Recently, Nobel Prize winner Professor Dan Shechtman officially opened the Diamond Technology Zone during a short ceremony held in the Israel Diamond Exchange, during the International Diamond Week in Israel (IDWI) at the conclusion of the third trading of the week.
Israel Diamond Exchange President Yoram Dvash opened the proceedings saying, "There is nothing more significant than seeing this diamond technology zone. This is the most advanced and up-to-date technology in the diamond industry, and they are all right here in the Israel Diamond Exchange. Some of these companies come from technology, but most of them are diamond companies," he explained. "I have seen the diamonds and now I wish to see the technology behind them," Shechtman told the audience, adding that he understands a little about diamonds having studied them as part of his chemistry profession. "In Israel, we do not have so many industries that possess such a glorious standing as the Israeli diamond industry," enthused Shechtman.
Professor Shechtman visited each of the companies participating in the technology fair, taking the opportunity to learn about each of their specialty. Israel is known to be a leader in the diamond technology sector, having placed a special focus on using technology to making the diamond industry more productive, efficient and interconnected. A variety of technological offerings from cameras and gemological tools to software systems were on display.
The Diacam 360 photography system was demonstrated at the IDWI tech zone by Shirtal Diamonds. The small, portable, effective and affordable camera creates high-quality photos and 360-degree, interactive videos of polished diamonds and rough diamonds. Founder and owner of Shirtal, Haim Volner, explained that his more than three decades of experience in the diamond industry led him to understand that the technology sector is the future.
Tweezar unveiled a diamond photography system at the IDWI techzone that saves both time and money. With the click of a button, one receives a quality diamond image, both on a cellphone and on the cloud, from where it can be sent to clients immediately. Tweezar owner Carlo Rubinshtein explained, "Most of the diamond dealers' business activities are moving online and visual images of diamonds are an essential part of business. We examined the technology available on the market and we saw no easy and cheap way to photograph diamonds in a controlled manner."
Dialit launched its new automatic diamond polisher at the IDWI. The machine reaches polishing levels of triple X and features automatic angling. Dialit Managing Director Amram Leshed says, "Our machine has the final say in automatic diamond polishing. The machine features a High Definition (HD) camera and allows for top-quality diamond polishing, even when operated by an inexperienced person.
Virtual Diamond Boutique (VDB) was a first time exhibitor at IDWI. The company offers a virtual search platform for listing and buying diamonds, using video and HD photography as an integral part of the platform. "We regard the VDB platform as the Instagram of the diamond world. The visual aspect of the software, which runs on both Android and IOS operating systems, is very important," explained VDB Chief Operating Officer Gil Ohad.
Meanwhile, EGL offered its Dazur lighting system for helping diamond dealers check a diamond's color. The system, which makes it possible to distinguish a diamond's color more accurately, is suitable for gemological laboratories and for large diamond companies.