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Podcast June 2019
Podcast: Lightbox – the Synthetics King?
On the first anniversary since the launch of Lightbox,Rapaport’s Avi Krawitz sat with managing director Steve Coe at the JCK show inLas Vegas. Coe gives his perspective of the industry’s response toLightbox, some insight...
Retail Jun 05, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Rapaport breakfast JCK Las Vegas 2019
Martin Rapaport at JCK: Watch the Full Speech
The diamond industry must invest in new products andethically sourced natural diamonds to boost profitability and counter thegrowth of synthetics, Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group, stressedat the annual Rapaport Breakfast in Las Vegas....
Polished Markets Jun 05, 2019 Rapaport News
MR
RapNet Members Say ‘No’ to Synthetics
The RapNet community has voted overwhelmingly againstintroducing services for the lab-grown-diamond sector. Members voted by 79% to 21% against the trading platformlisting synthetics on the site. They also rejected a lab-grown pricelist, with 74%...
Mining Jun 03, 2019 Rapaport News
GIA HPHT
Undisclosed Green Synthetics Raise GIA Eyebrows
Twenty-five undisclosed lab-grown diamonds have turned up atthe Gemological Institute of America (GIA) — including several with a raregreenish color. The GIA’s lab in Carlsbad, California, recently received thestones — weighing from 0.46 to 0.52 carats — for...
Technology May 26, 2019 Rapaport News
Feb mag cover
Martin Rapaport: Synthetic Ethics
Synthetic diamonds are a fundamental threat to the naturaldiamond industry. They are not just a competitive product like gems, pearls, orgold jewelry. They are a replacement product. Their marketers shout out: Don’t buynatural diamonds,...
Polished Markets May 23, 2019 Martin Rapaport
RapNet to Vote On Synthetics
RapNet to Vote on Synthetics
RAPAPORT PRESS RELEASE, May 22, 2019, Las Vegas … RapNet, the world’slargest diamond trading network with daily listings of over $7.4 billion, willbe voting on whether it should provide diamond listing and pricing services...
Polished Markets May 22, 2019 Rapaport
GIA CVD
GIA Spots Natural-Synthetic Hybrid Diamond
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has discovered asynthetic layer that improved the weight and color of a natural diamond, and haswarned that the phenomenon may be happening more often.The cushion modified brilliant, 0.64-carat...
Technology May 20, 2019 Rapaport News
Israel Diamond Exchange
Synthetics: Coming to a Bourse Near You?
The rise of lab-grown diamonds might finally be tricklingthrough to the historic heart of the trade: the diamond exchanges.It began last November, when Anoop Mehta, president ofMumbai’s Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB), told Rapaport News...
Polished Markets May 14, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Aurelien Delaunay
The Gem Lab That Refuses to Grade Synthetics
The French Gemmological Laboratory (LFG) is the oldest ofits kind in the world. Founded in 1929, it came into being after the arrival ofcultured pearls on the market prompted more than 300 pearl dealers from...
Polished Markets May 06, 2019 Marie Chabrol
James Allen synthetic
Signet Enters Lab-Grown Market
James Allen has launched sales of lab-grown diamonds,marking parent company Signet Jewelers’ entry into the synthetics market. The e-commerce business, which Signet acquired in 2017,now gives consumers the option of “earth-created” or “lab-created” stones...
Retail May 05, 2019 Rapaport News
DiamondDect5
What Makes a Good Synthetics Detector?
The massive project by the Diamond Producers Association (DPA) and Signet Jewelers to test and review 18 synthetic-diamond detectors has raised an important question: What should you look for in such a machine?Accuracy is, of course, a major...
Technology Mar 12, 2019 Joshua Freedman
DPA synthetics detectors study Mar 2019
DPA Puts Synthetics Detectors to the Test
A synthetics detector costing less than $7,000 is one of only two machines that conclusively identified 100% of lab-grown diamonds in a recent industry-widestudy.Yehuda’s Sherlock Holmes, priced at $6,495, correctlyspotted all synthetic diamonds in a “deliberately challenging” sample,according to a report...
Technology Mar 05, 2019 Rapaport News
Rapaport Feb magazine
Synthetics: A Special Report from Rapaport
The Rapaport Group has published a special report delvinginto the key issues around lab-grown diamonds.The supplement, “The Fight’s Getting Real,” contains highlights from the February 2019 issue of Rapaport Magazine, featuring an analysis...
Polished Markets Feb 28, 2019 Rapaport
Lightbox
De Beers: No Need to Flag Synthetics Treatments
De Beers claims it doesn’t need to disclose treatments to its lab-grown diamonds, placing itself at odds with many synthetics traders pushing for full transparency in the sector.The company’s synthetics brand, Lightbox, applies post-growth enhancements to its...
Retail Feb 26, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Lab-Grown Meat
Synthetics: The Meat of the Matter
In a bold and somewhat savvy move back in January 2018, Tyson Foods, one of the largest food-processing companies in the US, took a minority stake in Memphis Meats, a startup in the budding cultured-meat industry. Despite the deal’s...
Polished Markets Feb 21, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Irradiated melee
GIA Spots CVD Stone in Parcel of Treated Melee
In a rare case, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)has discovered an irradiated chemical vapor deposition (CVD) diamond in a batch of natural melee aclient had submitted for testing. The GIA’s Tokyo laboratory found the 0.007-carat, irradiatedgreen-blue...
Polished Markets Feb 10, 2019 Rapaport News
GIA
GIA Sheds Light on De Beers’ Synthetics
Two white lab-grown diamonds from De Beers’ Lightbox brandhave G color and VS clarity, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) saidafter examining the stones. Lightbox doesn’t offer grading reports for its products, andhadn’t previously...
Polished Markets Feb 07, 2019 Joshua Freedman
GIA mistaken
‘Lab-Grown’ Diamond Turns Out to Be Natural
A client of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)wrongly submitted a natural diamond as a lab-grown stone, the organizationsaid.The GIA’s Carlsbad laboratory recently received the round brilliant,2.23-carat, D-color diamond, which the customer had sent in for asynthetic-diamond...
Polished Markets Feb 06, 2019 Rapaport News
ABN Amro
Synthetics Threat Will Grow, Says ABN Amro
The impact of lab-grown diamonds on the industry willsignificantly increase in the next two years, according to ABN Amro. “We think that 2019 and 2020 will be the years thatlab-grown diamonds take off and move...
Rough Markets Jan 17, 2019 Rapaport News
Patrick Evans
Ex-Dominion CEO to Launch Lab-Grown Venture
The former CEO of Dominion Diamond Mines is launching alab-grown-diamond venture targeting the bridal market, the Financial Timesreported. Patrick Evans’s company will produce synthetic stones at aUS location with access to cheap solar power,...
Technology Jan 15, 2019 Rapaport News
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