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Botswana: IGI Launches Polished Course

Mar 10, 2008 12:32 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT...  The International Gemological Institute (IGI) launched a polished diamond grading program in Gaborone, Botswana, and the first local representation of the course was held at Pluczenik Diamonds Botswana (PTY) Ltd.  The 10-day IGI program catered to local students who represented a cross-section of all grading career levels. 

Course topics included theoretical notions, evaluation of the 4Cs, clarity grading, color grading, use of microscope and loupe, proportions of the round brilliant cut, fancy cuts, diamond fashioning, the analysis of the polish and symmetry of round brilliants as well as identification of imitations, synthetic and treated diamonds.

“IGI executives are strong believers of supplier countries being able to develop their own manufacturing factories," said Roland Lorié, IGI Europe, Africa and Asia CEO.

"As such, we are proud to be able to fulfill the need for diamond and jewelry education in up-and-coming diamond centers.” 

“We look forward to continued course offerings in Botswana as well as worldwide,” he said.

IGI’s School of Gemology offers courses in the United States, Canada, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Botswana, Dubai, Turkey, Egypt, Kuwait, and China.  IGI’s skilled instructors are continuously cultivating new ways of teaching in order to best provide IGI’s students the practical knowledge necessary for advancement in the industry, in a short period of time.  IGI also offers training in sales.


Tags: Belgium, China, Dubai, IGI, Jewelry, Manufacturing, United States
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