Pearl

GIA Pearl Reports provide information on the identity of pearls (natural or cultured), the mollusc (when determinable) they originated from, the environment they formed within (saltwater or freshwater), and state whether pearls have undergone any detectable treatments. Multiple security features on GIA pearl reports ensure their authenticity. The reports include a digital image of the pearl(s).


  • Pearl Identification Report

    The GIA Pearl Identification Report details the quantity, weight, size, shape, colour, overtone, identity (natural or cultured), mollusc, when determinable, environment (saltwater or freshwater), and any detectable treatments.

    Submission Criteria

    • Loose, mounted or strung pearls

    If additional testing is required for your submission, you will be contacted by your Client Services Representative.

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  • Pearl Classification Report

    The GIA Pearl Classification Report includes all GIA Pearl Identification Report information as well as classifications for lustre, surface, and matching (if applicable).

    Submission Criteria

    • Loose, mounted, or strung untreated nacreous pearls

    If additional testing is required for your submission, you will be contacted by your Client Services Representative.

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EXPRESS SERVICE

Expedite the service time of select pearl services. Turnaround time is 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays). Available by appointment only. Contact your Client Services Representative for details. Certain submissions may require a longer turnaround service time.

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NACRE THICKNESS

A comment regarding the calculation of average nacre thickness will be shown in the comments section of the Pearl Identification or Classification Report. Available for bead cultured pearls only.

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REPORT CONVERSION

Convert your current GIA pearl report from an Identification report to a Classification report or vice versa. The pearl(s) will be analysed, and a new report will be issued. The old report will not be returned. Pearl(s) and the original report must be submitted within 60 days of the original report date. After 60 days, must be resubmitted under pearl report service. Pearls must be in the same order. Only applicable for certain types of pearls.

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UPDATE

To confirm your pearl’s identification and/or classification results, resubmit the pearl along with its original GIA report. The pearl will go through the identification process and a new report will be issued. The old report will not be returned. Update service can accompany Add-On services where a re-evaluation of the pearl is required prior to performing the Add-On service. Available for both loose or mounted. Pearl(s) must be in the same order and must be submitted along with its original GIA report, if available.

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PEARL SORTING

Evaluates pearls and sorts them based on pre-specified test criteria. Pearls that pass receive a Pearl Identification Report or Pearl Classification Report and are charged accordingly. Pearls that do not pass the test criteria are returned without a report and charged a nominal fee. Available for loose, unmounted pearls only. Tests include identification (natural pearl, bead cultured pearl, etc.) and optional tests for Environment (saltwater or freshwater).

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QUALITY ANALYSIS

The Quality Assurance service for pearls offers tests to determine: natural vs. cultured or imitation, and the separation of saltwater pearls from freshwater pearls. Results are presented in a table format. Available only for loose, unmounted pearls only. Tests include Identification (natural pearl, bead cultured pearl, etc.) and optional tests for Environment (saltwater or freshwater).

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MONOGRAPH™

The GIA Monograph is a customised gemological report designed to showcase and celebrate exceptional pearls. Each monograph comes complete with photographs, detailed identification and classification information, spectroscopic analysis, historical background and other supporting content. The monograph tells the complete story of the pearl and is presented within a handmade box inscribed with the pearl’s name. Included is a USB drive with the digital copy of the pearl’s story. Available only for qualifying pearls and must accompany a Report Service.

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PORTRAIT™ REPORT

Packaged in a hard-bound portfolio, the GIA Portrait Report sets out all the data that supports the conclusions reached in a Pearl Identification or Pearl Classification Report. Must accompany a Report Service.

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NOTABLE LETTER

The Notable Letter accompanies a GIA report and details the attributes of especially noteworthy or unique pearls. The letter includes a photo and comments on the gemological properties such as colour, size, and features such as the producing mollusc (if possible) that make the pearl(s) unique. Available only for qualifying pearls and must accompany a Report Service.

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ON-SITE CONSULTANCY

GIA gemmologists will visit your business or home to provide an on-site gemological consultation. The gemmological advice given may or may not involve the examination of actual pearls. Seven days advance notice required. A written report on the outcome of the consultation will be available within one week of the visit. Performed at GIA’s discretion.

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