Press Release

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

Mobile laboratory, Jan. 26-28 at the Hilton Colombo Residences

BANGKOK – Jan. 21, 2015 –  Members of the gem and jewelry 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 Jan. 26 – 28. 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 Jan. 26 by contacting us, 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 Jan. 26 and 28.
Payments will be accepted in 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 Jan. 26 by contacting Rodjana or calling GIA’s laboratory in Bangkok.

About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism.