In light of the recent trade alert reporting 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 its 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 DiamondSureTM and
DiamondViewTM machines – to assist in synthetic determinations.
is an issue that not only affects all aspects of the diamond industry,
but ultimately hurts consumer trust,” said IGI's 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.
was established in 1975 and is currently the world’s largest
independent laboratory for testing and grading gemstones and fine
jewelry with offices in Antwerp, New York, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Tel Aviv,
Bangkok, Tokyo, Dubai, Toronto, Los Angeles, Kolkata, New Delhi, Surat,
Chennai, Thrissur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Cavaleze and Shanghai. IGI has
received ISO accreditation in many countries. A certificate from IGI
represents the all-important 5th C that no one should be without:
Confidence. IGI is a standard of excellence for industry professionals
and consumers around the globe.