‘The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) plas to open a laboratory in Surat and expand its operations in Antwerp to include diamond grading, Rapaport writes in its press release.
The GIA says it secured premises for the two locations and expects to open both in the second quarter.
The lab said that the Surat laboratory will bring the GIA’s services closer to companies in that important manufacturing hub; in Antwerp, it will introduce diamond-grading services and increase capacity for its mine-to-market program, which matches rough diamonds to their resulting polished.
“Expanding our facility in Antwerp, and opening a new location in Surat, continues GIA’s mission-driven effort to bring our research-based laboratory services for diamonds, colored stones and pearls ever closer to our clients,” said Tom Moses, the GIA’s executive vice president and chief laboratory and research officer.’
Source: Rapaport www.diamonds.net