The De Beers-owned International Institute of Diamond Grading and Research (IIDGR) announced that it will partner with the National Gemstone Testing Centre (NGTC), China’s leading authority in the testing and inspection of gems and jewellery, to extend the accessibility of IIDGR’s diamond education courses to students in China.
The partnership will officially launch in early 2019 with students being able to undertake IIDGR’s education courses via a mix of online training, as well as laboratory-based workshops. Courses will be delivered by local tutors in the local language, in partnership with IIDGR’s diamond education experts.
Teaching subjects will include:
- Understanding the diamond pipeline from start to finish to allow participants to enhance sales presentations in a retail environment.
- Lab courses to examine how to grade polished diamonds in a professional standard.
- Synthetic diamond detection techniques so that students can effectively identify synthetic stones.
IIDGR President Jonathan Kendall said, “We are delighted to be partnering with NGTC, which has a long and highly respected track record as a leader in China’s diamond industry, to make our proprietary education courses more accessible to students in one of the world’s most important diamond markets.”
He added, “The introduction of IIDGR’s education service offering last year was met with great excitement from the diamond industry, and our passion to drive continuous professional development across all levels of experience and types of job roles and ability that people in the industry may occupy is deeply grounded in over 130 years of De Beers Group diamond expertise.”
IIDGR Director of Education Jodine Perrin noted, “There are growing demands from consumers to understand much more about the world of diamonds than ever before, so those working within the industry must be able to demonstrate their expertise in a confident and clear manner.”
China’s National Gems & Jewelry Technology Administrative Center Vice Director Sun Fengmin commented, “As the most authoritative comprehensive management institution in China's jewellery industry, the NGTC has taken the lead in formulating the National Standard for Diamond Classification, which has played an important role in the regulation and rapid development of the Chinese diamond market.”
He added, “China is the second largest consumer market for global diamond jewellery demand and given the market’s huge growth potential, we look forward to partnering with De Beers Group to support our mutual goals in ensuring that those working in China’s diamond industry have access to IIDGR’s industry-recognised education courses. We believe that the partnership will create a bright future based on shared trust, sincere cooperation and mutual benefit.”