The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) or GIT and China's National Gemstone Testing Center (NGTC) recently signed the Letter of Intent (LOI) to promote the collaboration on setting colored gemstones standard and other research projects on gems and jewelry industry between the two countries.

"The key objectives of this LOI are to set the colored gemstones standard used for gem and jewelry examination and certification. We will work together to promote the standard to be recognized as the Asian standard and global standard in the future. These include the standards for ruby, sapphire, emerald and jade and guideline for ruby and sapphire origin examination," said Ms Duangkamol Jiambutr, the director of GIT. "GIT and NGTC will also jointly work on academic articles to be published in international academic journals and present the papers in academic conferences as well as provide training course for Thai and Chinese entrepreneurs to promote Thailand as the world's gem and jewelry trading hub."

Furthermore, the two institutes will study the qualification of Chinese synthetic diamond to establish the database for accurate synthetic diamond examination to boost the confidence of manufacturers and buyers.

"We have set up a co-working team with executives and laboratory specialists, to execute our plan to meet our key objectives. This will benefit both gem and jewelry entrepreneurs and buyers," Ms Jiambutr added.

The LOI signing ceremony was witnessed by representatives from two institutes including Mr Rachane Potjanasuntorn, GIT chairman; Ms Malee Choklumlerd, GIT advisor to the board of directors, Mr Boonkij Jitngamplang, GIT executive board; Ms Duangkamol Jiambutr, GIT director; and Ms KE Jie, NGTC deputy director.

In addition to this event, GIT will offer international standard gem and jewelry certification service at the 62nd Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair held from September 7 to 11 at Booths C2, 4, 6 and D1, 3, 5 and at the September Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair 2018 at Booths 6Q00a (AWE) and 3M068 (HKCEC).