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IGI Launches Synthetics Screening Center

Facility in Mumbai jewelry zone aims to ensure stones are natural.
Mar 21, 2018 4:41 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... The International Gemological Institute (IGI) will open a new screening facility for detecting laboratory-grown stones at the Santacruz Electronic Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ) in Mumbai, the grading organization said Tuesday.

The center — which IGI claims is the first of its type in SEEPZ — will enable companies in the jewelry-manufacturing hub to assure customers a stone is natural. The service can be used independently, or added to the grading process.

SEEPZ is a special area in Mumbai where certain tax exemptions apply, and is home to a large number of jewelry exporters.

“The screening facility…provides peace of mind to the manufacturers who export their goods to the international markets, especially when the market is threatened by the infiltration of synthetic diamonds in the inventory of natural diamonds,” said Tehmasp Printer, managing director of IGI India.

Jewelers will be able to use the technology to screen both loose stones and mounted jewelry.
Tags: IGI, International Gemological Institute, laboratory-grown stone, mumbai, Rapaport News, Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone, screening facility, Seepz, Synthetics, Tehmasp Printer
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