Russian mining giant ALROSA introduced an innovative detection device for polished diamonds at the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. According to the press release: As part of the measures to protect the natural diamond market from illegal mixing of natural and synthetic diamonds, ALROSA and the Federal State Bugetary Institution “Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials” have developed a series of innovation devices for detecting polished diamonds and diamond jewelry. The device can identify natural polished diamonds, polished diamonds manufactured from synthetic and treated diamonds, non-diamond imitations (simulants), such as cubic zirconia, moissanite, and others."
It additionally states that the device is easy to use and requires no special skills. It has two buttons, power and language (English/Russian). This compact device weighs less than 1.5 kg and can operate from a battery (including smartphone batteries), from a computer via USB, and from mains, 220V. According to the brochure, which leads with the statement, "We place strong emphasis on protecting the natural diamond market from the inflow of fake stones.", the ALROSA Diamond Inspector makes it possible to screen both loose diamonds and diamonds set in jewelry. Furthermore, "it is a tool that now enables any person without any professional knowledge in gemology to single-handedly trace down polished diamonds’ origin." ALROSA is planning to launch the sale of devices in 2017.