A former De Beers Group senior executive has been appointed to the board of Opsydia, a sub-surface laser specialist working to improve identification in the diamond industry.

Opsydia places unique IDs that are not visible to the naked eye under a diamond’s surface so that they can be accurately identified, therefore reducing fraudulent gemstone sales.

Former De Beers Group senior executive, Jonathan Kendall, joins the company’s non-executive board of directors.

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In the role he will be responsible for advocating for Opsydia’s solutions and its innovative commercial benefits at all stages of the diamond pipeline.

He will also assist in an advisory capacity, providing Opsydia with insights on regulatory and industry bodies in the diamond sector, as well as expansion opportunities in the USA, India, Southern Africa and China.

Opsydia Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Rimmer, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Jonathan to Opsydia at this exciting time in our international growth and development.

“I am sure that Jonathan’s professional knowledge of the natural diamond sector, coupled with his leadership expertise, will give Opsydia a unique advantage and will help to spread the word of our innovative sub-surface laser technology.

“With his support, Opsydia can continue to provide solutions for businesses ready to take the next steps in diamond security and bolster their traceability and transparency initiatives.”

Kendall added: “I look forward to working with Andrew and the Opsydia team in developing new strategies and supporting the company’s goals over the coming months.

“Thanks to a number of important partnerships, Opsydia is experiencing real market momentum and I look forward to playing a role in strengthening the diamond industry’s approach to security and empowering transparency and accurate disclosure initiatives in the diamond pipeline.”