A start-up in the gemstone industry has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award.

The Sweden-based firm was given the award for its first product on the market, GemPen, an innovative screening-tool that can distinguish natural from lab-manufactured diamonds.

The tool was developed due to the increasing insecurity in diamond validation, as a number of lab-manufactured diamonds are on the rise.


David Doms, product designer of GemPen, commented on receiving the award.

He said: “We are incredibly proud as such a small player to showcase a level of product design equal to Samsung, Apple and Sony, previous winners of the Red Dot Design Award. As well as an important quality mark for us, it shows our users that there is a great deal of thought behind the product.”

GemPen is aimed primarily at gemstone experts to facilitate their work in valuing diamonds and other gemstones.