Diamond certification laboratory HRD Antwerp, has announced the launch of its new "ID CARD", a specialized grading report for small-sized diamonds that weigh between 0.08 and 0.998 carats.
HRD Antwerp CEO Michel Janssens explains: "The ID CARD is a highly affordable, new type of grading report for diamonds that weigh between 0.08 and 0.998cts."
Continues Janssens: "With this new product, we aim to bring a comprehensive solution to one of the diamond market's main current challenges: ensuring confidence in small-sized diamonds. Indeed, 99% of the polished diamonds traded annually in the world are below 0.30ct*, but the overwhelming majority of these diamonds are not graded because the cost of grading them cuts too deeply into their profit margin."
There are two versions of the ID CARD available, depending on the weight of the stone submitted for grading. The ID CARD is issued for diamonds ranging from 0.08 carats to 0.298 carats, and offers a description of the diamond's color, clarity, proportions and fluorescence. A second version, the "ID CARD PLUS" is issued for diamonds ranging from 0.30 carat to 0.998. carat, providing a description of the diamond's color, clarity, proportions, and fluorescence, plus a description of the diamond's symmetry and polish.
Janssens explains that, "The distinction between the ID CARD and the ID CARD PLUS is based on the market analysis that the symmetry and polish grades are rarely used for goods below 0.30ct. Rather, the terms ‘good make' or ‘poor make' are used. That being said, the ID CARD PLUS is available for diamonds under 0.30 carats upon request," notes Janssens.
HRD Antwerp notes that each stone graded by HRD Antwerp's ID CARD service is delivered to the customer in a uniquely designed credit card-sized holder, made of a very sturdy, tamper-resistant polycarbonate, comprising a number of security features, including:
Security arrows: Tiny arrows strong enough to withstand accidental knocks and scratches, but when the holder is opened, the arrows break instantly, and are impossible to replace or repair. Intact arrows ensure the diamond contained in the holder belongs with the ID CARD.
Diamond fingerprint: An advanced diamond photography device developed by HRD Antwerp gives the customer digital access to the most authentic and detailed picture of the diamond. Each ID CARD has a unique QR code that belongs to the specific diamond. By scanning the QR Code, the diamond fingerprint can be accessed online at My HRD, including all other information regarding the diamond.
Unique laser inscription: Diamonds submitted to ID CARD grading service can be laser inscribed with the Diamond ID number indicated on the ID CARD (unless technically unfeasible).
UV Pattern: The front of the ID CARD contains fluorescent fibers and flags that are only visible with UV light. These security measures are similar to those embedded in currency notes.
Hologram: A security hologram, similar to the hologram HRD Antwerp embeds in its Diamond Grading Reports, is incorporated into the back of the ID CARD.
Other features include custom-made delivery boxes, which can hold 25 ID CARDs for easy transport, and personalization of the ID CARDs with a company logo.
"Our new ID CARDs really are a revolutionary and promising product," says Janssens. "With these ID CARDs, we aim to help the industry ensure complete confidence in all diamonds, while taking into account the lower margins achievable on these goods and reducing the cost of grading them."The ID CARDS are available on request at HRD Antwerp's diamond and jewelry labs in Antwerp and Istanbul, and are expected to be available at HRD Antwerp's Mumbai diamond and jewelry lab before year end.