June 13, 2002
EGL USA Expands to Canada
European Gemological Laboratories will open two full-service gemological laboratories in Canada in July. The offices will open in Vancouver and Toronto. EGL USA presently operates two laboratories; one in New York City and the other in Los Angeles, CA.
"We decided to open offices in Canada because of its growing importance as a major diamond producer," says Mark Gershburg, EGL USA director, based in New York City. "Our Canadian clients wanted us to have our lab there and we felt we could better serve them and the burgeoning Canadian jewelry trade by having offices in its two major jewelry centers." EGL USA says it has developed a relationship with several diamond producers who seek the lab's input regarding rough diamonds.
Branko Deljanin, who has been appointed director of Canadian operations, says the Vancouver office should facilitate the lab's important research on rough diamonds and diamond treatments. Elena Semenets, EGL USA's rough diamond specialist, will relocate to Vancouver to oversee the rough diamond research projects. "Most of the major mining companies exploring in Canada as well as in Brazil and Africa are there," says Deljanin "Vancouver offers proximity to Yelowknife, where the Canadian polishing factories are based, and the Northwest Territories, where the second major Canadian mine, Diavik, will be opened at the beginning of next year."
In addition to the presence of the labs and related lab services, EGL USA says it will ofer educational gemological programs through the Vancouver Community College. Semenets is planning a course entitled "Rough Diamond Grading and Evaluation," starting this summer in the U.S. and in Canada in the fall.
by Robert Weldon, G.G.