GSI Launches Mobilab

As reported in Diamond Digest magazine:

MobiLab CoverageGemological Science International (GSI), a New York Head Quartered independent gemological laboratory that provides professional gemstone identification, grading and appraisal services to the fine jewelry industry introduces professional mobile lab equipment to India – Mobilab™ A breakthrough initiative and an integrated approach to innovation, this comprehensive laboratory was launched during IIJS, Signature Show on the 21st Feb’2014. The prominent figures of the industry honoured us by their presence and inaugurated the Mobilab™. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Nitin Khandelwal, a Director of the All India Gem & Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF); Dilip Lagu, Secretary of Maharashtra Saraf & Suvarnakar Mahamandal; Shantikaka Patel, President of the Gem & Jewellery Trade Council of India (GJTCI); and Ajit Pendurkar, President of the Dadar Saraf Association.

In response to the growing need to bring laboratory capabilities to the field, Mobilab™ is the first and only mobile lab in India that has pioneered the accessibility for on-site identifications and grading process. The complexity of carrying all the gem-testing equipment made the mobile lab service handicapped; GSI’s Mobilab™ is the answer to this problem. With the introduction of Mobilab™ a jeweler is assured of the highest quality standard.

GSI’s mobile laboratory enhance existing laboratory operations by showcasing an innovative approach which gives an ‘out-of-office’ option emphasizing on accuracy, reliability, and accountability service delivered with personal attention and sensitivity meeting customers’ needs. Mobilab™ plays a vital role in reaching out to its target audience facilitating a rapid response to their need at the platform of their choice. GSI boasts highly specialized expertise in the geological world to make the process function effectively and with complete assurance.

Mark Gershburg, CEO, GSI said, “Mobilab™ will greatly reduce the cost and turnaround time of the gem identification process, while making it more accessible and attractive to high-volume merchants. Our skilled gemologists fully understand and have an in-depth working knowledge of how each piece of equipment works and operates, which gives customers an extra level of confidence and additional reason to come back to us.”

GSI utilizes the latest gemological evaluation equipment which has an eye for detail and a dedication to quality and authenticity. The Mobilab™ consists of basic testing equipment necessary to test and evaluate a gemstone for color, weight, refractive indices, fluorescence, and many more. The testing equipment included in the Mobilab™ is Gemological Microscope which is a high-quality device for evaluation and identification by determining diamonds and gemstone’s characteristics. Diamond tester is to test suspicious mounted stones. Leveridge Gauge has been a staple tool for gemologists. It is vital in making weight estimations by measurement formula. Besides, Daylight Color Grading Instrument, UV Fluorescence Lamp, Colour Set and Boat, Fiber Optic Light, and many more are included in the kit to carry out the identification and grading method.

“In addition to the existing grounded laboratory, GSI is capable of going right to their jewelry manufacturing clients to serve, anywhere through the Mobilab™ This mobility gives GSI incredible flexibility to serve the industry, when and where they need it” adds Mark Gershburg. GSI continues to leverage its experience in the development of innovative approaches to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers. GSI endeavoured in making the laboratory mobile by configuring the system for the proper integration of laboratory equipment.

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Debbie Azar is an experienced executive with extensive knowledge of the jewelry and gem lab industries. Her entrepreneurial skills and clarity of vision have helped GSI achieve rapid and continuous growth worldwide.

She began her industry career by starting her own successful costume jewelry business. She then expanded her knowledge of the industry with sales, marketing and business development roles at several companies. In 2005, she joined Mark Gershburg to establish GSI. Ms. Azar is an active member of myriad industry organizations and charities; she currently serves as a Board Member of Jewelers for Children. She is also a Forbes Business Council member.

Her strengths include working directly with retail chains and stores to help build their business and brands. She is widely known in the industry for her commitment to meeting customer needs.

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Where is Gemological Science International (GSI) located?

GSI is headquartered in New York, NY. It has 13 laboratories on four continents and in a number of countries: the United States, India, Dubai, Israel, Belgium, Hong Kong, and Botswana. This makes GSI one of the largest independent gemological organizations in the world.

Is there a difference between grading reports issued by different GSI laboratories?

All GSI laboratories grade using the same methods and adhere to the same standards. Every laboratory is staffed with highly trained professionals who have years of grading experience and an extensive gemological background.

What does it mean when a sales associate tells me my diamond is “GSI Certified” or is accompanied by a “GSI Certificate”?

The phrases “GSI Certificate” and “GSI Certified” are industry shorthand for GSI grading or identification reports. What this means to you is that expert gemologists and trained professionals meticulously evaluated the item. When your diamond, jewelry or gemstone is accompanied by a GSI grading report, you can be completely confident in the accuracy and objectivity of the evaluation.

Where can I find “GSI Certified Diamonds”?

GSI diamond grading and identification reports can be found in jewelry stores worldwide and online. Insist on a GSI grading report when shopping for a diamond, jewelry or gemstone.

What do I do if I lose my GSI Diamond Report?

Every GSI grading report is available on our website. Please visit and go to “verify your report”. Enter your GSI report number and you’ll instantly have access to a digital copy of it. You can also email us through the website to request a copy.

What are the 4Cs

A beautiful diamond is one of nature’s most mesmerizing creations. But how do you objectively judge the quality of the gem? The 4Cs – Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight – are the universal standard for doing this.

Is there anything beyond the 4Cs?

The 4Cs are an essential and important description of a diamond’s characteristics. But there is a considerable amount of detailed information behind each “C” along with other qualities of a diamond that affect its beauty, such as fluorescence, light performance and more.

How much do you need to know? That’s up to you, but knowing the 4Cs is almost essential.

What does a GSI diamond grading report look like?

GSI offers a number of grading reports (often referred to as “GSI Certificates”). You can see samples of them by browsing the Grading Reports page on our website.

What does a GSI colored diamond grading report look like?

You can see samples grading reports by browsing the Grading Reports page on our website.

What does a GSI Colored stone report look like?

You can see samples of Colored stones reports by browsing Grading Reports page on our website.

How does a GSI grading report compare to other laboratories that issue grading reports?

It is our policy not to comment on other laboratories. However, know that GSI adheres to the highest ethical standards. We do this in a number of ways:

  • Rotating gemologists to our different labs
  • Continuously upgrading our proprietary grading software to ensure full compliance with international grading standards
  • Having our gemological research department constantly investigate new developments in the industry, which informs the grading process

What’s the difference between a “GSI Certificate” and a “GSI Diamond Grading Report”?

GSI issues a variety of grading and identification reports. Consumers and industry professionals often call these reports “GSI Certificates”.

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