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IGI Mumbai Education Program Broadens Gemology for Young Gemologists

Jun 9, 2014 3:18 PM   By IGI
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Press Release: The International Gemological Institute (IGI) – the world’s largest independent laboratory for testing and grading gemstones and fine jewelry – recently launched its “Young Gemologist” summer workshop, an introductory half-day session designed for students between the ages of 10 and 15, in Mumbai. After receiving overwhelming initial interest, and enrolling 30 participants in its first course on May 21, the IGI School of Gemology has expanded the program into a regular, ongoing weekend offering. 

With this new initiative, the Institute intends to provide an educative, fun and engaging platform for aspiring gemologists -- young students who are interested in gems and minerals and are open to the idea of a future career in the industry. An enriching, hands-on experience, the workshop allows students to visit IGI’s laboratory, providing a chance to observe gems and minerals in various colors and sizes and exposing them to the Institute’s world-renowned certification and grading processes.

Serving as an introduction to the basics of gemology, the program’s coursework guides participants through important questions related to the origin, value and construction of gemstones. Specific curriculum include gemstone color ranges and varieties, and the 12 zodiac stars/signs and related gemstone.

“The ‘Young Gemologist’ workshop is very close to my heart, as it is an experience I would have loved as a kid,” said IGI's India managing director, Tehmasp Printer. “Gemstones are a fascinating subject, and we should introduce youngsters to the thrills of this industry at an early age. IGI instructors are tailoring the subject matter with young people in mind and are very confident the kids will find it enriching.”

Printer continued, “IGI’s hope is that this initiative will help aspiring gemologists explore and learn about gemstones in detail – something that is not covered in standard educational curriculum. The initial response has been outstanding and we look forward to continued success as we broaden the program into a regularly occurring workshop.” 

Parents who are interested in course details for their children can contact IGI at or call 022.2367.1028.

About IGI:

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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