Press Release: The International Gemological Institute (IGI) has moved its operations to a larger location in Karol Bagh, the central jewelry hub of New Delhi. Realizing the potential of New Delhi as one of the biggest fine jewelry markets, IGI started its lab operations in 2007 and since then has successfully carried out various services, including the identification and grading of loose diamonds, colored stones and mounted jewelry, among many others.
With its new setup at Karol Bagh, IGI now extends its valuable services to a larger audience in North India with educational programs for professionals, gem enthusiasts and jewelry traders through the IGI School of Gemology. IGI also places special emphasis on education by providing bigger classrooms as well as introducing diamond courses and will welcome more students from important cities like Amritsar, Ludhiana, Meerut, Raipur and Chandigarh. With such specialized focus on education, IGI aims to nurture young talent that will, in the long run, work in favor of the gems and jewelry industry. That said, many gem enthusiasts from outside the industry are also following the Institute’s courses.
Speaking on the occasion, Tehmasp Printer, the managing director IGI India, said, “We are delighted to announce this move within Karol Bagh to facilitate better certification and educational services. Our Karol Bagh laboratory accommodates a large group of qualified professionals whose skillful hands have raised the benchmark for IGI in North India. We are confident that our School of Gemology and international standards for certification services will be valued by potential customers in New Delhi and will further expand our footprint in North India.”
Printer elaborated, “Leading jewelers across North India avail of IGI’s expert services via its mobile laboratory facility that certifies diamond jewelry on-site at showrooms. Jewelers request IGI jewelry certificates because they provide an independent guarantee that is, in turn, appreciated by consumers.”
IGI is the only gemological laboratory in the country to be awarded ISO Accreditation/IEC 17025:2005 for “standard grading and certification processes,” further reinforcing the exacting standards that IGI has set since it entered India in 1999.
Services offered at Delhi Laboratory:
-- Diamond & Diamond Jewelry Certification
IGI’s expert gemologists certify diamond jewelry pieces using state-of-the-art equipment combined with more than 34 years of technical expertise to consistently assess the carat weight, clarity, color and cut of a diamond. Services also include grading of loose diamonds, colored stones, laser inscription and more. Additionally, mobile labs are organized across North India and New Delhi to certify showroom stocks.
-- IGI School of Gemology
Educational programs offered at the New Delhi office include a polished diamond grading course, diamond assortment and mounted jewelry grading course, rough diamond grading course, diamond graduate, colored stone graduate course, graduate gemologist, jewelry design graduate and a retail sales program for industry professionals. These programs are conducted by a range of expert industry instructors.
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) was established in Antwerp in 1975 and is the largest independent gem certification and appraisal institute worldwide, with offices in Antwerp, New York, Hong Kong, India, Bangkok, Tokyo, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Cavelese, Toronto, Los Angeles and Shanghai. In India, IGI has three laboratories in Mumbai and one each in Kolkata, New Delhi, Thrissur, Surat, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. IGI is ISO (International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001: 2000) certified in four countries. Around the world, IGI certificates bring confidence when buying or selling diamonds, gemstones and jewelry. Total commitment to understanding consumer concerns has motivated IGI to develop comprehensive analysis and clear documentation for consumers. A certificate from IGI represents the all-important fifth ''C'' that no one should be without: confidence. As the world's largest independent gem certification and appraisal institute for diamonds, colored gemstones and jewelry, IGI is a standard of excellence for industry professionals and consumers around the globe.
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