As a development of a movement that was seeded by a series of meetings between the Gemmological Institute of India (GII) and the National Gem Testing Center (NGTC) of China, an initiative to develop an international standardisation protocol of the Asia-Pacific (including India) and China region are under way in Hong Kong today. The goal is to form a body known as the Asia-Pacific Gemstone and Technology Standardisation Alliance (AGA).
An open forum was organised today in Hong Kong by the NGTC with the participation of the GII, the World Jewellery Confederation CIBJO, the Gem & Jewellery Institute of Thailand (GIT), the Central Gem Laboratory (CGL) of Tokyo, the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong (DFHK), the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong (GAHK) and the Hong Kong Institute of Gemmology (HKIG) to discuss this possibility along with ideas about uniform rules for the international jewellery trade.
GII Chairman Bakul Mehta presented his views on “The challenges of international Jewellery Trade”as an invited speaker. Dr. M.D. Sastry and Dr. A.V.R. Reddy of the GII were invited experts to express views in various panel discussions.
Two additional meetings were also arranged. The first one was a bilateral meeting between the GII and the NGTC, while the second was to work out the modalities of forming the AGA.
The GII and the NGTC signed a letter of intent in November 2017 in Beijing to promote the development of standards, evolve harmonised procedures and the standardisation of laboratories with internationally accepted protocols.