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08/20/14

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. 

08/15/14

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. 

08/12/14

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. 

08/08/14

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.  

08/07/14

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.

07/28/14

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. 

07/15/14

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.  

07/01/14

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.” 

06/17/14

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.  

06/16/14

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.

06/13/14

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.

06/09/14

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.

05/08/14

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.

05/06/14

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. 

04/28/14

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.

04/09/14

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.

04/03/14

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. 

03/20/14

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.  

03/13/14

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.

03/05/14

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.

01/29/14

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.

01/28/14

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.

01/16/14

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.

01/15/14

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.

01/08/14

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. 

01/02/14

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.

12/12/13

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.

12/09/13

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.

12/02/13

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.

11/20/13

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.  

11/15/13

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. 

10/28/13

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. 

09/18/13

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. 

08/21/13

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. 

08/20/13

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. 

08/12/13

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. 

07/29/13

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.