The GIA was established in 1931 as a nonprofit
educational resource for the gem and jewelry industry. The GIA is committed to
helping both the industry and the consumer public in understanding the dynamic
world of gemology through its vast network of educational programs and services.
By providing jewelers with knowledge tools and training to better serve
consumers, the GIA strives to promote the integrity of the industry and secure
the public's trust.
GIA Diamonds History
In the 1950s, the GIA developed the first
internationally accepted Diamond Grading System. This system provides unbiased
opinions on the quality of polished diamonds by applying uniform criteria to
their grading. The GIA also introduced the first diamond grading report that
utilizes this system in setting the standard for diamond quality documentation
around the world.
To maintain its position as an unbiased arbiter of
standards in diamond grading and gem identification, the GIA refrains from any
involvement in the buying, selling or appraising gems and jewelry. Throughout
its 67-year history, the Institute has maintained a strict ethics policy and
holds itself to this code which has protected and enhanced its reputation
throughout the decades. In effect, the GIA cannot and does not compete with the
gem and jewelry trade; accordingly, the GIA is able to fulfill its nonprofit
mission and effectively serve the public at large.