IGI, the International Gemological Institute, started in Antwerp in 1975 and is the largest independent gem certification and appraisal institute worldwide with offices in Antwerp, New York, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Bangkok, Tokyo, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Cavelese, Toronto, Los Angeles, Kolkata, New Delhi, Thrissur, Surat, Chennai ,Shanghai and Ahmedabad,Hyderabad.
IGI's supreme position in the gemological world is no coincidence. It is the result of continuous research, support and synergy with professionals and consumers alike. Around the world, IGI certificates bring confidence when buying or selling diamonds, gemstones and jewelry.
Total commitment to understanding consumer concerns has motivated IGI to develop comprehensive analysis and clear documentation for consumers. This empowers jewelry buyers to focus on finding precisely what they want, with full assurance in the integrity and quality of the IGI certification.
The IGI School of Gemology is offering a variety of in depth courses, extending from Polished Diamonds, Rough Diamonds, Rough Diamonds, Colored Stones, Pearls, Jewelry Design Courses and Retails Sales Development Program. IGI also provides training seminars and conferences going from 2 hours to 3 days. The courses are well known for their intensive and practical learning
methodologies, resulting in high level of competence and expertise. This is why tens of thousands of aspiring mining professionals, custom officers, diamond manufacturers, diamond dealers, jewelers and gem enthusiasts wishing to acquire a maximum of gemological knowledge in a minimum of time, follow them. IGI courses have been attended by people from over 95 different countries, and are given in English, French, Dutch, German, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.
IGI courses are also offered in collaboration with several official organizations such as the Dubai Diamond Exchange, the Shanghai Vocational Center (Minister of Labor) and Shanghai Fudan University.