On September 19, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) President and CEO Susan Jacques announced the opening of GIA’s Tokyo campus at a ceremony attended by several industry leaders. Beginning in November, the new GIA campus in Tokyo will offer the Diamond Essentials Intensive and Diamond Grading Lab classes in Japanese. The Diamond Essentials and the Diamonds and Diamond Grading eLearning courses will be available in Japanese by early 2018, allowing students in Japan to complete the Graduate Diamonds diploma in Japanese. “The expansion of our activities with updated educational offerings will help support the dynamic Japanese gem and jewelry industry, and advance GIA’s mission to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry,” said Jacques.
Japan was the first country outside of the United States where GIA offered educational courses, beginning more than 40 years ago. The Institute opened a gem identification and grading laboratory in Tokyo in December 2012 to help better serve clients in the important Japanese market. In December 2016 the lab added the fully automated GIA Melee Analysis Service to rapidly and accurately screen melee parcels for CVD and HPHT synthetic stones. The Tokyo laboratory has three full-time researchers – all with doctoral degrees – actively involved in advanced research on diamonds, colored stones and pearls.