Interested in purchasing a stone with GIA certification? No problem!
This page explains the details.
HOW IT WORKS
When you purchase a stone with the option selected to get a GIA certification, we will submit that stone to a GIA laboratory.
On average, GIA estimates to keep a stone for about two weeks (depending on how busy they are at the time). Including shipping, your minimum wait time will be about 20 days.
Once GIA is done, the stone will be shipped to you, including the original copy of the GIA Identification Report. Your report will have a number attached to it that you can look up on GIA's website to confirm its validity.
Here is an example of what GIA's Identification Report will look like:
Image credit: GIA
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT REFUNDS
The GIA certification fee is non-refundable! GIA is a 3rd party, and is not affiliated with us. In the event you wish to return a gemstone for a refund, we would be unable to refund the certification fee. We apologize for the inconvenience.
SHIPPING INSURANCE LIMITATIONS
When shipping a gemstone to GIA, we apply shipping insurance to the package. Maximum shipping insurance is $5,000. Keep this in mind if you are interested in a stone with a greater value. We have no control of what happens during shipping. We are not liable for lost packages in the mail.
What is a GIA certification?
A: GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is one of the leading names in gems and gemology. When a gemstone is sent to one of GIA's labs, it will undergo their testing and analysis. The stone will then be issued an Identification Report with all relevant information.
Why would you want to get a stone GIA certified?
A: Think of it as the official paperwork of a gemstone. Collectors like to know what they are buying is legitimate. Just like that expensive 1st edition superhero comic book you've been saving; a buyer's going to want to know it's the real deal. Gemstones are no different.
What is the GIA certification fee for?
A: The certification fee contains many things. It includes processing, shipping & handling both ways, insurance, and GIA's fees.
Why don't you sell gemstones that are already GIA certified?
A: Benitoite is already a rather pricey gemstone. We do not wish to add onto that with additional things that someone might not even want or care about. Instead, we simply offer the option to get stones GIA certified.
Why are some certification fees more/less than others?
A: GIA has different fees for different gemstone sizes. The stone your looking at might be in a different price category. Each certification fee also includes shipping insurance, which can change the total expense.
We (Benitoite Mining Company) are in no way affiliated, connected, or associated with GIA (Gemological Institute of America). GIA is a 3rd party service that we use to certify gemstones.