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, Cavalese, Toronto, Los Angeles, Kolkata, New Delhi, Thrissur, Surat, Chennai and Shanghai.
IGI's 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 jewellery.
The IGI School of Gemology is offering a variety of in-depth courses, extending from Polished Diamonds, Rough Diamonds, Colored Stones, Pearls, Jewelry Design Courses and Retail 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 a high level of competence and expertise. This is why tens of thousands of aspiring mining professionals, customs officers, diamond manufacturers, diamond dealers, jewellers 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 different languages (English, French, Dutch, German, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish).