AGS Laboratories is the only nonprofit diamond grading laboratory created with a mission of consumer protection. The American Gem Society saw a need in the jewelry industry for a diamond grading lab that shared their mission and values, and created AGS Laboratories in 1996 to fill that need.
If you have an AGS Laboratories diamond grading report, take a close look at it. Have you ever noticed any of the security features? Some are apparent and some are hidden. We feel you should know about the six security steps AGS Laboratories has taken to ensure the authenticity and security of your diamond grading report.
#1 – Paper
Just like U.S. currency, the paper used to create your diamond grading report is tracked and signed in and out. When documents need to be printed, the paper is taken from its secure location, counted, and then signed out. Once printed, it's counted again. The amount of paper that was originally signed out must match the amount that was printed.
If a document is misprinted, it will be securely discarded. This action must be added to the report, that way the destroyed document isn't recorded as missing.
#2 – Hologram
Each document contains a special hologram unique to AGS Laboratories. Like the paper, these holograms are counted, signed in and signed out. It also contains its own security feature: if you try to peel it off, it becomes illegible and cannot be reapplied.
#3 – Barcode
Each document has its own unique barcode, which is just one more way the security of your document is reinforced.
#4 – QR Code
At the top of each document appears a Quick Response (QR) code, which can be scanned with any QR app found on a smartphone or tablet. The QR code ties in with the AGS number and barcode found on each document. If the algorithm within the QR code verifies that both numbers match in our database, it will connect to the report verification page on the AGS.org and agslab.com websites.
AGS Laboratories is the first to have both a barcode and a QR code on laboratory documents.
#5 – Unifraction Embossing
On the reverse side of the document, you will see something that looks like a hologram but is, in fact, a proprietary security mark woven into the paper. Examples of unifraction embossing can be found on some foreign currency.
#6 – Lamination
The lamination on your document keeps it looking like new. It protects against damage from liquids, the transfer of oils from our skin, paper-loving vermin, and the general wear and tear of time. It's also bonded to the document; if one attempts to peel it off, it will destroy the document, removing ink in the process.
Ensuring Your Protection
So, there you have it: the six security features on your AGS Laboratories diamond grading report. These six features can only be found on full and half page documents. Go ahead and count them. Scan the QR code. Be confident you have an authentic and secure document in your hands.
We know shopping for a diamond or diamond jewelry is a big investment, and at times can be intimidating. Always ask for an AGS Laboratories Diamond Grading Report to help you make an informed purchase. And, be sure to shop with an American Gem Society credentialed jeweler. They will explain your desired diamond’s AGS Laboratories Diamond Grading Report, as well as tell you about the qualities and characteristics that make your diamond unique.