The De Beers-owned International Institute of Diamond Grading and Research (IIDGR) has announced that it will begin selling this month, its SYNTHdetect device, that allows jewellery retailers to test diamonds already set in jewellery and determine whether or not they are synthetic.
According to a De Beers press note, the device has a very low referral rate of around 0.05 percent. This is due to the unique approach taken in detecting whether diamonds are natural, rather than seeking to identify synthetic characteristics.
The device is priced at $16,250 and uses IIDGR’s patented luminescence technology to rapidly and simultaneously screen stones set in a wide range of jewellery pieces, without the need for a probe.
IIDGR President Jonathan Kendall said, “Since unveiling SYNTHdetect in June, we have already received significant interest and pre-orders from many of the world’s leading jewellery retailers, demonstrating a strong desire from the industry for a device that allows them to quickly and easily screen diamonds at their own premises.”
He added, “With the industry’s lowest referral rate, SYNTHdetect dramatically reduces the need for additional off-site testing, making it the ideal solution for retailers and jewellery manufacturers.”
IIGDR has also announced that it will launch its second education course, the Diamond Foundation Course, at the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair this week.
Designed as an entry level course for retail employees, manufacturing employees and those looking to join the industry, the online Diamond Foundation Course is focused on extending participants’ knowledge beyond the 4Cs, providing an understanding of the entire diamond pipeline and key issues affecting the sector.
It follows the launch of the Synthetic Diamond Detection training course earlier this year, which has attracted strong international interest, with courses being run in Hong Kong, Singapore, India, the US and the UK to date.
IIDGR Director of Education Jodine Perrin said, “We are delighted to be extending IIDGR’s education services with the launch of the Diamond Foundation Course, which provides a comprehensive overview of diamonds and all aspects of the industry value chain for those already working in the diamond jewellery industry, as well as those new to the sector”.