The International Institute of Diamond Grading and Research (IIDGR) has unveiled its new screening device to test multiple synthetic gems, SYNTHdetect.
The device, created by the De Beers Group company, is the “first in the industry” with the ability to test multiple mounted stones at once without the need for a probe.
It is also said to have the lowest referral rate at around 0.05% which means a reduced need for further testing and a potential reduction in costs, when compared to other screening devices with referrals of around 10%.
The device was unveiled at the JCK show in Las Vegas and uses IIDGR’s patented luminescence technology to screen stones set in a wide range of jewellery pieces.
SYNTHdetect is said to have been designed “specifically for back office use to support jewellery manufacturers and retailers to better and more easily ensure the authenticity of the diamonds they purchase.”
Jonathan Kendall, president of IIDGR, said: “SYNTHdetect screens multiple stones in set jewellery quickly, easily and reliably, and with the industry’s lowest referral rate. It will provide jewellery manufacturers and retailers with greater levels of assurance that every diamond they purchase and sell as a natural diamond is exactly that.
“SYNTHdetect represents the continuation of our second generation range of synthetic detection devices, which have been developed through ongoing research and development by IIDGR’s world-leading experts in this technology.”
He added: “It is yet another demonstration of IIDGR’s commitment to providing products and services that support the diamond trade in all product integrity needs, helping to create a more confident industry for trade participants and consumers alike.”
IIDGR is taking orders for the new device via email and the equipment will be delivered from September.