Gem testing lab reports "strong take up" of its reporta by clients.

London-based gemmological testing laboratory Solitaire Gemmological Laboratories (SGL) has found its new diamond grading reports to be much in demand; following the introduction of its services at the Company of Master Jewellers’ last buyers’ meeting in March.

SGL is the only internationally-operating gem testing lab operating in the UK.


Shaheen Bandukwalla of SGL said: “The Diamond Report is a tool for jewellers and the public to understand the characteristics of a diamond.

“It has been adopted very quickly by diamond wholesalers, manufacturers and distributors. There has been great up take of the Diamond Report in the short time since it was launched.”

The report aims to give a comprehensive overview of a diamond’s features and plots any inclusions on a clearly illustrated graphic of the diamond, as well as identifying any enhancements that have been made to a diamond’s clarity through laser drilling or fracture filling.

"Clients like our reports in comparison with other reports because of the presentation,” said Bandukwalla. “The image of the diamond and its dimensions is printed using specialist hardware which carries out a 360 degree scan of the diamond.”

SGL says it offers exceptional turnaround times – something it says has helped drive interest in its reports – aiming to deliver information within 24 to 48 hours.

SGL also certifies diamond jewellery and provides other jewellery grading services including a mobile lab service to certify studded diamond jewellery on the premises of retailers, traders and manufacturers across the UK.

The lab will take its services to The Jewellery Show London, where it will further reach out to retailers and brands, as well as the CMJ’s Autumn buyers meet.