LONDON, April 8, 2011 - Solitaire Gemmological Laboratories (SGL), an international gem testing laboratory, has launched an innovative mobile lab service to certify studded diamond jewellery on the premises of retailers, traders and manufacturers across the UK.
“We are one of the very few companies that go to the customers’ premises to certify the goods,” said Shaheen Bandukwalla of SGL, based in the Hatton Garden diamond jewellery district of London.
“We grade with commitment and integrity – it is an indication of quality.”
SGL will send a highly trained team to any location in Britain to grade and certify diamond jewellery, offering a discount on its standard price rate.
The client should supply at least 30-40 pieces within London and 100 pieces for anywhere else in the UK for certification.
“You’re saving on insurance. You’re saving on the trouble of someone going to the (Hatton Garden) lab,” Shaheen said.
“You don’t have to worry about either posting diamond studded jewellery or carrying pieces to the laboratory for testing.
“Our mobile laboratory business model will take away all your worries related to transporting the product for certification.
“Our two-person team, or more if required, will visit your premises to certify your stock on-site. They will carry all the equipment required to test and analyse the diamond’s characteristics in studded conditions.”
SGL loads customers’ certificates onto its website.
“If you punch a certificate number on our website, you can see the certificate,” Shaheen said.
SGL also offers co-branding on the credit card sized certificate, identifying the customer as well as itself, and provides customised certificate jackets.
The end-consumer receives the certificate confirming the specification of the jewellery.
SGL charges on a per piece basis up to 2 carats and on a per carat basis for larger diamonds.
For commercial pieces of “I” clarity and below, SGL charges extremely competitive rates.
The client reimburses SGL’s travel and any accommodation costs for mobile lab visits.
Separate from its UK operations, SGL carries out grading and certification at its six labs in India, located in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Thrissur, Coimbatore and Hyderabad.
Solitaire Gemmological Laboratories
14 Greville Street
London EC1N 8SB