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 Post subject: GIA qualified short-form title?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:45 am 
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Hi.

The gemologist our company uses for emerald certification describes himself as:

"Professional in Gemology and Jewelry Design of the Gemological Institute of America," (copied from his site at http://rggemlab.com/en/)

I'd like to abbreviate that to something more manageable on our own website but "GIA certified" implies he is employed by the GIA, which he is not.

What is the correct short-form terminology please?

Ian


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:50 pm 
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GIA does not permit anyone use the term "certified".

I hope your post is a devious attempt to promote the link you posted. If not, "Gemologist, GIA" would suffice.

Perhaps it would be kind of you to inform him that the opening paragraph of his site should read "Professional in Gemology and Jewelry Design, graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, Santa Monica, California, USA (1980).


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Barbra Voltaire wrote:
GIA does not permit anyone use the term "certified".

I hope your post is a devious attempt to promote the link you posted. If not, "Gemologist, GIA" would suffice.

Perhaps it would be kind of you to inform him that the opening paragraph of his site should read "Professional in Gemology and Jewelry Design, graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, Santa Monica, California, USA (1980).


Hi Babra --

No, no attempt to be devious. Whilst I think he's a honorable guy I'm a customer of his, not here to promote him, just to find the correct way for my company to promote the idea that certification of emeralds by a GIA gemologist (if that's the right term?) rather than the usual scrap of paper torn out the back of a notebook, as is standard retail practice in Colombia, is what customers should be demanding.

I'm just trying to educate my customers to help them to make better purchasing decisions, nothing more. I'm sorry if it sounded suspicious.

Ian


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:35 pm 
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Hi Ian.
The term certification implies a warranty. Using the word is a slippery slope opening one up to future litigation. It's smart to issue an "Identification Report" within the limitations of your instrumentation, experience and current industry knowledge.


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