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GIA adds alexandrite to origin reports

1 February 2019

Colour-change alexandrite
Photo courtesy of GIA


The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) now offers origin reporting for alexandrite. The institute provides similar services for ruby, sapphire, emerald, Paraíba tourmaline and red spinel.

“Offering an alexandrite Identification & Origin Report continues GIA’s mission to bring our research-based laboratory services to our clients,” said Shane McClure, global director of colored stone services. “This service ultimately benefits the gem and jewellery-buying public by providing reliable reports.”

The GIA Identification & Origin Report describes whether the stone is natural or laboratory-grown, identifies the type of gemstone, includes any detectable treatments and offers a research-based opinion on the geographic origin of the stone. The report also contains a detailed description of the gemstone including cut, shape, weight, measurement and colour, with a photograph of the gemstone.

GIA also announced that its Retailer Support Program – a resource for retailers to help sales staff educate consumers about diamonds, coloured stones and pearls, the 4Cs of diamond quality and GIA reports – will soon be offering additional coloured stone materials. Beginning Feb. 4, retailers will have access to gemstone counter displays, a birthstone flipchart and brochures about sapphire and ruby. Following soon after will be a brochure on how to understand GIA colored stone reports.