Gemmological Institute of India (GII) inaugurates the Automated Melee Screening (AMS) to detect synthetic stones

Diamond Watch Jewel TrendzGemmological Institue of India (GII) inaugurated the Automated Melee Screening (AMS) machine by Shri Anoop V. Mehta, President, BDB and Shri Arunkumar Mehta, Rosy Blue (India) Pvt. Ltd,  installed in the Diamond Detection Resource Center (DDRC) at Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) Mumbai on August 2.

The Gems and Jewellery Exports Promotion Council (GJEPC) had been trying to understand the landscape of man-made (synthetic or lab-grown) diamonds, which is impacting the diamond business negatively. On the occassion, Mr. Vipul Shah, Chairman, GJEPC said, “We are glad to have the AMS machines in the center as they can rapidly detect synthetic stones in parcels of small diamonds ranging from 0.01-0.20 carats in a cost effective manner. It addresses a market need for rapid and affordable detection equipment for smaller sized diamonds, which will be of immense benefit for India. The DDRC will enable small traders, who cannot afford the machine, to get their parcels tested at an affordable cost. This will be a great support to the Diamond industry.”

The instrument is fully automated and will take up to 500cts per unit at any one time. Larger parcels may be split across multiple units which can be operated even by overnight. Throughput of AMS is estimated at an average of 360 stones per hour.

He was further pleased to inform that GII has already taken up the task of educating people and eliminating the fear of lab grown diamonds from the minds of the people through seminars in Surat, at Opera house and BKC in Mumbai, Coimbatore, and Cambay and are planning to hold seminars in other diamond centers as well. The device would easily detect the presence of synthetic lab-grown diamonds among the hundreds of natural diamonds.

DDRC has been providing Detection services for all parcels received till date, and the center also has been offering resources for creating awareness about lab grown diamonds and testing methods. It’s been six months since Diamond Detection Resource Center run by GII has been operational and  working towards maintaining consumer confidence in diamonds and more specifically supporting the industry in the detection of synthetics. Several diamantaires are mixing synthetic diamonds, which cost much less, with the natural ones, in order to make some quick bucks.