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18 march 2019

AIGS Lab launches app to verify its gemstone reports

19 march 2019

aigs_logo.pngThe AIGS Lab has launched an app that can verify AIGS gemstone reports, creating additional protection for customers.
Customers who download the app may scan their report in order to verify that it is genuine. Third-party QR code scanners can no longer verify AIGS reports.
“This new app is necessary in order to protect our customers,” said AIGS Chairman Kennedy Ho. 
“This is the most secure way to verify our reports from now on. I urge our customers to download the app for free on their smartphones, so that they can be absolutely certain that their report is genuine.’’
The app can verify the following AIGS reports: AIGS Master Gemstone Report (MGR and MGRS), AIGS Full Report, AIGS Diamond Report, AIGS Master Jade Report (MJR), and AIGS Brief Report.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough&Polished