The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) announced that Gemological Science International (GSI), a leading international gem laboratory, has achieved certification by meeting the highest ethical, social and environmental standards established by the RJC’s Member Certification system.
“RJC warmly congratulates GSI on its certification. The verification assessment was conducted by UL Responsible Sourcing, one of the independent third-party auditing firms accredited to the RJC’s Member Certification system,” says Michael Rae, RJC’s Chief Executive Officer.
“GSI is very proud to join RJC certified members that include leaders of the jewelry industry all over the world. Our goals as a gemological laboratory are very much aligned with the mission of the RJC: to reinforce consumer and stakeholder confidence in jewelry products, and to protect the reputation and integrity of the jewelry industry. Integrity is one of the main building blocks of our organization’s foundation. To GSI this means a focus on ethical behavior, involvement in the industry, reputation, and transparency,” says Mark Gershburg, Founder and CEO of GSI.
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.