DPA, Signet, De Beers working on ‘Project Assure’

Joshua Freedman

Signet Jewelers unveiled further details of an initiative to test synthetic-diamond detectors, a project spearheaded by the Diamond Producers Association (DPA).

The DPA, which carries out generic marketing on behalf of the industry, has launched “Project Assure” to design and implement an independent “Diamond Screening Device Performance Test Protocol,” Signet said in an email to Rapaport News. The protocol is scheduled to be in place in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Both Signet and De Beers support the program and are on the project’s steering committee alongside the DPA. The committee will set up an advisory board comprising diamond and jewelry trade associations from across the world, with the aim of ensuring broad participation and endorsement from the industry. Additionally, the steering committee will establish a technical team consisting of gemological laboratories and screening-device providers.

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