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Annual Convocation Ceremony of the Gemmological Institute of India and a Seminar on “Treatments and Origins of Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald

Dignitaries on the Dias at the Annual Convocation function from left to right, Shri Rajendrakumar Shah, Dr. Lore Kiefert, Shri Kirtibhai Doshi,Shri Bakul R. Mehta, Shri Rajiv Jain, Shri Arvindbhai Parikh.

Annual Convocation Ceremony of the Gemmological Institute of India and a Seminar on
Treatments and Origins of Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald was organized by Gemmological institute of India in association with Gem & Jewellery Exporter’s Association and Forum of Indian Gemmologists for Scientific Studies at MCA Lounge, Wankhede Stadium, Churchgate, Mumbai- 400020 on Saturday, the 1st October, 2016. The function was attended by the stalwarts of the industry.

Dr. Lore Kiefert, Chief Gemmologist, Gubelin Gem Lab Ltd, Switzerland was the Chief Guest and Shri Rajiv Jain, Managing Director of M/s Sambhav Gems, Jaipur was the Guest of Honor at the function.

In recognition of the increasing support and co-operation given to GII by the Industry, the Board of Trustees of the GII has unanimously decided to institute an award to those Industry members who have been continuously supporting and motivating GII.

The three categories of Awards and their recipients are:

  • 1. Diamond identification and certification M/s Elegant Collection and M/s Jewelex India Pvt. Ltd.
  • 2. Gemstone testing and certification M/s Heeramanceck& Son and M/s T. T. Gems
  • 3. Diamond studded jewellery certification M/ Begani Jewels & M/s Param

The Annual Convocation ceremony was held wherein the certificates and merit awards were given to the successful students.

After distribution of the award Dr. Lore Keifert had conducted a Seminar on
Treatments and Origins of Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald.

The Seminar was very informative and highly useful for the Coloured stone industry.

Dr. Lore Kiefert, Chief Guest, addressing the gathering

Highlights of the seminar includes, various types of treatments done to Ruby, Sapphire and Emeralds.

The treatments of heat, diffusion, fracture filling, beryllium etc. are dealt in depth. Treatments of Emeralds were discussed in detail with the help of slides. Identification of all the treatments were explained by study of inclusions and also by advanced spectroscopic methods. Dr. Lore there after given the presentation on Origin of Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald. It was very informative and dealt in detail from the formation of minerals millions of years ago and the drifting of continents and finally the present day position of the deposits are analyzed in very systematic and lucid manner.

Shri Bakul R. Mehta addressed the gathering and welcomed the guest.

Speech delivered by Shri Bakulbhai Mehta, Chairman, GII

At the convocation function held on 1st October, 2016

Good morning Ladies & Gentleman

It is a Pleasure & Privilege to welcome you all to the Annual convocation of the Institute and award function. The programme will be followed by seminar of Dr. Lore Kiefert. I am pleased in welcoming our Chief Guest Dr. Lore Kiefert, Chief Gemmologist, Gubelin Gem Lab Ltd. Switzerland. She will be giving us a very valuable presentation on “Treatments and Origins of Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald” today.

This is one of the series of seminars by the renowned personalities, which the GII has planned along with other organizations in India. I also welcome Shri Rajiv Jain, MD and Chairman of M/s Sambhav Gems who doesn’t need any introduction to the Gem & Jewellery industry, He is former

Chairman of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council and he is the co-convener of the technical Committee of the Council.

Friends, I stand before you with a heart full of containment and satisfaction that the Gemological Institute of India has crossed over many milestones towards the fulfillment of dissemination of gemological knowledge and advancement of the Research studies related to Gem & Jewellery field in India.

Any Industry after certain stages of its development requires scientific foundation or knowledge base for its un-interrupted growth.

Today the Gem & Jewellery industry in India is one of the most modern industries using the highly sophisticated instruments and technology for manufacturing of gemstones and its identification.

This technological advancement was possible only because of the relentless efforts that have been put up by the industry organizations and educational institutions connected to the Gem & jewellery industry in India.

Since 1971 GII has been actively working to protect, support, promote and propagate the scientific developments and gemological education in the country.
The seed that was sawn by the visionaries in 1971 under the leadership of Shri KirtibhaiDoshiand others has grown into the gigantic tree that started yielding fruits today.

We are indebted and profoundly thank ShriKirtibhaiDoshi, ShriRajendrabhai A. Shah& other senior trustee for their pragmatic approach for scientific development and far sightedness in establishing the Gemological Institute of India, the very first school in gemology in the country.

Now it is the time for present Trust Board and the industry to carry forward the GII to further heights.

For this purpose we need the young talents who have graduated from the institutes like GII. Today it is the time the Industry needs more and more technocrats who are qualified and having commitment, dedication with an open and scientific band of mind.

The challenges the industry is facing today is different from that of yester years.

Synthetic diamonds is one amongst them. Treatment is yet another field where we need detailed study to differentiate natural from treated stones. Origin of gemstones plays an important role.

