Last updateTue, 22 May 2018 10pm

IGI New York hosts Diamond Development Initiative


(NEW YORK) – Demonstrating its support of the Diamond Development Initiative’s (DDI) work to improve social and economic conditions in diamond mining regions of the world, the International Gemological Institute (IGI) New York hosted DDI board members for a laboratory visit on Monday, April 26.

Members of DDI had selected to hold a board of directors meeting in New York in an effort to gain a better understanding of the U.S. diamond industry. To augment their visit, IGI opened the doors of its laboratory so they could observe first hand the important role of a modern, state-of-the-art grading facility located on Fifth Avenue in the heart of the N.Y. Diamond District.


(l-r) IGI NY Executive Director David Weinstein, IGI President and CEO Jerry Ehrenwald, DDI board member and Director of International Relations at DeBeers Andrew Bone, DDI Chairman Ian Smillie and DDI Executive Director Dorothée Gizenga.

IGI President and CEO Jerry Ehrenwald stated, “We were humbled to welcome members of the Diamond Development Initiative to our laboratory and support the organization’s important work.”

Visitors to the lab included DDI Executive Director Dorothée Gizenga, Chairman Ian Smillie, and board member Andrew Bone, director of international relations at De Beers, among several staff members.

For more information about the Diamond Development Initiative, visit www.ddiglobal.org.

The International Gemological Institute, the world’s largest independent laboratory for testing and evaluating gemstones and fine jewelry, was established in 1975 in Antwerp and is located in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hong Kong, Mumbai, the Seepz Zone, Kolkata, New Delhi, Dubai, Bangkok, Tokyo and Tel Aviv. IGI is an ISO accredited worldwide organization. For additional information, please visit www.igionline.com.