De Beers’ melee screener to go in Antwerp lab
De Beers is now in the manufacturing stage with its melee screener and will lease it to interested sightholders in the second quarter before placing the device in a grading and research facility it operates in Antwerp, making it open to the trade more generally.
GIA’s synthetic detection device debuts
The Gemological Institute of America has developed, and will sell to the trade, a screening device for the detection of lab-grown as well as high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) treated diamonds.
GIA starts memorial scholarship for Tawfic Farah
The Gemological Institute of America has introduced the Tawfic Farah Memorial Scholarship in honor of the institute’s former vice president of international operations who died last year.
IGI offering free synthetics screening to DMIA, DDC
In light of industry concerns over the possible mixing of lab-grown diamonds with natural stones, the International Gemological Institute is offering free screenings of up to 100 diamonds to all members of the Diamond Manufacturers and Importers Association of America and the Diamond Dealers Club.
GIA’s Bert Krashes dies at 90
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has announced the passing of former vice president and Board of Governors member Bert Krashes. He died of natural causes over the weekend at the age of 90.
GIA introduces new format for grading reports
The Gemological Institute of America has a new format for its diamond grading and gem identification reports that will offer enhanced security features and technological upgrades.
GJEPC issues clarification on synthetics release
India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) said the two companies, Dalumi Diamonds and Narola Gems, named in its Nov. 6 release on undisclosed synthetics are not being accused of undisclosed mixing of lab-grown diamonds with natural but, rather, were victims.
Worldwide, industry reacts to undisclosed synthetics
Synthetic diamonds--specifically those being passed off as natural--were one of the top stories in the jewelry industry last year, and it doesn’t look the man-made stones will be relinquishing their news-making reign anytime soon.
Rapaport lab launches synthetic detection services
The Rapaport Group’s RapLab announced last week that it’s now offering synthetic diamond detection services for the trade, utilizing the DiamondSure and DiamondView technologies developed by De Beers.
Leibish wins 7 Argyle stones, will re-polish 2
Israeli diamond company Leibish & Co. placed winning bids for a total of seven diamonds in the 2013 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, including two fancy deep pinks and one fancy vivid.
IGI now has reports in Spanish, Portuguese
Citing growth in the Hispanic and Latino markets for jewelry, the
International Gemological Institute (IGI) announced the addition of
Spanish-English and Portuguese-English diamond grading reports to its
NY lab reports finding more undisclosed synthetics
The Analytical Gemology & Jewelry Laboratory (AG&J), the same
lab that reported the discovery of a parcel of 243 undisclosed lab-grown
yellow melee diamonds, is warning the industry that it recently found
synthetic brown melee mixed in a batch submitted as natural.
GIA begins partnership with Mandela’s foundation
Fresh off its participation in career fair that was part of Africa
Education Week, the Gemological Institute of America announced that it’s
collaborating with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to provide
libraries for elementary students in South Africa.