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Sarine Unveils Automated Clarity, Color Grading

Nov 10, 2016 11:34 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Sarine Technologies launched equipment it claims can give an automated and accurate clarity and color grading for polished diamonds. 

The ‘Sarine Clarity’ and ‘Sarine Color’ machines will be launched commercially in mid-2017, Uzi Levami, the company’s CEO (pictured), said at a press conference in Ramat Gan, Israel, on Thursday.

While carat size has traditionally been the only objectively measurable factor of the 4C’s in diamond grading, Sarine now claims to provide a scientific solution for color and clarity. Automated grading of cut has long been available through its ‘Diamension’ systems.

“Our work is done,” Levami said. “We have solved the 4C’s puzzle and more, providing innovative solutions for clarity, color, and cut, as well as light performance and other parameters.”

Sarine Clarity, which is currently in advanced large-scale testing in India, initially presents an "accurate and objective" mapping of a diamond’s inclusions and flaws. It then applies a set of algorithms to determine the appropriate clarity grade, using generally accepted standardized grading terminology, the company explained. The machine can handle polished diamonds from 0.02 carats to 10 carats in size. The first version of Sarine Color system, which is also being tested in India, will be limited to stones of 0.20 carats and larger, Sarine said.

The equipment is the first-of-its-kind to be developed and brought to the diamond market, the company claimed. De Beers and the GIA are reported to be developing similar automated capabilities for their respective laboratories.

The Sarine equipment will be available for gemological labs, diamond manufacturers and traders to buy and pay a recurring fee based on usage per carat, or to use the machines at the company’s service centers. They were developed at a cost of $10 million at Sarine’s research and development facility in Israel.
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