, a sub-surface laser company with a specialization in diamond security, has added a familiar industry face to its board.
Jonathan Kendall, a former De Beers Group executive and current executive vice president of CIBJO, has joined the company’s non-executive board of directors.
Using laser technology developed at the University of Oxford, the company’s system places unique identity features in diamonds of all sizes, including melee stones as small as 0.5 millimeters in diameter.
Its system is able to process 50,000 to 100,000 stones per year in an industrial environment, according to the company.
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The encryption techniques utilized are unique to a company and cannot be fraudulently used by another company using Opsydia’s technology.
Kendall will contribute to Opsydia’s international strategy and advocate for the company’s diamond security initiatives at all stages of the diamond pipeline.
He will also share his insights on regulatory and industry bodies in the diamond sector and help to pinpoint expansion opportunities in the U.S., India, southern Africa, and China.
“I am sure that Jonathan’s professional knowledge of the natural diamond sector, coupled with his leadership expertise, will give Opsydia a unique advantage and will help to spread the word of our innovative sub-surface laser technology,” said Opsydia CEO Andrew Rimmer in a press release about the appointment.
With Kendall’s help, said Rimmer, the company will continue to provide business solutions for diamond security and help boost traceability and transparency initiatives.
“Thanks to a number of important partnerships, Opsydia is experiencing real market momentum and I look forward to playing a role in strengthening the diamond industry’s approach to security and empowering transparency and accurate disclosure initiatives in the diamond pipeline,” said Kendall.