Sarine Technologies launched equipment it claims can give an automated and accurate clarity and color grading for polished diamonds.
The ‘Sarine Clarity’ and ‘Sarine Color’ machines will be launched commercially in mid-2017, Uzi Levami, the company’s CEO, said at a press conference in Ramat Gan, Israel, on Thursday.
While carat size has traditionally been the only objectively measurable factor of the 4C’s in diamond grading, Sarine now claims to provide a scientific solution for color and clarity. Automated grading of cut has long been available through its ‘Diamension’ systems.
“Our work is done,” Levami said. “We have solved the 4C’s puzzle and more, providing innovative solutions for clarity, color, and cut, as well as light performance and other parameters.”
Sarine Clarity, which is currently in advanced large-scale testing in India, initially presents an “accurate and objective” mapping of a diamond’s inclusions and flaws. It then applies a set of algorithms to determine the appropriate clarity grade, using generally accepted standardized grading terminology, the company explained. The machine can handle polished diamonds from 0.02 carats to 10 carats in size. The first version of Sarine Color system, which is also being tested in India, will be limited to stones of 0.20 carats and larger, Sarine said.