Traditionally a topic included in seminars on organic stones, the International Gemological Institute (IGI) – Italy will now offer its first coral class. As coral contributes significantly to the jewelry trade and is one of the most notable products still manufactured in Italy, IGI’s class will place the same emphasis on coral as it does for the “big three” (i.e., rubies, emeralds and sapphires), not to mention diamonds and pearls.read more
A perfume bottle boasting more than 3,500 diamonds has been unveiled in Dubai. Called SHUMUKH, the perfume now holds the record for most diamonds set on a perfume bottle with 3,571.read more
Due to continued popularity among students, the International Gemological Institute (IGI) will host its first Jewellery Design course in Antwerp this spring.
Historically offered in Shanghai, India and Dubai, the Antwerp offering is the first European location for the program and will run from March 25 – April 5, 2019.
NDT's record-setting 10 carat lab-grown Fancy Intense Yellow diamond to debut at September Hong Kong show
HONG KONG, Sept. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- New Diamond Technology (NDT) will showcase its 10.06 carat, SI Clarity HPHT, octagonal step cut Fancy Intense Yellow diamond at September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair (booth3B18, AWE Hall 3).
"This is the only one officially known Fancy Intense Yellow of 10 carat lab-grown diamond," said NDT President Tamazi Khikhinashvili.
(IDEX Online) – The International Gemological Institute (IGI) will open its 13th branch in Bengaluru which will evaluate diamond jewelry as well as providing educational services in gemology.
The Bengaluru branch complements IGI’s established laboratories in Thrissur, Chennai and Hyderabad. The state-of-the-art laboratory will evaluate and certify jewelry to the same international standard that all of IGI’s worldwide locations adhere to, the lab said.
Antwerp, Belgium (October 23, 2017) – The International Gemological Institute (IGI) today formally announced its diamond evaluation card – the Diamond ID report. Unlike other reports where the diamond is kept in a vault and the report in a separate location, IGI’s Diamond ID report stores the evaluation and diamond together in a secure credit card-size casing. The ID report contains security features and a Datamatrix, that once scanned, allows users to connect directly to IGI’s data system and confirm its authenticity. IGI introduced the report in April and has since successfully integrated the ID card as part of its services for diamond dealers and manufacturers, with feedback to date well exceeding initial expectations.read more
International Gemological Institute (IGI), the world's largest independent gem certification and appraisal institute, hosted their 7thedition of the National Buyer-Seller Knowledge Meet which got together India’s finest jewellery craftsmen and valued jewellers under one roof – at the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, Panaji. The event has enabled over 2000 meetings between participating manufacturers and buyers in a span of 4 days!read more
NAPLES (June 12, 2017) – The International Gemological Institute (IGI) will launch two new associations this week during a one-day workshop to update attendees on the technical and commercial impact on the jewelry industry, taking into consideration the impact of synthetic diamonds in the marketplace.read more
International Gemological Institute Certification Ensures Authenticity & Adds Rock-Solid Confidence to Jewelry Purchases
Buying a diamond engagement ring is one of the most important purchases in someone’s lifetime. It’s a choice everybody wants to get right the first time, especially because it’s not cheap. The average price of engagement rings hovers around $4,000-$8,000, which is more than mere pocket change to everyday Americans. Before doling out a monthly paycheck, it’s crucial and federally mandated that consumers know what they’re buying.read more
Marc Brauner, co-CEO IGI Worldwide, confirmed that the rapid technological advances being realized by New Diamond Technology (NDT) in the realm of growing diamond in a laboratory are phenomenal in all respects: size, clarity and color. These four stones are cases in point, as for the most part, they break boundaries of any stones submitted to IGI by NDT in the past.read more
New Diamond Technology (NDT), a leader in lab-grown diamonds will present an emerald-cut blue diamond, 5.03-carat, VS1 high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) type-IIb stone, certified, and with its beauty captured, by International Gemological Institute (IGI).read more
