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Terms of Use and Legal Information
Last Updated: January 1, 2011
The use of this Website, www.SwissGemLab.com is governed by the terms and conditions stated below. Please read these Terms of Use carefully before using this Website. By using this Website, you signify your agreement to these Terms of Use. This site is owned and operated by Swiss Gemological Laboratory (SGL). Swiss Gemological Laboratory reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change, modify or otherwise alter these terms and conditions at any time. Such changes and/or modifications shall become effective immediately upon the posting thereof. You are advised to review the terms and conditions periodically. Your continued use of the Website following any posting of changes and/or modifications will constitute your acceptance of the revised terms and conditions.

Swiss Gemological Laboratory rarely updates its Terms and Conditions but still we encourage you to review this page periodically. You can find the last updated date on the top of this page. If you have any queries or concerns about our Terms of Use or Terms of Use update, please feel free to write to our Customer Service Department at CustomerService@SwissGemLab.com or call us on (702) 430-1135.

If you do not agree with these terms and conditions, you must discontinue use of this Website.

Our Terms of Use includes:


Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Swiss Gemological Laboratory. All information, text, logos, images, graphics, site design, software and other content are the copyrighted work and exclusive property of Swiss Gemological Laboratory, its subsidiaries, its affiliated companies and its licensors and are protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. Any reproduction, modification, distribution, transmission, republication or display of the content on this Website is strictly prohibited.

Swiss Gemological Laboratory hereby authorizes you to use all material published on www.SwissGemLab.com solely for your own personal, non-commercial or educational use in support of Swiss Gemological Laboratory services. No other use of the Content is authorized. Any unauthorized use of the materials appearing on this Website may violate copyright, trademark and other applicable laws and could result in criminal or civil penalties. This Website or any portion of this Website may not be duplicated, copied, reproduced, posted to other sites, transmitted, displayed, performed, distributed, rented, sublicensed, altered, stored by subsequent use, otherwise used in whole or in part in any manner or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose that is not expressly permitted in writing by Swiss Gemological Laboratory.
Trademarks
The trademarks which cover trade names, logos, emblems, slogans and other service marks, displayed on this Website, are the property of Swiss Gemological Laboratory, its affiliated companies and its licensors. These trademarks may be registered in U.S. and other countries. You are not permitted to use these trademarks in any manner, personally or commercially without the prior written consent of Swiss Gemological Laboratory. The use of any trademark on this Website is strictly prohibited, except that the news media and news organizations are permitted to download Swiss Gemological Laboratory's trademarks and logo from specifically designated pages for media and news purposes only, so as to benefit Swiss Gemological Laboratory, its products, and its services and not to promote any other product or service. The permission granted to the news media and news organizations to use such trademarks and logo may be revoked at any time. All other trademarks not owned by Swiss Gemological Laboratory that appear on this Website are the property of their respective owners, who may or may not be affiliated with, connected to, or sponsored by Swiss Gemological Laboratory.
Web Content
The materials on this Website, which may include text, logos, images, graphics, site design, artwork, audio clips, video clips, software and other content, are provided by Swiss Gemological Laboratory for informational purposes only. By accessing this Website or printing or downloading any content, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set out in this page. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, please do not access the Website or print or download any content.
Disclaimer
The Website and its materials are provided on an "As Is" and "As Available" basis without warranties of any kind. Swiss Gemological Laboratory makes no representation or warranties regarding the accuracy, correctness, completeness, suitability, availability or operation of the www.SwissGemLab.com Website and the content of the Website. All the contents of this Website are for general information or use. Swiss Gemological Laboratory is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate content posted on the Website due to any reason or by any person.

The information provided in the SGL website is not intended to replace the services of a trained jeweler or gemologist regarding the analysis or appraisal of any particular diamond, gemstone or jewelry item or be a substitute for their advice. The user is advised to consult with a trained jeweler or gemologist prior to purchasing any particular diamond, gemstone or a piece of jewelry.

