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IIDGR announces launch of first Synthetic Diamond Detection training course
The Course will be unveiled in US at JCK Jewellery show and in India at IIDGR’s Surat facility
By: Diamond World News Service
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Apr 28 2017 9:02AM
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Image Courtesy: De Beers
Image Courtesy: De Beers
The launch of the world-first Synthetic Diamond Detection training course was announced by the International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), part of De Beers Group. Synthetic Diamond Detection Course is the first in a series of education services to be rolled out during 2017.

The two-day lab-based course will be unveiled in the US towards the end of the JCK Jewellery show in Las Vegas on 8 and 9 June, and in India at the IIDGR Facility in Surat on 15 and 16 May. The first Synthetic Diamond Detection courses in India and the US will be run by experts from the De Beers Technologies UK team and IIDGR’s Director of Education, Jodine Perrin.

The course will provide participants with the knowledge and expertise to detect synthetic stones in both the rough and polished state using a range of specialised techniques and instrumentation. The Course is the first course to be offered by IIDGR’s new education services, which will also include a Diamond Foundation Course and Polished Diamond Grading course to be introduced later this year.

Jonathan Kendall, President of IIDGR, said: “The ability to detect undisclosed synthetic stones is becoming increasingly important for diamond traders and retailers. This will be the first course dedicated exclusively to this important topic. The introduction of the course represents another key step towards the IIDGR’s mission to ensure industry and consumer confidence in the integrity and quality of diamond purchases.”

IIDGR is partnering with the American Gem Society (AGS) to support the delivery of the course throughout the US. Katherine Bodoh, new CEO of AGS, said: “The AGS is focused on providing superior professional development to its members, and we are pleased to work with IIDGR to create opportunities for AGS members to receive this essential information. I’d like to thank IIDGR for their work in creating programs that allow AGS members to gain access to the latest education and innovation. Establishing relationships such as this will allow us to further deliver on our mission of consumer protection.”

The course will cost US$2,999 and can be delivered at various sites globally through the use of a mobile lab.

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