GIA To Create Diamonds For Research

04/09/2015 15:55

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will begin growing diamonds at its research facility in New Jersey in order to keep up with identification and treatment of the stones, which are becoming more prevalent in the industry. This announcement follows the IDEX report earlier this week, which stated that GIA had announced the opening of a “diamond synthesis center.” GIA Senior Vice President of Laboratory and Research Tom Moses said that lab-grown diamonds are becoming a permanent fixture in the jewelry industry, and the key to ensuring these stones don’t undermine the natural product is identification and disclosure. GIA spokesman Stephen Morisseau said that GIA wants to develop a fundamental understanding of the properties of lab-grown diamonds and improve and expand its identification capabilities. The first batch is expected by January.