IIDGR Part­ners With NGTC To Ex­tend Di­a­mond Ed­u­ca­tion Cour­ses In China

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The In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute of Di­a­mond Grad­ing and Re­search (IIDGR), part of De Beers Group, will part­ner with the Na­tional Gem­stone Test­ing Cen­tre (NGTC), China’s lead­ing author­ity in the test­ing and in­spec­tion of gems and jew­ellery, to ex­tend the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of IIDGR’s di­a­mond ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses to stu­dents in China.

The part­ner­ship will of­fi­cially launch in early 2019 with stu­dents be­ing able to un­der­take IIDGR’s ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses via a mix of on­line train­ing, as well as lab­o­ra­tory-based work­shops. Cour­ses will be de­liv­ered by lo­cal tu­tors in the lo­cal lan­guage, in part­ner­ship with IIDGR’s di­a­mond ed­u­ca­tion ex­perts.

Teach­ing sub­jects will in­clude:

• Un­der­stand­ing the di­a­mond pipe­line from start to fin­ish to al­low par­tic­i­pants to en­hance sales pre­sen­ta­tions in a re­tail en­vi­ron­ment

• Lab cour­ses to ex­am­ine how to grade pol­ished di­a­monds in a pro­fes­sional stan­dard

• Syn­thetic di­a­mond de­tec­tion tech­niques so that stu­dents can ef­fec­tively iden­tify syn­thetic stones.

Jonathan Ken­dall, pres­i­dent, IIDGR, said: “We are de­lighted to be part­ner­ing with NGTC, which has a long and highly re­spected track record as a leader in China’s di­a­mond in­dus­try, to make our pro­pri­etary ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses more ac­ces­si­ble to stu­dents in one of the world’s most im­por­tant di­a­mond mar­kets.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of IIDGR’s ed­u­ca­tion ser­vice of­fer­ing last year was met with great ex­cite­ment from the di­a­mond in­dus­try, and our pas­sion to drive con­tin­u­ous pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment across all lev­els of ex­pe­ri­ence and types of job roles and abil­ity that peo­ple in the in­dus­try may oc­cupy is deeply grounded in over 130 years of De Beers Group di­a­mond ex­per­tise.”

Jo­dine Per­rin, di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion, IIDGR, said: “There are grow­ing de­mands from con­sumers to un­der­stand much more about the world of di­a­monds than ever be­fore, so those work­ing within the in­dus­try must be able to demon­strate their ex­per­tise in a con­fi­dent and clear man­ner. Our ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses are fo­cused on the science, his­tory and beauty held within di­a­monds and our ap­proach to learn­ing en­sures a mod­ern and in­no­va­tive ex­pe­ri­ence, de­signed to pro­mote con­fi­dence in all our stu­dents, what­ever their role within the in­dus­try.”

Sun Feng­min, vice di­rec­tor of NGTC, said: “As the most au­thor­i­ta­tive com­pre­hen­sive man­age­ment in­sti­tu­tion in China’s jew­ellery in­dus­try, NGTC has taken the lead in for­mu­lat­ing the Na­tional Stan­dard for Di­a­mond Clas­si­fi­ca­tion, which has played an im­por­tant role in the reg­u­la­tion and rapid de­vel­op­ment of the Chi­nese di­a­mond mar­ket. As the most well­known di­a­mond com­pany in the world, De Beers Group has played an im­por­tant role in the pro­mo­tion of di­a­mond min­ing, di­a­mond trade and di­a­mond cul­ture around the world, in­clud­ing in China.

“China is the sec­ond largest con­sumer mar­ket for global di­a­mond jew­ellery de­mand and given the mar­ket’s huge growth po­ten­tial, we look for­ward to part­ner­ing with De Beers Group to sup­port our mu­tual goals in en­sur­ing that those work­ing in China’s di­a­mond in­dus­try have ac­cess to IIDGR’s in­dus­try-recog­nised ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses. We be­lieve that the part­ner­ship will cre­ate a bright fu­ture based on shared trust, sin­cere co­op­er­a­tion and mu­tual ben­e­fit.”

The IIDGR’s mis­sion is to pro­mote con­sumer con­fi­dence across the di­a­mond pipe­line through a va­ri­ety of ser­vices, from equip­ment sales and grad­ing ser­vices to melee and jew­ellery test­ing. The ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices busi­ness launched last year com­ple­ments the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s grow­ing list of ser­vices.

IIDGR pres­i­dent Jonathan Ken­dall and NGTC vice di­rec­tor Sun Feng­min sign­ing the part­ner­ship agree­ment in Shen­zhen.

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