IGI Launches School of Gemology In Mumbai
International Gemological Institute (IGI) inaugurated its School of Gemology at Laxmi Tower in Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai on August 16th as part of its endeavour to empower the gem and jewellery industry. IGI said the newly established 5,000-sq-ft facility will help students work more effectively in terms of technology and support, which will enable them to pursue their creative calling.
The Honorary Consul General of Belgium in Mumbai, Peter Huyghebaert, was the chief guest at the event. Other notable guests in attendance included GJEPC vice chairman Colin Shah, Bharat Diamond Bourse VP Mehul Shah, GJEPC convenor of the exhibitions sub-committee Shailesh Sangani, Milan Parikh of Mahendra Brothers, Ghanshyam Dholakia of Hari Krishna Exports, Rajesh Lakhani of Kiran Gems and Ashraf Motiwala of A.S. Motiwala.
“Selling a diamond is becoming increasingly complex as this industry is facing challenges from other luxury industries,” Huyghebaert told students at the ceremony. “In this scenario, IGI’s School of Gemology is exactly what we need right now – its offerings will prepare you to face this myriad of challenges.”
The curriculum of the IGI School of Gemology includes polished diamond programmes, jewellery business management graduate courses, and a range of coursework. It also offers courses for jewellery retailers and their sales teams.
“The IGI School of Gemology has been instrumental in educating and empowering the industry since 1975; having first introduced international grading standards to the diamond manufacturers in India and remaining a constant resource and knowledgeable partner,” said Tehmasp Printer, managing director of IGI India.