Market NewsCommentIGI expands further in India

IGI expands further in India

The International Gemological Institute (IGI) announced the opening of its fourth laboratory in India in the capital New Delhi. The certification body already has a laboratory in Mumbai since 1999, and has since expanded with laboratories at the Gems and Jewellery Complex and the Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ) aimed at meet the needs of a growing number of Indian exporters. IGI also recently launched laboratory in Kolkata caters to the East India market. Highlighting the significance of the Indian market, IGI said the IGI School of Gemology will provide educational programs in New Delhi for professionals, gem enthusiasts and the jewellery trade, including polished diamond grading, rough diamond grading and coloured stone identification courses. IGI also offers sales seminars for retail jewellers and jewellery. The first Polished Diamond Graduate Program is scheduled to start on February 25, 2008. IGI has ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation in the United States, Canada, India, the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong.

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