Russian diamond miner Alrosa has unveiled a device that can identify natural diamonds from manufactured and non-diamond imitations.
The group, working with the Federal State Budgetary Institution ‘Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials’, introduced the new detection device at the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair as part of its measures to protect the natural diamond market from illegal mixing of natural and synthetic diamonds.
“The device can identify natural polished diamonds, polished diamonds manufactured from synthetic and treated diamonds, non-diamond imitations (simulants), such as cubic zirconia, moissanite, and others,” Alrosa said.
The device requires no special training, has two buttons, weighs less than 1.5 kilograms, and can operate from a battery or a computer via USB.
“We invite market participants to an open discussion and cooperation aimed at the development of a consolidated position regarding the industry standards for the developed detection equipment for polished diamonds,” Alrosa President Andrey Zharkov said.
The device will be launched next year.