GIA Innovations at Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair


GIA Innovations at Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair

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Following the successful debut of the Institute’s gem testing device at the JCK Las Vegas show in early June, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) will demonstrate and take pre-orders for the new instrument, the GIA iD100™, at the June 22-25 Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

GIA will present the M2M service and demonstrate the GIA iD100 in a seminar on Friday, June 23, in room S227 at the HKCEC from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The gem testing device will be on display and available for demonstrations in the GIA booth, 3M100.

The Institute will also present GIA M2M™, a service and digital platform that gives consumers a new way to learn their diamonds’ history. 

Tom Moses, GIA executive vice president and chief laboratory and research officer commented,

"After very strong pre-sales of the GIA iD100 gem testing device and enthusiastic interest in the M2M diamond story program at the JCK show, we are pleased to bring these two exciting innovations to the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, one of Asia’s leading industry events,”

“Giving jewelers and others in the trade absolute and immediate certainty that their stones are natural, and developing a new platform to tell all the chapters of a diamond’s history both advance GIA’s nonprofit mission to ensure the public trust in gems and jewellery.”

The GIA iD100 testing device is an easy-to-operate, sophisticated desktop instrument to reliably identify mounted and loose natural colorless diamonds, separating them from all simulants and from diamonds that may be synthetic or treated. The instrument combines advanced spectroscopic technology; GIA’s extensive research into the qualities of natural, treated and synthetic diamonds; and the Institute’s decades of diamond analysis experience to refer all synthetic diamonds – HPHT and CVD – and all simulants. GIA is conducting further research to extend the capabilities of the instrument to identify pink diamonds and other gem material.

The GIA iD100 testing device is the latest in a series of innovative, research-based instruments and services from GIA that address concerns in the trade about the possibility of undisclosed synthetic or treated diamonds in the supply chain.

In 2014, GIA introduced the DiamondCheck™ to identify untreated natural diamonds in the D-to-N range, referring all others for further analysis. GIA made the instrument available on a no-cost lease to diamond bourses and other trade organizations around the world.

In 2016, GIA began offering the fully automated Melee Analysis Service to rapidly and accurately analyze and sort diamonds ranging from 0.90 to 4.00 mm in diameter (approximately 0.005 ct to about 0.25 ct), separating natural, untreated diamonds from simulants and potentially synthetic or treated diamonds and sorting the screened diamonds by color range.

The system applies GIA’s decades of research into and examination of treated and synthetic diamonds, and processes 1,800 to 2,000 stones per hour around the clock. Parcels of melee may be submitted to any GIA location for the service.


Sarah Salmon


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