GIA’s Sun Rises In The Far East

The Gemological Institute of America's sun is rising in the Far East. With well-placed school sites in several major Asian cities; plans for growth in Hong Kong, China and India; and a growing number of Asian students, GIA is poised to become the leader in gemological education and standards for Asia's burgeoning jewelry industries. "Asia is driving the world economy and jewelry follows that," says GIAPresident Bill Boyajian. "So we're bullish on Asia's jewelry industry, and we're committed to it." A crucial element in GIA's Asian strategy is Hong Kong. It is Asia's most important jewelry and diamond trading center and the site of GIA's newest overseas school, which opened in 1994. How important is Hong Kong to GIA? Almost all of GIA's top brass visited the city in mid-September to attend the institute's first GemFest Asia, an alumni dinner attended by some 200 people and an invita

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