DIAMOND SCREENING AND TESTING PRACTICES
Do you verify that every diamond that comes through your doors is, indeed, a natural diamond?
If not, you should: investing in diamond screeners and stone testers is one of the easiest ways you can protect your reputation — right in the comfort of your own store, right in front of your customers.
IMAGINE THE MANY WAYS DIAMONDS ENTER YOUR STORE:
1. Customer repairs
2. Loose melee
3. Semi-set pieces
4. Loose large stones
5. Finished jewelry
These are just a few pathways stones come through your store and can potentially get mixed in with your existing stock.
Think you have nothing to worry about? In early 2017, the GIA lab in Mumbai screened a melee parcel — and discovered nearly one-third of the stones were undisclosed CVD lab-grown diamonds, each stone mistakenly represented as a natural diamond.
Stuller has made several efforts to protect against this very scenario. Just last year, GIA® (Gemological Institute of America®) brought its gemological expertise right here inside Stuller’s facilities in Lafayette, Louisiana. Thanks to a pioneering strategic service arrangement, Stuller’s melee is screened by the GIA Melee Analysis Service for diamond parcels coming through the building. GIA staff are on site as they independently operate the GIA-owned system in a dedicated, secure space.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
To safeguard the integrity of diamonds in your store, it’s worth knowing how you can protect yourself. Ask yourself these six questions:
1. Am I screening loose or mounted jewelry?
2. Am I screening single stones or batches of stones?
3. Am I screening center stones, melee, or both?
4. Do I want a manual or automated instrument?
5. Do I want to screen for HPHT diamond, CVD diamonds, or both?
6. Do I want to screen for simulants?
Once you know your needs, you can decide whether a diamond screener or stone tester — or even both — is right for you.
Each item highlighted below must be used correctly for accurate results, so we recommend carefully reading the instructions that come with each tool and practicing on a variety of verified stones first to ensure you’re using the tool correctly.
It can even be a fun training exercise to do with your staff to ensure everyone knows how to properly screen and/or test stones.
Note: No single screener or tester can perform every function. For maximum security, understand the limitations of all instruments.
Diamond screening is the process by which natural diamonds are separated from lab-grown diamonds. Since lab-grown diamonds are physically, chemically, and optically identical to mined diamonds, it is impossible to distinguish their differences by sight alone.
To identify the differences between natural and lab-grown diamonds, screeners use short-wave ultraviolet light. Proper screening assures total confidence in your stock and stops any undisclosed lab-grown diamonds from landing on your sales floor.
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Diamond testing is the process by which diamonds (both natural and lab-grown) are separated from moissanite, cubic zirconia, white sapphire, and other simulants.
These instruments often separate stones based on their conductivity — however, note that most diamonds are not electrically conductive, whereas Charles & Colvard Forever One™ Moissanite has low electrical conductivity. This caveat is important to consider when shopping for a diamond tester.
If you think these instruments are expensive, consider the cost of unintentionally selling a lab-grown diamond or simulant as a natural diamond. Then ask yourself one question: “What is my reputation worth?”
Stuller has a zero-tolerance policy toward undisclosed lab-grown diamonds. Learn more about our rigorous screening process at Stuller.com/DiamondScreening.
As always, if you need help with tools or questions about metals or soldering, contact Stuller’s Tools Tech Team. Give them a call at 1-800-877-7777 ext. 4300