The presence of Synthetic Diamonds has been an open secret in the Diamond Industry for decades. But, it is only in the last 5 years that Synthetic diamonds have become a significant part of the consumer psyche. Most people know they exist but few understand what they are and the affects they are having on today’s diamond market.
Synthetic diamonds are real diamonds that are created in a lab through a process which mimics that which occurs in nature. Currently, the most reliable way to discern between the two is through a fifty thousand dollar machine called a “Diamond View”. This machine identifies synthetic diamonds with 100% confidence through an analysis of their optical and chemical properties. Apart from the Diamond View and a limited number of similar machines, there is no way to differentiate between a synthetic and natural diamond. Even the world’s most experienced gemologist would have zero ability to identify a Synthetic Diamond without them.
The Diamond Sure has been distributed to all of the major diamond bourses, (International diamond trading hubs), and diamond certification laboratories. However, the overwhelming majority of retail stores, diamond wholesalers and independent jewelers do not possess any Synthetic detection devices.
Diamond retailers and wholesalers obtain their diamond inventory through a variety of means. This includes major diamond manufacturers, other wholesalers and the second hand market. The second two are where the potential to unknowingly purchase Synthetic diamonds is greatest.
While the majority of retailers and wholesalers do not possess Synthetic Diamond detection devices, all major diamond certification laboratories do. By purchasing a GIA or AGS certified natural diamond, you can be assured that the diamond underwent conclusive testing which confirmed it is not synthetic.
Because most diamonds under half a carat are never certified, it is nearly impossible for consumers to know for certain that they are not synthetic. This is a growing concern in the industry for which there is no immediate solution.