Leading research scientists from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and De Beers Technologies UK will speak on the topic of synthetic diamonds during the GIA GemFest at Baselworld on March 22.
Tom Moses, executive vice president and chief laboratory and research officer for GIA, will moderate the discussion with Dr Simon Lawson, head of technologies UK for De Beers and Dr. Wuyi Wang, director of research and development for GIA.
The free event will commence at 5 p.m. in the Montreal Auditorium, with a reception to follow.
The technology for creating synthetic diamond has improved significantly over the last decade and, as a result, gem-quality synthetic diamonds have appeared in greater quantities and received wider media exposure. Reports of synthetics being presented as natural, however, have raised concerns within the industry.
GIA and De Beers have applied years of research to identifying these laboratory-grown diamonds, resulting in devices and methods that effectively distinguish them from natural diamonds – from the smallest melee to stones of significant size.
GIA’s Wang and De Beers’ Lawson will speak at GemFest Basel about the latest research on synthetic diamonds and their identification, and how GIA and De Beers are working to meet the on-going challenges posed by potential non-disclosure.