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HRD Antwerp ended its contract with Peter Macken after a little more than a year, citing “differing strategic views.”
The Belgian lab fired the employees, cut off a client and recalled the reports after an investigation indicated that the client had been bribing the employees to give its diamonds better grades.
In a release announcing the upcoming launch of the PhosView, International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research President Jonathan Kendall said, “With rising concern in the diamond industry around undisclosed HPHT synthetics, protecting trade confidence is critical.”
The PhosView is about the size of a toaster, can scan parcels of diamonds quickly and ultimately will cost $4,500.
The Gemological Institute of America’s Carlsbad, Calif. campus. The laboratory began accepting applications for 2017 scholarships on Monday.
Available scholarships, which can be applied to both on-campus and online courses, total $2 million.
American Gem Society Laboratories now offers free shipping from Belgium, grading of mounted goods and natural diamond verification.
The American Gem Society Laboratories is offering the service to distinguish if a diamond is natural or synthetic, and if it has been HPHT treated.
The application period for the 125 scholarships currently being offered by the Gemological Institute of America will close this Saturday, April 30.
The trading platform now has diamonds with reports from GHI Gemological Laboratory and De Beers’ International Institute of Diamond Grading and Research.
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