Company to Mass-Produce Synthetic Yellow Diamonds

Gemesis Corp., based in Sarasota, Fla., has stepped up production of its yellow synthetic diamonds and is planning a jewelry line and marketing push for this spring. Although it is not the first company to create jewelry with synthetic yellows, company officials claim its output is larger and better than its predecessors'. The company is growing 100 stones a month, and plans call for it to produce many times that. "We have made some major improvements in our production," says company chairman General Carter Clarke. "We've tripled the rate of growth. We've been working with the University of Florida for years, but it's taken us this long to feel comfortable with the quality and the consistency." The company will invest $20 million to $25 million in two new facilities that will house up to 400 diamond-producing machines. It has hired Kenneth W. Watson, an industry veteran and former he
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