Has anyone had experience with Gem and Jewelry Institute of
Thailand’s GIT lab?
GIT are arguably the primary laboratory in Thailand at the moment.
AIGS used to hold that honour once and are still good, however
perhaps GIT have taken over as the leader now (depends on who you
ask, I suppose). GIT is for instance a member of the LMHC (laboratory
manual harmonization committee along with the GIA, AGTA, SSEF,
Gubelin lab., Japanese Gemmological lab., and CISGEM). I don’t have
the relevant paperwork infront of me at the moment so cannot remember
if that is the correct name for the Japanese member.
GIT is therefore a well respected laboratory and their staff are all
gemmologists, doctors or professors or combination of these
qualifications. I would think you can be safe with their opinions and
they have most of the required equipment these days (not sure about
LIBS for Be-Treated corundum detection, but as they were involved in
the research into the treatment, I am sure they have a handle on
it!). As I am sure some would agree, just because a laboratory
doesn’t have a high profile, it doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t
know what they are doing, as I hope the above shows. I know you were
just asking and I thank you for that as now you have one opinion. I
am sure there are some Thai dealers out there who might give you the
local perspective, because since I work in a laboratory I tend to be
a little biased, but I also try to be truthful.
As an aside: Is anyone going to go to the GemmoBasel Gemmological
Colloquium organised by the SSEF between 29th April - 2nd May 2005 in
Basel Switzerland? It would be great to meet some Orchid members if
anyone is going.
Regards - Nick (Bahrain laboratory)