“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” or so goes the song. Certainly, diamonds are far and away the first choice for engagement and wedding rings, gifts in serious relationships, and more. And diamonds remain the single most important gemstone in the jewelry trade. So it is worth noticing that our trade is having some difficulties with the advent of colorless synthetic diamonds. Reports of undisclosed synthetic diamonds being sent in to GIA and other grading labs indicates that some people are striving to get false documentation to perpetrate fraud on the public.
De Beers has traditionally been the primary supplier of natural diamond rough, and therefore has a huge interest in not having synthetic diamonds erode public confidence. Recently they published a booklet titled, “Undisclosed Synthetics.” This booklet, aimed at their clients, exhorts them to be vigilant in preventing any synthetic diamonds from passing through them into consumer’s hands.
As product manager for diamonds here at Rio Grande, I heartily approve of this counseling to the trade. It’s obvious to me that everyone in the jewelry trade must be increasingly on guard as technology makes product offerings ever more complicated. Here at Rio, we have a team of gemologists who are keenly attentive to new gemstone treatments and actively look for undisclosed synthetics being substituted for natural gemstones. We watch, because we know there are too many gem products being sold worldwide that are not properly represented. And we also carefully qualify our suppliers. We visit our suppliers to ensure we know who they are and how they operate their businesses. By having a close relationship with our suppliers and closely examining each and every receipt, we verify every gemstone we sell.
The De Beers booklet offers a great overview of the situation, and I encourage you to take a look. If you buy and use diamonds in your jewelry creations, you should consider your own supply lines. Do you know your vendors? Are they taking the steps mentioned in the booklet to ensure their diamonds are natural? At the end of the day, it is your own reputation you must defend. Selecting the right suppliers will make that much easier. Have a read! Then leave us a comment and share your thoughts on this issue; I’d love to hear from you.