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BDI Says ISO CVD Standards Don’t Meet Expectations

Sep 2, 2015 2:24 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... The International Organisation for Standardisation's (ISO) new guidelines for lab-grown diamonds don’t meet the organization’s traditional standards and nor suggest best industry practices, the Better Diamond Initiative (BDI) said on its website.

ISO last month issued a new standard -- 18323:2015 Jewellery – Consumer confidence in the diamond industry. The standard effectively defines the nomenclature and terminologies that should be used for lab-grown diamonds, treated diamonds and earth-mined diamonds.

ISO “fails to follow its own guidelines in drafting the standard as it undermines its objectives enlisted above, for both consumer and trade,” writes BDI founder Vyom Shah on organization’s website. “For consumers, the restricted use of the term ‘Synthetic’ to refer Lab-Grown diamonds will spread confusion and deception leading into believing that they are fake diamonds like Cubic Zirconia (CZ), Moissanite etc., which is not true. Lab-grown Diamonds has emerge as a new choice for ethical and conflict free diamonds, but the perception that they are fake will eliminate them as a choice for consumers wanting to buy ethical diamonds,” he continued.

The ISO has not yet responded to the critique.
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