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‘Harsh’ prison sentences given in bribery case

Four diamond traders accused of bribing a grader in exchange for higher color grades on reports will spend up to two-and-a-half years behind bars.


De Beers launches high-volume melee testing

De Beers now is using its automated melee screener at its International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research facility in Surat, and plans to launch the service at the IIDGR lab in Antwerp next month.


GIA issues update on invalidated reports case

Two former employees of Tata Consultancy Services are in custody and the GIA has made public the client accounts connected to the 1,042 diamonds whose grading reports were altered.


GIA invalidates 1,042 reports due to hacking

The Gemological Institute of America has invalidated grading reports for 1,042 diamonds after hackers gained access to its database and altered the reports.


GIA now accepting scholarship applications

Available online through Oct. 31, the scholarships are for the GIA’s Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses and lab classes.


HRD Antwerp grades 3.09-carat lab-grown diamond

The brilliant-cut stone has a color grade of I and a clarity of VS2, the laboratory said this week.


GIA to grow diamonds for research purposes

In an effort to stay a step ahead of synthetic producers, the GIA plans to begin cultivating its own lab-grown diamonds at its research facility in New Jersey.


GIA introduces the Diamond Focus Report

The new lower cost digital report is available for natural round brilliant-cut diamonds that weigh between 0.15 and 0.29 carats.


GIA bans client for alleged false inscriptions

The Gemological Institute of America is no longer grading stones from one Indian company after that company allegedly submitted multiple diamonds inscribed with report numbers for other stones.


What’ll make millennials ‘walk away’ from jewelry

At a session held Sunday at JA New York Summer, the DCA’s Terry Chandler discussed how selling over-graded diamonds could turn off an entire generation.


EGL USA owner now issuing GHI grading reports

The owner of EGL USA is now issuing grading reports under the GHI brand name, as the lab continues to work to distance itself from the EGL International brand.


AGA to address lab-grown diamonds in Las Vegas

The Accredited Gemologists Association is holding a half-day conference on Thursday, May 28 in Las Vegas, bringing together industry experts to talk about detection, market perceptions and pricing of lab-grown diamonds. 


GIA recalls hundreds of diamonds

The lab wants to reexamine the stones because it believes they’ve undergone a treatment that improves their color by as much as three grades but fades over time.  


GIA adopts Sarine Instructor as standard software

Sarine Technologies announced that the GIA has completed an evaluation of its new DiaMension Axiom platform and Instructor software and that the lab has adopted Instructor as its standard software.


Forevermark opens grading lab in India

Located in Surat, the new facility dedicated to the De Beers diamond brand will do both grading and inscription. 


GIA, De Beers to talk lab-grown diamonds in Basel

Leading research scientists from these two organizations will discuss the latest research on synthetic diamonds as well as the challenges brought on by potential non-disclosure.


AGA to honor GIA librarian, author

The Accredited Gemologists Association will honor the Gemological Institute of America’s Dona Mary Dirlam with its Lifetime Achievement Award next month in Tucson. 


GSI opens its ninth laboratory

The lab is located in Gaborone, Botswana, where Gemological Science International CEO Mark Gershburg said there is a demand for labs and gemological education.  


Attorney: Grading report class action is coming

Early next year, a class-action lawsuit will be filed against EGL International and “major retailers” charging that the lab systematically over-graded diamonds that the retailers then knowingly sold to consumers, National Jeweler has learned.  


Remaining lawsuits filed over EGL reports are settled

The three remaining lawsuits filed against Tennessee retailer Genesis Diamonds over its use of EGL International grading reports have been settled.


JVC: Be careful about the grading reports you use

In a recent alert, the JVC reminded the industry that not only must the diamonds they sell be accurately graded but the grading system disclosed as well.  


IGI gains re-certification, re-accreditation

The International Gemological Institute recently received recognition from the Responsible Jewelry Council and the International Organization for Standardization.


9 questions with the man cleaning up EGL

As part of a reorganization, EGL will no longer issue “EGL International” certificates and has vowed it is working to homogenize its grading practices worldwide. Menahem Sevdermish is at the head of this operation.  


Polished diamond prices continue 8-month slide

Prices for 1-carat and 3-carat stones were down about 2 percent in November as suppliers, strapped by a lack of liquidity, lowered prices in an effort to generate cash. 


