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Gemological Institute of America Diamond Dossier

The GIA Diamond Dossier® contains the same grading information as the GIA Diamond Grading Report, but without the plotted diagram. The Diamond Dossier® is issued for loose, natural diamonds between 0.15 and 1.99 carats, in the D-Z color range. A Diamond Dossier®, like the diamond grading report, provided by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), documents specific characteristics of a diamond. GIA is one of the most respected organisations in the diamond industry worldwide. You can view an example of the Diamond Dossier® by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page. The contents of the Diamond Dossier® are listed below.

The GIA Diamond Dossier® contains the following information:


This is the date that the diamond was examined by GIA.

Report Number

GIA gives each diamond an individual report number, to be contained on the GIA global database.

Laser Inscription Registry

At customer’s request, a diamond may be micro-laser inscribed with the GIA report number.

Shape and Cutting Style

This is a description of the shape (outline of the diamond), and the cutting style (pattern of facet arrangement).


Measures the dimensions of the diamond.

Carat Weight

The weight of the diamond is given in carats (one carat is 1/5th of a gram). Weight is recorded to the nearest 100th of a gram.

Colour Grade

Colour grade evaluates absence of colour in a diamond.

Clarity Grade

Clarity grade is determined under a 10x magnification.

Cut Grade

Cut is graded by the diamond’s face-up appearance, design, and craftsmanship.

Clarity Characteristics

Lists the most important characteristics that give the diamond its clarity grade. Lists a maximum of 4 characteristics.


Represents a diamond’s surface and facet placement.


This is the condition of the diamond’s surface.


The exactness of the diamond’s outline, and the shape, placement and alignment of its facets.


The colour of the diamond when viewed under ultraviolet light.


Any additional identifying characteristics, not otherwise mentioned on the report.

(Additional) Inscription

Any additional information inscribed on the diamond.

Proportion Diagram

A profile depiction of the diamond’s actual proportions.

Security Features

GIA certificates include security measures such as hologram, security screen, and micro-print lines.