Mar 08, 2019

GIA On Expansion Drive: Hong Kong and Antwerp Labs Larger; New Addition in Surat

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is strengthening its presence in various important gem centres.  

GIA Hong Kong recently relocated its laboratory to larger premises. The inauguration of the new expanded Hong Kong lab took place just three days after the Institute marked its 88th anniversary.

Susan Jacques, GIA President and CEO, and Tom Moses, GIA Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research Officer, attended the opening reception for the new facility in Kowloon with laboratory clients and industry executives. GIA said the laboratory will continue to expand its services.

“We are proud to meet the needs of consumers and the trade throughout Asia with this newly expanded laboratory and the GIA Hong Kong education campus,” said Jacques. “Hong Kong is a vital centre of the global gem and jewellery industry and we are pleased to be here, working to ensure consumer confidence.”

“Since the laboratory first opened in 2010, we have seen an increase in the demand for our laboratory services,” said Moses. “This expanded facility allows us to advance our mission to ensure the public trust and to better serve our clients with high quality gem identification and grading services.”

“In addition to Hong Kong, there are new and expanded GIA facilities offering industry-leading laboratory services in India and Europe – a new laboratory in Surat, India that opened in 2018 and a new grading laboratory and expanded research facilities in Antwerp, Belgium,” GIA announced.

GIA’s laboratories located in major gem and jewellery centres around the world, are to be found in Antwerp, Bangkok, Carlsbad, Gaborone, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Mumbai, New York, Ramat Gan, Surat and Tokyo.

Pic Cap: Benjamin Chau, deputy executive director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council; Lawrence Ma, GIA Board of Governors; Tom Moses, GIA executive vice president and chief laboratory and research officer; Susan Jacques, GIA president and CEO; Ephraim Zion, former GIA Board of Governors; and Wai Man Cheng, director of the Hong Kong GIA laboratory cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the new laboratory in Hong Kong.

Pic Courtesy: GIA