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The lab’s new Gemstone Rating evaluates the quality, rarity and salience of a stone to assign it a numerical value from 75 to 100.
The fully automated instrument allows users to take 360-degree pictures of diamonds, no technical or photography skills needed.
Expedited grading will be available beginning next week in anticipation of the holiday season.
The portable device can be used to test diamonds to see if they are natural or lab grown and can also be used on colored gemstones.
The online course will cover the history of lab-grown diamonds, growth identification, detection, and more.
They include the same color and clarity terminology the lab uses for natural diamonds, a change announced earlier this year.
Authors Dusan Simic and Branko Deljanin also will be hosting webinars on lab-grown diamonds this fall.
The lab is partnering with Swiss research and development center CSEM to automate the determination of gem origin and authenticity.
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