|Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) / Gem Certificates|
Do you provide certificates for your gems?
Yes, you may order a certificate when you add an item to your cart. To do this, click the link "add gem certificate for this item" on the item detail page above the "add to cart" button. This will open the certificate options.
We also offer complimentary company reports, which can be previewed before buying gemstones by clicking on "Certificate Options" above the "Add to Cart" button. Once the gemstone has been purchased, the complimentary gem report can be accessed via the customer account. To do this, simply login to your account, select "Order History" and then click on "show details". You will see an option below each listed item to "Download Identification Report". Simply click on this and print out your PDF report.
Gem Certification Laboratory Options
Gem certification and the pricing below is based on single gemstone testing only. Therefore if your order consists of a single order composed of two or more gemstones (such as a matching pair or lot), the lab will test only one specimen from the pair or lot.
We currently offer brief identification reports from your choice of two well-respected independent gemological laboratories:
Please Note: We are not able to provide identification tests on very small gemstones that measure 2 millimeters and under, since local labs do not have the advanced equipment required for such small items.
Types of Gem Certificate Offered
The certificates issued by both AIGS and BGL Gem Labs are:
The certificates can identify the gem type (natural or man-made) and they may also indicate whether or not the gemstone has been treated or enhanced (heated, fracture-filled, oiled, irradiated, etc). Please note that comments regarding treatments are usually only supplied for gems which if treated have a marked price difference, such as sapphire and ruby.
Note: Some treatments cannot be detected using standard equipment, such as beryllium diffusion, polymer stabilization or dyeing. These types of treatment may not be identified on the reports. Testing for uncommon treatments require special equipment which many laboratories do not have access to. Also, in many cases, testing for such treatments can only be confirmed by damaging the gemstone.
Here is a sample of an AIGS brief identification report:
Here is a sample of a BGL brief identification report:
AIGS and BGL brief reports are ideal for those seeking assurance of authenticity and gemstone type. Reports from these labs can be obtained at minimal expense, which is why they are highly recommended. The gemologists are experts in their field, though they tend to be non-native English speakers.
- First Published: February-20-2006
- Last Updated: March-22-2017
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