Press Release

GIA Offers Coloured Stone Services in Sri Lanka for the First Time

Mobile laboratory, 26-28 January at the Hilton Colombo Residences

BANGKOK – 21 January 2015 – Members of the gem and jewellery trade in Sri Lanka will have easier access to GIA’s identification and origin services for ruby, sapphire and emerald, as well as other gemstone identification services, through the Institute’s mobile laboratory in Colombo from 26-28 January. This is the first time GIA’s services will be offered in Sri Lanka, an island nation rich in gemstone history. The mobile laboratory will be located at the Hilton Colombo Residences.
Clients are encouraged to make an appointment prior to 26 January by emailing Montana Rodjana at or by calling GIA’s laboratory in Bangkok at +66 2632 4090 ext 153 or 604. Fees, which can be found on GIA’s website at, depend on the gem and services requested. The mobile laboratory can be contacted at +94 (76) 524 3346 between 26 and 28 January.
Payments will be accepted through a GIA GemPass™ or a GIA account. GIA GemPass™ purchases should made in advance or a current account should be set up prior to 26 January by contacting Rodjana or calling GIA’s laboratory in Bangkok.

About GIA

An independent non-profit organisation, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognised as the world’s foremost authority in gemmology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognised by virtually every professional jeweller in the world.
Through research, education, gemmological laboratory services and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewellery by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism.