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Johannesburg GIA Lab Marks Two-Year Anniversary

Lab's intake has increased by 200 percent in last eight months.
Mar 31, 2010 4:18 AM   By GIA
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Press Release: The Gemological Institute of America’s (GIA) Laboratory in Johannesburg recently reached a milestone with its two-year anniversary. The lab, which opened in February 2008, has had a steadily increasing number of gemstones come in for grading each day.

“Our intake has increased by nearly 200 percent in the last eight months,” said Les Milner, the director of the GIA Lab in Johannesburg. “This is due to a number of factors, but the most significant is that our clients recognize the high standards of grading GIA offers. They say it is easier for them to sell stones with a GIA report.”

Milner, who has almost 30 years of experience in the South African diamond industry, said he has been pleased to be a part of GIA’s plans to provide its services on a global level.

Riki Corthouts of Millennium Diamonds said it has been a pleasure working with the lab over the past two years.

“The learning curve has been steep, but the lab staff has been patient, knowledgeable and willing to help – especially in explaining polish and symmetry,” he said.

The Johannesburg staff follows the same international grading standards used in GIA Labs throughout the world and operates under the same set of core principals developed to ensure objectivity and accuracy in every report issued. The original grading staff was trained at GIA’s world headquarters in 2008.

The Johannesburg lab offers the GIA Diamond Dossier® and the GIA Diamond Grading Report for stones up to 2.99 carats. GIA was granted a value-added tax (VAT) exemption, so these services are not subject to the traditional fee for shipping stones outside of South Africa for servicing.

The GIA Lab in Johannesburg is located in the S.A. Diamond Centre at 225 Main St. in Suite 512 on the fifth floor. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday through Friday. For more information, call 011.334.2744 or email leslie.milner@gia.edu.

For more information about GIA, visit www.gia.edu.

About GIA
An independent nonprofit organization, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is recognized as the world's foremost authority in gemology. Established in 1931, GIA has translated its expert knowledge into the most respected gemological education available. Early in the 1950s, GIA invented the famous Four C's of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight. In 1953, the Institute created the International Diamond Grading System,™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.

Through research, education, gemological laboratory services and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism. GIA can be found on the web at www.gia.edu.

For media queries, contact Jessica Sachariason at 760.603.4197.

Rapaport News is not responsible for and does not endorse the content of any press release. Press releases are not written by us and are provided only as additional information for our clients.
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