Though ample and affordable diamond detection machines are available in the market, in the wake of some recent stories about diamond mixing, companies are making access to such diamond detection instruments cheaper and easier.
After its 2013 launch of ‘Diama Pen’, a USD 199 pen shaped laser beam pointer that is able to detect both HPHT and CVD diamonds and its 2014 launch of ‘Diama Test’, Hong Kong based firm – Diamond Services Ltd. will be introducing its mini Raman Spectrometer at this year’s Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair in September. The compact size device is designed for operations by non-technical staff in the diamond trade and jewelry retail sector and delivers results in a user-friendly format, which is easier to read and interpret.
The device is apparently able to detect Lab-grown diamonds, treated diamonds and simulants and can test both mounted and non-mounted stones, while costing around 90% less than the equivalent Raman Spectrometer used by gemological laboratories. The company plans to offer its mini Raman Spectrometer for a discount of USD 2,000 for sales at the Hong Kong show and will be available for USD 19,500 plus shipping costs against its standard pricing of USD 21,500 plus shipping costs.
While numerous such diamond detection instruments are getting easily available to jewelry professionals at affordable costs, leading gemological laboratory GIA plans to open a diamond synthesis facility in New Jersey by January 2016. GIA executive VP and chief laboratory and research officer – Tom Moses, told participants at Israel’s International Diamond Week that the center will be a research facility for analyzing Lab-grown diamonds and practices adopted by Lab-grown diamond producers, considering the significant progress made in Lab-grown diamond technology in past some years.
Apart from such similar measures, implementation of systems like Chain of Custody will enable the diamond industry to help curb and eliminate any existing, albeit less likely, unethical and illegal practices of diamond mixing.