The Independent Gemological Laboratories (Independent) was founded in 1999 in the US by expert Gemologist, Mr. Curtis Lowrey. His credence was to make Independent the laboratory of choice for the Diamond and Jewelry evaluation in the US markets. After this success, he turned his attention overseas for expansion and Independent opened its first overseas Lab in Mumbai in 2003. Independent has been growing from strength to strength ever since.
Since 1999, judicious Diamond and Gemstone dealers and consumers worldwide have been submitting their gems to Independent for certification. At Independent, we strongly believe in providing Accurate and Consistent standards of grading complete with absolute integrity which are paramount in maintaining our customer’s confidence in their precious stones and studded jewelry. Independent holds stand as the preferred International Gem Certification and Appraisal Institute for diamonds, colored gemstones and jewelry today.
Our core objective is to uphold the highest international standards in gem identification and grading and to provide quality and consistent service which has become the hallmark of our relationship with our customers. Gemstones should only be purchased or traded when accompanied by a certificate attesting to quality. A certificate from Independent represents the all important 5th ‘C’ i.e. Confidence. Over the years, Independent has been the certificate of choice for major retail chains in the US , India and likewise.
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Since ancient times, diamond has been an enduring symbol of integrity – flawless, indestructible and eternal. These are the very qualities that inspire Independent’s vision and mission. A passion for excellence with the dedication to achieve highest standards of professionalism and to surpass customer expectations. We believe is setting benchmarks with every passing certification.
Veracity is the touchstone upon which certification rests. Hence, our area of work is restricted solely to the scientific evaluation of gemstones, based on established and globally recognized parameters. We do not participate in any commercial activity whatsoever within the gem and jewelry trade. Our core responsibility lies in providing authentic and reliable information to our clients. In the gemstone trade, that will protect them and in the long run and promote the healthy growth of the industry.