Swiss Gemological Laboratory does not warrant that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or other harmful components or that use of this site will be uninterrupted. Swiss Gemological Laboratory assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access and/or attempt to make unauthorized access available, or alteration of, user and/or Member communications. Under any circumstances, Swiss Gemological Laboratory will not be responsible for any loss or damage to any persons resulting from anyone's use of the Website or the service and/or any content posted on www.SwissGemLab.com or transmitted to Swiss Gemological Laboratory's Members.
Acceptable Uses
You may use all informative material available on this Website solely for your own personal, non-commercial or educational use. You may not harm the Website in any way or otherwise use the Website in any improper manner, including, but not limited to hacking into the site´s systems, spoofing or faking email headers or slowing or stopping the functionality of the site.

You may use this Website either as a registered member or as a site visitor for legitimate purposes only. In the event you register with us, you agree to provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the registration form. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or Swiss Gemological Laboratory suspects, for any reason, that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, Swiss Gemological Laboratory, in its sole discretion, has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the site.

You may need to give your Email Address and Password in the registration process for signing in as a Registered Member. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account information and passwords, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your account. You agree to (a) immediately notify Swiss Gemological Laboratory of any unauthorized use of your signing in information or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. Swiss Gemological Laboratory will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with the above given information.
Termination
These Terms of Use will be applicable to every visitor of this Website. Upon breach of any such terms by you, Swiss Gemological Laboratory reserves the right to terminate your account with immediate effect.
Suggestions & Comments
Please note that any information, materials, suggestions, ideas or comments submitted to Swiss Gemological Laboratory shall be deemed not confidential. You hereby grant Swiss Gemological Laboratory an irrevocable and unrestricted license to use, modify, reproduce, transmit, display and distribute such information, materials, suggestions, ideas or comments for any purpose whatsoever.
Links To/From Other Websites or Third Party Sites
This Website may contain links to other Websites that are operated and maintained by third parties. Any such links are solely provided for the convenience of the users of Swiss Gemological Laboratory. These third party sites are not under the control of Swiss Gemological Laboratory and we do not monitor or review the content of such sites. Access to such websites is at your own risk and Swiss Gemological Laboratory is not responsible for the accuracy or reliability of information, data, opinions, advice or statements made on such sites. Swiss Gemological Laboratory will not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, products or services available on such other sites.

You may provide a link to Swiss Gemological Laboratory Website on another Website, provided you agree to the Link conditions described below. By establishing a link to a Swiss Gemological Laboratory Website you agree to these link conditions.
a. That the link solely consists of the "Visit Swiss Gem Lab" link button, with image and text supplied by SGL;
b. That you will update all images and text within thirty days after receipt of notice of any changes from SGL. Swiss Gem Lab may modify images and text at any time;
c. That the link must "point" to the URL "http://www.swissgemlab.com" and not to other pages within the SGL Website;
d. That except for a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty-free license to use the link on your Website solely for the purpose of providing a hyperlink to SGL's Website, you acknowledge and agree that (i) SGL's trademarks, name and linking button, including, but not limited to, the familiar "SGL" mark, SGL's Website and its contents are and shall remain the sole property of SGL, (ii) nothing in this Agreement shall give you any right of ownership in the Marks, link button or SGL'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 SGL's image or reputation; (v) you shall not use the link button in any way that might be misleading;
e. That you will not use the link or link button to disparage SGL and its services;
f. That the appearance, position and other aspects of the link button may not be such as to misrepresent your relationship with SGL, or present false or misleading impressions about SGL or its services;
g. That the appearance, position and other aspects of the link button may not create the false appearance that you or any non-SGL entity or any non- SGL product or service is associated with, or endorsed, or sponsored by SGL;
h. That the link, when activated by a user, must display this Website full-screen and not with a "frame" on the linked Website or use other techniques which alter the visual presentation or content of SGL's Website, such as the imposition of browser windows or third party content;
i. 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;
j. That the link button must be displayed adjacent to a reference to SGL or at the bottom of that same page;
k. That the link button must be surrounded on all sides by a clear zone. The clear zone must measure no less than the height of the button;
l. That you may not alter or change the link button in any way, including color, size, proportions, etc. or animate or change its perspective;
m. That you may not deviate or edit any of the technical code that accompanies the button;
n. That the linking Website may not contain materials that may be interpreted as distasteful or offensive and should be appropriate for all age groups;
o. That SGL has the right to terminate this Agreement with or without cause at any time, and may amend this Agreement without notice at any time;
p. That you agree to defend, indemnify and hold Swiss Gemological Laboratory, its trustees, officers, employees, services, affiliates 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 SGL's Website.
You expressly agree that the use of SGL's materials, logo, marks, link button and website is at your sole risk. SGL does not warrant that its service will be uninterrupted or error free, SGL provides this access "as is" without warranty of any kind. SGL 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 SGL 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 SGL has been advised of the possibility of such damages. the foregoing shall apply regardless of the negligence of SGL and regardless of whether such liability is found in contracts, negligence, tort or any theory of liability.

