HRD Antwerp - Diamond High Council grading and certification lab has announced it will keep its diamond labs open and functioning at 50% of their capacity. All educational courses have been suspended. The announcement came in a letter from CEO Ellen Joncheere to HRD Antwerp's clients and students.
"Following our commitment to the industry, our laboratories located in Antwerp, Istanbul and Mumbai will be functional despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19. Our labs will be 50% operational in accordance with the rules and regulations laid down by the WHO (World Health Organisation) and local health authorities." All of its educational courses globally will be suspended until further notice.
"We sincerely appreciate the efforts of the medical fraternity, public health offices and the government of each and every country who have selflessly dedicated themselves to tackle and prevent the spread of COVID-19," wrote Ms. Joncheere. "We at HRD Antwerp - Diamond High Council are committed to protect and serve the gem and jewelry fraternity across the globe during this crisis."