IGI Hong Kong reports that this week it certified what it believes is the world’s largest HPHT-grown colorless diamond, a 10.02 carat Square Emerald Cut. The stone was fashioned from a record-breaking, 32.26 Ct. piece of man-made rough, grown by St. Petersburg-headquartered New Diamond Technology LLC, in less than 300 hours.read more
The International Gemological Institute announced today its fourth IGI D-Show, held in Bengaluru’s Taj Westend, September 1 to 3. A unique buyer-seller knowledge event, the workshop is designed to facilitate better relations between retailers and diamond jewelry manufacturers.read more
In conjunction with the grand opening of the Magnum Pleasure Store in Antwerp’s World Diamond Center, the International Gemological Institute (IGI) certified and laser-inscribed a noteworthy jewel for the occasion – one highlighted within a gold pendant designed to emulate a Magnum ice cream bar.read more
"These are challenging times for the jewellery retail sector," says IGI Hong Kong based CEO Marc Brauner. "Many factors come into play, current economics, increasing number of retail outlets in China, improving knowledge of consumers, the advent of synthetic gems just to name a few, require refined thinking and planning at retail management levels".read more
The five-day session is aimed at freshmen and alumni alike who wish to update their knowledge base and study the most cutting-edge developments in the gemological arena.read more
In his second consecutive year speaking at the Rapaport International Diamond Conference, Marc Brauner, the co-CEO of the International Gemological Institute (IGI) Worldwide addressed the most pressing issue: synthetic diamonds and their diffusion into the market. Brauner provided an overview of how man-made diamonds have evolved as well as the types of synthetic diamonds his laboratory has seen over the past year. He also provided some tips on how to identify man-made stones.read more
Marc Brauner, Co-CEO of IGI Worldwide gave a presentation at the International Colored Gem Association (ICA) Conference 2013, speaking on the topics of jewelry certification and imaging. Brauner covered two different areas: the difficulty of certifying mounted stones and the challenges this gives. He also explained the importance of high quality gemstone images in advertising, giving many examples of mainstream gem advertising where the actual gemstone is very poorly represented.read more
Conducted by Marc Brauner, Co-CEO of IGI Worldwide, the session focussed on colourless and near colourless CVD stones, and the measures that industry members should take to intercept undisclosed synthetic diamonds.read more
IGI co-CEO Marc Brauner addresses the issue of synthetic diamonds at the Rapaport International Diamond Conference in Mumbai and answers the question of whether these stones are a "trick" or a "treat" to the industry.read more
The notorious undisclosed synthetic polished diamond parcel submitted to the International Gemological Institute (IGI) laboratory in Antwerp has catapulted to the top of the industry's concerns.read more
Synthetics Specifically Made to Defraud — Industry Leadership Contemplating Strong Response.read more
“We are excited to have had such success as a result of our continued focus in South America,” said IGI President and CEO Jerry Ehrenwald, G.G., A.S.A. “We look forward to furthering our commitment here and hosting this course for future students who are eager to learn more about gemology and become integrated into the industry.”read more
IGI recently conducted a practical course for DAI / ASMED, a USAID project aimed at the future development of the Gemstone Industry in Afghanistan, at the IGI School of Gemology in Dubai. For the first time ever, Afghan students travelled abroad in order to acquire improved gemological knowledge about colored stones.read more
Costco is selling the 6.2-carat one-of-a-kind solitaire diamond ring, valued at $1,496,255 by the International Gemological Institute, only to members online for $1 million.read more
International Gemological Institute is pleased to offer its students an industry-led platform to showcase their jewellery designs at the India International Jewellery Week 2011 (IIJW). The IIJW is an initiative to showcase India's finest jewellery designs, innovation, craftsmanship, technology and quality to customers around the globe.read more
“The establishment of a school of gemology is of paramount importance as it will provide the Congo diamond industry the necessary experts, professional support and instruction in order to contribute to improving the accuracy of the country's collection of mineral revenues", stated IGI CEO Roland Lorié.read more
