Goodbye, IIGDR: De Beers has renamed its grading lab

Rob Bates

De Beers’ grading lab—formerly known by the unwieldy name, the International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR)—has been rechristened De Beers Group Industry Services, spokesman David Johnson tells JCK.

The renaming will make “things clearer and simpler for customers, and […] make the business’s position as part of De Beers Group more obvious,” Johnson says.

The renaming comes with the launch of a new De Beers Industry Services site, which premiered in June.

De Beers Group Industry Services will grade natural untreated diamonds and verify parcels and batches of melee.

Also under the Industry Services umbrella is De Beers Group Technology, which develops synthetic diamond detection equipment, and the De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds, which offers a range of education courses.

The Institute of Diamonds, which debuted in 2017, has three campuses, at Maidenhead, United Kingdom; Antwerp, Belgium; and Surat, India. Last month, it announced it was partnering with the International Institute of Gemology in India to offer its Diamonds Foundation Course through India.

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Source JCK Online