Mar 21, 2018

‘ALROSA Diamond Inspector’, A Commercial Device to Detect Synthetic Diamonds, Launched

ALROSA Group has launched a new device that can identify natural and synthetic diamonds with a high degree of accuracy and help fight unscrupulous suppliers who mix synthetic stones grown in the laboratory with diamonds of natural origin. The device was unveiled at a meeting of the Public Expert Board at the Assay Chamber of Russia where issues of synthetic precious stones circulation in the Eurasian Economic Union were being discussed.

The ALROSA Diamond Inspector, as the device is called can identify natural polished diamonds, polished diamonds manufactured from synthetic and treated diamonds, and non-diamond imitations (simulants). It works both for loose diamonds and those set in jewellery.

ALROSA said that the device is priced relatively much lower than other machines in the market, and is likely to be in demand both in Russia and international markets.

The Inspector has been developed by ALROSA together with specialists from the Federal State Budgetary Institution Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials (TISNCM). A joint venture, Diamond Scientific and Technological Center LLC, will be in charge of its production and sale.

Vladimir Sklyaruk, General Director of Diamond Scientific and Technological Center LLC, said, “One of the main competitive advantages of ALROSA Diamond Inspector is the use of three optical detection methods, which give high assessment reliability. This know-how is protected by an international patent and provides a lower price of devices compared to peers. The price of our detector is USD 9.9 thousand, while foreign detectors of a similar class can cost up to USD 18-20 thousand.”

He added that the detector has a potential consumer base of over 350,000, including diamond jewellery manufacturers, jewellery stores, pawnshops, and gemmologists.

Sklyaruk stated that demand for devices will grow depending on the rate of penetration of undeclared synthetic stones on the market.