JWS, the Abu Dhabi International Jewellery & Watch Show, will be hosting a fully equipped working laboratory for diamond grading in collaboration with International Gemological Institute (IGI), the world’s largest independent diamond and gemstone certification institute. The JWS, in its 17th year, is a platform for the jewellery trendsetters to display some of the finest jewellery and watches from around the world at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 14th to 18th October 2009. IGI is dedicated to serving the diamond, coloured stone and jewellery industry. For the second consecutive year, IGI will provide its expertise to participants through a unique laboratory at the show that will offer buyers the opportunity to have diamonds graded, assuring them of the items’ characteristics, quality and origin. “Consumers today have become ever more demanding and quality conscious about the products they buy,” said Roland Loriי, CEO, IGI worldwide. “Previously, stones and jewellery available to interested buyers were uncertified, therefore they could only rely upon what was communicated by sellers or on their own personal knowledge. Gem certification and improved standards in the industry, including independent gemological reports for gems and jewellery have now become vital tools in the trade components.” Naji El Haddad, Show Manager, Reed Exhibitions said: “We are very proud to bring IGI’s know-how and expertise to the UAE capital. All JWS’ visitors who purchase jewellery at the show will benefit from the opportunity to grade their diamonds and will also benefit by brushing up their knowledge on diamond grading or colored stones’ quality and features through daily specialized seminars during the show. Every year, the JWS features renowned global luxury brands including collections from Brazil, the US, Italy, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Hong Kong, Turkey, Jordan, KSA, Bahrain, Lebanon and UAE. Participants will have the chance to purchase some of the finest pieces from exclusive designer brands and trendsetting jewellery displayed at the Jewellery and Watch Show. Visitors will have access to competitions and the chance to win valuable prizes. ENDS - JWS Background: The International Jewellery & Watch Show Abu Dhabi (JWS) is a unique exhibition with an extensive showcase of exquisite jewellery and timepieces from all over the world, and is aimed to attract some of the region’s most affluent consumers. About International Gemological Institute (IGI) Founded in 1975 International Gemological Institute (IGI), today is the world’s largest independent Diamond and Gemstone certification institute. Headquartered in Antwerp, IGI has established laboratories in the most important diamond centers of the world like New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Tokyo, Dubai, Los Angeles, Toronto, Mumbai etc. IGI has completed ten years of existence in Dubai and has successfully pioneered the concept of Certification in the region. IGI School of Gemology also imparts intensive training in Rough Diamond Grading, Polished Diamond Grading and Color Stone Identification programs and has trained more than 2,000 professionals from U.A.E. and the neighbouring countries. Over the years, its commitment to quality services, its extensive experience and expertise and its longstanding reputation for reliability and integrity have made IGI, the passport for the industry.
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