African diamond firms on COVID-19 response, recent developments

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Keeping global supply chains functioning vital – De Beers

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Gabon courts foreign investors to grow fledgling diamond sector

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Diamantclub van Antwerpen strives to protect the diamond industry from undisclosed synthetics

08 october 2019

The Diamantclub van Antwerpen provides its customers with services to detect synthetics and imitations of diamonds using the M-Screen device, as per a report published by IDEX Online.
Thus, the exchange seeks to protect the diamond industry from undisclosed lab-grown diamonds and diamond imitations, as well as introduce more transparency into the industry.
All stones are initially scanned using the M-screen 4.0 device, and then suspicious stones are additionally checked using the Sherlock Holmes tester, the report said.
The stones that successfully pass the test are hermetically sealed with a unique serial number corresponding to the report number, which is attached to the product after the test.
This type of service is available to all participants of all Antwerp diamond exchanges.
With the advent of new technologies for growing diamonds in laboratories, it is becoming increasingly difficult for industry stakeholders to track down undisclosed synthetics in parcels of natural stones. In this regard, the participants of the diamond industry are working towards improving devices for detecting synthetics, and are also trying to draw the attention of all interested parties to the problem of injecting LG stones to natural diamonds.
To this end, the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) reportedly joined in September the International Diamond Manufacturers Association ( IDMA) and the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) in the organization of a roadshow of current diamond identification and detection technologies. 

Victoria Quiri, Correspondent of the European Bureau, Rough&Polished, Strasbourg