Several synthetic diamond producers have got together to form the International Grown Diamond Association (IGDA). Based in the United States, the group’s stated intention is to promote lab-grown diamonds as an alternative to natural stones and educate consumers on the applications and qualities of synthetic diamonds. The IGDA also seeks to ensure that lab-grown diamonds are “presented in a fair and technically correct manner”.
Richard Garard, chief executive of synthetic diamond producer Microwave Enterprises, who is the IGDA’s secretary general, said the IGDA would give synthetic producers a platform to offer consumers an alternative to natural stones as well as commercial sectors that require a consistent supply to develop diamond-based applications.
Vishal Mehta, chief executive of IIa Technologies, who is the president of the IGDA, said the group was formed from the need to collectively represent synthetic diamonds on a global platform, share technical facts about growing diamonds and the technology involved so that there would be informed knowledge about the “value, beauty and eco-advantages” of synthetic diamonds.
Other group members include Washington Diamonds, New Diamond Technology, Scio Diamond, Golcondia, Pure Grown Diamonds, Polished Diamond Company, Diamond Foundry, MiaDonna & Company and Chatham Created Gems & Diamonds.