GIA yesterday made an announcement that will no doubt come as heartening news to the diamond community in Surat, India. The Institute is all set to open a new laboratory in that premier diamond cutting centre.
In its announcement GI also said that it would “expand its long-term presence in Antwerp, Belgium”.
All this is slated to take place in the second quarter of 2018. GIA has already secured premises for both locations.
“Expanding our facility in Antwerp and opening a new location in Surat continues GIA’s mission-driven effort to bring our research-based laboratory services for diamonds, coloured stones and pearls ever closer to our clients,” said GIA Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research Officer Tom Moses. “Providing innovative, timely, independent and highest-quality gem identification and grading services to our global clients ultimately serves the interests of and protects the gem and jewellery-buying public.
Diamantaires at the all-important manufacture of Surat will have “direct local access to GIA’s laboratory services, including the GIA Melee Analysis Service, a high volume automated service to separate natural diamond from synthetic diamond and simulant melee, sorting the natural stones by color range”, GIA expounded.
“We believe that this new facility in Surat will further support the growth and efficiency of the globally important Indian diamond manufacturing sector,”’ said GIA President and CEO Susan M. Jacques.
The Institute said that in Antwerp, it will expand capacity for the GIA M2M service, “which scientifically matches rough diamonds to the resulting polished diamond”. GIA will also provide diamond grading and secondary consultation services at that centre.
“GIA will take in items for every service at the Antwerp and Surat labs,” GIA concluded.
Further information about opening dates and services will be announced at a later date.
News Source : gjepc.org