GII’s K.T. Ra­machan­dran Passes Away

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Soli­taire In­ter­na­tional deeply re­grets the demise of K.T. Ra­machan­dran, founder sec­re­tary and chief gem­mol­o­gist of the Gem­mo­log­i­cal In­sti­tute of In­dia (GII), the pi­o­neer­ing gem­mo­log­i­cal in­sti­tute and In­dia’s first gem-test­ing lab­o­ra­tory es­tab­lished in 1971. Ra­machan­dran passed away on Oc­to­ber 26th at the age of 72. A Fel­low of the Gem­mo­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of Great Bri­tain, and a Grad­u­ate in Eco­nom­ics and Law from the Mum­bai Univer­sity, Ra­machan­dran was as­so­ci­ated with GII since its in­cep­tion and was in­stru­men­tal in de­vel­op­ing gem­mol­ogy and di­a­mond cour­ses in In­dia. A per­son who was ded­i­cated to the study of gem science, he held var­i­ous key po­si­tions as the ex­am­iner and ad­viser to var­i­ous gem­mo­log­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions in In­dia and abroad as well as State Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sions. He was the ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary of the Gem & Jewellery Ex­porters’ As­so­ci­a­tion; he was also a mem­ber of the Gem­stone Com­mit­tee of the Bureau of In­dian Stan­dards and the R&D Com­mit­tee of the Gem & Jewellery Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil. He served as the spe­cial­ist on the Au­dit Board of the ISO 9001 and was the gov­ern­ing body mem­ber of the In­dian Di­a­mond In­sti­tute, Su­rat. Dur­ing his il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer, he au­thored var­i­ous ar­ti­cles on gem­mol­ogy, and co-au­thored a book on “Gem­stone Prop­er­ties and Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion” with Dr. Jayshree Pan­jikar. He is sur­vived by his wife Bharati and daugh­ter Ruby. His loss will be felt not only by his fam­ily, but the en­tire gem and jewellery fra­ter­nity.

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