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IGI Launches in the Heart of Diamond Industry Institute Opens State-of-the-Art Lab in Surat
IGI honoured Ms. Varda Shine with the ‘First Lady of Diamond World’ Award and expressed gratitude for her presence on this auspicious occasion.
By: Diamond World News Service
May 6 2010 6:55PM
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International Gemological Institute (IGI), the world’s largest independent laboratory for testing and grading gemstones and fine jewelry and India’s only ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited laboratory, today launched its state-of-the art facility at Varacha Road, Surat – the heart of the diamond industry.

The laboratory was inaugurated by Mr. Roland Lorié, CEO, IGI Worldwide, who is recognized as an industry leader and expert. Ms. Varda Shine, Managing Director of Diamond Trading Company (DTC), the world’s largest supplier of rough diamonds, joined the celebration on April 14th and wished IGI all success. IGI honoured her with the ‘First Lady of Diamond World’ Award and expressed gratitude for her presence on this auspicious occasion. Prominent industry leaders were also in attendance.

After opening the first international gemological laboratory in India, IGI has again taken initiative and established operations within the largest diamond manufacturing hub of the world. The intent is to come closer to the manufacturers and polishers and extend technical expertise in the art of polishing and grading diamonds.

With established full-service labs in Mumbai, Seepz (special economic zone), Kolkata and New Delhi, as well as a satellite lab in Kerala, the industry has always appreciated IGI’s valuable contribution in diamond, gemstone and jewelry certification over the last 11 years in India.

The IGI laboratory in Surat is spread over 10,000 sq. ft. in the centrally located area of Varacha Road. With this sixth move in India, IGI and the diamond industry can now work in even closer proximity and IGI’s newest laboratory and educational services will provide much-needed convenience as well as a smooth and hassle-free, one-stop solution for diamond companies to certifying diamonds and educate the trade in Surat.

Speaking at the opening, Mr. Lorié said, “There are more than 4,000 diamond polishing factories in and around Surat, and with over 400,000 polishers, it is considered the main diamond manufacturing centre in the world. We have launched our new facility as a step in the direction of bringing Surat closer to its final customers; Americans, Europeans and Asians”.

Mr. Tehmasp Printer, Managing Director, IGI India added, “In 1997, IGI first came to India with a vision to expand and create awareness regarding certification in the Indian market. In 2010, we are launching an international laboratory with a full-fledged diamond grading and education facility in the diamond manufacturing hub, Surat. It is our endeavour to bring greater sophistication and fineness in the polishing of diamonds for our discerning customers in Surat”.

Speaking during her visit to IGI Surat Laboratory on April 14th, 2010, Ms Varda Shine, MD, DTC, said,“ India has seen a constant growth in demand for diamond jewellery over the last ten years. With the Indian wedding business valued at $20 billion, more and more consumers are moving to diamond buying. IGI setting up an international certifying facility in Surat, the diamond hub of India, will certainly help boost consumer confidence”.

Services offered at IGI’s Surat facility:

Loose Diamond Certification:
IGI’s expert gemologists will certify loose diamonds ranging .10 carats and up, using state-of-the-art equipment combined with technical expertise of over 35 years to consistently assess the carat weight, clarity, color and cut of a diamond.

IGI School of Gemology:
Educational programs that will be offered in Surat include a Polished and Rough Diamond Grading Program, a Colored Stone Identification Program and a Jewellery Design Program. IGI will also offer customized courses for diamond houses, retailers and jewelers on topics such as Know Your Diamonds and Retail Development Program.

With the accreditation received from ISO/IEC 17025:2005, IGI facilities have proved the extensive technical expertise and gemological procedures in its certification services to the trade. Today, in the midst of multitudes of gemological laboratories, IGI stands out as the only laboratory to have accredited ISO/IEC 17025:2005 in several of its labs.

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