stone’s originat least until the service is successfully rolled out. But in the height of US-imposed sanctions on diamonds sourced from Russia, this takes precedence, as the world is trying to avoid the return of “conflict diamonds.”

A Look at Conflict Diamonds

Defined by the United Nations (UN) as “any diamond mined in areas controlled by forces… that is sold to fund military action against that government,” conflict diamonds was a term coined during the 1990s—a time when many brutal wars were waged in parts of western and central Africa by rebels based in diamond-rich parts of their countries.

So what happens to these diamonds? They’re either sold directly to merchants or smuggled into neighboring countries, where they get mixed in with legitimately-mined diamonds, which are then sold to the public. These proceeds are then used to buy weapons and fund wars, which has caused many countrymen and civilians to suffer.

Thus, the Kimberley Process was born. Committed to removing conflict diamonds from the global supply chain, this certification body “implements safeguards on shipments of rough diamonds and certifies them as conflict-free“. With this, you’re guaranteed that your diamond is ethically-sourced. And in GIA’s new service, it will be able to track this certification, too.

“GIA’s new service provides a transparent diamond-origin solution from an organization that consumers know and trust,” explains Katherine Bodoh, CEO of the American Gem Society (AGS). “In today’s environment, communicating a diamond’s origin is a must for AGS members and all retailers.”

The GIA anticipates launching the service in the near future, it further added.

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