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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.
The Accredited Gemologists Association will honor the Gemological Institute of America’s Dona Mary Dirlam with its Lifetime Achievement Award next month in Tucson. 
The lab is located in Gaborone, Botswana, where Gemological Science International CEO Mark Gershburg said there is a demand for labs and gemological education.  
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.  
The three remaining lawsuits filed against Tennessee retailer Genesis Diamonds over its use of EGL International grading reports have been settled.
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.  
The International Gemological Institute recently received recognition from the Responsible Jewelry Council and the International Organization for Standardization.
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.  
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