(IDEX Online) - The International Gemological Institute (IGI) will launch two new associations this week during a one-day workshop to update attendees on the technical and commercial impact on the jewelry industry of synthetic diamonds in the marketplace. The workshop will be held on June 14, at the Centro Orafo (Jewelry & Goldsmith Center) in Caserta, which is located roughly 30km north of Naples where around 100 jewelry manufacturers operate. It will be held under the banner of the International Gemological Institute (IGI) Italy Association, which gathers the five territorial districts actively involved in implementing the programs of IGI's educational department in Italy. IGI's Association will represent the world's largest independent certification institute focused on gem and jewelry education in Italy. Additionally, IGI's Italy Alumni Association will debut at the workshop, which will be open to IGI graduate gemologists, present and past students, gem cutters, gem lovers and gemstones dealers, as well as people with an interest in gems, gemology and related subjects.