SGL reserves the right to revoke its consent to the link at any time in its sole discretion by amending this Agreement.
Printing & Exporting Restrictions
Content from the SGL website may be printed only for personal, noncommercial or educational use and you may print only an amount of Content reasonably necessary for such purposes. You may print such Content by using only the print function on the SGL Website. No modifications to this material are permitted without the prior written permission of SGL.
Endorsements
Swiss Gemological Laboratory does not endorse any specific commercial product or company mentioned on the SGL Website or any commercial product or company linked to this Website.
Maintaining Security & Confidentiality
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality and security of your username and/or password (if such are provided), and for all usage or activity by you of the SGL Website, and you hereby agree not to provide access to the SGL Website or Members area to anyone else not authorized to do so by SGL.
Suspected Violations of these Terms and Conditions or Unauthorized Uses
You shall promptly notify Swiss Gemological Laboratory and the company, organization, institution with which you are affiliated, or whose facilities you are using, of any known or suspected unauthorized use(s) of your account or the SGL Website, or any known or suspected breach of security, including loss, theft, or unauthorized disclosure or use of your username, password, and/or IP address. Any use of the SGL Website beyond the scope or in violation of these Terms and Conditions of Use, knowing use of any password or username of another, or any fraudulent, abusive, or otherwise illegal activity, may be grounds for termination of your account, or termination of access to the SGL Website from your IP address, without notice and at Swiss Gemological Laboratory's sole discretion. The foregoing includes but is not limited to activity by you that may burden Swiss Gemological Laboratory's server(s) such as computer programs that automatically download or export Content, commonly known as web robots, spiders, crawlers, wanderers or accelerators.
Education Section, Buying Guides, Buying Recommendations
The Education Section, Buying Guides, Buying Recommendations or any other related information available on this Website does not make a claim to guarantee or warranty or appraise any of your purchases. You are advised to purchase as per your own discretion. Swiss Gemological Laboratory is not responsible for the validity and does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided in the Education Section, Buying Guides, Buying Recommendations or any other related information available on this Website. The main objective of Education Section, Buying Guides and Buying Recommendations is to educate the Website visitor about the Jewelry industry.
Service & Certificate Information & Disclaimers
We, at Swiss Gemological Laboratory, make every attempt to ensure that our online services & certificate information is as accurate, reliable and complete as possible. We attempt to describe in detail the services we offer but in some cases the actual services offered and delivered may differ from the online information, as we are continuously changing, modifying and improving our services.

Our primary objective is to give you information about our services & certificates. Swiss Gemological Laboratory attempts to be as accurate as possible. However, Swiss Gemological Laboratory does not warrant that any of the services or product information on this Website is accurate, complete, reliable, current, or error-free.

Swiss Gemological Laboratory prepares certificates and reports in accordance with generally accepted gemological standards and grading techniques used at the time of the examination by utilizing gemological equipments and makes no warranty or representation regarding any certificate or report. SGL’s report shall not be regarded as a warranty of grading characteristics, nor a recommendation of purchase, nor is it an appraisal or guarantee of the retail or sale price of the Jewelry item(s).

Swiss Gemological Laboratory declares that this report is made and issued in a complete independent manner and SGL has no financial interest in the graded item(s). All necessary care and precautions have been taken to ensure that this report is exact and accurate. On issuance of this report, SGL does not agree to replace or purchase the mentioned jewelry item(s). Neither jewelry or gemstone grading nor valuation is considered an exact science and descriptions provided in SGL's certificate or report may vary depending upon the grading, equipment used and the qualification of the grader.

