The International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR), part of The De Beers Group of Companies, today (March 1) unveiled its new automated melee screening instrument as well as its 2017 education plan.
Available from June 2017, the AMS2 was presented to visitors attending the International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show in Hong Kong.
The new device provides the trade with a faster and cost-effective diamond verification technology solution for melee-sized diamonds. The AMS2 is able to process smaller sizes and all shapes of polished diamonds. Developed by De Beers’ in-house research and development team, the AMS2 will cost less than the first generation AMS model.
Jonathan Kendall president of IIDGR said: “The AMS2 is the most technologically-advanced, efficient and cost-effective melee diamond verification instrument available. Its industry-leading low referral rate has significant economic benefits to users, greatly reducing the need for additional and costly secondary testing.
“Confidence is everything in the diamond sector and the AMS2 will play a big part in maintaining trust in trade transactions.”
In addition to the unveiling, commercial director of IIDGR, Jamie Clark and head of education at IIDGR, Jodine Perrin presented IIDGR’s new three part educational programme that will be available this year.
The first programme, ‘IIDGR Synthetic Diamond Course’ is a two day programme offering intermediate students screening and detection experience.
Launching in the second half of the year, The ‘IIDGR Diamond Foundation Course’ will be an online-only course comprising eight interactive modules. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in an optional one day laboratory session at the end of the study.
The final programme launching in 2017 is the ‘IIDGR Polished Grading Course,’ a distance learning course followed by a laboratory session which aims to educate students on consistent and integrity led grading standards.