Forewarned is Forearmed: Identifying Lab Grown and Treated Diamonds

Progress doesn’t stand still. On the one hand, it allows to discover previously unknown materials to solve previously inextricable problems, yet, on the other hand, it has its bad sides, too. But in case with synthetic diamond this is quite a dilemma to decide which side to lean on.

The good side is that lab grown diamonds are absolutely eco-friendly and conflict-free. Also they possess all the unique properties the diamond is valued for. As you can guess, it’s impossible to identify synthetic diamond with the naked eye. The last factor yet is treated as the bad side by most jewelers since there is always the risk of being cheated. That is why there is a kind of diamond-detecting-device race that is aimed to avail you with professional tools to help diamond experts distinguish synthetic diamonds from natural stones. By the way, it’s getting harder every year since the quality of man made diamonds is getting higher and higher. And here is another example of how diamond traders are looking for the techniques which would allow them to effectively identify the origin of diamonds.

Fearing their penetration into the market, the Gem and Jewelry Export Promotion Council plans to create awareness among diamond traders and manufacturers of the threat that lab grown or treated diamonds could pose to the natural diamond industry in India, the Times of India reported.

GJEPC in association with Indian Diamond Institute and Gemological Institute of India will organize a seminar on ‘identification tips and techniques related to synthetic diamonds’ at IDI’s City Centre campus in Vesu on March 16, according to the report.

The objective is to provide diamond traders and manufacturers with tips and techniques which would enable them to effectively differentiate between lab grown and natural diamonds, it said.

In May 2012, International Gemological Institute, a leading gemological laboratory, issued a trade alert in India about the huge volume of lab grown colorless diamonds in the market after it received more than 600 lab grown colorless diamonds for grading at its lab facilities in Antwerp and Mumbai.

It was followed by an alert by De Beers’ Diamond Trading Company, which noted that undisclosed stones had also appeared at National Gems & Jewelry Technology Administrative Centre lab in China.

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