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Two iconic industry institutions launch collaboration

World-class AnchorCert Gem Lab, part of Assay Office Birmingham (AOB) and the prestigious London Diamond Bourse (LDB) have announced a partnership that will provide LDB members with convenient and cost-efficient high-quality, diamond and gemstone testing and reports.

The partnership will provide LDB members, trading from the Bourse floor in Hatton Garden, with a dedicated, secure delivery of diamonds and gemstones for grading to AnchorCert Gem Lab, based at AOB’s new state-of-the-art Birmingham facility.

 Both LDB and AOB are independent, not-for-profit businesses, renowned for their stringently high standards and focus on quality.

Commenting on the new partnership, London Diamond Bourse Chief Operating Officer Victoria McKay said: “This new partnership is a natural marriage as far as the LDB Board was concerned. Integrity is vital to both businesses and we believe that AOB’s AnchorCert Gem Lab upholds superior expertise, accuracy and knowledge. The added value for our members is the fact that AnchorCert Gem Lab is in the UK, rapidly reducing lead times for gemstone analysis and grading.”

For LDB members, this new partnership will bring many benefits including the convenience of having all stones collected for grading internally at the Bourse, a simple audited system facilitated entirely by LDB and AnchorCert Gem Lab, as well as the peace of mind and overall reduced costs that the collaborative grading service will provide.

Assay Master and CEO Stella Layton said: “It’s great to be working so closely with the London Diamond Bourse – 

an institution that we have the utmost respect for. It’s even better that this partnership is positive recognition of AnchorCert Gem Lab’s internationally-recognised expertise by an institution with the reputation and integrity of LDB. These types of partnerships are vital for the protection of the UK trade.”

  • London Diamond Bourse, founded in 1940, is bound by a code and trades on its integrity and focus on quality and honesty. Today, the Bourse has a rising membership and is looking to expand its premises in Hatton Garden owing to increasing demand.
  • Assay Office Birmingham’s AnchorCert Gem Lab is a world-class diamond and gemstone grading laboratory, employing respected gemmologists, utilising cutting-edge equipment. Its diamond testing and grading services include the identification of HPHT treatments and synthetic diamonds, and all stones are graded to GIA Certified Diamond master stones and nomenclature.

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