From Mine to Lab: Where Will Diamonds Go From Here?

Loose Diamonds iStock 000016706134 SquareThe growing availability of lab-grown diamonds and their expanding appeal—especially to the Millennial market—has led to new questions about the future of the diamond industry. How will mined and synthetic diamonds co-exist? Do synthetics pose a threat to natural diamonds, and do they raise the threat of disclosure problems?

This panel discussion at MJSA Expo 2017 explores the changing facets of the diamond market. Moderated by Andrea Hill, Hill Management Group, Chicago (hill-management.com), one of the premiere experts on the jewelry industry from mine to consumer. 

The Panel included a who's who of jewelry business: Cecilia Gardner, Jewelers Vigilance Committee, New York City (jvclegal.org); Don Palmieri, Gem Certification and Assurance Lab (GCAL)/GEMPRINT, New York City (gemfacts.com); Dr. Wuyi Wang, Gemological Institute of America, New York City (gia.edu); Stanley Zale, Stuller Inc., Lafayette, Louisiana (stuller.com).

Lab-Grown Diamonds: Additional Resources

Brief Overview of Lab Grown Diamonds and Detection Methods

Brief Overview of Lab Grown Diamonds and Detection Methods

This presentation from GCAL provides an excellent overview of the types of methods and equipment for identifying lab grown diamonds.

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Guide to Quality Assurance and Control

Guide to Quality Assurance and Control

The most powerful way for you to keep undisclosed goods out of your business is to "trust and verify." JVC has produced a publication that guides you through the quality assurance process. You can purchase it here.

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