IDE Receives New Machines that Make Counterfeit Diamonds Genuine
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has presented the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) with two machines that are said to be capable of distinguishing genuine from synthetic diamonds.
A significant breakthrough in the world of gemology, the FK30 and the RL100 are the first two in a series of inventions commissioned by GIA’s Department of Global Research. Its current President and Director, Tom Moses, revealed that this has been the department’s priority project since 2005. “The team has been working so hard on this, mostly because we want to put a stop to the continuous problem on counterfeiting that the gem industry is facing,” he says.
The FK30 is said to identify the difference between a synthetic diamond and an authentic one. “With the number of fakes that we encounter and the quality at which they are produced, it’s getting harder to sort out which is real and which is not,” says Shmuel Schnitzer, President of IDE.
What proves to be even more intriguing is the function that the RL100 plays once the synthetics are discovered. The RL100 has the ability to process synthetic diamonds and make them genuine, according to Moses. “It’s amazing what science can do. By studying how nature molds each stone, we are finally able to mimic the exact same process, giving us the power to create authentic diamonds of the same grade as the real ones,” he says.
To further prove the capabilities of both machines, a press conference was called early this morning at the GIA labs. The press conference was set to show the world just how groundbreaking the new inventions were. The room was immediately filled with excitement as the FK30 yielded a few synthetic stones that have been mixed in with genuine ones. There was even more buzzing as the RL100 turned the synthetic stones into genuine ones. “They even tried to put the synthetic ones back into the first machine, but they don’t register as fake anymore. They’ve turned genuine,” a witness exclaimed.
The IDE is the first organization to test drive the entire system. “This is a big step for IDE especially since we have been greatly affected by the steadily rising counterfeit market. Now that we have the ability to produce genuine stones from fake ones, we can definitely steal the market from the counterfeits and regain some credibility,” Schnitzer comments.
In a statement during the press conference, Moses promises more inventions to come in the next few months. Although hesitant to comment on the topic, it seems that the IDE will still be GIA’s primary choice once the next machines are completed. “We have complete trust in what the IDE can do to bring our research to a whole new level,” he says, “We have been working on a few more ideas for other machines that could help the industry. At the moment, all I can say is this: we are definitely not going to stop at just diamonds.”
Meanwhile, other members of the industry have mixed reactions to the research that GIA is continuously doing and the machines that they have granted to the IDE. A number of diamond traders feel that although this could mean that the value of diamonds will return to its peak, their victory against counterfeiting may be short-lived. “What happens if counterfeiters get their hands on these new machines? They have their own technology. They’re already producing fake ones that look real as it is,” one trader says. Another one commented, “If the IDE starts making counterfeit gems real, then aren’t they counterfeiters, too?”
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Hearing all the comments has not shaken the GIA and IDE heads. “We expect people to react, but this is exactly what progress is all about. You will always meet people who will not fully understand what standards you have to keep and which ones you have to give up to a growing world,” Schnitzer adds, “They will eventually understand, I’m sure. The same thing happened when everything else was invented. It usually takes some time for it to sink in, but it will. Trust me.”
According to inside sources, the next invention is set to be released a few months from now. The machine is said to have the ability to raise a diamond’s carat weight and could easily be incorporated into the FK30 and RL100 system. In fact, all machines in the entire series are said to have been planned to fit into one another, eventually forming a single process. No news has been released about the nature of the other machines in the series.
“This is a very exciting time for gemology, and we intend to make the most out of it,” Schnitzer says, ”I can’t blame those who remain skeptical about our progress, but I also pity them because they are missing out on the chance of a lifetime to get ahead.”