Institute relocates to the historic Hung Hom district
Antwerp, Belgium (August 25, 2020) — IGI Hong Kong is pleased to announce the opening of new headquarters in the historic Hung Hom district. Home to numerous jewelry producers, the Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturer’s Association, and international jewelry trade shows and expos, IGI’s decision to open offices in this key district is logical and practical.
“Since its establishment in Hong Kong in 2004, IGI has continuously aimed to be in close proximity to the diamond, gem and jewelry trade – hence its original location in Central, followed by 9 years in the Tsim Sha Tsui area of Kowloon” said IGI CEO Roland Lorie. “However, Hung Hom, the true nexus, and historical birthplace of the gems and jewelry trade in Hong Kong – especially its jewelry manufacturing industry – has always been beckoning, and its strong pull could be resisted no longer.”
Bob Van Es, IGI Hong Kong Country Manager, praised his team for safely and efficiently orchestrating the relocation during the COVID-19 crisis. “Our entire HK Team really stepped up to the plate. I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say that we are very much looking forward to welcoming you in our new premises.”
Set on Kowloon Bay, Hung Hom is home to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, one of eight universities in Hong Kong, as well as the grand Hong Kong Coliseum and the Senso Italiano Museum. The Hung Hom promenade follows the waterfront and offers views of both the neighborhood and world-famous skyline of Hong Kong Island. A number of scenic parks and shopping malls are available, including The Whampoa, a unique mall and landmark inside a replica cruise liner featuring over 300 shops.
IGI Hong Kong, Unit 705, 7/F., Fu Hang Industrial Building, 1 Hok Yuen Street East, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) operates 18 laboratory locations around the world grading finished jewelry, natural diamonds, lab-grown diamonds and gemstones – and 14 schools of gemology graduating thousands of new jewelry professionals annually. For over 45 years, IGI has provided the fine jewelry community and consumers with a broad range of services including independent diamond grading reports, colored stone reports, identification and appraisal reports, diamond authentication and attestation of origin, laser inscription services, as well as the issuing of the traditional jewelry identification report. Regardless of location or marketplace, an authentic IGI Laboratory Report is the common language of trust and confidence in the gemological world.