GIA launches 75th anniversary diamond collection

The Gemological Institute of America will mark its 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee in 2006 with a collection of one-carat loose proprietary and branded diamond cuts. This special collection is being created to inspire public interest in the wide variety of diamonds and diamond cuts available. The drive to secure donations to the campaign will be chaired by Glenn Rothman, CEO of Hearts On Fire.

Several of GIA’s League of Honor and Board of Governor members have already committed diamonds to the collection and have agreed to serve as vice chairs. They include Lowell and Sheldon Kwiat of Kwiat Inc., Leo Schachter, Eric Austein and Elliot Tannenbaum of Leo Schachter & Co. Inc., Marvin Samuels of Premier Gem Corp., Dilip Mehta of Rosy Blue N.V., Toros Z. and Toros Kejejian of Tycoon Cut Diamonds, Saul Goldberg of William Goldberg Diamond Corp., and Mary Forté of Zale Corp.

Rothman has also pledged his branded diamonds, a Hearts On Fire and a Dream cut. The first 75 diamonds donated to the collection will premiere in conjunction with the Institute’s 4th International Gemological Symposium August 27–29, 2006, and will later be displayed at worldwide GIA locations and available for loan to various museums.

To make a contribution to GIA’s 75th Anniversary Collection, contact Syvrud at 760-603-4432, or by e-mail at patricia.syvrud@gia.edu.