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IGI Offers Free Synthetic Screening to Members of DMIA, DDC

Jan 10, 2014 4:25 PM   By IGI
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Press Release: In response to industry concerns regarding the possible mixing of synthetic diamonds with natural diamond parcels, the International Gemological Institute (IGI) is offering limited-time screenings of up to 100 diamonds – free of charge – to all members of the Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association (DMIA) and the New York Diamond Dealers Club (DDC) at IGI’s New York laboratory.

This free service will benefit the diamond industry as a whole, while allowing IGI to collect crucial, reliable data that will help in determining the prevalence of synthetic and natural diamond mixing.

“IGI continuously emphasizes education and transparency, which ultimately increases consumer confidence,” said IGI's president and CEO, Jerry Ehrenwald. “We hope members of the trade will take advantage of this free offering in a collective effort to help resolve the issue.”

The Institute offers well-established synthetic identification services and utilizes advanced equipment – including De Beers’ DiamondSure  and DiamondView machines – to assist in synthetic determinations.

For more information and/or to make a diamond screening appointment at IGI’s new state-of-the-art New York laboratory (The French Building, 551 Fifth Ave.), please contact: David Weinstein at david(at)igi-usa.com or call 212.753.7100 (extension 3326).

About IGI
IGI was established in 1975 and is currently the world’s largest independent laboratory for testing and grading gemstones and fine jewelry with offices in Antwerp, New York, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Tel Aviv, Bangkok, Tokyo, Dubai, Toronto, Los Angeles, Kolkata, New Delhi, Surat, Chennai, Thrissur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Cavaleze and Shanghai. IGI has received ISO accreditation in many countries. A certificate from IGI represents the all-important fifth C that no one should be without: Confidence. IGI is a standard of excellence for industry professionals and consumers around the globe. For more information, please visit www.igiworldwide.com.


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Tags: grading, IGI, Lab Grown Diamonds, screening, synthetic
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