Modi gave attendees a behind-the-scenes preview into his collections, highlighting two patented diamond cutting techniques: the Ainra cut and the Endless cut. Alumni and students were able to examine these cutting techniques up close with sample jewellery pieces from each collection.
“We would like to thank Mr. Modi for such an insightful and expert presentation. By showcasing his designs and techniques in a hands-on format, he has certainly helped inspire our alumni to envision innovations of their own designs,” said Manoj Singhania, education director of GIA in India and the Middle East.
Modi, a third-generation diamantaire and chairman and managing director of Firestar Diamond, began working in the diamond industry when he was 19 years old, eventually evolving into his role in curating and crafting fine jewellery. Modi’s pieces are regularly featured in major global auctions, including Sotheby’s and Christie’s.
An independent organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is recognized as the world's foremost authority in gemmology. Established in 1931, GIA has translated its expert knowledge into the most respected gemmological education available. Early in the 1950s, GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Colour, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight. In 1953, the Institute created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweller in the world.
Through research, education, gemmological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewellery by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. GIA can be found on the web at www.gia.edu.