3 Questions for…Richard Garard

Richard S. Garard, CEO of Morrisville, N.C.–based equipment manufacturer Microwave Enterprises, was recently appointed secretary general of the International Grown Diamond Association, the just-formed umbrella organization for the lab-grown diamond industry. Here, Garard talks with JCK about how he feels that lab-grown diamonds fit into the larger industry picture. What are the goals of the new group? Garard: To properly represent the grown diamond industry, to be clear about the properties, the material itself, and to help grow the industry. What do you think the industry needs to know about the lab-grown diamond business? Garard: This is an add-on market for the industry. For the foreseeable future, we are a small portion of diamond output. I don’t think we are going to replace mined diamonds, but consumers will have a choice over whether they want a mine-grown dia

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