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De Beers, NGTC launch education partnership

19 December 2018


De Beers Group’s diamond education courses have now become more accessible to students in China after the group launched an education partnership with the National Gemstone Testing Centre (NGTC) in Beijing.

The partnership will provide a variety of diamond education courses and support the needs of multiple groups across the diamond industry. Courses will focus on a range of content, including:

•           Insight into the diamond pipeline from start to finish, supporting the ability of participants to develop knowledge for commercial purposes, such as with sales presentations in a retail environment
•           Lab-based courses to examine how to grade polished diamonds to a professional standard
•           Synthetic diamond detection techniques so that students can effectively identify synthetic stones

Jonathan Kendall, president of De Beers Group Industry Services, said, “These courses have been designed to appeal to a full range of people – from those who wish to simply learn about diamonds and the diamond industry to those working in the industry, from manufacturing to retailing, who wish to extend their knowledge to be more successful in their careers. We look forward to helping people in China develop their skills and supporting the development of the Chinese jewellery industry to achieve its full potential in the years ahead.”

Sun Fengmin, vice director of National Gems & Jewellery Technology Administrative Centre, commented, “The NGTC and De Beers Group will cooperate to run a series of courses on diamond identification, grading, the diamond value chain, synthetic diamonds and other related topics. With the joint efforts of both parties, the capabilities of our students will develop rapidly, enabling them to become skilled and knowledgeable professionals within a competitive industry.”

De Beers Group began providing industry-leading diamond education services in 2017. According to the group, it is focused on enhancing confidence in the selling and purchasing of diamonds for all industry stakeholders.