No doubt the gemstone business is still a very subjective one. The younger generations learn by experience and it is mostly handed over by hereditary manner. Nevertheless, that traditional knowledge of the dealer has to be supported by strong scientific foundation. Therefore we need to spread the knowledge of gemology across the country and around the globe. Gemology is a language we traders should be speaking throughout the world. It is a vehicle of communication.

I take this opportunity to congratulate the students who have graduated from GII and wish them good luck.

Friends, I would like to make an important announcement today.

Over the years GII services and certificates became very popular all over the Country because of the increasing support and co-operation and patronage given to GII by the Industry.

In recognition of this support the Board of Trustees of the GII has unanimously decided to institute an award to those Industry members who have been continuously motivating us and the spirit behind our services and success.

The award is named as “GII Star Mitra Award”.
We have divided the Awards in to 3 categories:

1. Gemstones
2. Jewellery and
3. Diamonds.

We have instituted 2 awards from each category for the top two partners.
We have decided to start this award from the financial year ending 31st March, 2016 and will be continuing forever. I believe in coming years the award would be become most sought after.

I take this opportunity to congratulate all the recipients of the awards.

I invite friends, patrons and associates of GII, particularly from the Gem Stone & Jewellery sector, actively involve themselves with GII activities for promotion of Trade.

I suggest we will introduce colour Gem focused Jewellery Designing programmes. GII will also look forward to partner with Jewellery Retailers in Ad-campaign as certifier.

Coming to the Research and Development activities of GII is concerned our team of GII scientist headed by Dr. M. D. Sastry is doing an exemplary job in taking care of the needs of the Indian industry specially addressing the recent advent of synthetic diamonds in the Indian market.

With the support of the Trade organization like Council, BDB, DEAL, MDMA etc. we are sure that the Indian industry could overcome the challenges that are coming up in the course of our onward journey.

I once again thank you all, especially my colleagues in the Trust Board for their valuable support and co-operation to me.
I also thank Dr. Lore Kiefert for accepting our invitation and grace the occasion with her presence.
I also thank Shri Rajiv Jain for accepting our invitation and grace the occasion.
I also place on record my sincere appreciation to all the staff of GII ably led by Mr. Ramchandran, Dr. Sastry, Mr. Das for their commitment and dedication to the responsibilities entrusted to them.

Thanking you once again,
Jai Hind.

Shri Rajiv Jain, Guest of Honor on the occasion addressed the gathering.

Shri Rajiv Jain was the former Chairman of the Council and he is the Chairman and Managing Director of Sambhav Gems Ltd., Jaipur. Shri Rajiv Jain appreciated the efforts made by GII in promoting the scientific aspects of gemstones by organizing such seminars and he appealed to the industry member to take advantage of the laboratory services offered by the Council’s laboratories. He also wanted the gem testing laboratories in India should work together and share their knowledge for the benefit of the industry.

Shri Arvindbhai Parikh, Trustee of the GII, Proposed vote of thanks.

Vote of thanks

Respected Dr. Lore, Shri Rajiv Jain, Shri Bakulbhai, Shri Kirtibhai, Shri Rajendrabhai and my colleagues and friends.
It is my privilege to be here today to propose a vote of thanks on this occasion of the Convocation and Seminar.
First of all my hearty congratulations to the recipients of the “GII Star Mitra Award” instituted by GII.
It is your support and inspiration that gives us the strength to serve the industry efficiently.
I thank each and every organization especially the GJEPC, DEAL, MDMA, GJEA, BDB for their whole hearted support and co-operation to GII for fulfilling its goals.
We are ever grateful to Dr. Lore Kiefert for accepting our invitation and came to Mumbai all the way from Switzerland.
I am sure that the Indian Industry and our young gemologist graduated today will be immensely benefited from your presentation on Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald in the next few hours. We are grateful to Shri Rajivji to accept our invitation and made it convenient to come here from Jaipur to grace the occasion. We thank you very much for your presence at the function and your valuable advice and guidance is of great value to all of us.

The Coloured stone industry in India is at a cross roads. It has to face number of challenges to compete in the world markets, To address the challenges country need progressive and pragmatic people like Rajivji. I therefore request Rajivji to take maximum interest in the field of various gemological activities.

I place on record my sincere thanks to my friends and colleague from the industry for their valuable and continued support and co-operation to GII.
I also thank the press for their unfailing support to our activities in the media regularly.

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PRESS RELEASE SYNTHETIC DIAMOND SYMPOSIUM AND DISCUSSION MEET GemmologicalInstitute of India has organized a discussion meet cum symposium on diamonds on 14th December 2015 at the Bharat Diamond Bourse. The event was held as a curtain raiser for the “Diamond Detection Expo & Symposium” being held on 15th and 16th December 2015, which is organized by the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council and the Bharat Diamond Bourses.

