A diamond jewelry manufacturer from Antwerp, Giovanni Daems, is the first to develop a new, patented technology for a fully-automated diamond setting machine, which it unveiled this week at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai. In doing so, it has provided the Antwerp diamond industry with another world premiere just a few months after it unveiled the Fenix – a technology that fully automates the diamond polishing process - engineered by the Antwerp diamond industry's Scientific and Technological Research Center for Diamonds (WTOCD).
For Giovanni Daems, a company from Kessel located a short distance from Antwerp, its newest innovation is just the latest of its many advances for automating the diamond jewelry production process. In recent years, Giovanni Daems has also developed technologies including a polishing machine, a machine that automates quality control and has now added a setting machine as well. “Making jewelry is a very precise and time-consuming job,” says Giovanni Daems. “That is why nowadays, it is usually done in low-wage countries, where the price paid per unit for this labor-intensive work is significantly lower. After a great deal of research and adjustments to the original engineering, we have succeeded in developing a machine that can manufacture and set all sorts of jewelry with diamonds, fully automatically.”
The machine works 15 to 20 times faster than the most experienced diamond setter and can operate 24/7. Whereas an experienced diamond setter is able to set some 90,000 to 120,000 diamonds in jewelry annually, the machine can easily set 1.5 million diamonds each year. As a result, not only does the process move much more quickly, it is also much more cost efficient. Each stone the patented setting machine sets is perfectly positioned. The quality of the work cannot be distinguished from or is even better than manually-set stones. The machine is capable of setting diamonds varying from 0.5 to 6 mm and can set up to 12 different sizes in a single piece of jewelry.
Ari Epstein, CEO of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre comments: “Thanks to these types of innovations, Antwerp has succeeded in remaining the world leader in this extremely competitive industry for more than 570 consecutive years. As the umbrella organization for the Antwerp trade, we are very proud that companies such as Giovanni Daems BVBA have managed to continually innovate and develop machines that provide solutions to the challenges with which we are confronted.”