New De Beers Device Screens Parcels for Synthetics

It can detect HPHT-grown diamonds

De Beers’ International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR) will release a new synthetic screening device at the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair later this month.

The new instrument, PhosView (pictured), is described as a “compact, self-contained” device that quickly screens parcels for high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) synthetics.

De Beers did not answer a query on whether the device screens for synthetics grown with the CVD method.

The machine is designed to screen loose diamonds as well as some jewelry pieces. It will sell for $3,700 in Hong Kong and $4,500 afterward. 

(Photo courtesy of De Beers)

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