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GIA to Phase Out Paper Reports by 2025

GradingJun 09, 2022

GIA to Phase Out Paper Reports by 2025

The lab is going all digital, starting with the GIA Diamond Dossier in January 2023.

Carlsbad, Calif.—The Gemological Institute of America announced Tuesday it plans to phase out paper reports in the next couple of years in favor of going all digital.

The lab aims to complete the conversion by 2025, starting with its most popular report, the GIA Diamond Dossier, in January 2023.

GIA Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Pritesh Pitel told National Jeweler the many retailers and manufacturers that the lab has spoken to are “enthusiastic” about digital reports, as they are more secure, efficient, convenient, and sustainable.

The lab said transitioning from paper to all-digital reports will save 20 tons of paper and 18.5 tons of plastic each year and reduce carbon emissions related to transportation.

“We know this is a big change, and we are ready to support retailers and others through it,” Pitel said.

“Before the 2023 launch of the digital Diamond Dossier report, we will provide resources, education, and training tools as we make this transition together.”

Instead of a paper report, GIA-graded diamonds will be returned with a QR code.

Both retailers and consumers can scan the QR code to open the report in the new GIA app, which is set to launch Friday and will include GIA-provided information about the 4Cs. The lab said in the future, the digital report system will include more information, like source information.

The user can then save the report from the app to their Apple Wallet, the same way they store and access digital versions of credit cards, boarding passes, and event tickets there. GIA said it will release a similar feature for Android users at a later date.

Retailers and consumers can also access a diamond’s digital report by entering the stone’s inscription number on the GIA Report Check website.

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Alongside its announcement about going all digital, GIA said Tuesday it is introducing a new instrument, the GIA Match iD.

Engineered to pair with the new app, Match iD captures the image of a diamond’s inscription and securely sends it to the GIA cloud, where an AI-powered service matches it to its corresponding GIA report.

Retailers and others in the supply chain are expected to be the main users of this new instrument, which is aimed at combatting fake inscriptions.

GIA Match iD will be available for purchase beginning in fall 2022 for $695, which includes a limited-time subscription fee. There will be a regular subscription fee in the future.

GIA will provide demonstrations of its new app and Match iD at its booth at the JCK Las Vegas show starting June 10.

There is also a JCK Talks session titled “Unfolding the Digital Future of GIA Reports.” It is scheduled for Friday at 12 p.m. PDT on the Showcase Stage, located on level 2 of the Venetian.

Read more about the lab’s plans for JCK on its website.

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