Centre will offer lab, education classes and grading services.
The GIA is set to open a diamond centre in Israel by the end of 2011, following an announcement made by Moti Ganz, president of International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IMDA) and Donna Baker, president and CEO of Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
The GIA centre in Israel will include a laboratory and education and research activities. It will also provide on-site lab services, including GIA diamond grading reports and diamond dossiers, and educational seminars on diamond grading.
Ganz, who is also chairman of the Israel Diamond Institute (IDI) and president of Israel Diamond Manufacturers Association (IsDMA) said: "We are thrilled for GIA to have an Israel facility.
The Israeli Diamond Industry has established itself in a leadership position in the global trade. GIA will further strengthen this position by providing opportunities for our constituents to enhance their skill and knowledge base, which will expand our talent pool within the market."
Baker said of the news: "Israel is among the world’s most dynamic and innovative diamond centres and we are very excited to support the trade on-site through our independent laboratory, education and research facilities. We are thankful to IDI and IsDMA for their invaluable support in entering this vibrant community.”