App created to help gauge weight of mounted gemstones and diamonds.
Birmingham Assay Office’s gemstone grading lab AnchorCert – which celebrates its 10th annoversary this year – has unveiled a new addition to its services – a smart phone app to help gauge the carat weight of mounted gemstones.
AnchorCert explains that estimating the carat weight of mounted gemstones which is something which jewellers, pawnbrokers and valuers need to do every day and, while the equipment to assist them has grown increasingly sophisticated, AnchorCert believes its services have propelled the process into the 21st century with the launch of its Gemstone Carat Weight Estimator App for smart phones.
Allowing access of use in any time or place, the AnchorCert app estimates the carat weight of diamonds and gemstones based on the measurements of length, width and depth of the gemstone and, for diamonds, the minimum and maximum diameter of the stone.
Michael Allchin, chief executive of the Birmingham Assay Office said: “Our own SafeGuard valuers have been trialling [the app] in different formats over the past year and are very impressed.
“While nothing can ever be as accurate as weighing a loose stone, this is not always possible. We see the new app being of benefit to all jewellery valuers, pawnbrokers and jewellers trading in second hand pieces.”
The app makes use of an ample database of diamonds and gemstones. It also offers a wide selection of shapes and cuts, and more specific information such as the Mohs Hardness and Refractive Index of different gems, as well as explanations of each term and illustrative colour pictures and outline drawings.
A free demo version is currently available for Android phones, allowing users to get a feel for the app. The full version will be available soon for both Android and iPhone operating systems and can be downloaded for around £12 from the Android Market and the Apps for iPhone store.
“We are aware of the changing needs of the jewellery industry that we serve and are always trying to create innovative products and services to help them do business,” added Allchin.
“By investing in the AnchorCert app we have taken a leap into the new age of mobile information and we are confident our customers will find this App incredibly useful. It will also be attractive to those who have a personal interest in gemstones.”