The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), a member of De Beers Group, scooped the Industry Innovation of the Year accolade for its synthetic screening device, SYNTHdetect, at last night’s JNA Awards in Hong Kong.

The JNA Awards champion best business practices in the jewellery and gemstone community by recognising and promoting companies and individuals that demonstrate outstanding leadership, innovative thinking, and sustainable and socially responsible strategies, with a focus on their contribution in Asia, and whose ideas and actions have made a positive impact in the trade and communities.

IIDGR was the only UK entry, and was awarded the prize for its diamond testing technology alongside jewellery giant Pandora, which was recognised for its manufacturing process.


Launched last year, SYNTHdetect is the first synthetic diamond screening device to simultaneously test multiple stones in set jewellery and has the industry’s lowest referral rate at around 0.05 per cent.

IDGR president, Jonathan Kendall, shares: “It’s a real honour to be recognised among our industry peers with this award, which is testament to IIDGR’s mission to continually pioneer new innovations to support the diamond trade. SYNTHdetect has revolutionised synthetic diamond detection for our customers through our proprietary technology that makes the process of screening synthetic diamonds extremely simple and efficient. I congratulate all of IIDGR’s scientists for their work in developing the groundbreaking device.”

The JNA Awards shortlisting process involved three rounds, including a visit by the judges to IIDGR’s lab in Surat, India, for a demonstration of SYNTHdetect in action.

Winners were announced at the JNA Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner during the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.