The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), part of De Beers Group, today announced the launch of a world-first Synthetic Diamond Detection training course. It is the first in a series of education services to be rolled out during 2017, according to a press release. The two-day lab-based course will be unveiled in the U.S. towards the end of the JCK Jewelry show in Las Vegas on 8 and 9 June, and in India at the IIDGR Facility in Surat on 15 and 16 May. The course will provide participants with the knowledge and expertise to detect synthetic stones in both the rough and polished state using a range of specialised techniques and instrumentation.
Jonathan Kendall, President of IIDGR, said: “The ability to detect undisclosed synthetic stones is becoming increasingly important for diamond traders and retailers. This will be the first course dedicated exclusively to this important topic. The introduction of the course represents another key step towards the IIDGR’s mission to ensure industry and consumer confidence in the integrity and quality of diamond purchases.” IIDGR is partnering with the American Gem Society (AGS) to support the delivery of the course throughout the U.S. The first Synthetic Diamond Detection courses in India and the U.S. will be run by experts from the De Beers Technologies UK team and IIDGR’s Director of Education, Jodine Perrin. The course will cost US$2,999 and can be delivered at various sites globally through the use of a mobile lab.