The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is introducing its latest state-of-the-art diamond services at the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.
GIA is presenting a service that gives consumers a new way to learn more about their diamonds’ history: GIA M2M. A digital storytelling platform and app, M2M provides a closer look into all the chapters of a diamond’s story – from mine to market, according to the institute.
GIA is also holding a live demonstration of its new gemstone-testing device during a seminar scheduled for June 23. The device is likewise on display and available for demonstrations at booth 3M100, where GIA is also taking pre-orders.
The easy-to-operate, sophisticated desktop instrument reliably identifies mounted and loose natural diamonds, separating them from all simulants and from diamonds that may be synthetic or treated, revealed GIA.
According to GIA, the mounted gem-testing device combines advanced spectroscopic technology; GIA’s extensive research into the qualities of natural, treated and synthetic diamonds; and decades of diamond analysis experience to identify more than 97 percent of untreated natural mounted and unmounted D-to-Z colour diamonds sized 0.9 mm or greater in diameter (approximately 0.005 carat).
Diamonds that may be synthetic or treated and all simulants are referred for further examination and confirmation.
“There is perhaps no greater issue in the gem and jewellery trade today than concerns about the possibility of undisclosed synthetic diamonds being inadvertently sold to consumers,” said Susan Jacques, president and CEO of GIA. “This new instrument is the culmination of more than 60 years of GIA research into synthetic diamonds and will give the trade – including retail jewellers – the ability to have immediate confidence in their diamonds.”
The institute said it is conducting further research and development to extend the capabilities of the instrument to identify natural pink diamonds and other materials.
Tom Moses, GIA executive vice president, and chief laboratory and research officer, remarked, “Synthetic diamonds are becoming more prevalent in the market and, if they are disclosed, are a legitimate choice for consumers. GIA and other gemmological laboratories play a critical role in ensuring that disclosure.”
The GIA mounted gem-testing device is the latest in a series of innovative, research-based instruments and services from GIA that address concerns in the trade about the possibility of undisclosed synthetic or treated diamonds in the supply chain.