Gemological Science International (GSI), one of the largest independently owned gemological laboratories in the world, announced today that it opened its 9th lab in Gaborone, Botswana.
“After decades of just mining rough diamonds, Botswana’s capital Gaborone now cuts, polishes and sells the diamond which creates a demand for gemological laboratories and education” according to Mark Gershburg, CEO of GSI. GSI has become a global powerhouse with offices strategically positioned to serve major markets worldwide. GSI opened another lab in Surat last month.
“GSI brings to Gaborone the same high level of diamond grading, consistency, and customer service we have in all GSI laboratories worldwide,” added Mr. Gershburg
In addition, GSI Gaborone plans to establish educational programs, courses, and seminars.
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.