EGL USA to launch trading platform by year’s end

EGL USA laboratory plans to introduce a new, free diamond trading platform for the industry that will list certified diamonds from “all major labs”--but not any diamonds graded by EGL labs outside the United States.   


GIA suspends sealing service indefinitely

The Gemological Institute of America has suspended its diamond sealing services until further notice after receiving a sealed diamond for verification that did not match the grading report number packaged with it.  


One lawsuit over EGL reports is settled

One of the lawsuits filed by consumers against Nashville jeweler Genesis Diamonds for selling diamonds allegedly over-graded by EGL International has been settled while three others remain open.  


GIA lowers prices for melee screening

The Gemological Institute of America announced that it has lowered prices for its Quality Assurance services, which screen parcels of both colored and colorless diamonds up to 0.20 carats to detect if they are lab-grown or treated. 


RapNet’s EGL decision ignites flurry of reactions

EGL International is the latest in a string of grading labs and diamond trading platforms to issue a statement on RapNet’s decision to stop listing all EGL-graded stones. Here’s what the lab had to say.  


RapNet to de-list EGL-graded diamonds

RapNet, the diamond trading network operated by the Rapaport Group, said Tuesday that beginning Oct. 1, it no longer will list any diamonds with reports from European Gemological Laboratories.  


Online course educates on clarity-enhanced diamonds

Teva Diamonds has redesigned its website and the relaunch includes a new online educational system to teach retailers about clarity-enhanced diamonds. 


AGS to open new take-in window this month

The American Gem Society Laboratories is expanding its take-in window operations with a new location in Los Angeles. 


High graduation, employment rates net GIA an award

Next month, the GIA’s campus in New York will be recognized with a School of Excellence Award, in part for its efforts in helping students maintain high levels of achievement. 


Stuller acquires De Beers’ melee screener

Sightholder and supplier Stuller Inc. is one of two United States companies now using De Beers’ Automated Melee Screening device, which is designed to tell small lab-grown diamonds from natural ones. 


Standard Chartered’s Anna Martin goes to GIA

The Gemological Institute of America has hired longtime industry leader and Standard Chartered Bank executive Anna Martin as its new senior vice president of global development.  


GIA CEO guest of honor at Israel’s diamond week

The Israel Diamond Exchange will welcome GIA President and CEO Susan Jacques as its guest of honor for International Diamond Week, scheduled to take place in September at the IDE.


IGI introduces new app, services at India show

The International Gemological Institute showcased its latest services and offerings, including a new mobile application and the opening of a Jaipur location, at the India International Jewellery Show in Mumbai last week. 


GIA continues expansion in Africa

The Gemological Institute of America recently held a rough diamond evaluation course in Namibia, its first class in the country and part of the organization’s continued expansion of its operations in Africa.  


Gemesis rebrands as ‘Pure Grown Diamonds’

Following the appointment of a new CEO, lab-grown diamond company Gemesis Inc. has announced that it is rebranding itself as “Pure Grown Diamonds.” 


GIA now accepting scholarship applications

This past Sunday, the Gemological Institute of America began accepting applications for its 2015 gemology and jewelry manufacturing arts programs, courses and lab classes.  


IGI offering discounted courses, classes for kids

The International Gemological Institute is attempting to address the need for professional jewelry training services in India by introducing government-appointed courses and a workshop for young gemologists.


GIA, Forevermark eye Surat for new labs

De Beers diamond brand Forevermark and the Gemological Institute of America soon might be diamond-grading neighbors in India.


Recruiter register open for GIA NY career fair

Companies looking to find new employees now can register to participate in the Gemological Institute of America’s upcoming career fair, scheduled for Monday, July 28 in New York.


The ongoing debate over old cuts

The GIA’s new circular brilliant description was created to allay cut grade concerns among antique and estate diamond dealers. But it isn’t enough, some dealers say.


GIA now giving ‘return date’ for stones

The Gemological Institute of America has changed how it communicates lab service time, now letting customers know the exact date a stone will be shipped or ready for pickup. 


AGS crowns 2014 Shipley Award winner

The American Gem Society named industry veteran Doug Parker as the 2014 Robert M. Shipley award winner on Friday during Conclave.


GIA exhibit brings journal’s gem photos to life

Next month, a retrospective covering decades of jewelry photography in the GIA journal Gems & Gemology will go on display in Carlsbad. The pictures, and the pieces, will be there until December.


