IGI founder passes away

Marcel Lorié passed away in Belgium Feb. 17 at the age of 80. Lorié was the founder of the International Gemological Institute and chairman since the Institute’s inception in 1975. 

Lorié founded IGI at the age of 50 and was extremely proud to see the company he started with a staff of three evolve into one of the world’s foremost authorities on certifying and valuating diamonds and fine gemstones.

Marcel Lorié is survived by his beloved wife, Mignon Lorié; a son, Roland Lorié; a daughter, Carole Lorié-Low; and eight grandchildren, ranging in age from four to 20 years.

Roland Lorié said, “When my father started the IGI, the majority of the diamond community did not even know what certificates were and only stones over 2 carats were certified. Most people did not think a lab in Antwerp would work.  He was ahead of his time.”

Marcel Lorié and his wife celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary a day before his death.

Funeral services were held Feb. 18, on Jacob Jacobstraat, Antwerp.