GII Builds Synthetic Diamond Detecting Machine

Mumbai: To address the threat of undisclosed mixing of Synthetic diamonds with Natural Diamonds, the Gemmological Institute of India (GII), a project of Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) and co-sponsored by Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) has introduced a new instrument which immediately detects synthetic diamonds. The instrument which has been named as “Quick-Check”, has been indigenously designed by the in-house research team of the GII and Arotek.

Quick-Check takes only a few seconds to scan the ‘High Pressure High Temperature’ (HPHT) type IIb diamonds once they are loaded in the detection chamber of the instrument. The instrument is simple to use and does not need a highly qualified professional to operate, unlike the currently available diamond detection instruments, which are technical and scientific and hence complex in nature.

Commenting on the induction of this instrument, Mr. Bakul Mehta, Chairman, GII said, “We will now be able to detect HPHT Type IIb synthetic diamonds immediately and with absolute results, with the introduction of ‘Quick-Check’. This affordable device which costs Rs. 500,000 will be able to curtail the threat of mixing of synthetic diamonds in the market. This is so essential to maintain customer confidence. I invite Retailer and manufacturers to come forward and avail the benefits of this instrument.”

Mr. Praveenshankar Pandya, Chairman, GJEPC, said, “We wish to safeguard ourselves against any threat of illicit mixing of synthetics with natural diamonds. With the advent of this instrument, the industry will benefit the most as the detection of synthetic diamonds with this instrument will help supply of natural diamonds to flourish. I am very impressed with the ease of use and affordability of this instrument. I wish to an order to buy 12 suchh machines for the GJEPC.”

Mr. Russell Mehta, Vice Chairman, GJEPC, also said, “This is a landmark achievement by Gemmological Institute of India. India is one of the largest hubs for diamond processing and this initiative will build more confidence in the trade circles.”