Gemologists have long used machines in diamond grading but technology has made it possible for them to “learn” how to do it on their own.
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The new corporation, GCAL USA LLC, will be part of the Sarine Group and its grading reports will read “GCAL by Sarine.”
The change comes following a year of research into how the trade determines what constitutes “peacock” color in pearls.
The lab made the decision to pull back on its all-digital migration after receiving complaints from clients across the supply chain.
Patented and specialty cuts now can receive an 8X Proprietary Certificate, which can be customized to include a company’s brand and logo.
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Pinky Jalui, who has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, joins the lab as executive vice president of global business development.
The AGS Ideal Report by GIA is a digital-only addition to GIA diamond reports.
The company that owns an 80 percent stake in the Antwerp-based lab reportedly believes it is worth more than $200 million.
The acquisition allows GCAL to expand overseas while giving Sarine a “recognized and respected” channel for offering eGrading in the U.S.
The lab issued a non-paper Diamond Dossier, the first of its reports to make the transition, earlier this week.
Some sapphires gain orange or yellow coloration when exposed to incandescent light, according to a recent lab note.
Assure is the program the Natural Diamond Council launched in 2019 to test lab-grown diamond screening devices.
The discoveries were outlined in the Lab Notes section of the fall 2022 issue of Gems & Gemology.
Created with Swiss robotics company Unimec, the ASDI-500 can screen stones as small as 0.5 mm at a speed of 700 stones per hour.
CEO Katherine Bodoh said the merger will allow AGS to focus on its “original vision” as a trade organization and grow Conclave.
Paper versions of the Diamond Dossier, the lab’s most popular report, will no longer be produced beginning Jan. 2.
The lab said more attention is being paid to a diamond’s cut, and that interest extends beyond round brilliants.
Launched in May, Luxus is an investment platform that specializes in rare gems and high jewelry.
8X is now the top cut grade on both platforms, above Ideal.
Announced earlier this week by the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, the news comes just as GIA prepares to close its Antwerp facility.
It is the organization’s only laboratory in Europe, but shipping services to other locations will be available.
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The lab is going all digital, starting with the GIA Diamond Dossier in January 2023.