Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange (SDiX), the world's first commodity exchange in physically settled diamonds, has announced a partnership with Kynetix, a physical commodity digitisation expert, and Everledger, supplier of blockchain and distributed ledger infrastructure, to complete the first part of a Proof-Of-Concept of a blockchain-based authentication and secure record-keeping service for trading diamonds on a global commodity exchange. The technology is designed to enable holders of diamonds with certificates from a major third party verification laboratory to authenticate the ownership and authenticity of the diamonds using Everledger's distributed ledger technology queried securely through Kynetix's Sentinel market infrastructure platform. SDiX notes that changes of diamond ownership resulting from trading on SDiX can be automatically updated via the facility, creating a permanent digital record.
SDiX notes, "The solution accurately authenticated the key details of a consigned diamond basket on SDiX consisting of GIA-certified stones using unique data points hosted securely online; a key part of the output is a “view receipt” of the digital certificate for each stone in the basket, housed on the blockchain. The system opens up the potential for a range of future applications for diamond market participants, including enhanced provenance data, increased supply chain security and efficiencies, and new risk management tools." Linus Koh, CEO of the SDiX, said: “This exciting collaboration builds on SDiX’s record of delivering advanced technologies to enable a trusted, fair and transparent marketplace for trading diamonds as an investable asset class. Everledger founder and CEO Leanne Kemp commented: We are pleased to provide the market-leading blockchain infrastructure that is key to SDiX’s verification and data archiving services and look forward to working industriously with the market on creating purposeful tooling to enable safe and fast trading in physical diamonds.”