Changes align with updated FTC Jewelry Guides
(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - Following the recent update to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Jewelry Guides, GIA has revised its education materials supporting its core consumer protection mission and updated its grading reports for laboratory-grown diamonds to align with the revised guides. Effective July 1, 2019, GIA will discontinue the GIA Synthetic Diamond Grading Report™, introduced in January 2007, and introduce the GIA Laboratory-Grown Diamond Report™.
• The GIA Laboratory-Grown Diamond Report will include the standard GIA color, clarity and cut grading scales for reference purposes.
• The GIA Laboratory-Grown Diamond Report will continue to use Colorless, Near Colorless, Faint, Very Light and Light to report the color grades for laboratory-grown diamonds, rather than the letters used to report the color grades for natural diamonds.
- The standard GIA color grading scales will be included on the report for reference, for example: Colorless for D, E and F; Near Colorless for G, H, I and J; and Faint for K, L and M.
• The GIA Laboratory-Grown Diamond Report will continue to use Flawless, Internally Flawless, Very Very Slightly Included, Very Slightly Included, Slightly Included and Included to report the clarity grades for laboratory-grown diamonds, rather than VVS1 and VVS2; VS1 and VS2; SI1 and SI2; and I1, I2 and I3 used to report the clarity grades for natural diamonds.
- The standard GIA clarity grading scales will be included on the report for reference, for example Slightly Included for SI1 and SI2.
• The GIA Laboratory-Grown Diamond Report will use ‘laboratory-grown’ in the identification line of the report; ‘synthetic’ will not be used in the report.
• The GIA Laboratory-Grown Diamond Report includes the following statement: This is a man-made diamond produced by CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition) or HPHT (High Pressure High Temperature) growth processes and may include post-growth treatments to change the color.
• All detected clarity treatments will be disclosed.
• The QR code on the GIA Laboratory-Grown Diamond Report will link to GIA’s online Report Check Service which can be used to confirm that the information on a report matches what is in the GIA report database. The Report Check record for each GIA Laboratory-Grown Diamond Report will include educational material about the CVD and HPHT methods for growing laboratory-grown diamonds to help educate consumers and fulfill GIA’s mission of ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry.
• GIA specifies ‘natural diamond’ on its grading reports for natural diamonds - the GIA Diamond Grading Report™ and the GIA Diamond Dossier™.
• Any GIA Synthetic Diamond Grading Report issued since Jan. 1, 2018, may be returned and exchanged for the GIA Laboratory-Grown Diamond Report at no cost.
Visit www.GIA.edu for an illustration of the GIA Laboratory-Grown Diamond Report.
“Over the past few years, there has been an incredible advancement in the technology by which laboratory-grown diamonds are made. With the increased availability of man-made diamonds in commercial qualities, sizes and quantities, and with greater consumer awareness of and desire for this product, GIA is making these changes to align with the revised FTC Guides and changes in the market,” said GIA President and CEO Susan Jacques. “Our mission is to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry; these updated reports will give consumers buying laboratory-grown diamonds confidence in their purchases.”
Since the FTC revision in July 2018, GIA has been reviewing and revising its education materials and procedures to ensure consistency in nomenclature across the Institute. GIA is conducting significant research, including consumer focus groups, to learn what the public expects from GIA reports for laboratory-grown diamonds. These focus groups indicate that there is still confusion about the product and the differences between natural diamonds and laboratory-grown diamonds. There are also mixed views on what format GIA reporting on laboratory-grown diamonds should take and on whether grading reports are needed at all for man-made diamonds.
For more information visit www.GIA.edu.