The jewelry item(s) is micro-photographed to get an enlarged & detailed photograph for easy & in-depth observation. Jewelry image(s) may be enlarged or enhanced. The photograph on the reports are representative of the examined jewelry item(s) and it may not be your individual item. All Jewelry items(s) are graded as mounting permits. Loose stones may be shown as mounted for illustration purposes only. Measurements, grading and weights are approximate within accepted trade tolerances. The carat weight, clarity, color, proportions of mounted stones gold weight and karat of mounted jewelry can only be estimated. Any references to hallmarks, stamps or trademarks are accepted as factual and SGL does not guarantee or warranty their accuracy.

Some diamonds and most natural gemstones are treated or enhanced to intensify color, diminish imperfections and improve durability. SGL does not perform any tests or makes no qualifications on any enhancement or treatments that may have been performed on the diamonds or gemstones used in the jewelry. SGL does not test for source of origin of the diamonds, gemstones or precious metal used in the jewelry nor does it warranty that the diamonds or gemstones are from non-conflict sources.

The Jewelry item(s) have been graded after the manufacturing process and may undergo alterations before retail sale. The description on the report may not reflect these alterations made after the grading. When Price is shown, it reflects MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) as submitted by the manufacturer and is not verified or evaluated by SGL. Online SGL certificates may appear in slightly different colors and sizes from the original due to individual computer monitor settings.
Service & Certificate Availability & Changes
Swiss Gemological Laboratory provides quality services to our valued customers. The services offered on www.SwissGemLab.com are not a guarantee that these services are currently available or deliverable in the manner described. Due to continuous changes in the services we offer, the services offered and delivered may differ from that described on the website or may no longer be offered. We reserve the right to make any changes to the services offered by this Website at any time and without prior notice.

While tracking your certificate online, you may find your Jeweler's (or Seller's) information. This information is directly managed by your Jeweler (or Seller) and Swiss Gem Lab assumes no responsibility for the validity or accuracy of this information. Swiss Gemological Laboratory does not endorse any specific commercial product or company or jeweler mentioned on the SGL Website or any commercial product or company or jeweler linked to this Website.

If your certificate is lost or missing, please contact your Jewelers or Seller for a replacement. Swiss Gemological Laboratory only replaces lost or missing certificate through the Jeweler or Seller. There may be minimal handling and shipping charge for replacing lost or missing certificates.
No Online Selling or Online Shipping
At this time, Swiss Gemological Laboratory does not offer online selling or online shipping for any of its services. We also do not ask for your Credit Card or related information through any mode. If you wish to take any of our services shown on our Website, please contact our Customer Service Department at CustomerService@SwissGemLab.com or call us on (702) 430-1135.
Other Terms
If any of these Terms of Use is unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that term shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining terms. These terms of use constitute the entire agreement between Swiss Gemological Laboratory and you relating to the subject matter herein. Swiss Gemological Laboratory shall have the right to change or modify these terms of use at any time.
Indemnification
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless, Swiss Gemological Laboratory, its affiliates, parents, and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors, representatives, and third party providers to the Website from and against all losses, expenses, damages, and costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees, resulting from any violation of this agreement by you. Swiss Gemological Laboratory reserves the right to assume, at its sole expense, the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will fully cooperate with Swiss Gemological Laboratory in asserting any available defenses.
Limitation of Liability
Under no circumstances shall Swiss Gemological Laboratory, its affiliates, parents, and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors, representatives, and third party providers to the Website be liable for any losses or damages whatsoever, due to any negligence, omission, error or fault (except willful misconduct or fraud) on certificate or report or from the use of, or reliance on, the information contained in the website. In any circumstances, the liability of SGL shall be limited to the amount it receives as jewelry grading & report issuance fee.
Jurisdiction and Governing Law
This Website is controlled and operated by Swiss Gemological Laboratory from its office in Carson City, United States of America and in conjunction with our Website Licensors and third party service providers. This Website can be accessed from other locations. By accessing this Website, you agree that these Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Nevada, without giving effect to its conflicts of law principles. You also consent to personal jurisdiction in Carson City and State of Nevada for any dispute arising hereunder. This Website is intended for residents of the United States only. No software from this Website may be downloaded, exported or re-exported in violation of any law including, without limitation, to countries that are subject to U.S. export restrictions.
Contact Information
Please contact Swiss Gemological Laboratory for information or permission to use Swiss Gemological Laboratory intellectual property. If you have any queries or suggestions about our Terms of Use, please feel free to contact us at:
Swiss Gemological Laboratory
Carson City, Nevada
Tel: (702) 430-1135