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At its annual board meeting, the Gemological Institute of America appointed the former president of the Jewelers Board of Trade as the new board chair.
Al Gilbertson, currently the project manager, cut research at the GIA, will receive the 2017 Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology at the end of the organization’s Tucson conference in February.
The Accredited Gemologists Association has chosen the project manager of cut research at the GIA’s Carlsbad laboratory as the recipient of the 2017 Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology.
The Swiss Gemological Institute has introduced a GemTOF instrument to its lab, which can provide more information about the origin of colored gemstones.
Last week’s top stories on National Jeweler focused on innovations in lab-grown diamonds and a look at how they’re graded.
The laboratory said the 5.19-carat diamond represents a “significant milestone” in CVD diamond growing.
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.
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