IGI gets CIBJO recognition to test gemstones, jewellery

Mumbai, Sept 28 | Updated: Sep 29 2006, 05:30am hrs
The International Gemological Institute (IGI), the worlds largest independent laboratory for testing and valuing gemstones and fine jewellery, has been officially recognised as a World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) registered laboratory.

CIBJO president Gaetano Cavalieri announced the registration of IGI, endorsed by Jewelers of America, at the CIBJO laboratory committee meeting in Vancouver, Canada recently.

CIBJO, which is the French acronym for International Confederation of Jewellery, Silverware, Diamonds and Stones, is the international jewellery confederation of national trade organisations. Its primary purpose as a decision making body is to create and maintain standards and promote co-operation between these inter-connected organisations.

Every CIBJO registered laboratory has to be independent of any commercial or private enterprise, or groups of such enterprises. It should always be managed under competent professional direction and abide by all CIBJO rules without exception.

It is mandatory for the registered body to work in accordance with the CIBJO publications such as the Diamond Book, the Gemstone Book, the Pearl Book. It can only issue diamond, gemstone and/or pearl reports, prepared in accordance with the CIBJO rules. In case of deviation from these rules, its recognition can be cancelled by CIBJO.

Commenting on the recognition, Tehmasp Printer, managing director, IGI India said, In a short span of seven years, IGI has established a leadership position in certification across the country. IGIs recent recognition as a CIBJO registered laboratory is a further reassurance to all our customers of the quality and accuracy of our processes and expertise of gemologists.

The International Gemological Institute established in 1975, is located in important diamond centres such as Antwerp, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Bangkok, Mumbai, Tokyo, Dubai and Hong Kong.

IGI has also received the prestigious ISO 9001:2000 certification for standard grading and certification processes, the only certifying laboratory in the country to have this certification.