GCAL Concludes Acquisition of Gemprint and other IP Assets
New York City, NY (May 04, 2011)– The Palmieri Group, founder and owner of GCAL (Gem Certification & Assurance Lab, Inc.), is pleased to inform the International Diamond and Gemstone Community that we have concluded the complete acquisition of all the business and assets of Gemprint®, the world’s most sophisticated, non-invasive diamond identification and registration system. The cash purchase included all of Gemprints’ worldwide patents, trademarks, copyrights, as well as, developmental prototypes, advanced software, databases (1978 – present) and all other remaining intellectual property relating to the identification, light performance, and diamond grading business, formerly owned by Collectors Universe, Inc.
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Jan 13, 2011
GCAL Express Opens in World Diamond Tower at 580 Fifth Avenue
New York City, NY (Jan 13, 2011) – Gem Certification & Assurance Lab, Inc. (GCAL™) has opened a high-tech, state-of-the-art, Express Office in the Main Lobby of the World Diamond Tower (580 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY). This Express Office, GCAL’s second location in the building, was opened to provide more transparent and accessible “while you wait” diamond, gemstone, & jewelry services to the trade and consumers... (read more)
May 27, 2010
GCAL CELEBRATES 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN LAS VEGAS
New York City, NY (May 27, 2010) – Gem Certification & Assurance Lab, Inc. (GCAL™) will be offering free metal test analyses using a Thermo Scientific Niton x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer to registered buyers and exhibitors at two major trade shows held in Las Vegas from June 1-3 (CBG @ Caesar’s Palace) and June 4-7 (JCK @ Sand’s Convention Center)... (read more)
May 24, 2010
GCAL Expands ISO Scope
New York City, NY (May 24, 2010) – Gem Certification & Assurance Lab, Inc. (GCAL™) passed its
third annual ISO 17025 Audit in April 2010, and has expanded its ISO Scope for certification
of Fancy Color Diamonds and Precious Metal Analysis... (read more)
Jun 19, 2009
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GCAL's diamondprofile® Newsletter
(Spring 2009 Issue)
Welcome to the eighth edition of GCAL's Diamond Profile® Newsletter, covering a
range of gemological topics, services, market information and new features on a
GCAL's diamondprofile® Newsletter
(Winter 2009 Issue)
Welcome to the seventh edition of GCAL's Diamond Profile® Newsletter, covering a range
of gemological topics, services, market information and new features on a timely
GCAL's diamondprofile® Newsletter
(Nov/Dec 2008 Issue)
Welcome to the sixth edition of GCAL's Diamond Profile® Newsletter, covering a range of gemological topics, services, market information and new features on a timely basis.
GCAL Earns ISO 17025:2005 Accreditation
New York (April 24, 2008)– After a rigid auditing period, Gem Certification and Assurance Lab
(GCAL) was awarded ISO 17025:2005 accreditation, meaning that it conforms to recognized
international standards for accurate and reliable grading. Specifically, this recognition means that
GCAL's lab is rated among the most technically competent in the world.
GCAL Makes The Grade
Without a doubt, 2007 has seen many new initiatives from the Gem Certifiction and Assurance Lab (GCAL).
Positioning itself as providing 'something extra' for both the trade and the consumer, this past year has
been the lab's chance to make good on that promise.
GCAL eLearning Goes Live
GCAL's free eLearning provides an in-depth understanding of all of GCAL's added
value, quality and security features. To register for eLearning, log on to
GCAL Pledges $50,000 to CIBJO
Programmes, to Advance Jewellery Projects in Developing Countries
Milan, Italy (December 14, 2007) – The Gem Certification & Assurance Lab, Inc. (GCAL)
of New York, has pledged a gift of $50,000 to CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation.
GCAL is a subsidiary of Collectors Universe, a US-based provider of services to
the collectibles and diamond and colored gemstone markets.
GEM Certification & Assurance
Lab Parent Company CEO Delivers CIBJO/United Nations Speech
New York (October 31, 2007) – In a speech delivered on October 29, 2007, at the
CIBJO meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Michael
Haynes, Chief Executive Officer of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT), parent
company of Gem Certification & Assurance Lab, Inc. (GCAL), stated that the luxury
market for jewelry was capable of the economic support that could provide better
employment and living conditions for workers in the countries producing materials
used in jewelry.
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GCAL Launches Certified Diamond
New York (October 28, 2007) - Gem Certification and Assurance Lab (GCAL) announces
the launch of Certified Diamond Exchange (CDE), a free online diamond exchange where
JBT-listed retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers can buy, sell and trade their
inventory of GCAL certified diamonds.
GCAL Expands Role In
Education Through Speaking Engagements and Presentations
In keeping with its mission to inform jewelers about the latest gem lab technologies
and services available and stress the importance of integrity in diamond grading,
Gem Certification & Assurance Lab (GCAL) has ramped up its visibility on the industry
GCAL to Hold Clarity and
Light Performance Demos at the JA New York Show, and Unveil New Electronic Diamond
Grading Certificate System
GCAL will be conducting demonstrations for clarity and light performance in diamonds
during the JA New York Summer Show. In addition, GCAL will test an innovative new
Electronic Diamond Grading certificate that can serve as a sales trainer and a "silent
AGL, GCAL to take high-profile
role during JA New York with sponsorships, fundraising, demos, and educational programs
GCAL and AGL have continued to heighten their presence by positioning themselves
at the forefront of the activities associated with the JA New York Summer Show (July
29 - August 1, 2007).
