Wednesday, October 23, 2013

IGI Spotlights Synthetic Identification, Batch Testing Services

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.
“This 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.

About IGI
IGI 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.

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