Surat: A state-of-the art laboratory to test and grade gemstones and fine jewellery was launched here Thursday.
"The intent is to come closer to the manufacturers and polishers and extend technical expertise in the art of polishing and grading diamonds," said Roland Lorie, director of International Gemological Institute Worldwide, the world`s largest supplier of rough diamonds, who inaugurated the laboratory.
"The new facility will bring Surat closer to its final customers - Americans, Europeans and Asians," added Lorie.
With more than 4,000 diamond polishing factories employing over 400,000 polishers, Surat exports Rs.72,184 crore worth of cut and polished diamonds annually.
The Surat facility is the second lab in India devoted to diamond certification. It will offer a jewellery design programme, besides customised courses for diamond houses, jewellers and retailers.