The QR codes help sales associates to communicate gemological grading information about the jewelry item, such as the 4Cs of the polished diamond used, and the authentication of precious metals.
As part of the certification process, the QR code will be included within the IGI Seal of Inspection/Standard of Excellence, affixed to each article. However, hard copy reports are also available for all IGI-certified jewelry.
“We are eager to bring additional benefit to both retailers and consumers by offering a real-time way to access a unique IGI report, as this is a crucial step in the fine jewelry buying process,” said IGI President and CEO Jerry Ehrenwald.
Two months ago the Gemological Institute of America announced that it had revised its own grading reports and would use QR codes to reduce paper waste and ensure greater security.