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About GIA

Established in 1931, GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, coloured stones, and pearls. A public benefit, nonprofit institute, GIA is the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewellery.

Present in 10 countries across 14 cities, with 7 campuses, 5 research centres and 10 grading laboratories, GIA grades and identifies some of the world’s most important gemstones. GIA created global standards to accurately determine the quality of diamonds (4Cs – Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight), coloured stones and pearls (7 Pearl Value Factors™ - Size, Shape, Colour, Nacre, Lustre, Surface and Matching). GIA has supported the journey of the global gem and jewellery industry through breakthrough gemmological research, unbiased analysis of gemstone quality and by providing the most respected professional credentials.

New York (USA)

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London

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Carlsbad

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Mumbai

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Bangkok

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Hongkong

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Taipei

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Ramat Gan

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Management Team

Sriram Natarajan

Managing Director of GIA India


Mr. Natarajan has over 30 years of experience in a variety of industries and geographies, and expertise in the areas of business strategy, manufacturing management, building organizational capability, and leadership coaching. Prior to joining GIA, Mr. Natarajan was the Country Manager and Managing Director of CIRCOR International's India operations where he was responsible for developing and executing the growth strategy in India. He also served as CEO at NALS Outdoors India and held several leadership positions at Eaton Corporation. He has a MBA from University of North Carolina, Charlotte and a MS in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University, Tempe.

Apoorva Deshingkar

Education and Market Development


Mr. Deshingkar, with GIA India since 2009, is responsible for providing strategic leadership to Education vertical, apart from leading the institute's market outreach, its marketing and corporate communication for Laboratory Services in India using a variety of traditional and digital touchpoints to help GIA fulfill its mission. During his 29-year work-life, he has worked with world-class brands and handled assignments at different stages viz. inception, growth, consolidation and turnaround in an organization's business-cycle. He is an Electronics Engineer from VJTI, Mumbai and an MMS graduate in Marketing from NMIMS, Mumbai.

Fredy Hansotia

Lab Operations, Mumbai


Mr. Hansotia has rich experience in areas of general management, HR, corporate planning, and project management. In his previous roles, he has worked with companies in the financial services and retail sector prior to joining GIA. An engineer and a MBA from Mumbai University, he has been leading the corporate support functions at GIA India for the last ten years.

Ms. Forum Javeri

Director : Lab Operations, Surat


Ms. Javeri, G.G., A.J.P., joined GIA India in 2008 and has gradually risen through various profiles including in laboratory operations, quality assurance and customer service. She has around 15 years of experience in the diamond industry and is a Commerce graduate from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai.

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Message from GIA India Team

India has emerged as a significant hub for diamond cutting, trading, and coloured gemstones. GIA expanded its independent gemstone evaluation services to India in 2008. Since then, GIA India has grown, assisting the Indian gem and jewellery industry in reaching new markets. GIA India collaborates with trade associations at various levels, conducting complimentary knowledge seminars and training programmes as well as participating in industry events nationwide. If you are a wholesaler, retailer, jewellery manufacturer, gemstone cutter, trader or a consumer, you can be confident that GIA provides independent and globally recognised gem grading and identification services. If you are a professional or a student looking to help translate your love for gems and jewellery into a rewarding career, GIA offers comprehensive programmes that opens doors throughout the industry.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), GIA is committed to operate in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner, while recognising the interests of its stakeholders. Through contributions to various trusts, the company will be undertaking CSR activities under health, education, disaster relief, and many more.

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