Copyright & Trademarks

Copyright © 2019-2021 Gulf Institute of Gemology.

All rights reserved. GIG, Gulf Institute of Gemology, the GIG logo, the MEG logo and the GIG MAG, are the registered trademarks of GIG.
GIG does not permit anyone outside of the Institute to make use of its trademarks and logos without explicit permission from the Institute.
GIG does not object to your making descriptive, non-trademark use of its name (but not logos), provided that the use is not likely to cause confusion, mistake, deception, or create the false impression that you or any other non-GIG entity or its product is affiliated with, connected to, associated with, approved by, or sponsored by GIG.
For intellectual property usage requests, please email to GIG at secretariat@gulfgemology.com

Names, Copyrights & Trademarks

GIG’s names and logos are valid and protected trademarks and service marks and as such may not be used in your advertising except as described here. The same is true for all of our intellectual property (including all GIG publications, our educational course materials and certain reports and other materials created and/or owned by GIG) which may be used only by obtaining prior written consent from GIG and by giving copyright credit to GIG.
Copyrighted works of GIG authorship are owned or licensed by GIG and may not be copied, reproduced, transmitted, displayed, performed, distributed, rented, sublicensed, altered, stored for subsequent use or otherwise used in whole or in part in any manner without GIG’s prior express written consent.

Some specific examples of our copyrighted works include, but are not limited to: GIG Educational Materials, Publications, Design, Text and Visual Images, Audio and Video Recordings, MAG journal, Diamond and Colored Stones Report, Jewellery and Pearl Reports, Laboratory-Grown Diamond Grading Report, Diamond Type Report, Advanced Analysis Report.

For intellectual property usage requests, please email to GIG at secretariat@gulfgemology.com

For the use of content from the GIG website, please read our Terms of Use.

Using GIG name in Advertising

It considers acceptable usage: Anyone is free to make truthful and factual textual references to GIG and its education, research, laboratory services, academic credentials and grading and identification reports, provided such references are not likely to cause confusion, mistake, or deception, or imply an affiliation with, connection to, or association between GIG and the organization making the references or its products.

It is permissible for a company to state that some of the gems it sells have been sent to GIG for identification or grading. Companies may also state that GIG reports are available for customers’ inspection prior to purchase and given to them upon purchase, provided, of course, that such statements are in no manner false, misleading, or deceptive.

It considers unacceptable usage: any statement or situations in which individual or firm using the statements or falsely and/or erroneously describes the services offered by GIG.

Certification and Certification Guidelines

It is incorrect to state that students, graduates, their businesses, or particular gemstones are “certified” by GIG. GIG does not certify anyone or anything. Neither a student nor a graduate who has been awarded a certificate or diploma, nor a gem which has been graded or identified by GIG has been “certified” by GIG.

GIG Laboratory Reports Usage Guidelines

GIG clients who purchase grading and identification services and end users who may sell products with such reports may reproduce an actual report for a product the client/seller owns. It must represent the composition and content of the actual report. It may not be edited or altered in any manner. You may electronically scan and mount on your website or transmit via email an actual report for a product the client/seller owns. The image must represent the composition and content of the actual report. It may not be edited or altered in any manner.

Academic Credentials Usage Guidelines

Usage guidelines apply to all current and former students of the Gulf Institute of Gemology.

Academic credentials earned at GIG are respected by gem and jewelry professionals around the world.
It is appropriate and customary for recipients of GIG diplomas to signal their achievement by appending the relevant academic designation to the end of their name.

You may reproduce and display your GIG diploma, certificate, or letter of completion in its entirety. Note that when a credential is advertised, it must be used in association with the recipient’s name and the advertisement must not in any way state or imply an affiliation with, or endorsement by GIG.
Only the acknowledgement of a diploma or degree from GIG should be placed on business cards. Individual coursework that is completed but does not result in a diploma is best listed on résumés and curriculum vitae.

