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Birmingham Assay Office will now screen for lab-grown diamonds

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Birmingham Assay Office has revealed that it will now screen for lab-grown diamonds as part of its jewellery valuation service.

SafeGuard Valuations, part of the Birmingham Assay Office, will now automatically screen all jewellery items or watches set with diamonds to determine they are natural or lab-grown.

This will be offered as a standard part of their jewellery valuation service.

The move comes following the growth in popularity of lab-grown stones and subsequent requests from customers to introduce the service.

The new service will be available from 31 August and will be available to consumers via retailers or direct from SafeGuard.

Carla Goodfellow, operations director of the Birmingham Assay Office, said: “Laboratory-grown diamonds are identical – chemically, physically and optically – to natural diamonds.

“Only by using specialist screening equipment can the distinct differentiating indicators be seen between those diamonds grown in a laboratory and those formed billions of years ago in the earth.

“Since the pandemic, there has been a sharp rise in consumers buying fine jewellery via the internet.

“Automatically screening diamonds as part of our valuation service will give consumers peace of mind that what they’ve purchased is what they have paid for, and will also provide further assurance to insurance companies when settling claims.”

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