Turkey's first "International Diamond Laboratory" was inaugurated in Istanbul on Thursday.
The laboratory, whose construction costed nearly 1.5 million EUR, will operate inside the premises of Istanbul Chamber of Jewelry.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, chairperson of the chamber Alaattin Kameroglu said that the annual capacity of the Turkish jewelry market exceeded 1 billion USD.
"Therefore, we deemed necessary to open such a laboratory and we choose to cooperate with International Diamond Laboratories (IDL) to this end," Kameroglu said.
Kameroglu also said that quality jewelry products should be sold by qualified people and the rights of consumers should be protected. "The laboratory will work to achieve such goal," he said.
"Both consumers and those dealing with jewelry trade will be able to get certificates for their products from our laboratory," Kameroglu added.
Delivering a speech at the ceremony, IDL's CEO Peter Meeus said that the laboratory was equipped with high-technology.
Meeus also said IDL aimed at the improvement of "diamond classification".
IDL provides the diamond trade and jewelry retailers with quality reports of polished diamonds. Apart from the latest laboratory opened in Istanbul, it has laboratories in Antwerp (Belgium), Dubai (UAE) and Mumbai (India).
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