(MUMBAI, India) - The International Gemological Institute (IGI), the world’s largest independent laboratory for testing and evaluating gemstones and fine jewelry, certified a pen studded with thousands of diamonds that ultimately sold for 2.3 million rupees (approximately $50,000 US).
Then pen was designed and produced by Apranje and sold at the Visakhapatnam Jewellery Exhibition. It is comprised of white gold and approximately 2,500 natural diamonds in colorless and fancy yellow, all graded and certified by IGI. It took six craftsmen close to 18 months to make the aesthetically crafted pen.Mr. Sanjeev Mehta, Director Apranje, said: “An aesthetically crafted pen for an equally important pen collector was what was on our mind when we made the diamond studded pen. Diamond sales during Diwali were good despite gold prices hitting an all time high. A very interesting factor we noticed during this festive season is that more customers are aware of certification and realize the importance of the same. Such a situation is good for the industry as it promotes healthy competition.’’
Mr. Tehmasp Printer, Managing Director IGI India, said: “Indian markets are growing in design and trends. A diamond studded pen is an owner’s pride and for our industry to come out with new creations is becoming a habit now. Along with designs, certification is also gaining momentum and IGI is very pleased to lend an arm to the growing trends.”
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