GIA Announces Plans for Israel Center

On July 24, the Gemological Institute of America announced plans to open a center in Israel in the fourth quarter of 2011.

GIA’s Israel branch will include a laboratory, education, and
research. On-site lab services will include GIA Diamond Grading Reports and
Diamond Dossiers and educational seminars on diamond grading.

“Israel is among the world’s most dynamic and innovative
diamond centers and we are very excited to support the trade on-site through
our independent laboratory, education, and research facilities,” said GIA president
Donna Baker in a statement.