Gem Art Grading Reports

Charles M. Ellias, G.G., ISA, CAPP, of North American Lapidary Laboratory, is staking his claim to a place in the history of quality grading reports: He's the first person to design and issue a gem report for gem carvings and other works of gem art. Sherris Cottier Shank of Gemscapes Gem Carvings was the first to order colored-stone grading reports for all of her carved gems. Ellias prepares the laminated reports, which provide a third-party opinion on the quality attributes of each of Shank's gem carvings. All gem carvings are color graded and photographed, and reports for transparent gemstones include a diagram identifying inclusions. In addition to establishing quality, the reports serve as a certificate of authenticity. Each is issued with Shank's Gemscapes logo, and each gem carving is assigned a serial number. Shank decided to provide the colored-stone grading reports as an a

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