It is an unauthorized use of GIG’s name to imply that GIG and/or its subsidiaries directly or indirectly certify, sponsor, or approve any individual or private business including its employees, products, services, and pricing. It is incorrect to state that students, graduates, their businesses, or particular gemstones are “certified” by GIG. The Gulf Institute of Gemology does not certify anyone or anything. Neither a student nor a graduate who has been awarded a certificate or diploma, nor a gem that has been graded or identified by GIG has been “certified” by GIG.
Because GIG is an educational and research institution, it is not allowed to participate in, or endorse, private business. GIG must also avoid the appearance of doing so, or its standing with the regulating and accrediting authorities could be jeopardized.
GIG does not permit the use of any of its trademarks in third-party domain names. Any use of GIG in a website domain name in the fields of diamonds, jewelry, education and related fields would constitute infringement of the GIG marks.
For intellectual property usage requests, please email to GIG at secretariat@gulfgemology.com

GIG Hyperlink Conditions
You may provide a link to this website on another website, provided you agree to the Link conditions described below. By establishing a link to a GIG website, you agree to these link conditions.

  1. that the link consists of a hypertext link or a link using the “To learn more about GIG” link button with image and text supplied by GIG;

  2. that you acknowledge that GIG may modify images and text at any time;

  3. that except for a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty-free license to use the link button on your website solely for the purpose of providing a hyperlink to GIG’s website, you acknowledge and agree that (i) GIG’s trademarks, name and linking button, including, but not limited to, the familiar “GIG” mark and “GIG trio logo” (collectively, the “Marks”), GIG’s website and its contents are and shall remain the sole property of GIG, (ii) nothing in these conditions shall give you any right of ownership in the Marks, link button or GIG’s website; (iii) you shall not now or in the future contest the validity of the Marks; and (iv) you shall not take any action that would impair the value or goodwill associated with the Marks, link button or GIG’s image or reputation; (v) you shall not use the link button in any way that might be misleading;

  4. that you will not use the link or link button to disparage GIG and its services;

  5. that the appearance, position and other aspects of the link button may not be such as to misrepresent your relationship with GIG, or present false or misleading impressions about GIG or its services;

  6. that the appearance, position and other aspects of the link button may not create the false appearance that you or any non-GIG entity or any non- GIG product or service is associated with, or endorsed, or sponsored by GIG;

  7. that the link, when activated by a user, must display this website full-screen and not with a “frame” on the linked website or with other techniques which alter the visual presentation or content of GIG’s website, such as the imposition of browser windows or third-party content;

  8. that the link button may only be used on your website, and not for any other purpose including, but not limited to promotion, advertising or publicity for your website;

  9. that the link button must be displayed adjacent to a reference to GIG or at the bottom of that same page;

  10. that you may not alter or change the link button in any way, including color, size, proportions, etc. or animate or change its perspective;

  11. that you may not deviate or edit any of the technical code that accompanies the button;

  12. that the linking website may not contain materials that may be interpreted as distasteful or offensive and should be appropriate for all age groups;

  13. that GIG has the right to terminate this Agreement with or without cause at any time, and may amend this Agreement without notice at any time;

  14. that you agree to defend, indemnify and hold GIG, its trustees, officers, employees and agents from and against any claims, demands, damages, causes of action, loss or judgments arising from your breach of this Agreement or your hyperlink to GIG’s website.

YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT THE USE OF GIG’S MATERIALS, MARKS, LINK BUTTON AND WEB SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. GIG DOES NOT WARRANT THAT ITS SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, GIG PROVIDES THIS ACCESS “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. GIG DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, IMPLIED WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND WARRANTY OF NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT WILL GIG BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF PROFIT, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF BUSINESS OR OTHER LOSS ARISING OUT OF OR RESULTING FROM THIS AGREEMENT OR THE USE OF ANY OF THE MATERIALS, MARKS OR LINK BUTTON UNDER THIS AGREEMENT OR ACCESS TO ANY OF THE SERVICES DESCRIBED IN THIS AGREEMENT EVEN IF GIG HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE FOREGOING SHALL APPLY REGARDLESS OF THE NEGLIGENCE OF GIG AND REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH LIABILITY IS FOUND IN CONTRACTS, NEGLIGENCE, TORT OR ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY.

GIG reserves the right to revoke its consent to the link at any time in its sole discretion by amending these Hyperlink conditions.

You agree that any dispute arising out of or relating to these Terms or any content posted to the GIG website including copies and republication thereof, whether based in contract, tort, statutory or other law, will be governed by the laws of the State of California, excluding its conflicts of law provisions. You further consent to the personal jurisdiction of and exclusive venue in the federal and state courts located in and serving SAN DIEGO County, California as the legal forum for any such dispute.

By establishing a link to the GIG website, either with a link button or text, you agree to the GIG Link conditions.