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DIAMOND DETECTION EXPO TACKLES SYNTHETICS ISSUES
20 December 2015
The first Diamond Detection Expo and Symposium (DDES), which was held last week in Mumbai's Bharat Diamond Bourse, offered attendees the opportunity to familiarize themselves with synthetic diamonds, and the various detection technologies available to the trade.

The DDES, organized by The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), in association with Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB), drew more than 7000 visitors and over 1100 attendees at the seminars over the two days of the event, says the GJEPC in an announcement.  The latest equipment and machinery was on display, and many of the prominent laboratories involved in detection of synthetics were in attendance, including GIA India, HRD Antwerp, International Gemological Institute (IGI), De Beers' International Institute of Diamond Grading and Research (IIDGR), Gemmological Institute of India (GII), DRC Techno, and Gemological Science International (GSI).

Expert talks and panel discussions discussed important topics pertaining to synthetic diamonds, their detection, and the available technology, with the aim of educating the diamond manufacturers and traders in this important topic.

Speaking at the DDES inaugural ceremony, GJEPC Chairman Praveenshankar Pandya said, "The main motive for this industry is to ensure that we preserve consumer confidence in diamonds and we safeguard ourselves against any undisclosed mixing of Synthetics." The GJEPC chairman also assured the participants that a Natural Diamond Monitoring Committee (NMDC) would soon be formed in Surat, based on the success of the NDMC established in Mumbai.

A panel discussion on the second day of the DDES entitled "Synthetic Diamonds: Implications for the Industry", was held with BDB President Anoop Mehta, GJEPC Vice Chairman Russell Mehta, NDMC Convenor Ashish Mehta, Tital Company Ltd. Jewellery CEO C.K. Venkataraman, and Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Executive Vice President Tom Moses.

The panel discussion came up with three points, which it was felt would be the most effective way of deal with the illicit mixing of synthetics with natural diamonds:

1) To quickly develop low cost machines which all traders could use, 2) Develop a system and maintain necessary documentation; and 3) Spread awareness about the issue and the urgency surrounding it as widely as possible.

During the DDES, a Memorandum of Understanding was reportedly signed between GII and De Beers' IIDGR, for IIDGR to equip GII with two AMS machines without charge, to allow for quick and accurate detection of synthetic diamonds.
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