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IGI Collaborates With GJSCI to Expand Training Options

Jun 16, 2014 2:10 PM   By IGI
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Press Release: The International Gemological Institute (IGI) – a pioneer in diamond and gem testing services with an unmatched school of gemology – has collaborated with the Gems & Jewelry Skill Council of India (GJSCI), an affiliate of the Indian government, to address the vital need for professional jewelry training services throughout the country.

Under the alliance, IGI will offer its expertise, including the IGI School of Gemology’s Polished Diamond and Jewelry Design courses, for a marginal fee to manufacturers and retailers in Mumbai and Surat. Internationally renowned for its quality and regulation standards, IGI holds its curriculum to the same model. The Institute’s instructors have been accredited through a stringent government assessment procedure, assuring a well-qualified, dedicated team that adheres to the highest criteria.

The IGI Polished Diamond Grading curriculum, specifically, will include an in-depth study of diamonds, taking students through an all-inclusive journey from mines to market. Integrating the latest industry research, the course will include training to identify imitations and treatments, incorporate hands-on learning along with visual tools, as well as cover market trends and grading processes for different types of diamonds. The workshop will also place special focus on the 4Cs, along with identification of laboratory-grown and treated diamonds.

The hand-sketch jewelry design course will build student confidence in drawing ideas as designs, as well as provide an overview of gold calculations and budgeting.

“There is no doubt the Indian jewelry industry is growing at a rapid rate. With such progression, it is only fair to encourage an environment of increased professional education and know-how among trade members and applicable staff,” said IGI's India managing director, Tehmasp Printer. “Together with GJSCI, IGI will strive to maintain its high international standards while working to develop a skilled workforce, ultimately strengthening the growth and efficiency of this sector.”

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 5th 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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