Thailand’s GIT urges consumers to buy certified diamonds from renowned labs
BANGKOK, July 31, 2018 – The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) or GIT advises consumers to only purchase diamonds and diamond jewelry with certification from leading laboratories.
Ms Duangkamol Jiambutr, the director of GIT, said that due to the high popularity of diamonds among consumers and their high price points, other products including colorless zircon and colorless sapphire as well as synthetic diamonds are being used as diamond substitutes.
Moreover, the production of lab-grown diamonds is increasing while rapid development of advanced technology has greatly reduced the cost of production of synthetic diamonds.
Hence, higher amounts of synthetic diamonds are sold in the market, which benefits consumers as they will have greater choices. However, consumers must know whether they are purchasing natural diamonds, synthetic diamonds or diamond simulants.
“Although there is a mix between natural diamonds and lab-grown diamonds, especially melee diamonds which are sold in big lots, consumers should not worry excessively because the authenticity of diamonds can be tested and identified by renowned laboratories,” Ms. Jiambutr said.
GIT, as a national gem and jewelry institute under the supervision of the Ministry of Commerce, provides a world-class standard gem laboratory service capable of accurately screening out synthetic diamonds from natural ones.
“Gems and jewelry that are verified by GIT can increase confidence for jewelers while assuring consumers that they will receive high quality jewelry products. This will enhance the competitiveness of Thailand’s gem and jewelry industry in the global market,” Ms. Jiambutr added.
Meanwhile, GIT has implemented the Buy With Confidence (BWC) program to reassure consumers and tourists buying gems and jewelry in Thailand.
GIT has granted the BWC symbol to participating shops and companies selling good quality jewelry products which received GIT certification.