GIA India opens Pearl Identification Laboratory in Mumbai
The Gemmological Institute of America’s India division has opened a new pearl identification laboratory in Mumbai to offer independent assessment of pearls for the jewellery trade.
The new laboratory will offer GIA Pearl Identification Reports to grade pearls independently, the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council announced on its website. The space will also offer specialty services including nacre thickness, Monograph™, Portrait™ Report, and Notable Letter among others.
“India– particularly Mumbai– has had a longstanding reputation for being an important trading hub for natural pearls,” said the GIA’s India managing director Sriram Natarajan, the GJEPC reported. “GIA India’s trusted and independent pearl evaluation laboratory in Mumbai will not only provide an unbiased assessment of pearls, but also give Indian pearl dealers local access to a globally-recognised report. GIA India will facilitate unbiased purchase decisions which are crucial at this point. Through its identification process GIA India will propagate a standard terminology, a language that everyone inside and outside trade can understand.”
The laboratory was launched at an event at the Trident Hotel in Nariman Point, Mumbai attended by members of the GIA, GJEPC, and wider industry. The new laboratory will see the GIA apply the same identification and tracking procedures to pearls as it does to coloured stones and diamonds.
“GIA has a 90-year history of protecting the gem and jewellery-buying public through research, education and science-based gem grading and identification services for the trade,” said the GIA’s president and CEO Susan Jacques. “Evaluating pearls has always been a key part of that effort, and I am so pleased that GIA India has expanded its in-country offerings with a pearl evaluation laboratory in Mumbai.”
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