The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will bring in a revised format for its diamond grading and gem identification reports beginning January 1, 2014.
The GIA said that although the format will change, the information contained will remain the same.
The GIA will offer no-cost reissues upon request for reports issued from July 1, 2013 through to December 31, 2013.
The lab added that reissues of reports from January 1, 2013 through to June 30, 2013 will be available for a nominal fee. The previous reports must be returned to GIA before the reissues can be processed.
The new reports have parameters similar to the previous versions, but will use less paper and other materials and feature improved security features including a unique and durable proprietary paper.
In addition, QR codes printed on each report will provide direct access to GIA’s online Report Check service, which allows clients and consumers to confirm the authenticity of GIA grading and identification reports with their smartphones.