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Gemology Institute of America is today the worlds leading laboratory on Gem stone as well as diamonds grading.The GIA was established back in 1931 by a former retail jeweler Robert M. Shipley and his wife, they set out to set a professional standard in the industry through education,research to the highest of standards. Today they are located in 10 countries at 16 locations.The GIA have two offices here in the US in Carlsbad CA and New York as well as being located in London,Moscow,Antwerp,Tel Aviv,Dubai,Mumbai,Hong Kong,Caborone,Johannesburg, Seoul,Tokyo,Osaka,Taipei and of course Bangkok. Sapphire Ring Co today uses the GIA today for the majority of our sapphire and ruby reports both randomly running country of origin reports as well as standard reports for many of our sapphires allowing our customers to buy knowing that each sapphire or ruby is a 100% natural gem stone.
Sapphires and Rubies are extremely valuable gem stones, and, like any valuable item in the world today, counterfeiting using new extreme heating and diffusing techniques or synthesizing the stones has become big business. Increasingly these counterfeit stones are being supported by counterfeiting the Gem laboratory reports to help disguise the stone as a "natural gem/sapphire".
Sapphire Ring Co has always taken a very strict stand against the sale of counterfeit gem stones as well as the sale or misrepresentation of any Sapphire or Ruby (Conundrum). Our stones always come with a clear and full disclosure. We will continue to work with the GIA as well as our GIA certified gemologists to ensure every stone we have is not only a 100% natural mined stone but also conflict free - including no use of child labor in any part of the sapphire mining process.
Please see our "company ethics" page as well as our page on Sapphires from "Sri Lanka" or contact us at anytime. We are always happy to help, advise and assist any customer with impartial advice on any sapphire or ruby, whether the stone is from us or another company - our only aim is to make sure that your are purchasing a stone as described with full and impartial information and clear disclosure.
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At the Sapphire Ring Co we understand with many of our customers being overseas the GIA reports we offer enables our customers to buy with confidence knowing that each sapphire or ruby has being fully certified to the highest of standards and with such complex treatment today the GIA are one of just a hand full of laboratories which are able to detect every treatment.
( Please note if you are looking at a sapphire which has a alternative laboratory report and you wish for a GIA report on the sapphire or ruby we are always happy to have a second report completed by the GIA for you )
The GIA have the most comprehensive research and development for gem stone identification than other Gem laboratory in the world ( closely followed by the AIGS and GIT ) The GIA are non-profit institute and have earned the public trust worldwide by upholding the highest of standards in integrity,education and professionalism.
The GIA have the best in training,schooling,education as well using the latest equipment available today, it takes approximate 20 years for a Diamond grading geologist with the GIA to move into colored gem stone grading ( sapphire & Ruby ) today the GIA have some very complex equipment such as the The Raman instrument with multiple-laser excitation options has a wide range of gemological applications, including identification of gemstones based on their distinctive Raman spectra. Some of these advanced testing equipment the GIA use today can be found at: http://www.gia.edu/research-resources/instrumentation/index.html
Today with so many complex treatments sapphires and rubies can be subject to we rely on the GIA as well as our own GIA certified Diamond and GIA Gem gemologist (G.G) for carrying out our reports for our gem stone indication and appraisal. ( GIA will only complete sapphire and ruby reports )
Please Educate your self with this easy step by step test on colored gem stones, its educational and fun to pit your knowledge on 7 simplified steps on how to buy a gem stone.
Please contact Sapphire Ring Co on any questions you might have on the GIA or any of our laboratory we use today.
Every sapphire we have is a unique stone created by mother nature, which is cut and polished to show off that one stone's color and luster, bringing out the individual character of each gem. Once the sapphire is certified, we hand pick a unique custom ring setting to be made, which is then set by hand for that stone. It takes approximately 3 - 4 months from when a sapphire is hand picked to having the sapphire set and listed for sale at wholesale price. We do keep a wide selection of loose natural sapphires in stock which are not set, so please contact us if you have any questions on any one of our natural sapphire rings or a custom ring setting which you might be considering.
We own our offices in Sri Lanka were we personally travel to throughout the year to buy our natural Ceylon sapphires from both the mines & markets with support from our full time gem-broker their cutting out all the middle-men, this allows us to buy the finest sapphire at prices not matched by anyone. Our natural sapphire go from the mine to custom rings designed by us & made by our jewelers giving our customers both trade & private buyers unique custom sapphire rings at wholesale prices or less. Please contact us with any questions you have & see our page on “The Life of a Sapphire-http://www.sapphirerings.org/life-of-a-sapphire