(NEW YORK) – The International Gemological Institute (IGI) announced its designation as Curator-at-Large for the Museum of Named Diamonds, a non-profit organization established by the jewelry industry to serve as a single registry for the world’s named diamonds.
Curators assist the Museum with the registration and naming of purchased diamonds, which includes story collection and helping consumers choose their own unique and fitting names. Famous diamonds, like the Hope, are already well-known, but it’s now possible for consumers to spotlight and preserve their very own named diamonds and corresponding stories within the Museum.
IGI has long maintained and operated its Registration & Recovery Services for those who register their IGI-graded diamonds with the Institute. As Curator for the Museum of Named Diamonds, IGI is now able to offer consumers an optional registration upgrade, which means those with IGI-graded diamonds can more easily and less expensively have them registered with the Museum. It can occur automatically at the time of initial IGI registration, or can be done retroactively for any diamond already in IGI’s database, which totals over tens of thousands of stones.
The Museum Curator Program was initiated in April and participating retail jewelers are being named Associate Curators. The Curator-at-Large designation is for national or international organizations doing significant volume in the collection of diamond stories for the Museum.
“We’re so pleased that IGI is taking the lead as an innovator in the diamond industry and participating with the Museum of Named Diamonds in this exciting and consumer-friendly program,” said Jacques Voorhees, vice chairman of the online Museum.
Voorhees continued: “The Museum’s purpose of recording and preserving a diamond’s story yields five romantic benefits for the consumer. As we further explain on our website, MuseumOfDiamonds.org, it provides the enjoyment of a fun experience; preservation of a love story; the ability to showcase and share your diamond and what it represents; a way to make your diamond jewelry even more meaningful; and the perfect gift.”
“IGI’s primary function is as both an educational and independent gemological organization,” said Jerry Ehrenwald, IGI president & CEO. “The Museum of Named Diamonds is focusing on the romance and symbolism of each diamond, and the unique story behind it – an important part of the diamond ownership experience. We’re enthusiastic about helping consumers enjoy this added dimension.”