Avoiding the Cost of a Replacement GIA Certificate

Replacement GIA certificate

Replacing a lost GIA diamond certificate

Your GIA certificate is an important document relating to the value of your diamond. Unfortunately, many of our clients lose their original certificate and return to us to arrange a replacement certificate. It is possible to avoid the cost of a replacement certificate, settling for a copy of the information instead. If you have your GIA certificate number, it should be possible to obtain an online or printed copy of your diamond certificate.

How to find out your GIA certificate number

To find out your GIA certificate number, you have 3 different options open to you.

  1. Refer to your invoice.
  2. Take the GIA number from the side of your diamond
  3. Contact the retailer to ask them for the number.

Refer to your invoice

If you have the original invoice—either a physical copy or an emailed invoice, the GIA number will often be included in the document. This can be the easiest way to find out the certificate number.

Take the GIA number from the side of your diamond

This can be more tricky unless you have some form of magnifier to read the GIA number, microscopically etched on the side of the diamond. Diamonds below 1 carat will usually include the GIA number at some point around the edge of your diamond. Unfortunately, many engagement rings are set with the claws covering part of the inscription.

 

Contact the retailer for your engagement ring

Contacting your original retailer might be the best option. Most retailers keep records of diamond sales, and there is a strong likelihood that your GIA number will be included in the jeweller’s records.

What to do with your GIA number

Once you have your GIA certificate number, simply go to the GIA report check website and key in your report number. Your search should reveal a digital copy available for download in PDF format.

GIA certificate example

Example of the downloaded PDF copy of your report

Once you have downloaded your GIA report.

Once you have your report downloaded, simply print this and keep it safe. Alternatively, if you really do need a hard copy of your actual GIA certificate, you will need to contact the original seller. Only the original organisation, responsible for submitting the diamond for certification will be able to order a replacement diamond report. Expect for this to take some time due to the timescale to contact third parties, organise a duplicate report and to arrange delivery. Sometimes the digital copy is your best option to avoid the cost of a replacement report.

 

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Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.