The Gemological Institute of America formally opened its fifth international
laboratory with a quick cut of a ribbon Sept. 15 at its new location on Queens
Road in Hong Kong. More than 125 industry leaders and media members were on
hand to mark the occasion.
Donna Baker, GIA president and chief executive officer, officially opened the
lab, noting that the Institute has operated a diamond and gemstone take-in
facility there for four years and a school for nearly 20.
Officiating at the opening were Lawrence Ma, the founding chairman of the
Diamond Federation of Hong Kong; Gregory So, undersecretary of Commerce and
Economic Development for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Dr. Cheng
Yu Tung, Chairman, New World Group; Ephraim Zion, managing director of Dehres
Ltd. and GIA board member; Thomas Moses, senior vice president of GIA
Laboratory and Research; Wai Man Cheng, director of the Hong Kong Laboratory;
and Kathryn Kimmel, vice president and chief marketing officer for GIA.
From left to
right: Kathryn Kimmel, vice president and CMO of GIA; Gregory So,
of Commerce and
Economic Development for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region;
president and CEO of GIA; Dr. Cheng Yu Tung, chairman of the New World
Tom Moses, senior vice president of the GIA Laboratory and Research.
of GIA Hong Kong.