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Synthetics Firms Launch International Grown Diamond Association

Feb 4, 2016 10:17 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... More than 10 lab-grown diamond producers, distributors and retailers have partnered to launch the International Grown Diamond Association (IGDA), claiming the group is the “first” industry body for the synthetics sector.

The association aims to represent the grown diamond industry, promote it as a new choice and educate consumers about their qualities and applications, according to a statement February 4.

Founded in the US, the IGDA seeks to serve as the central point of communication, development and growth of the industry, the statement said.

“With IGDA, the grown diamond industry can effectively take the collective steps to present itself to consumers who wish to have a genuine choice in diamonds, commercial sectors who require high quality but a consistent supply to develop diamond-based applications, and the larger diamond processing industry, in general,” said Richard Garard, patron member and secretary general of the new body and chief executive of Microwave Enterprises.

IGDA will “ensure that grown diamonds are presented in a fair and technically correct manner across geographies, commercial and consumer verticals,” the statement added.

Another patron member and founding president is Vishal Mehta, CEO of IIa Technologies. Other IGDA founding members include Washington Diamonds, New Diamond Technology, Scio Diamond, Golcondia, Pure Grown Diamonds, Polished Diamond Company, Diamond Foundry, MiaDonna & Company and Chatham Created Gems & Diamonds.
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