Synthetics Manufacturers Appear at Industry Forum

The two main synthetic diamond manufacturers made their first public appearance before the diamond industry at the recent Rapaport Corp. International Diamond Conference in New York. Both expressed a desire to join the industry and work with it to ensure that their stones are disclosed as man-made. "We are very concerned about representation of our product," said General Carter Clarke of Gemesis. "We do not want our product to be passed off as a natural diamond." Bryant Linaies of Apollo Diamond agreed and said his product will make diamonds available to consumers who previously could not afford them. "We want it to be not only 'A Diamond Is Forever,' but 'A Diamond Is for Everyone,' " he said. In the same session, Gemological Institute of America president William E. Boyajian said that GIA has "to work harder than ever to stay ahead of technology." He warned that manufacturers of

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