(NEW YORK – February 26, 2020) – Recently, Gemological Science International’s (GSI) Mumbai laboratory identified HTHP lab-grown diamond with what appeared to be a laser-drilled channel. GSI researchers and scientists observed and studied this diamond since it would be highly unusual to laser drill a lab-grown diamond. Upon closer examination, the “laser drill channel” was found to be a typical HTHP inclusion that was cut open from top and pavilion. After this, the content of the inclusion was acid bleached out, while some residue was still present. The remnants of the inclusion have a strong resemblance to a laser drill treatment – this treatment is generally used to “clean out” black inclusions and enhance the appearance of a diamond.
It is a common misconception that a diamond can be identified as natural or lab-grown based on inclusions as the claim was made recently on Good Morning America Investigates. In this specific case, a hasty and inaccurate conclusion could have been made that the diamond is natural, with the appearance of what seems to be a laser drill channel since there are no recorded cases of lab-grown diamonds with this treatment, nor would it currently make sense to laser drill these diamonds.
“Diamond growing technology continues to improve and growers are trying to mimic natural diamonds in every possible way,” said, Nick Del Re, GSI’s Chief Information Officer.
GSI stresses the importance of using proper processes, equipment, and expertise when identifying diamonds. GSI’s research department continues to conduct advanced testing on lab-grown and identification.
About Gemological Science International (GSI)
Gemological Science International (GSI) is one of the largest gemological organizations in the world. Founded in 2005 in New York City, it has since grown to have 13 gemological laboratory facilities spanning four continents. Utilizing leading-edge processes and proprietary technologies, GSI provides manufacturers and retailers globally with a wide range of gemstone identification and grading services. The company is committed to advancing gemological research through its Research Center, and it offers gemological educational programs for trade professionals and the general public at all levels.
For more information about GSI, visit: www.gemscience.net