"It is very important to be here," said Roland Lorie, the chief executive of the International Gemological Institute (IGI), the world's largest diamond and gemstone certifier. "Dubai can go one step forward from being a jewellery seller, in the souqs, Gold Land, and all the shops . It can become the [trade] capital for the entire Middle East," he said at the official opening of the 465 square metre, US$3 million (Dh11m) DMCC facility.read more
IGI opens its largest full-fledged diamond certifying lab and training institute in the Middle East at Almas Tower
The sprawling 5000 square feet facility will host a diamond laboratory employing the latest technology in diamond grading; and certification of loose diamonds, diamond jewellery and coloured stones. It is also home to IGI School of Gemology, offering an unrivalled range of educational courses.read more
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) was named the best gemstones testing lab for 2011 by the All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation.read more
The six-day IGI Polished Diamond Grading Course was held November 14-19 in the center of Athens, at the Electra Palace Hotel, close to area jewelers and diamond dealers. Led by Jean-Mathieu Mangnay, IGI worldwide head of education, the course provided Athenian trade professionals with advanced knowledge of international grading standards.read more
IGI certified a pen studded with thousands of diamonds that ultimately sold for 2.3 million rupees, or, over half a million U.S. dollars. The pen comprised of white gold and approximately 2,500 natural diamonds in colorless and fancy yellow, all graded and certified by IGI.read more
The new collection was inaugurated by Mr Tehmasp Printer, Managing Director, IGI. On this occasion, he said ‘Joyalukkas has always been ahead in bringing out exclusive offers for their clients...we expect the customer soon to become very aware of the quality they buy.’read more
The Institute, in conjunction with the Panama Diamond Exchange, is organizing a diamond grading seminar on Monday, October 25 for Panamanian jewelers to learn about state-of-the-art grading procedures and the importance of certification to retailers and end consumersread more
IGI CEO Marc Brauner called the completion of the first class a significant milestone for both IGI and Fudan University’s Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts (SIVA). “At the diploma ceremony, many students asked when we would hold the next course,” he said. “We look forward to a long and successful relationship with SIVA.”read more
As a follow up to the success of their ‘Satellite laboratory’ in Thrissur and mobile labs in the south, IGI opened its facility in Chennai and once again had the opportunity to interact with jewelers and retailers through its ‘Jewelers Meet’read more
A 6-day diamond course kicked off in Biel, downtown Beirut, led by iGI Senior Instructor Jean-Mathieu Mangnay, and attended by trade professionals as well as diamonds and jewellery enthusiasts from Lebanon and abroad.read more
The program focuses on product knowledge involving topics like identification of imitations and synthetics, types of jewelry, and branding and market trends. The course also sheds light on selling skills and management aspects.read more
Speaking on the event, Marc Brauner, IGI's Hong Kong-based CEO, said growth will remain the overarching theme of China's jewelry consumer market for years to come. "I am sure many Chinese jewelers share our view on the benefits of investing in customer trust to win the lion's share of that growth," he said. "Only China is growing on this massive scale..."read more
Bhavani Gems created a record of manufacturing the world’s smallest certified cut and polished diamond with 57 facets weighing just 0.0003 carat. On the occasion, Mr. Tehmasp Printer, Managing Director — IGI India said “Surat is always known for cutting and polishing smaller stones...It speaks of volumes of the technological superiority of the industry here.”read more
International Gemological Institute (IGI) today held a seminar called "Your Clients of the Future and the Internet...Are You Ready?" at the annual China International Jewellery Fair 2009. Said IGI chief executive Marc Brauner, "The way consumers are shopping is changing. Young people use the internet for every aspect of their lives, and these are your future clients." Mr Brauner said traditional stores must now devise online strategies to match and surpass those deployed by web-based retail rivals.read more