Shri Bakul R. Mehta, Chairman, GII in his welcome address stated that Gemmological Institute of India has taken the challenges in detection of synthetic diamond with utmost priority and all efforts have been channelized to establish the laboratory services at DDRC (Diamond Detection and Research Center) in BDB to certify the synthetic diamonds. He stressed the concern about the laboratory grown diamonds. He assured the industry that there is no need for undue reactions. The industry and gemological laboratories and scientists are working together to distinguish and differentiate the synthetic diamonds from their natural counter parts. The credibility of the natural diamond is the utmost importance and the consumer confidence will be protected at any cost ShriBakul Mehta stated.

At DDRC, the laboratory is equipped with almost all the latest instruments available in the world today. GII is working with the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council and BDB in equipping and providing the infrastructure facilities to provide speedy and accurate detection of synthetic diamonds at a cost-to-cost basis.

The symposium was inaugurated by ShriPravin Shankar Pandya, Chairman of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council, Mumbai.
ShriPravin Shankar Pandyain his address appreciated the idea of organizing a purely scientific meeting sharing and exchanging ideas on the contemporary issues related to the laboratory grown diamonds. He further stated that the diamond detection Expo & Symposium which is being organized on 15th and 16th December at BDB will enlighten and benefit the Indian diamond industry understating more about synthetic diamonds and its detection methods developed around the world.

Dr. M.D. Sastry, Head R & D Department, GII gave an introduction to the need for organizing the Symposium. The scientific inputs and advances in the synthetic diamonds are thecentral ssues being focused at the Symposium. In view of this, GII has planned to create a platform for the participating scientists to interact and exchange their views/experiences. This would enhance the knowledge base for detection of synthetics with high degree of confidence and serve the “Diamond Community” effectively Dr. Sastry said.

Thereafter the symposium was addressed by the leading scientists from different parts of the world who have actively involved in the study of synthetic diamonds.

The following speakers gave detailed presentations and participated in the panel discussion conducted by Mr. Pranay Narvekaron various aspects of synthetic diamonds and its identification.

• Mr. Tom. M. Moses, Executive Vice President, Chief Laboratory and Research Officer, GIA.
• Mr. Jean-Pierre-Chalain, Deputy Director and Director Diamond Department, SSEF, Switzerland.
• Dr. Philip Martineau, Senior Manager P
• hysics, De Beers Technologies, UK
• Dr. Wuyi Wang, Director of Research Department, GIA
• Dr. B.N. Jagatap, Scientist & Director of Chemistry Group, BARC, Mumbai
• Dr. P.K. Pujari, Senior Professor at Homi Bhabha National Institute & Head of Radiochemistry Division, BARC
• Dr. Thomas Hainschwang, Managing Director and Researcher, GGTL, Switzerland
• Dr. Lu Taijin, Chief Researcher, NGTC, China
• Ms. Ellen Barrie, Research Scientist, HRD, Antwerp.
• Dr. Jadaba Nanda Das, Deputy Director General, GSI, Kolkata

The symposium was concluded with a vote of thanks by Shri Rajendra kumar A. Shah, Managing Trustee, Gemmological Institute of India.

Instrument for immediate detection of Synthetic diamonds

The instrument can detect HPHT diamonds in a few seconds.

Mumbai, 8th July 2016: To address the threat of undisclosed mixing of Synthetic diamonds with Natural Diamonds, the Gemmological Institute of India (GII), a project of GJEPC and co-sponsored by BDB has introduced a new instrument which immediately detects synthetic diamonds. The instrument which has been named as “Quick-Check”, has been designed by the in-house research team of the Gemmological Institute of India and Arotek.

Quick-Check takes only a few seconds to scan the ‘High Pressure High Temperature’ (HPHT) type IIb diamonds once they are loaded in the detection chamber of the instrument. The instrument is simple to use and does not need a highly qualified professional to operate, unlike the currently available diamond detection instruments, which are technical and scientific and hence complex in nature.

Commenting on the induction of this instrument, Mr.Bakul Mehta, Chairman, Gemological Institute of India, said, We will now be able to detect HPHT Type IIb synthetic diamonds immediately and with absolute results, with the introduction of ‘Quick-Check’. This affordable device will be able to curtail the threat of mixing of synthetic diamonds in the market. This is so essential to maintain customer confidence. I invite Retailer and manufacturers to come forward and avail the benefits of this instrument.

Mr. Praveenshankar Pandya, Chairman, GJEPC, said, We wish to safeguard ourselves against any threat of illicit mixing of synthetics with natural diamonds. With the advent of this instrument, the industry will benefit the most as the detection of synthetic diamonds with this instrument will help supply of natural diamonds to flourish. I am very impressed with the ease of use and affordability of this instrument.

Mr. Russell Mehta, Vice Chairman, GJEPC, also said, This is a landmark achievement by Gemmological Institute of India. India is one of the largest hubs for diamond processing and this initiative will build more confidence in the trade circles.