IGI Shanghai opens new headquarters
Operations move to the heart of Shanghai
Shanghai, China (January 9, 2020) — The Shanghai division of the International Gemological Institute (IGI) has opened new offices in the prestigious Bund Finance Center. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by business and industry leaders, along with principals and personnel from IGI Worldwide.
“With the rapid development of the Chinese jewelry market, IGI offers the possibility for the domestic industry to improve acumen and gain international empowerment” said Roland Lorie, Global CEO of IGI. Lorie further noted that IGI’s presence opens a global window to diversified communication for China’s jewelry professionals.
Yan Nanhai, vice president of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange, who expressed his belief that IGI Shanghai would promote mutual understanding between IGI and China’s domestic jewelry industry, growing in reputation and confidence by bringing more internationalized information to consumers.
Written blessings, affirmations, flower bouquets and congratulations marked the occasion and reflected the ceremony’s theme: “New start, new journey, new hope.” Student and customer representatives of IGI were also invited to the ceremony, in recognition of the vital role such stakeholders have played in the growth and development of IGI in China. The ceremony concluded with a presentation by IGI for all attendees, reviewing worldwide diamond industry and market dynamics in 2019 and predicting trends for the foreseeable future.
Established in China in 2010, IGI has brought education and sales training to thousands of Chinese industry professionals. IGI will continue to popularize and promote knowledge of diamonds, gemstones and jewelry from the heart of Shanghai.
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) operates 18 laboratory locations around the world grading finished jewelry, natural diamonds, lab-grown diamonds and gemstones – and 14 schools of gemology graduating thousands of new jewelry professionals annually. For over 45 years, IGI has provided the fine jewelry community and consumers with a broad range of services including independent diamond grading reports, colored stone reports, identification and appraisal reports, diamond authentication and attestation of origin, laser inscription services, as well as the issuing of the traditional jewelry identification report. Regardless of location or marketplace, an authentic IGI Laboratory Report is the common language of trust and confidence in the gemological world.