GIA India organised a webinar on coloured gemstones. Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Mumbai, organised a knowledge webinar on Friday to help share knowledge and spread awareness about coloured gemstones. Titled ‘March birthstone – aquamarine and the big 3 – ruby, sapphire and emerald’ for members of the Indian gem and jewellery trade, more than 90 participants attended the webinar to learn valuable information about coloured gemstones.
Discussing the topic, ‘March birthstone – aquamarine,’ GIA India instructor Deepa Srinivasa shared insights on the sources, history and quality factors of the gemstone. In the webinar about ‘The big 3 – ruby, sapphire and emerald GIA India instructor Nitu Joshi shared insights on the colours, qualities, sources and treatments for rubies, sapphires and emeralds. The webinar included information about laboratory-grown gems and simulants, along with a few care and cleaning tips.
“The webinar was informative and edifying – especially how the technical details were explained in simple words. The younger generation is looking for something new and unique in their jewellery and aquamarine offers that. With such knowledge series, jewellers gain confidence for selling their products with authenticity and build consumer trust,” said Diljit Shah, Owner, N. Gopaldas & Co from Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu.
Evincing great satisfaction on GIA’s webinar, Sakshi Keshri, Procurement Manager, Hira Panna Jewellers from Patna, Bihar, said, “From chemical compositions to care and cleaning, GIA India has provided a great platform for professionals such as me to learn about precious gemstones – right from the comfort of our homes.”
“Informative and enriching webinars such as these constitute a part of GIA’s mission to ensure public trust in gems and jewellery,” said Sriram Natarajan, Managing Director of GIA India.
He added, “Equipped with the knowledge gained during these webinars we’ve been conducting over the past year or so, jewellers are able to buy and sell with confidence. With the help of these webinars as well as our retail sales associate training programmes, members of the gem and jewellery trade are building consumer trust and furthering the Institute’s mission.”