GJEPC, De Beers unit collaborate to maintain consumer confidence in diamonds
MUMBAI, February 9, 2014 – The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), India and the International Institute of Diamond Grading and Research (IIDGR), a division of De Beers, agreed to cooperate and work together to maintain consumer confidence in diamonds and support the industry in the detection of synthetics.
As part of this initiative, the IIDGR will be providing their state-of-the-art Automated Melee Sorting (AMS) machines to the GJEPC.
The machines are expected to be available to the GJEPC within 3 months.
These machines will be operated by the Diamond Detection and Resource Centre (DDRC), which is part of the Gemmological Institute of India (GII), in the Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) premises. The DDRC is sponsored by the GJEPC and the BDB.
The AMS machines can rapidly detect synthetic stones in parcels of small diamonds ranging from 0.01 – 0.20 carats in a cost effective manner, addressing a market need for rapid and affordable detection equipment for smaller sized diamonds, which will be of immense benefit for India.
The DDRC will enable smaller traders to get their parcels tested at an affordable cost.
This programme is supported by the BDB.