(NEW YORK) - In light of the recent trade alerts that “large amounts of synthetic lab grown diamonds are being mixed with natural diamonds in parcels of melee and pointers,” the International Gemological Institute (IGI) is emphasizing it’s well-established synthetic identification services.
IGI currently offers batch testing of diamonds (synthetic versus natural) on an individual basis. The Institute utilizes advanced equipment - including De Beers’ DiamondSure™ and DiamondView™ machines - to assist in synthetic determinations.
“This is an issue that not only affects all aspects of the diamond industry, but ultimately hurts consumer trust,” said IGI President and CEO Jerry Ehrenwald. “The trade has a responsibility to remain vigilant and now – more than ever – synthetic detection technology and services are of utmost importance.”
A consumer-focused organization, IGI emphasizes education and imparting knowledge, which leads to greater transparency and ultimately increases consumer confidence. The Institute has been monitoring the growth of synthetic diamonds for decades through its Diamond Research Laboratory Division and officially launched its IGI Laboratory Grown Diamond Report in January 2007.