GIA Certificates are the gold standard when it comes to finding quality diamonds, but many places will attempt to fake a certificate if they can’t get one legitimately. After all, some of these gems can cost a small fortune and faking fuel scams worth thousands of dollars per gemstone. The purpose of this article is to keep you informed and keep you safe from scammers.
Be Wary Of Holograph Checks
GIA Certificates have a few security tools to represent their authenticity: micro-print lines, security screens and holograms (similar to how countries print unique identifiers on money). However, there are a few problems with these. One is that most people present their certificates online and there’s plenty of potential for Photoshopping. For example, they could simply crop part of a legitimate GIA certificate.
What’s The Best Way To Check?
Every GIA certificate has a Report number associated with it. While people can fake certificates, they can’t fake the actual database’s information.
Simply go to GIA Report Check and input the Report Number from the certificate to check for it’s authenticity. After a CAPTCHA, it will send you to a certificate with very specific details along with grading. If you need more information on GIA grading, visit our GIA Education Page.