Press

Sep

2

2014

IGI's D-Show Opens in Bangalore

The International Gemological Institute announced today its fourth IGI D-Show, held in Bengaluru’s Taj Westend, September 1 to 3. A unique buyer-seller knowledge event, the workshop is designed to facilitate better relations between retailers and diamond jewelry manufacturers.

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May

22

2014

IGI Certifies Magnum® Ice Cream Pendant

In conjunction with the grand opening of the Magnum Pleasure Store in Antwerp’s World Diamond Center, the International Gemological Institute (IGI) certified and laser-inscribed a noteworthy jewel for the occasion – one highlighted within a gold pendant designed to emulate a Magnum ice cream bar.

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Oct

30

2013

IGI Seminar Examines Industry Challenges at the China Int'l Jewelry Fair

"These are challenging times for the jewellery retail sector," says IGI Hong Kong based CEO Marc Brauner. "Many factors come into play, current economics, increasing number of retail outlets in China, improving knowledge of consumers, the advent of synthetic gems just to name a few, require refined thinking and planning at retail management levels".

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Oct

7

2013

Marc Brauner Addresses Issues With the Synthetic Diamond Market

In his second consecutive year speaking at the Rapaport International Diamond Conference, Marc Brauner, the co-CEO of the International Gemological Institute (IGI) Worldwide addressed the most pressing issue: synthetic diamonds and their diffusion into the market. Brauner provided an overview of how man-made diamonds have evolved as well as the types of synthetic diamonds his laboratory has seen over the past year. He also provided some tips on how to identify man-made stones.

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May

15

2013

Marc Brauner Speaks On Jewelry Certification and Imaging

Marc Brauner, Co-CEO of IGI Worldwide gave a presentation at the International Colored Gem Association (ICA) Conference 2013, speaking on the topics of jewelry certification and imaging. Brauner covered two different areas: the difficulty of certifying mounted stones and the challenges this gives. He also explained the importance of high quality gemstone images in advertising, giving many examples of mainstream gem advertising where the actual gemstone is very poorly represented.

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Oct

16

2012

IGI Presents Synthetic Diamonds Seminar in Dubai

Conducted by Marc Brauner, Co-CEO of IGI Worldwide, the session focussed on colourless and near colourless CVD stones, and the measures that industry members should take to intercept undisclosed synthetic diamonds.

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Oct

24

2011

IGI’s Guadalajara Polished Diamond Course Hits Maximum Enrollment

“We are excited to have had such success as a result of our continued focus in South America,” said IGI President and CEO Jerry Ehrenwald, G.G., A.S.A. “We look forward to furthering our commitment here and hosting this course for future students who are eager to learn more about gemology and become integrated into the industry.”

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Sep

28

2011

IGI Dubai conducts Gemology workshop for Afghan Jewelers

IGI recently conducted a practical course for DAI / ASMED, a USAID project aimed at the future development of the Gemstone Industry in Afghanistan, at the IGI School of Gemology in Dubai. For the first time ever, Afghan students travelled abroad in order to acquire improved gemological knowledge about colored stones.

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Aug

24

2011

Buy $1M engagement ring from Costco?

Costco is selling the 6.2-carat one-of-a-kind solitaire diamond ring, valued at $1,496,255 by the International Gemological Institute, only to members online for $1 million.

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Aug

1

2011

IGI students shine at IIJW 2011

International Gemological Institute is pleased to offer its students an industry-led platform to showcase their jewellery designs at the India International Jewellery Week 2011 (IIJW). The IIJW is an initiative to showcase India's finest jewellery designs, innovation, craftsmanship, technology and quality to customers around the globe.

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Mar

14

2011

IGI and CEEC to Establish Congo School of Gemology

“The establishment of a school of gemology is of paramount importance as it will provide the Congo diamond industry the necessary experts, professional support and instruction in order to contribute to improving the accuracy of the country's collection of mineral revenues", stated IGI CEO Roland Lorié.

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Feb

9

2011

Gem laboratory to help Dubai sparkle

"It is very important to be here," said Roland Lorie, the chief executive of the International Gemological Institute (IGI), the world's largest diamond and gemstone certifier. "Dubai can go one step forward from being a jewellery seller, in the souqs, Gold Land, and all the shops . It can become the [trade] capital for the entire Middle East," he said at the official opening of the 465 square metre, US$3 million (Dh11m) DMCC facility.

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Jan

12

2011

Trade Group in India Awards IGI

The International Gemological Institute (IGI) was named the best gemstones testing lab for 2011 by the All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation.

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Dec

14

2010

IGI Holds Inaugural Polished Diamond Grading Class in Greece

The six-day IGI Polished Diamond Grading Course was held November 14-19 in the center of Athens, at the Electra Palace Hotel, close to area jewelers and diamond dealers. Led by Jean-Mathieu Mangnay, IGI worldwide head of education, the course provided Athenian trade professionals with advanced knowledge of international grading standards.

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Nov

30

2010

IGI Certifies Diamond-Encrusted Pen

IGI certified a pen studded with thousands of diamonds that ultimately sold for 2.3 million rupees, or, over half a million U.S. dollars. The pen comprised of white gold and approximately 2,500 natural diamonds in colorless and fancy yellow, all graded and certified by IGI.

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Aug

6

2010

IGI Graduates First Polished Diamond Grading Class from Fudan University

IGI CEO Marc Brauner called the completion of the first class a significant milestone for both IGI and Fudan University’s Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts (SIVA). “At the diploma ceremony, many students asked when we would hold the next course,” he said. “We look forward to a long and successful relationship with SIVA.”

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Jul

17

2010

First IGI Polished Diamond Course in Lebanon

A 6-day diamond course kicked off in Biel, downtown Beirut, led by iGI Senior Instructor Jean-Mathieu Mangnay, and attended by trade professionals as well as diamonds and jewellery enthusiasts from Lebanon and abroad.

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Jul

13

2010

IGI Announces 'Sales Development Program'

The program focuses on product knowledge involving topics like identification of imitations and synthetics, types of jewelry, and branding and market trends. The course also sheds light on selling skills and management aspects.

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Apr

7

2010

IGI Series Stresses Growth at Jewelry Shanghai 2010

Speaking on the event, Marc Brauner, IGI's Hong Kong-based CEO, said growth will remain the overarching theme of China's jewelry consumer market for years to come. "I am sure many Chinese jewelers share our view on the benefits of investing in customer trust to win the lion's share of that growth," he said. "Only China is growing on this massive scale..."

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Apr

7

2010

IGI Certifies the World’s Smallest Diamond

Bhavani Gems created a record of manufacturing the world’s smallest certified cut and polished diamond with 57 facets weighing just 0.0003 carat. On the occasion, Mr. Tehmasp Printer, Managing Director — IGI India said “Surat is always known for cutting and polishing smaller stones...It speaks of volumes of the technological superiority of the industry here.”

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Nov

6

2009

IGI Brings Cutting-Edge Know-How to China's Jewellery Sector

International Gemological Institute (IGI) today held a seminar called "Your Clients of the Future and the Internet...Are You Ready?" at the annual China International Jewellery Fair 2009. Said IGI chief executive Marc Brauner, "The way consumers are shopping is changing. Young people use the internet for every aspect of their lives, and these are your future clients." Mr Brauner said traditional stores must now devise online strategies to match and surpass those deployed by web-based retail rivals.

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