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AGTA closes operations at its GTC lab in New York
Henceforth the lab will not accept any new gemstones for grading
By: Diamond World News Service
Jul 30 2009 7:09PM
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The economic slowdown has prompted the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) to close all operations at its AGTA Gemological Testing Center (GTC) in New York. The coloured gemstone grading laboratory will close all operations with immediate effect. It will not accept any new gemstones for grading and will soon return all gemstones it currently holds. The laboratory in New York opened in 1998.

With the closure, the lab’s Director Dr. Lore Kiefert, who has been leading the lab since 2005, will now join the Gubelin Gem Laboratory in Lucerne, Switzerland, as chief gemologist.

AGTA Chief Executive Officer Douglas Hucker mentioned that the GTC although was highly acknowledged for services, the economic downturn made it difficult to sustain high operational costs in New York.

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Dr. Jayshree Panjikar
It is really very very sad. Of course to sustain in New York is difficult, but at the end of the day a wonderful laboratory that has gained credibility after hard work has to just pull its shutters down is indeed painful. Few laboratories today have good clean name and AGTA was one of them. I am glad Dr.Lore is joining Gubelin laboratory in Lucerne.
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