De Beers Technologies, we have developed the new PhosView™
The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), part of The De Beers Group of Companies, today announced that it will unveil the latest addition to its suite of synthetic detection technology at the forthcoming Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair between 14 and 18 September 2016.
The new instrument, PhosView™, is a compact, self-contained screening device designed to allow parcels of polished stones to be quickly and accurately analysed to determine if they contain potential High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) synthetics.
During analysis, colourless and near-colourless stones in the 0.003 carat (one third of a point, or 0.9mm) to one carat size range are viewed on a screen while being subjected to UV light. Any phosphorescing stones are revealed and may be manually separated out for further analysis using built-in manipulator arms. The machine is designed to screen loose diamonds as well as some jewellery pieces.
Jonathan Kendall, IIDGR President, said: “With rising concerns in the diamond industry around undisclosed HPHT synthetics, protecting trade confidence is critical.
“Harnessing the expertise in De Beers Technologies, we have developed the new PhosView™ instrument to provide HPHT screening capability – available at the highly competitive introductory price of US$3,700 during the September Hong Kong Fair – so that it may be used by as many businesses across the industry as possible. We look forward to demonstrating PhosView™ to businesses within the diamond trade at the upcoming show.”
The PhosView™ instrument will be available to purchase from September 2016. The introductory price of US$3,700 will only be available for orders placed during the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, after which the price will increase to US$4,500.
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About The De Beers Group of Companies
De Beers is a member of the Anglo American group. Established in 1888, De Beers is the world’s leading diamond company with unrivalled expertise in the exploration, mining and marketing of diamonds. Together with its joint venture partners, De Beers employs more than 20,000 people (directly and as contractors) across the diamond pipeline, and is the world’s largest diamond producer by value, with mining operations in Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa. As part of the company’s operating philosophy, the people of De Beers are committed to Living up to Diamonds by making a lasting contribution to the communities in which they live and work, and transforming natural resources into shared national wealth. For further information about De Beers visit www.debeersgroup.com.