The American Gem Society (AGS) and GIA (Gemological Institute of America) will advance our long-standing collaboration in pursuit of innovation, serving today’s jewelry professionals and our shared consumer protection missions. GIA will create an endowment to support AGS and our membership through educational initiatives. The strategic collaboration will support additional member educational opportunities.
As part of this next chapter, AGS and GIA will combine our gemological research efforts, integrating AGS Laboratories’ unique expertise, intellectual property, and technology to develop new GIA products and services to protect consumers and support the trade. The American Gem Society will be closing AGS Laboratories at the end of the year. This strategic decision allows the Society to focus solely on advancing our mission, education, and membership programs and allows the combined AGS and GIA teams to focus on new products and services.
To ensure your diamond grading needs are met before AGS Laboratories closes at the end of 2022, please review the following Client Checklist and FAQ.
*All services are subject to availability.
Recognizing the significant contribution of AGS Laboratories to the industry and consumer trust, the AGS Ideal® Report will be available from GIA as a supplement to GIA diamond grading reports for eligible colorless (D-to-Z) natural and laboratory-grown round brilliant and fancy shape diamonds. GIA clients can request the supplemental reports beginning in January 2023. To learn more about this exciting report, please read this downloadable information sheet.
If the laboratory has already received your diamonds, we’ll return them to you without providing additional grading services. If the laboratory has already completed grading, and inscription services are complete, the order will be fulfilled as instructed and an invoice will be generated. Please contact us for more information.
You do not need to do anything at this time. We will contact you when your preliminary grading results are ready. Please respond promptly so we can complete the requested fulfillment steps in order to ship no later than December 20, 2022.
The last day to submit your diamonds for grading services, including report updates, is December 5, 2022, subject to the Lab’s capacity. If we are unable to provide service, you will be notified and your diamonds will be returned.
We’re sorry, we are no longer offering rush or priority service.
Cut optimizations services have been discontinued by AGS Laboratories.
To set up an account with GIA, please click here. You will be directed to the appropriate page on GIA’s website.
The deadline to order official report reprints or to submit a diamond is December 5, 2022. After that deadline, you will be able to access PDF downloads of documents issued after April 1, 2010, via Report Verification at AGS.org/agslab. For reports issued prior to April 1, 2010, you can access the grading details on Report Verification. You can view our reprint policy here.
The AGS Ideal® Report will be offered beginning in January 2023. Click here to contact GIA.
No, the AGS Ideal® Report is a supplemental Light Performance digital report for qualifying diamonds, utilizing the GIA Cut Grade along with the AGS Light Performance grade. You can add a supplemental Light Performance digital report to GIA’s 4Cs grading reports for colorless, natural, or laboratory-grown diamonds.
No, once AGS Laboratories closes, there will be no diamond grading laboratory that grades to the AGS Diamond Grading Standards. AGS titleholders can grade to these standards when working with other AGS members. Please refer to the AGS Diamond Grading Standards section of the Membership Manual for additional information.
The AGS Cut Grading System will remain the Society’s. For the AGS Ideal® Report, GIA will be utilizing the AGS Light Performance system. The AGS method of evaluating light performance will remain the same at GIA.
The AGS Ideal® Report will be available from GIA as a digital-only supplement to GIA diamond reports for eligible D-to-Z natural and laboratory-grown round brilliant and fancy shape diamonds. The AGS Ideal® Report supplement will have an additional cost of US$25.
The AGS Ideal® Report from GIA is a great value at US$25. The report will be available in January 2023. GIA does not offer special pricing.
The AGS Ideal® Report is not available for custom branding. However, it does have both the AGS and GIA logo, which is a valuable differentiator for your diamond programs.
Further details about the supplemental AGS Ideal® Report from GIA will be available soon. Look for more information in upcoming issues of Spectra Update, Spectra, and our social media platforms for the AGS community.
Yes. To view and download your AGS Laboratories report, utilize the Verify a Diamond Grading Report tool at the top of this page.
For reports issued prior to April 1, 2010, utilize the Verify a Diamond Grading Report tool on AGS.org/agslab to access the grading details on Report Verification. For our reprint policy, visit AGS.org/reprint-policy
No, however, the report is available with or without the standard ASET image.
We believe you should use GIA because they are the industry leader in diamond grading and gemology. They created the 4Cs, establishing the universal standard for diamond grading, while AGS created light performance and ignited a discussion on sparkle. The AGS Ideal® Report features the best of both. It’s a digital supplemental report providing the AGS Light Performance, backed by rigorous science, with GIA’s industry-leading diamond grading report. You can learn more information by scrolling up to learn about the AGS Ideal® Report section on this page. Look for the link to download a PDF.
We would like to acknowledge and celebrate the vision and dedication of AGS members and clients to advancing AGS Laboratories’ technology and unique approach to diamond cut and performance. We are deeply grateful to all the members, past and present, for their relentless pursuit of excellence and high standards.
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