World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

International Gemological Institute

Article Id: WHEBN0018147220
Reproduction Date:

Title: International Gemological Institute  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Celestial Star, Washington Diamonds Corporation, Gold business in Thrissur, Gemology, Gemstone
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

International Gemological Institute

International Gemological Institute
Gemological Institute (Laboratory)
Founded 1975
Headquarters Antwerp, Belgium
Number of locations
New York City, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Bangkok, Tokyo, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Los Angeles, Kolkata, New Delhi, Surat, Chennai, Thrissur, Ahmedabad, Shanghai, Cavalese, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad
Divisions nomi

International Gemological Institute (IGI) is a Antwerp and has offices in New York City, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Bangkok, Tokyo, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Los Angeles, Kolkata, New Delhi, Surat, Chennai, Thrissur, Ahmedabad, Shanghai, and Cavalese. Established in 1975, IGI is the largest independent gemological laboratory worldwide.[1] It also runs Schools of Gemology in several locations around the globe.

Operations

IGI has a staff of over 650 gemologists, appraisers and professional office personnel. The International Gemological Institute "has been at the forefront of technology since its commencement in 1975." This characteristic can be seen in the actions that the IGI has taken recently towards creating an Online Data Retrieval program and its Registration and Recovery Service.[2]

IGI provides its services to the public through diamond dealers, and jewelry manufactures. IGI provides independent grading reports, colored stone reports, identification and appraisal reports, diamond authentication and attestations of origin, and laser inscription services. They also offers diamond and colored stone courses through IGI's Schools of Gemology. The IGI school was the first to offer the practical Rough Diamond course.[3] Graduates from the IGI school of Gemology are awarded an IGI Diploma.

Market position

IGI is the largest laboratory for certification of diamonds and fine jewelry.[4] IGI has the only international certification lab controlled by one central governing body that adheres to one internationally accepted system for diamond grading. IGI is United States, Canada, India and the United Arab Emirates. Recently, IGI became the first gem lab to collaborate with the Tanzanite Foundation to help distribute jewelry certificates using the Tanzanite Quality Scale, developed by the Tanzanite Foundation in collaboration with IGI.[5] An estimated 11 percent of all diamonds purchased by India's consumers come from IGI vendors in Kolkata.

Expansion

  • In March 2007, IGI collaborated with the Tanzanite Foundation to produce a globally acceptable grading scale, called the Tanzanite Quality Scale (TQS), for the popular gem called Tanzanite, which was discovered in Tanzania in the 1960s and has moved on the fast lane to becoming a globally recognized gem.[6]
  • In April 2010, IGI marked the opening of their laboratory in Surat, India. This is IGI's fifth diamond grading laboratory,in India.[7]

References

  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^ http://www.diamonds.net/news/NewsItem.aspx?ArticleID=1354
  4. ^
  5. ^ http://www.colored-stone.com/stories/mar07/tanzanite.cfm
  6. ^
  7. ^ http://www.diamonds.net/News/NewsItem.aspx?ArticleID=30566

Further reading

External links

  • Official site
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.