De Beers launches new diamond grading partnership with NAJ

LONDON - DECEMBER 07:  Brilliant cut diamonds with weights from .51 to 1.01 carat on December 7, 2006 in London, England.  The  UN General Assembly passed a resolution on December 4, 2006 backing the Kimberley Process, a global initiative aimed at preventing "conflict diamonds" from funding warfare and civil unrest.  The issue will be highlighted by the forthcoming release of the new Leonardo Di Caprio film "Blood Diamonds"  (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

The International Institute of Diamond Grading and Research (IIDGR), part of the De Beers Group of Companies, has launched a new diamond grading partnership with the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ).

The partnership will give NAJ member the benefit of preferential terms when they submit diamonds to the IIDGR’s UK lab for diamond grading.

IIDGR president Jonathan Kendall comments: “Working with bodies such as the NAJ, IIDGR hopes to bring consistency, accuracy and increased security to the diamond sector. Grading is of central importance to consumer confidence and we therefore see our offer as a great fit with the work of the NAJ. We look forward to working with them and their members.”

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IIDGR offers diamond grading reports, and the more concise diamond identification report, from its UK laboratory. Reports are now offered with the enhanced security option of table marking of the grading number, a service unique to IIDGR.

All requests will be processed through IIDGR’s website and will require adherence to IIDGR terms and conditions.

NAJ chief executive officers, Michael Rawlinson, says: “Members of the NAJ are set apart from the industry in general by their desire and endeavour to do their best, and this is their mark of quality. This partnership allows our members to access their first class diamond grading service at the very best rates, and I hope many members will see the results for themselves.”

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