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SYNTHdetect now available to provide retailers with increased synthetic detection confidence

The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), a De Beers Group company, has announced that the industry’s first synthetic screening device for set jewellery, SYNTHdetect, is now available for delivery.

SYNTHdetect is the only synthetic screening device that has been designed specifically for jewellery retailers, allowing them to quickly and easily ensure the authenticity of the diamonds they purchase.

As a result of its unique approach of detecting whether diamonds are natural, rather than seeking to identify synthetic characteristics, the device also has the industry’s lowest referral rate at around 0.05 per cent.

The US$16,250 instrument uses IIDGR’s patented luminescence technology to rapidly and simultaneously screen stones set in a wide range of jewellery pieces, without the need for a probe.

Jonathan Kendall, President, IIDGR, said: “Since unveiling SYNTHdetect in June, we have already received significant interest and pre-orders from many of the world’s leading jewellery retailers, demonstrating a strong desire from the industry for a device that allows them to quickly and easily screen diamonds at their own premises.

“With the industry’s lowest referral rate, SYNTHdetect dramatically reduces the need for additional off-site testing, making it the ideal solution for retailers and jewellery manufacturers.”

Diamond businesses interested in placing orders for a SYNTHdetect device can do so by emailing

IIGDR has also announced that it will launch its second education course, the Diamond Foundation Course, at the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair this week.

Designed as an entry-level course for retail employees, manufacturing employees and those looking to join the industry, the online Diamond Foundation Course is focused on extending participants’ knowledge beyond the 4Cs, providing an understanding of the entire diamond pipeline and key issues affecting the sector.

It follows the launch of the Synthetic Diamond Detection training course earlier this year, which has attracted strong international interest, with courses being run in Hong Kong, Singapore, India, the US and the UK to date.

Jodine Perrin, Director of Education, IIDGR, said: “We are delighted to be extending IIDGR’s education services with the launch of the Diamond Foundation Course, which provides a comprehensive overview of diamonds and all aspects of the industry value chain for those already working in the diamond jewellery industry, as well as those new to the sector.”

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Notes for Editors

SYNTHdetect demonstration at Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair

IIDGR President, Jonathan Kendall, will host a demonstration on SYNTHdetect for media at the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair. Details as follows:

Date: Friday 15 September
Time: 10.30am – 11.30am
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai
Location: IIDGR booth, number 3M043

Following the demonstration, Jonathan Kendall and Jodine Perrin, IIDGR Director of Education, will be available for interviews.

To register your interest in the demonstration and/or an interview, please contact

SYNTHdetect images

Images of SYNTHdetect are available for download here.


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About the International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (a member of De Beers Group)

The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research has been established by De Beers Group to provide a premium service and proprietary equipment to the diamond industry. Based in the UK, Belgium and India, and run by the world’s top diamond experts, the International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research offers a range of expert services. The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research works only on diamonds that meet the requirements of the United Nations’ mandated World Diamond Council Kimberley Process. For more information, visit

About De Beers Group

De Beers Group is a member of the Anglo American plc group. Established in 1888, De Beers Group is the world’s leading diamond company with expertise in the exploration, mining and marketing of diamonds. Together with its joint venture partners, De Beers Group employs more than 20,000 people across the diamond pipeline and is the world’s largest diamond producer by value, with mining operations in Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa. As part of the company’s operating philosophy, the people of De Beers Group are committed to ‘Building Forever’ by making a lasting contribution to the communities in which they live and work, and transforming natural resources into shared national wealth. For further information about De Beers Group, visit


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