The SYNTHdetect synthetic diamond screening device, made by the International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), a member of the De Beers Group, won the Industry Innovation of the Year awards at the JNA Awards in Hong Kong.
The machine, which was launched last year, is capable of simultaneously testing multiple stones in set jewellery and IIDGR says it has the industry’s lowest referral rate at around 0.05 per cent.
IIDGR President Jonathan Kendall said, “It’s a real honour to be recognised among our industry peers with this award, which is testament to IIDGR’s mission to continually pioneer new innovations to support the diamond trade.”
He added, “SYNTHdetect has revolutionised synthetic diamond detection for our customers through our proprietary technology that makes the process of screening synthetic diamonds extremely simple and efficient. I congratulate all of IIDGR’s scientists for their work in developing the groundbreaking device.”
A larger version of the machine, called the SYNTHdetect XL was launched last week. IIDGR says it provides additional efficiencies for users, allowing a greater number of pieces of jewellery to be screened at an even faster rate.
The JNA Awards shortlisting process involved three rounds, including a visit by the judges to IIDGR’s lab in Surat, India, for a demonstration of SYNTHdetect in action. Winners were announced at the JNA Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner during the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.