Institute executive provides insight for consumers on lab-grown diamonds
(NEW YORK) – A hot topic in the news of late, National Public Radio (NPR) recently tapped IGI for its independent expert assessment of the lab-grown diamond development landscape. Along with other highly respected industry advocates, IGI Executive Director David Weinstein was featured on last week’s segment, titled “Lab-Grown Diamonds Come into Their Own,” which spotlights Weinstein’s view on the history and progression of lab-grown diamonds.
IGI has been monitoring the growth of lab-grown diamonds for years, and offers well-established identification services and utilizes advanced equipment – including De Beers’ DiamondSure™ and DiamondView™ machines – to indisputably identify and authenticate lab-grown diamonds.
With regard to how these jewels have evolved over the last decade, Weinstein explains that the quality of lab-grown diamonds today has gotten to the point where they’re astonishingly white (colorless). And while to the naked eye they’re indistinguishable from mined diamonds, he reinforces IGI’s confidence in its ability to distinguish a diamond that took millions of years to grow in the ground versus something created in a lab – offering manufacturers, and ultimately consumers, a reliable authentication (identification) and unbiased grade of diamond quality.
Serving as IGI’s Executive Director for 25 years, Weinstein has spoken nationally and internationally to provide consumers insight on the topics of gemstone grading systems, synthetic and laboratory created diamonds and diamond treatments.
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