Russian miner Alrosa Group has unveiled a new commercial device to combat ‘unscrupulous’ suppliers who mix synthetic lab-made stones with diamonds of natural origin.

The Termed Alrosa Diamond Inspector helps identify natural polished diamonds, polished diamonds manufactured from synthetic and treated diamonds, and non-diamond imitations such as cubic zirconia, moissanite, and others.

Alrosa developed the device in collaboration with specialists from the Federal State Budgetary Institution Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials (FSBI TISNCM).

“Our device allows you to determine quickly and with a very high degree of accuracy the true origin of a polished diamond.”

Production and sale of the device will be handled by the Diamond Scientific and Technological Centre joint venture.

Diamond Scientific and Technological Centre general director Vladimir Sklyaruk said: “One of the main competitive advantages of ALROSA Diamond Inspector is the use of three optical detection methods, which give high-assessment reliability.

“This know-how is protected by an international patent and provides a lower price of devices compared to peers.

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“Our device allows you to determine quickly and with a very high degree of accuracy the true origin of a polished diamond, whether it was made from a rough diamond grown in a couple of weeks in a laboratory or manufactured from a real natural rough diamond hundreds of millions and even billions of years old.”

Primarily meant for use by diamond jewellery manufacturers, jewellery stores, pawnshops and gemmologists, the detector is expected to be available at around half the price quoted for foreign detectors.