Many people have that unshakable image in their head of diamond traders and jewelers sitting in the small back room of the jewelry store, holding a diamond between a fine pair of tweezers, a loupe to their eye. And while that picture is still true, diamond technology has come a long way in making things easier, not only for jewelers, but also for manufacturers and consumers.
1) The New Real – Lab Grown Diamonds
By far one of the most ingenious diamond technology advances is the ability to create diamonds, equivalent to natural diamonds in every way, through the use of specifically designed high pressure, high heat chambers. Check out our recent blog post that compares the diamond formation processes of lab grown and natural diamonds.
2) Smoothing The Rough Edges – Laser Technology
As far as diamonds go, lasers have been used – among other things – for inscriptions of the serial number and maker, and also for personal inscriptions and love messages. But lasers can also be used to cut diamonds while eliminating ‘knots’ found in the diamond structure, when various regions don’t have the same crystalline alignment as the principal structure.
3) Israelis Have More Polish – Hi-tech in Diamonds
When it comes to diamond polishing techniques and technology, Israel takes it to a whole other level. Israelis are the most advanced in diamond polishing and Israeli technology has been used in the international diamond industry’s cutting, bruting and automated polishing machines.
4) It’s A Small World After All – See a Diamond Up Close From Anywhere in the World
It no longer matters where in the world you are when you want to view a diamond up close. 360 degree 3D viewers such as Sarine Loupe takes accurate dynamic images from every angle, so the diamond can be viewed as if you were holding it in your hand. Sarine’s imaging is so advanced and true to life, it’s as if you are seeing the actual diamond, even if the real thing is located on the other side of the globe.
5) Diamond Valley – Diamonds are the New Silicon
Diamonds are now being sought after as replacements for silicon in semiconductors thanks to their heat resistance and other natural properties. Silicon semiconductors have had issues with heat when used in certain electronics, but diamonds have been found to serve the same purpose with better temperature control results, opening up a whole new market in diamond technology.
6) Stop Driving in Manual – Automated Inclusion Mapping
When it comes to viewing the internal inclusions of a rough diamond, Sarine Technologies Galaxy System revolutionized the industry with automatic scanning and mapping of rough diamonds, proven to maximize the polished yield. Check out what Sarine Technologies CEO Uzi Levami had to say about the Galaxy revolution, in a 2015 interview with Rough & Polished magazine:
“Since its initial release in 2009, our Galaxy™ inclusion mapping system, together with the Advisor™ software, took the industry to new frontiers in terms of maximizing the potential of rough diamonds. The beauty of the Galaxy™ system is that it operates as a sort of ‘time machine’ for diamonds. The system takes a rough stone, and reveals to the manufacturer a perfectly accurate picture of all its possible futures as a polished diamond. The idea that now we could predict and design the optimal cutting plan, with complete precision, was a major breakthrough that influences the entire production pipeline.”
7) Get The Whole Chain of Events – Blockchain
Blockchain technology is one of the newest diamond technology products making its way into the market. Blockchain allows a diamond to be traced from its origin, through every step it takes on its journey along the way to the customer. Eventually, blockchain may be able to prevent fraudulence in the industry, as well as eliminate blood diamonds.
Progress in technology means progress in the diamond industry. Phenomenal new products on the market help miners, manufacturers, traders, retailers and consumers to obtain the best products, with the most efficiency. And while the diamond technology of today is incredible, with all the advances being made, the best is likely yet to come.