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EGL Asia celebrates first anniversary with announcement of expanded educational and grading services in China

HONG KONG —SEPTEMBER 29, 2011: EGL Asia, the Hong Kong-headquartered gemmological laboratory, has celebrated the first anniversary of its establishment with an announcement that it will be greatly expanding its services in China, both in the grading and educational arenas.

On September 22, EGL Asia’s one year anniversary was officially marked at a well-attended cocktail reception at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel. The guest of honour was Hong Kong’s Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Yvonne Choi Ying- Pik.

Starting in November, EGL will begin conducting gemmology courses in Shanghai, delivered by Professor Yung of Tonji University. Then in January, it will begin issuing grading reports under the auspices of NGGC (National Centre of Quality Supervision & Inspection on Gold-Silver Products), China's leading diamond laboratory. The new services will be launched with two certificates being issued for the price of one.

“This past year has been exciting for all of us at EGL Asia,” said Joseph Kuzi, the lab’s CEO. “and particularly because of our position at the epicentre of the world’s fastest growing diamond and gemstone market. These latest agreements, which contribute directly to the professionalism of the Chinese jewellery sector and the integrity of the diamonds and gemstones that are sold there, puts us at the very vanguard of the market, which is exactly where we plan to be.”

EGL Asia celebrated its year in the fast track most literally at last week’s September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Show. Its expansive booth at the AsiaWorld Expo drew large crowds, in part because of an invitation from EGL Asia to take a turn in a Formula 1 racing car simulator.

EGL Asia will be in the spotlight once again at the Asia Diamond Focus 2011 in Hong Kong on October 22-23, where Mr. Kuzi has been invited to speak among a panel of prominent international key industry leaders.

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