IGE Gem Testing Lab Fares Explanation The Spanish Gemological Institute (IGE, Instituto Gemológico Español) is a non-profit association founded in 1967 with the aim to study, teach and promote gemology in Spain. IGE Gem Testing Laboratory was founded in 1969 and currently it is the most prestigious lab for gemstones testing in Spain. Equipped with advanced analytical techniques and highly qualified staff, it offers gemstones analysis and certification services to clients in Spain and abroad on a regular basis.

We are always happy to work with new clients and ready to help you to understand better our services and fares!

Our regular Lab fares are published in Spanish in the following link: https://www.ige.org/laboratorio-gemologico/tarifas-laboratorio/.

To see them in English you can change the language in the bottom right box:

You can also download the same info in PDF format from here: https://www.ige.org/archivos/laboratorio/Tarifas_laboratorio_2018.pdf For all types of services there are three prices, for three types of clients:

  • General (highest price) – for clients not related to IGE in any way.
  • Socios – Associates (medium price) – for standard associated to IGE. To become IGE associate you have to pay 70€/year and you get discounts in courses and Lab services, and also some other advantages from IGE.
  • Socios Profesionales – Professional Associates (lowest price) – this special category of Associates pays 500 eur/year and has very good discounts on Lab services and courses. Additionally, they have the possibility to place their banner on the IGE website. This is the most interesting option for you if you are thinking on submitting lots of stones for certification.

Additionally, for those Professional Associates who bring us large quantities of stones per month, we have special fares for simplified reports (short description of the stone, weight, measurements, stone identification and possible enhancements, no photo) and for certificates. There are special discounts for up to 20, 30, 40 and 40+ stones per month (to be accumulated among different services, not necessary that quantity of each kind of service). The prices do not include VAT (21%), not applicable to non-EU clients and EU firms with intra-Community VAT number.

 Table of prices for Professional Associates who submit to the Lab more than 10 stones per month

Standard fare for Prof. Associates, € 10-20 stones/month, € 20-30 stones/month, € 30-40 stones/month, € >40 stones/month, €
Gemstone report types
Simple gemstone report (no photo) 35 32 28 25 20
Ruby, sapphire, emerald certificate <1ct 60 57 54 48 45
Security seal types
Sealed plastic bag free free free free free
Sealed “PRO” box 15 13.5 12 10.5 9
“LUX” plastic card blister 20 18 16 14 12

Gemstones with this simple report are returned in plastic bags with security seal band, at no additional charge. But if you prefer other security seals, we can offer two types (if the size of the stone allows to use them): “PRO” box and “LUX” plastic card blister. You can see them here: https://www.ige.org/laboratorio-gemologico/servicios/precintos-de-seguridad/ They have additional cost, also listed in the table above. Simplified reports can be done for all gems but diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald.

For these four gems we only offer certificate, the full document like those shown here: https://www.ige.org/laboratorio-gemologico/servicios/certificado-dictamen/ However, for translucent and opaque rubies, sapphires and emeralds, as well as for those with severe treatments (like dyeing, lead-glass filling, etc.), simplified reports can be issued as for other more common gems. For small rubies, sapphires and emeralds, less than 1 ct, we also offer special prices of certification, also listed in the table of special rates for “massive” orders. For rubies, sapphires and emeralds larger than 1 ct we will use regular fares for Professional Associates.

Assurance: All the gemstones and jewels submitted to our Lab must be assured for the time the goods stay in our Lab. The assurance value is established by the client, being the minimum value for colored gemstones 600€ and for diamonds 3000€. The client pays 0.2% of the assured value, that is 1.20€ minimum for colored gemstones and 6€ for diamonds. This payment will be included to the invoice together with the payment for our Lab services.

How to ship stones to our Lab: Our clients use different courier services for shipment of stones to our Lab. Once the work is finished, the client orders the courier service for shipment of the stones back to him. There are many reliable international couriers that allow fast and secure shipment, that also can be assured according to clients preferences. For more details on shipment please contact us.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at lab@ige.org or by phone +34 914 414 300!

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