The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is offering a new Cultured Pearl Classification Report for loose and mounted pearls at a lower price point.
The main difference between this new report and the standard GIA offering is that it does not include identification testing, says Nellie Barnett, manager of public relations for GIA. The organization will also continue to offer its standard Pearl Identification and Pearl Identification & Classification reports.
The new report will offer information on what GIA calls the “seven pearl value factors”: size, shape, color, luster, surface, nacre, and matching. It will also include a digital image of the item.
This report is exclusively for the three major types of cultured pearls: Akoya, South Sea, and Tahitian pearls. Pearls can be submitted either loose or mounted.
A list of GIA’s pearl reports can be found here.
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