De Beers announced it has officially launched its education partnership with the National Gemstone Testing Centre (NGTC), a leading China authority in the testing and inspection of gems and jewellery, extending the accessibility of De Beers’ diamond education courses to students in China.
The partnership, which was announced in September last and originally slated for rollout in early 2019, officially launched at the Beijing Jewellery Show in China on December 13. It will provide a variety of diamond education courses, supporting the needs of multiple groups across the diamond industry. Courses will focus on a range of content, including:
- Insight into the diamond pipeline from start to finish, supporting the ability of participants to develop knowledge for commercial purposes, such as with sales presentations in a retail environment.
- Lab-based courses to examine how to grade polished diamonds to a professional standard.
- Synthetic diamond detection techniques so that students can effectively identify synthetic stones.
De Beers Group Industry Services President Jonathan Kendall said, “It is a great honour to be collaborating with the NGTC to bring China a set of top quality educational courses. These courses have been designed to appeal to a full range of people - from those who wish to simply learn about diamonds and the diamond industry to those working in the industry, from manufacturing to retailing, who wish to extend their knowledge to be more successful in their careers.”
He also noted, “We look forward to helping people in China develop their skills and supporting the development of the Chinese jewellery industry to achieve its full potential in the years ahead.”
Vice Director of the National Gems & Jewellery Technology Administrative Centre Sun Fengmin said, “ We are honoured to partner with the world's leading diamond company, De Beers Group, who will share their 130 years of experience, technology and expertise to contribute to the development of China's diamond industry. The NGTC and De Beers Group will cooperate to run a series of courses on diamond identification, grading, the diamond value chain, synthetic diamonds and other related topics.”
He added, “I believe that with the joint efforts of both parties, the capabilities of our students will develop rapidly, enabling them to become skilled and knowledgeable professionals within a competitive industry. The initiation of this cooperation between the two parties highlights that De Beers Group has taken a significant step forward in the diamond sector in China, and with the spirit of cooperation from both parties we are creating an exciting future.”
Director of Education for De Beers Group Industry Services Jodine Perrin said, “We are thrilled to work alongside the NGTC to bring this collaborative approach to education to our students across China. Through our combined expertise, they will benefit from innovative, flexible and informative diamond courses all specifically designed to encourage ongoing professional development in one of the world’s most important diamond countries. We look forward to working alongside companies that recognise the critical role education can play in their strategic plans and operational success.”