GCAL, AGL to sponsor New York
State Jewelers Association Annual Awards Dinner
AGL and GCAL are Platinum Level Sponsors of this year's New York State Jewelers
Association (NYSJA) Annual Awards Dinner, to be held on July 28, at the Mandarin
Oriental Hotel in New York City.
New Jersey Jeweler
Wins "Dream Team" Store Makeover From AGL/GCAL
The "Dream Team" of luxury retail experts was organized by AGL and GCAL as part
of a week-long promotion at the Couture Show in Las Vegas from May 29-June4, 2007,
in order to demonstrate that luxury retail jewelers had all of the tools necessary
to neutralize any perceived advantages of other luxury goods retailers.
GCAL's Howard Pomerantz named
roving Ambassador for WFDB by World Federation of Diamond Bourses
As Roving Ambassador, Mr. Pomerantz will concentrate on developing and presenting
an Associate Membership program during an upcoming international tour of the 26
WFDB Bourses worldwide.
AGL, GCAL To Direct Program at
Couture Providing New Research on Targeting Affluents
The invitation-only event, "Tuesday at Two", will be held at the Wynn Las Vegas
Resort. It will allow Retailers to network and explore how to better reach the elite
affluent, with a presentation from a "Dream Team" of top consultants in the luxury
GCAL Sponsors WDC Welcome
Cocktail Reception in Jerusalem; Guest of Honor Shimon Peres Stirs Hearts, Hope
GCAL was proud to sponsor the opening of the WDC in Jerusalem. It was a special
night attended by distinguished diamontaries, and capped off with a phenomenally
inspirational speech from Shimon Peres that left all in attendance spellbound and
VisionCut and GCAL to Sponsor
Las Vegas Party to Promote an Episode of "Gene Simmons Family Jewels"
VisionCut LLC, creator of the Cushette Diamond, is partnering with Gem Certification
& Assurance Lab (GCAL) to sponsor a party during the JCK Las Vegas Show to promote
a prominent role in an upcoming episode of A&E Network's hit reality series
Gene Simmons Family Jewels that utilizes a Cushette Diamond.
Diamond Market Veteran Howard
Pomerantz Joins GCAL As Executive Vice President
Howard Pomerantz has joined the company as Executive Vice President. Pomerantz will
work closely with GCAL President Don Palmieri in executing business strategy to
continue the growth of the company in the diamond authentication and grading business.
AGL & GCAL Team Up with
JFC For The Benefit Of Children In Need
AGL & GCAL team up with JFC for the benefit of children in need. Five chances
to win great prizes at the Vegas events. Join AGL & GCAL in this fundraising
GCAL to Sponsor WDC Annual Meeting
GCAL has announced its sponsorship of the WDC’s Fifth Annual Meeting, to be held
May 9-10, at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, Israel.
GCAL and AGL Agree with Malca-Amit
to Use Worldwide Security Services for Submissions and Take-in Windows
GCAL and AGL have agreed with Malca-Amit USA, LLC to use the worldwide delivery
system of Malca-Amit to enhance the international submission operations of these
New GCAL Website with Video
Tour, Verification and More
GCAL has released a new website with several important new features that will offer
tremendous benefits to the jewelry trade.
GCAL Launches Zero Tolerance
Consumer Grading Guarantee
The GCAL Consumer Guarantee provides cash back with zero tolerance for any difference
in weight or quality rating. Basically, the retail consumer can now have a money
back guarantee covering all the 4C's.
Simmons Jewelry Company Announces
First Creation from its Green Initiative Collection
The Simmons Jewelry Company co-owners Russell Simmons and Kimora Lee Simmons, along
with President Scott Rauch, announce the first creation from its new Green Initiative
collection of conscious jewelry.
GCAL Unveils New Cut Grade
GCAL announced the debut of a new cut grading system.
VNU CEO Summit Sponsors
GCAL and AGL to Host Exclusive "Leadership Chat" with Keynoter Tom Peters
GCAL and AGL will host an exclusive Executive Session with Tom Peters and approximated
15 CEOs following his opening keynote address at the VNU Fine Jewelry CEO Summit
on February 21 in Atlanta.
ICA, AGL and GCAL Announce
Consumer Confidence Initiative
International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) and American Gemological Laboratories
(AGL) and Gem Certification & Assurance Lab (GCAL) announced an initiative to enter
a partnership to brand third party verification.
Black, Starr & Frost,
and Gem Certification & Assurance Lab (GCAL) Sponsor Women in Entertainment Breakfast
Honoring Meryl Streep
Black, Starr & Frost has teamed up with GCAL to honor Meryl Streep and her charity
of choice, Equality Now, at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment
breakfast on Tuesday, December 5.
Nancy Robey Joins Collectors
Top luxury marketer Nancy Robey to join Collectors Universe as Chief Marketing Officer.
Collectors Universe Aquires
Collectors Universe acquires American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) and enters
the colored gemstone market for third party authentication and grading.
GCAL Launches New Service
Collectors Universe's diamond grading unit GCAL launches new service for Diamond
Trading Company sightholders.
Collectors Universe's diamond grading unit GCAL selected by the government of the
Northwest Territories to provide services for its diamond certification program.
GCAL Becomes Offical Grading Service
Collectors Universe diamond grading division GCAL now ffficial grading service for
ESCADA Fine Jewelry in USA.
GCAL Selected by Cushette®
Collectors Universe's diamond grading division GCAL selected as exclusive grading
lab for Cushette® Diamonds.
GCAL Grows Marketing Team
Collectors Universe's diamond grading division GCAL adds top diamond branding consultant
to marketing team.