125 industry leaders and media members attend the opening event.
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) formally opened its fifth international laboratory last week on Queens Road, Hong Kong.
More than 125 industry leaders and media members were present at the occasion, which marked the expansion of the GIA’s presence in the growing China consumer market.
The institute has operated a diamond and gemstone take-in facility in Hong Kong for four years and a school for almost 20.
GIA president and chief executive Donna Baker said: “The Hong Kong trade is so vibrant, it’s essential to be here. Hong Kong is home to a thriving and sophisticated gem and jewelry industry. Hundreds of students have successfully completed their Graduate Gemologist education programs with us and have created fulfilling careers in retail, manufacturing and design, among others.
“We believe our lab will make it even more convenient for those professionals to access our services and promulgate the international gemological standards GIA has established in its nearly 80-year history.”
Officiating at the opening were Diamond Federation of Hong Kong founding chairman Lawrence Ma; Hong Kong Special Administrative Region undersecretary of commerce and economic development Gregory So; New World Group chairman Dr. Cheng Yu Tung; Dehres Ltd managing director and GIA board member Ephraim Zion; GIA Laboratory and Research senior vice president Thomas Moses; Hong Kong Laboratory director Wai Man Cheng; and GIA vice president and chief marketing officer Kathryn Kimmel.
The attendees toured the state-of-the-art lab, which will offer on-site services for GIA Diamond Grading Reports and Diamond Dossiers, laser inscription and diamond sealing services.