IGI announced its new service, which will provide manufacturers operating out of SEEPZ (Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone) in Mumbai, with expert screenings to determine the origin of their diamond inventory in order to ensure only natural diamonds are part of merchandise offered to consumers.

IGI is the only full-fledged laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment for diamond and diamond jewelry grading to introduce this type of screening for mounted diamond jewelry and loose stones in SEEPZ.

"The screening facility extended by IGI provides peace of mind to the manufacturers who export their goods to the international markets, especially when the market is threatened by the infiltration of synthetic diamonds in the inventory of natural diamonds," said Tehmasp Printer, MD, IGI India. "IGI's screening services help determine the origin of the diamond, making sure that only natural diamonds form a part of the merchandise. It also guards the reputation of the manufacturer in the industry."

IGI's service aims to help manufacturers boost their sales and instill a sense of confidence in international retailers. While intended to complement IGI's current grading offerings, a manufacturer can opt to only utilize the screening service or add it to any grading service pending their end consumer's requirements.

"We are excited to offer this service in one of the major jewelry manufacturing hubs in India," said Roland Lorie, IGI CEO. "As a trusted independent gemological Institute, we are honored to help manufacturers provide excellent products to their customers as well as enhance international diamond trade."

The International Gemological Institute (IGI) was established in Antwerp in 1975 and is the largest independent gemological laboratory and appraisal institute worldwide, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Antwerp, Hong Kong, India, Bangkok, Tokyo, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Cavalese and Shanghai. In India, IGI has three laboratories in Mumbai and one each in Kolkata, New Delhi, Thrissur, Surat, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Hyderabad. IGI is ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (International Organization for Standardization) certified in several countries. Around the world, IGI diamond grading and gemstone identification reports bring confidence when buying or selling diamonds, gemstones and jewelry. Total commitment to understanding consumer concerns has motivated IGI to develop comprehensive analysis and clear documentation for consumers. An evaluation from IGI represents the all-important 5th C that no one should be without: Confidence. As the world's largest independent gemological laboratory and appraisal institute for diamonds, colored gemstones and jewelry, IGI is a standard of excellence, second to none, for industry professionals and consumers around the globe.

For more information on IGI and its offerings, please visit www.igi.org.