The Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences Laboratory announced that Japan Germany Gemmological Laboratories (JGGL) has joined the Gem Alliance, which was launched in December of 2017.

In 1995, Masashi Furuya founded JGGL in Kofu city, an important gemstone area in central Japan, with Prof. Dr. Hermann Bank of D.Gem.G. and Prof. Akira Chikayama as technical advisors. In 2007, Masashi Furuya passed away and was succeeded by his son, Masaki, who currently runs the laboratory.

Masaki Furuya commented on the cooperation: "It is a great honor for JGGL to join the Gem Alliance with AIGS with their long history of gem testing and education. From the establishment of our laboratory in 1995, we have appreciated the international network in the field of gemology.

The gemstone industry is challenged by the discovery of new gemstones, treatments and developments of technology applied in gem testing, and believe that, under this international alliance, we can share up-to-date knowledge and continue contributing to the worldwide gemstone industry."

AIGS Chairman Kennedy Ho welcomed the new member: "With JGGL joining Gem Alliance, we have taken another step towards making the alliance stronger through the sharing of research data and information."

The Gem Alliance was formed in 2017 with AIGS and GGTL Laboratories (GemLab and GemTechLab) founders Franck Notari and Dr. Thomas Hainschwang.