Gemological Institute of America to open diamond lab in Botswana in 4Q

source: Jeweler Network
October 24, 2008

Carlsbad, Calif.—The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) plans to open a laboratory in Gaborone, Botswana, sometime in the fourth quarter, National Jeweler has learned.

Following the lab’s opening at the end of the year, the GIA plans to have educational classes up and running at the lab in the first quarter of 2009.

Located in South Africa, Botswana was the world’s top diamond-producing country in 2007 in terms of value, with about $3 billion in diamond production, 24 percent of the world’s total, according to the Kimberley Process Statistical Data Base.

And Botswana ranked second in the world in terms of diamond volume produced, with 33,638,000 carats or 20 percent of world’s total, a volume that places it second only to the Russian Federation.

Botswana is known worldwide for [continue reading]

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