De Beers rolls out XL version of lab-grown screening device

Brecken Branstrator

The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research has introduced SynthDetect XL, an advanced version of the SynthDetect screening device.
IIDGR, which is the De Beers Group’s lab, introduced the SynthDetect machine last year, calling it the first screening device for man-made diamonds that can test multiple stones in set jewelry at once.

It uses IIDGR’s patented luminescence technology to screen diamonds of all sizes in rings, earrings, bangles, brooches and necklaces.

Now, IIDGR unveiled a new version of the machine at the recently concluded Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

SynthDetect XL has a larger base unit that allows for more jewelry to be screened simultaneously, like larger necklaces, multiple solitaire rings and multiple bracelets.

The new version still uses the detection techniques for identifying natural (mined) diamonds developed for the original SynthDetect device, meaning if a stone in a piece of jewelry doesn’t display the attributes of a natural diamond, it is highlighted immediately and with a high degree of accuracy.

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Source National jeweler