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Alrosa Scanner Takes Stab at Synthetics

Mar 22, 2018 4:45 AM   By Rapaport News
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Alrosa has launched a device that can identify both synthetic diamonds and other imitations, the miner said Wednesday.

The Alrosa Diamond Inspector analyzes individual stones, as well as mounted jewelry, and can distinguish natural polished diamonds from treated stones, synthetics, and simulants such as cubic zirconia and moissanite.

“One of the main competitive advantages…is the use of three optical methods, which give high assessment reliability,” said Vladimir Sklyaruk, general director of the Diamond Scientific and Technological Center, the company in charge of the production and sale of the device.

The Russia-based miner developed the detector together with the Federal State Budgetary Institution Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials (TISNCM). It will cost $9,900 — less than other companies charge for such devices, according to Sklyaruk.

Alrosa has expressed interest in creating a synthetic screening machine for a while. The scanner was first demonstrated earlier this week at a meeting of the Public Expert Board at the Assay Chamber of Russia.

Several organizations have launched equipment for detecting lab-grown stones, including De Beers and the Gemologicial Institute of America (GIA).
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