To maintain trade and consumer confidence, the International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR) was established by The De Beers Group of Companies in 2008 to provide a premium grading service and proprietary equipment to the diamond industry.
De Beers works to equip diamond businesses with the tools to detect synthetics, simulants and treated diamonds.
Diamond businesses must be proactive in managing the risks related to undisclosed synthetics, And that’s exactly what we’re doing.
In 2015, De Beers opened the world’s most sophisticated diamond grading lab in Surat, India, which has the capacity to annually process more than US$500 million worth of diamonds. Its main purpose, initially, was to operate an accurate and reliable grading service for Forevermark diamonds, but since then it has expanded to offer a number of new services to meet the challenges of tomorrow, including the evolving detection of synthetics, simulants and treatments.
Run by the world’s top diamond experts, the IIDGR offer a range of expert services and specialises in the development of industry-leading verification instruments.
The current suite of instruments, including DiamondSure, DiamondSure Mount, DiamondView, DiamondPlus and the Automated Melee Screening (AMS) device, together remain the most robust and reliable in the industry.
The AMS was first launched in June 2014 and is the result of years of technological innovation and investment. It screens near-colourless and colourless round brilliant diamonds from 0.01 to 0.20 carats to determine whether or not they are natural.
In September 2016, a new instrument, PhosView, was launched – a compact, self-contained screening device designed to allow parcels of polished stones to be quickly analysed to determine if they contain potential synthetics, simulants or treated diamonds.
Our investments in the development of innovative diamond technologies enable us to support the industry in addressing some of its major challenges.