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IGI Enhances Security of Grading Reports
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) will introduce new grading reports that are more durable and easier to read, and have additional layers of security to protect against counterfeiting.The new certificates, which the lab...
Polished Markets Sep 22, 2020 Rapaport News
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Lab-Grown Diamond Morphs from Yellow to Pink
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) recently graded a 10.06-carat, fancy-vivid-pink lab-grown diamond that had previously been submitted as a fancy-intense yellow.The stone, which IGI had already fully assessed and graded in its original state,...
Polished Markets Sep 02, 2020 Rapaport News
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Podcast: Rise in Grading Activity Signals Recovery
The numberof jewelry pieces being sent to the International Gemological Institute (IGI) forgrading and authentication continues to increase, indicating a faster-than-expected revival among jewelers, according to CEO Roland Lorie.“I think that the problems come...
Polished Markets Aug 17, 2020 Rapaport News
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IGI Opens Doors at New York Grading Lab
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) is reopening its New York grading laboratory following a three-month closure amid the coronavirus pandemic.“As the metropolitan area has been cleared to enter phase 2, the institute is safely restarting...
Polished Markets Jun 30, 2020 Rapaport News
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IGI Reopens Global Offices
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) has reopened several offices around the world following coronavirus-related closures, it said Thursday.Its centers in Antwerp, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Bangkok, Tel Aviv, Dubai and Japan are...
Polished Markets Jun 01, 2020 Rapaport News
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Sarine Joins Race to Buy HRD Antwerp
Sarine Technologies has entered the running to acquire HRDAntwerp, according to two sources close to the sale process. The Israel-based diamond-technology company has registered its interest in buying the Belgian laboratory, as have two previous...
Polished Markets Dec 03, 2019 Joshua Freedman
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HRD Antwerp Receives Two Takeover Bids
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) and industry veteran Peter Meeus have put in rival bids to acquire HRD Antwerp.Meeus, HRD’s former managing director, lastweek submitted a proposal to buy at least 51% of the lab in partnership...
Financial-Legal Nov 06, 2019 Joshua Freedman
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IGI Names North American President
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) has appointedAvi Levy president of its North American business, where he will be tasked withexpanding the group’s international identity. “I look forward to growing [IGI’s] current relationships, aswell as forging new...
Polished Markets Sep 04, 2019 Rapaport News
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Signet Enters Lab-Grown Market
James Allen has launched sales of lab-grown diamonds,marking parent company Signet Jewelers’ entry into the synthetics market. The e-commerce business, which Signet acquired in 2017,now gives consumers the option of “earth-created” or “lab-created” stones...
Retail May 05, 2019 Rapaport News
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China’s Fosun Buys 80% of IGI
Chinese corporate giant Fosun has agreed to buy an 80%stake in the International Gemological Institute (IGI), the grading laboratorysaid Wednesday. “The interest of this large conglomerate to invest in IGIshows the confidence it has in our industry,” said...
Financial-Legal Sep 13, 2018 Rapaport News
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IGI Launches Synthetics Screening Center
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) will open anew screening facility for detecting laboratory-grown stones at the SantacruzElectronic Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ) in Mumbai, the grading organization said Tuesday. The center — which IGI...
Polished Markets Mar 21, 2018 Rapaport News
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Labs Launch Credit Card-Sized Grading Reports
HRD Antwerp and the International Gemological Institute(IGI) have both released credit card-sized diamond reports, aiming to makegrading more efficient for traders. The two Antwerp-based laboratories unveiled the polished-diamondidentity cards this week,...
Polished Markets Oct 26, 2017 Joshua Freedman
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IGI to Launch Associations in Italy
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) will unveiltwo new organizations at a jewelry workshop it’s running in Italy this week.The first, the IGI Italy Association — which is behind theworkshop — will represent the Antwerp-based laboratory’s operations...
Technology Jun 13, 2017 Rapaport News
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Hong Kong Dealers Face Random Synthetics Checks
Hong Kong’s diamond-promotion body plans to start checking wholesalers’ inventory for synthetics, as part of a program aimed at boostingconsumer confidence and giving retailers better peace of mind.The Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China (DFHK) has been...
Polished Markets May 22, 2017 Joshua Freedman
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IGI Chief Jerry Ehrenwald Elected USKPA Director
The U.S. Kimberley Process Authority (USKPA) electedInternational Gemological Institute (IGI) president and chief executive officerJerry Ehrenwald to its board.The election of Ehrenwald (pictured), who has 50 years’ industryexperience, comes after Gemological Science International...
Rough Markets Dec 19, 2016 Rapaport News
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IGI Launches Radio Ad Campaign
TheInternational Gemological Institute (IGI) will target millennials in a seriesof radio commercials on the importance of reliable diamond reports.Theadvertisements will feature in five radio spots in select markets fromSeptember 6 to the end of the year on iHeartMedia, which reaches...
Marketing Aug 30, 2016 Rapaport News
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IGI Becomes Curator of Museum of Named Diamonds
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) has been designatedcurator-at-large for the Museum of Named Diamonds, a non-profit organizationset up as a registry for the world’s named diamonds.Curators assist the museum with the registration and namingof purchased...
Marketing Jun 06, 2016 Rapaport News
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Synthetic Diamonds: Legitimize, Don’t Ostracize
Traders of mined diamonds are divided over how to best respond to the growth of their laboratory-grown counterparts. Last week, India’s Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) became the second exchange to ban trading of man-made diamonds, ignoring...
Polished Markets Oct 15, 2015 Avi Krawitz
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Pure Grown Diamonds Appoints Curtis Lowrey as National Director of Brand Training
Synthetic diamond manufacturer Pure Grown Diamonds has appointed Curtis Lowrey as national director of brand training. Lowrey is a co-founder of Independent Gemological Laboratories. The lab will continue to operate under new management following Lowrey’s departure....
Polished Markets Aug 09, 2015 Rapaport News
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EGL South Africa Determined to Defend its Reputation
Alan Lowe leads the operations of EGL South Africa which has two gemological laboratories in that country. He is managing director and a minority owner, while the estate of the late Guy Margel, founder of the EGL...
Polished Markets Jul 10, 2015 Avi Krawitz
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