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Something seems amiss: Synthetic diamonds amongst us

By Mark T. Cartwright

Recognizing and valuing natural fancy-coloured diamonds require we develop a new set of skills.
Recognizing and valuing natural fancy-coloured diamonds require we develop a new set of skills.

Recent trade news reports of discoveries of undisclosed synthetic diamonds may be indicators of uncertain times ahead for the appraiser/gemmologist.

Lab-grown diamonds have been around for decades. However, new developments in the technology necessary to produce them appear to have opened Pandora’s Box. For the average gemmologist/appraiser, the scramble to remain a viable component of the industry may have just begun.

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