New Delhi: A state-of-the-art gem testing centre, the first of its kind in North India, is inaugurated in the capital on 25 April.
The gem testing laboratory, inaugurated by Delhi Industries minister Mangatram Singhal at the National Institute of Jewellery Design and Technology (NIJDT) in Okhla area of the city, will test the authenticity and quality of gemstones for jewellers and consumers.
Its certification will be accepted anywhere in the world and the cost for testing a single stone is Rs200 exclusive of taxes and collection centres may be set up in Chandni Chowk and other parts of Delhi. Online test reports in the future are also being considered.
Inaugurating the centre,Singhal gave his yellow sapphire ring for testing and discovered that although it is a natural stone, its colour had been artificially enhanced.
“We need a centre like this for discerning consumers as fake and inferior quality gems are flooding the market,” Singhal said. The new facility will supplement a new three-year undergraduate degree programme in Gems and Jewellery that will commence in September this year.
The new facility has evoked keen interest among insurance companies, said Rita Kumar, executive director of Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC).