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Two New Governors Join GIA Board
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has appointed Jeffrey Post and Tammy Storino as governors to its board, to help steer the organization’s mission andstrategic initiatives. Post, a research geologist at the SmithsonianNational Museum of Natural History,...
Polished Markets Nov 13, 2019 Rapaport News
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Sarine Adapts Grading to Reach Tiffany Standards
Sarine Technologies will modify its diamond-grading equipment to comply with the luxury jewelry retailer’s stringentguidelines. Sarine bases its automated grading on the Gemological Institute of America’s grading system. However, Tiffany’s in-house graders have...
Polished Markets Nov 03, 2019 Rapaport News
Dubai Conference Tech Panel
Diamond Manufacturers Must Brace for Automation
Imagine the following: A diamond-mining company operating with self-driving trucks loads its haul of ore to the processing plant, where rough diamonds are separated from waste and arranged in their rough forms into different...
Manufacturing Oct 31, 2019 Avi Krawitz
GIA
GIA Hires Mark Buntz as Marketing Chief
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has appointedMark Buntz senior vice president and chief marketing officer, to drive thefuture of the organization’s brand. A marketing veteran with more than 20 years of experience inglobal brand marketing,...
Polished Markets Oct 29, 2019 Rapaport News
GIA
GIA to Roll Out Gem Guide Across Africa
The Gemological Institute ofAmerica (GIA) has committed $1.3 million to deploying its free gemology guidefor artisanal miners across multiple countries in Africa. The kit will be available to 10,000 miners over four years inMadagascar,...
Mining Oct 22, 2019 Rapaport News
Christies
Christie’s Hires West Coast Watch Expert
Christie’s has appointed AntiquesRoadshow watch expert Michael Fossner to lead its west coast watchdepartment. The auctioneer has charged Fossner with leading appraisals whileguiding and growing the company in the region. He is also expected...
Watches Oct 16, 2019 Rapaport News
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Hong Kong Fair Prioritizes Buyer Incentives
The organizers of the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair rejected the trade’s request for a discount, executives confirmed Wednesday.The Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association (HKJMA) had asked Informa Markets for...
Polished Markets Sep 18, 2019 Joshua Freedman
GIA
GIA Names New Mineral Johnkoivulaite
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has confirmed anew mineral species discovered in Myanmar, which it has called johnkoivulaite. The organization named the substance in honor of renownedmicroscopist and GIA researcher John Koivula. The 40-year...
Polished Markets Sep 18, 2019 Rapaport News
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Kathryn Kimmel to Retire from GIA
Senior vice president and chief marketing officer KathrynKimmel will leave the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) after 29 years. A third-generation jewelry-industry member, Kimmel worked inretail, manufacturing and various other fields within the...
Polished Markets Aug 28, 2019 Rapaport News
Fake green rough diamond
GIA Exposes Rough Diamond with Fake Green Color
Manufacturers coated a rough diamond with a green substanceto imitate a natural color, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) saidafter the stone turned up for grading.The presence of chromium oxide powder on the surface ofthe 6.49-carat crystal...
Rough Markets Aug 19, 2019 Rapaport News
GIA Scholarships
GIA, AGS Launch Beatrice Shipley Scholarship
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and its sisterorganization, the American Gem Society (AGS), have established a scholarship inhonor of the contributions made by Beatrice Shipley. Shipley, the wife of GIA and AGS founder Robert...
Polished Markets Jul 31, 2019 Rapaport News
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Jewelry Blogger Robyn Hawk Dies at 63
Robyn Hawk, who authored a number of blogs on the jewelryindustry, passed away on July 16 at the age of 63 following a stroke. Dubbing herself a “serial blogger,” Hawk, who graduated fromthe Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in 2009 with a degree...
Polished Markets Jul 29, 2019 Rapaport News
Mercury Free Mining
Group Offers $1M Prize to Nix Mercury in Mining
Nonprofit organization Mercury Free Mining (MFM) hasorganized a global challenge campaign to eliminate the use of the dangerous metal in the industry,with the winning idea earning a $1 million prize, it said Tuesday. More than 15 million artisanal...
Mining Jul 24, 2019 Rapaport News
GIA color grading
GIA Cuts Prices 10% Amid Market Slowdown
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has temporarilyreduced grading fees for certain smaller diamonds after recording a drop in submissionsduring the recent industry slump. The organization is slashing prices of reports by 10% forpolished weighing from...
Polished Markets Jul 16, 2019 Joshua Freedman
IIDGR
Will Gemologists Survive Automation?
Amid the tech boom that is shaping the diamond industry, a growing number of companies are challenging the grading laboratories, arguing that assessing the 4Cs should not be a subjective science.“Five to 10 years from now, diamond...
Technology Jul 10, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
GIA Expands China Education
The Gemological Instituteof America (GIA) will offer remote learning to students in China, expanding its collaborationwith ShanghaiJiao Tong University (SJTU). The GIA’s distance-educationprograms will allow participants to access equipment and gemstones in self-studystudent workrooms...
Polished Markets Jul 02, 2019 Rapaport News
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Trust Is Key for Ethical Dealing, Say Suppliers
Transparency is a growing goal for wholesalers, but there’sanother “T” word that may be even more important: trust. In an industry definedby long-abiding relationships, assurances of ethical sourcing depend heavily ona seller’s reputation for integrity. Opening...
Polished Markets Jun 19, 2019 Joyce Kauf
artisanal mining
The Drive to Lift the Artisanal Stigma
The community of Fandehun is not used to pomp and ceremony.The modest village in the heart of Sierra Leone’s Kono District has beensustained by diamond mining for over 50 years but lacks the basics many takefor granted...
Mining Jun 12, 2019 Avi Krawitz
GIA
Former GIA President Glenn Nord Dies at 90
Glenn Nord, the third president of the Gemological Instituteof America (GIA) and a pioneer of its corporate training program and globaloutreach, died Sunday aged 90. “Glenn Nord was a committed advocate for GIA’s mission,...
Polished Markets Jun 11, 2019 Rapaport News
GIA
GIA Offers Origin Reports for Colored Diamonds
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will offer provenance reports for colored diamonds, expanding its existing service matching polished to the original rough. The organization analyzes the physical measurements andother scientific data...
Polished Markets Jun 02, 2019 Rapaport News
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