(NEW YORK) - In response to industry concerns regarding the possible mixing of synthetic diamonds with natural diamond parcels, the International Gemological Institute (IGI) has announced it will offer limited-time screenings of up to 100 diamonds – free of charge – to all members of the Diamond Manufacturers and Importers Association (DMIA) and Diamond Dealers Club (DDC), at IGI’s New York laboratory.
This free service will benefit the diamond industry as a whole, while allowing IGI to collect crucial, reliable data that will help in determining the prevalence of synthetic and natural diamond mixing.
“IGI continuously emphasizes education and transparency, which ultimately increases consumer confidence,” said IGI President and CEO Jerry Ehrenwald. “We hope members of the trade will take advantage of this free offering in a collective effort to help resolve the issue.”
The Institute offers well-established synthetic identification services and utilizes advanced equipment – including De Beers’ DiamondSure™ and DiamondView™ machines – to assist in synthetic determinations.