Hong Kong–The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) formally opened its Hong Kong laboratory with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was attended by more than 125 industry leaders last week. It is GIA’s fifth international location.
GIA President and Chief Executive Officer Donna Baker remarked at the opening that GIA’s presence in the vibrant Hong Kong market is essential, noting that the GIA has operated a diamond and gemstone take-in facility in Hong Kong for four years and a Hong Kong school for nearly 20 years.
“Hong Kong is home to a thriving and sophisticated gem and jewelry industry,” Baker said, according to a news release. “Hundreds of students have successfully completed their Graduate Gemologist education programs with us and have created fulfilling careers in retail, manufacturing and design, among others. We believe our lab will make it even more convenient for those professionals to access our services and promulgate the international gemological standards GIA has established in its nearly 80-year history.”
Officiating at the opening were Lawrence Ma, founding chairman of the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong; Gregory So, undersecretary of Commerce and Economic Development for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; New World Group Chairman Cheng Yu Tung; Ephraim Zion, managing director of Dehres Ltd. and a member of the GIA board; Senior Vice President of GIA Laboratory and Research Tom Moses; Wai Man Cheng, director of the Hong Kong laboratory and Kathryn Kimmel, vice president and chief marketing officer of GIA.
During the ceremony, attendees toured the lab, which will offer on-site services for GIA Diamond Grading Reports and Diamond Dossiers, laser inscription and diamond sealing services.
The lab is located in Room 1411, New World Tower, 18 Queen’s Road Central in Hong Kong.