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GIA Adds On-Site Colored Stone Services in Hong Kong and Tokyo

2014-06-27 03:23
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-- Labs to offer expanded services beginning June 30

CARLSBAD, Calif., June 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning June 30, GIA's laboratories in Hong Kong and Tokyo will expand on-site offerings to include the same colored stone services currently offered by GIA in Bangkok, Carlsbad and New York. Highly-trained staff with extensive scientific backgrounds have been added at both locations, in addition to a full range of analytical instrumentation, to support the additional services.

"Both Hong Kong and Tokyo are significant global centers for colored stones, and by increasing our offerings in these locations we can better serve our clients and the trade," said Kenneth Scarratt, GIA's managing director of South East Asia. "GIA is committed to expanding our capacity to meet the demand for our services, and this is one of the many initiatives we are taking to further ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry."

GIA's colored stone services offered in Hong Kong and Tokyo will include identification reports as well as origin determinations, for which the GIA Gem Passbook™ provides an affordable alternative.

In addition to adding laboratories that perform colored stone services, several new services will also be introduced in all five locations. These services include red spinel origin services; ruby and sapphire inscription services for faceted stones weighing 0.50 carats or more; the Portrait Report, which sets out all of the supporting data that underlies the conclusions reached in an Identification or Identification & Origin Report; and the Notable Letter, which accompanies a GIA report and details the attributes of especially noteworthy or unique gemstones vetted by senior gemological staff.

For more information, visit www.gia.edu. Clients may contact their local GIA Customer Service Representatives with any questions.

For press inquiries, please contact Kristin Mahan at kristin.mahan@gia.edu or +1-760-603-4184.

About GIA
An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world's foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.

Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit www.gia.edu.

Source: Gemological Institute of America
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