GJEPC Takes Action Towards Concern of Undisclosed Mixing of Man-Made Diamonds with Natural Diamonds

A Natural Diamond Monitoring Committee has been formed to understand issues and formulate strategies
Mumbai, November 6th’ 2013: The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council has recently taken steps to deal with the current industry concern of undisclosed mixing of man-made diamonds with natural diamonds. These concerns have arisen as a consequence of media reports as well as a few instances of actual undisclosed mixing being detected, namely Dalumi Diamond India Pvt Ltd and Narola Gems.

The Council is seized of the matter and is proactively taking several steps to deal with the issue. Below are the facts as well as the actions being taken by the Council:

1. Immediate action on the above cases: The Council and BDB immediately attended to the cases and initiated investigations which are still going on vide and an explanation has been called from the companies. Based on the result of such investigations, the legal team of GJEPC and BDB will initiate actions as per the constitution of both the bodies. Similarly the parties who are the victims had been directed to file for adequate complaints and were advised to proceed as per the law of land.

2. Natural Diamond Monitoring Committee: The technology for developing man-made diamonds has been available for some time and now many companies have started manufacturing as well as polishing them commercially. The industry needs to make sure that consumer confidence in the industry is maintained through segregation of the natural and man-made diamonds value chain and disclosures at every step. India is taking the lead in dealing with the situation and hence to proactively understand the likely issues as well as formulate strategies, the Council had formed a Natural Diamond Monitoring committee along with the various trade associations like GJEPC, BDB, GJF and MDMA in August 2013. The mandate of the NDMC is as follows:
•To protect the overall interests of the Natural Diamond industry
•To enhance consumer confidence by encouraging proper disclosure and preserve trust factor within the industry
•To ensure proper segregation of Natural Diamonds & Synthetic Diamonds
•To formulate policies in order to avoid any scenario of Synthetic diamonds being misrepresented & passed off as Natural Diamonds in course of the business transactions.

3. Synthetics Diamonds Seminar: The Council and BDB have conducted a seminar on Synthetic diamonds in Surat on March 16, 2013 and in Mumbai on 4th October, 2013 to create awareness amongst the members.

4. Experts have been appointed: Further, to understand the landscape of man-made (synthetic or lab-grown) diamonds and the likely impact on the industry and potential solutions to deal with them, GJEPC has appointed experts – A. T. Kearney (Global Management Consulting Firm) and Bonas & Co (DTC Brokers), to assist in the project of “Establishing the current status, prepare a framework/guideline for the industry members to trade in natural and Synthetic Diamonds”. A “Steering Committee” comprising of industry leaders is meeting regularly to drive the agenda of the NDMC forward and look after the completion of the project. Based on the findings and recommendations (expected by February 2014) of the experts, the Council along with the National and International Trade bodies and Government will formulate strategies to address the issues identified and formulate necessary guidelines.

5. Man-made Diamonds Detection and Resource Centre: Council and BDB have also decided to set up a Man-made Diamonds Quick Detection and Resource Centre at BDB within the next one month. This centre will offer facilities of quick detection of man-made diamonds in addition to providing information about man-made diamonds, equipments for detection and training for operating the equipment.