Swiss lab introduces synthetic melee identifier

The Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF in Basel has become the latest laboratory to create a machine designed to distinguish lab-grown melee diamonds from mined. 


IGI celebrates 15 years in business

The International Gemological Institute in India recently marked 15 years of operation as the country's first international lab.  


GIA brings libraries to students in South Africa

A Gemological Institute of America sponsorship of two Mandela Day libraries has made 2,500 educational books available to students in rural South Africa.


AGS Labs opens take-in window in Diamond District

The American Gem Society Laboratories is opening its first take-in window in New York’s Diamond District, and it will be operated by Brinks from its offices in the 580 building.


De Beers’ melee screener to go in Antwerp lab

De Beers is now in the manufacturing stage with its melee screener and will lease it to interested sightholders in the second quarter before placing the device in a grading and research facility it operates in Antwerp, making it open to the trade more generally.


GIA’s synthetic detection device debuts

The Gemological Institute of America has developed, and will sell to the trade, a screening device for the detection of lab-grown as well as high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) treated diamonds.


GIA starts memorial scholarship for Tawfic Farah

The Gemological Institute of America has introduced the Tawfic Farah Memorial Scholarship in honor of the institute’s former vice president of international operations who died last year.


IGI offering free synthetics screening to DMIA, DDC

In light of industry concerns over the possible mixing of lab-grown diamonds with natural stones, the International Gemological Institute is offering free screenings of up to 100 diamonds to all members of the Diamond Manufacturers and Importers Association of America and the Diamond Dealers Club.


GIA’s Bert Krashes dies at 90

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has announced the passing of former vice president and Board of Governors member Bert Krashes. He died of natural causes over the weekend at the age of 90. 


GIA introduces new format for grading reports

The Gemological Institute of America has a new format for its diamond grading and gem identification reports that will offer enhanced security features and technological upgrades.


GJEPC issues clarification on synthetics release

India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) said the two companies, Dalumi Diamonds and Narola Gems, named in its Nov. 6 release on undisclosed synthetics are not being accused of undisclosed mixing of lab-grown diamonds with natural but, rather, were victims.


Worldwide, industry reacts to undisclosed synthetics

Synthetic diamonds--specifically those being passed off as natural--were one of the top stories in the jewelry industry last year, and it doesn’t look the man-made stones will be relinquishing their news-making reign anytime soon.


Rapaport lab launches synthetic detection services

The Rapaport Group’s RapLab announced last week that it’s now offering synthetic diamond detection services for the trade, utilizing the DiamondSure and DiamondView technologies developed by De Beers.


Gemesis grows largest, whitest diamond, again

Gemesis announced recently that it has produced an even bigger colorless lab-grown diamond: a 1.87-carat G color, SI1 clarity princess-cut stone.  


Moses, Tannenbaum join GIA’s board of governors

Thomas Moses and Elliot Tannenbaum were inducted to the Gemological Institute of America’s board of governors during the organization’s November meeting held in Carlsbad. 


Leibish wins 7 Argyle stones, will re-polish 2

Israeli diamond company Leibish & Co. placed winning bids for a total of seven diamonds in the 2013 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, including two fancy deep pinks and one fancy vivid. 


French gem association honors Koivula, Liddicoat

The French Association of Gemmology has named gemologists John Koivula and the late Richard Liddicoat as among the 50 personalities who’ve shaped the history of gems. 


IGI now has reports in Spanish, Portuguese

Citing growth in the Hispanic and Latino markets for jewelry, the International Gemological Institute (IGI) announced the addition of Spanish-English and Portuguese-English diamond grading reports to its offerings. 


EGL Asia latest to offer lab-grown certs

Grading laboratory EGL Asia now is issuing reports for lab-grown diamonds, citing an increasing demand for synthetics in the Asian market. 


NY lab reports finding more undisclosed synthetics

The Analytical Gemology & Jewelry Laboratory (AG&J), the same lab that reported the discovery of a parcel of 243 undisclosed lab-grown yellow melee diamonds, is warning the industry that it recently found synthetic brown melee mixed in a batch submitted as natural. 


GIA begins partnership with Mandela’s foundation

Fresh off its participation in career fair that was part of Africa Education Week, the Gemological Institute of America announced that it’s collaborating with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to provide libraries for elementary students in South Africa.