Sarine, GCAL Launch Surat Grading Lab Following Merger

Sarine Technologies and Gem Certification & Assurance Lab (GCAL) will open a new grading lab in Surat, India, following their business combination last year.

The new location will operate under the GCAL by Sarine banner, benefiting from Sarine’s technological and local expertise as well as GCAL’s grading brand, Sarine said Monday. The merged entity — formed when Sarine acquired 70% of GCAL for $5.65 million in May — already has a grading lab in New York.

“We are delighted to expand our activities into India, and we believe the timing is opportune,” said GCAL president Angelo Palmieri.

Certification and other grading services in both the New York and Surat locations will follow the merged group’s quality standards, Sarine said. The certificates will carry GCAL’s guarantee — a distinctive feature of its grading reports.

“We are dedicated to leading the way into a new era of diamond certification — one that relies increasingly on technology,” said Sarine CEO David Block. “This approach ensures the highest level of grading while introducing unprecedented efficiency. I have full confidence in our partnership and our ability together to take the certification market to new levels of quality and service.”


Sarine Claims Win in Infringement Case

Sarine headquarters in Hod Hasharon, Israel.
Sarine headquarters in Hod Hasharon, Israel.

An Indian court has found five manufacturers in Surat guilty of copyright infringement and the illegal use of Sarine Technologies’ software, the Israel-based company reported.

“The court’s ruling has made it clear that any company using unlicensed or pirated Advisor software is breaking the law,” said Sarine CEO David Block in a statement Sunday, referring to its rough-planning technology. “We intend to aggressively protect our IP [intellectual property] and will continue taking action against any entities involved in infringement.”

Sarine took legal action against several companies in and around the Indian manufacturing city of Surat in May. Court commissioners visited the premises of the alleged infringers on May 18, Sarine said at the time.

The court has also ordered the entities in question — Gopi Impex, Nirghay Impex, Pramukh Gems, Dhiren Diamonds and Bhumika Gems — to remove the infringing software from their computers, according to the company, which provides diamond-scanning equipment for the manufacturing industry. Rapaport News was unable to reach the alleged infringers for comment.