De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds announced that it is partnering with the International Institute of Gemology in India (IIG), which has been operating for more than 50 years, to deliver diamond education courses throughout India.
De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds Director of Education Jodine Perrin said, “As the major player in the global diamond cutting and polishing industry, India is an area of increased focus for us. We recognise the need for new partnerships that bring education directly to students across large geographical areas, making education accessible and reducing the time and costs involved to businesses in staff training.”
The partnership will initially launch with a focus on the De Beers online Diamond Foundation Course (DFC), which teaches students about the entire diamond pipeline from diamond formation to jewellery sales. It also includes an introduction to synthetic diamonds where students will learn how to explain to consumers the differences between natural diamonds and laboratory grown diamonds.
The online DFC is targeted towards retail staff, or those wishing to extend their knowledge beyond their current expertise within the diamond value chain. The IIG will be encouraging students to participate with special promotional discounts available to the current student cohort. Future collaborative activities regarding laboratory classes will be announced over the coming weeks.
Rahul Desai from the IIG says of the partnership, “Over more than 50 years, the IIG has established itself as a leader in the promotion and delivery of education of the highest standards. The collaboration between us and De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds will not only benefit students but will also empower entrepreneurs to enhance their skills in this unique industry.”