August 28, 2008
Alert #08-603

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC.

Name of Product: Illuminator Polariscopes 415000 and 415

Units: About 8,000

Manufacturer: GIA Instruments, of Carlsbad, Calif.

Hazard: The polariscopes can have a ground wire missing, posing a risk of electrical shock to the user.

Incidents/Injuries: GIA has received four reports of consumers experiencing minor electric shock.

Description: The recalled polariscopes are white in color with model number 415000 or 415 printed on the underside of the instrument. A polariscope is an instrument used by gemologists to assist in gem identification.

Sold by: GIA schools, GIA's Web site, product catalogs, distributors and trade shows nationwide from January 1996 through June 2007 for between $255 and $340.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and contact GIA Instruments to schedule a free retrofit of the Polariscope with a ground wire. GIA is notifying all consumers directly.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact GIA Instruments at (800) 421-8161 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at

Picture of Recalled Illuminator Polariscope