At the U.S. Jewelry Council forum on Undisclosed Synthetic Diamonds, held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Nov. 1, National Jeweler’s Michelle Graff and I were given the task of summarizing the day’s events and prescribing takeaways. But that wasn’t easy to do.
If anything became clear during the day’s worth of presentations, it’s that the situation with undisclosed lab-grown diamonds remains very unclear. We know undisclosed stones are out there. We don’t know how many. And there is no easy way to spot them.
“If a consumer comes in and asks: Is the diamond real?” said one retailer. “I’m a gemologist, and I have no clue.… Right now, we have no confidence in our supply chain.
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When you read the above article, scroll down after to the comment section. I always find this interesting to see what people are saying.
One thing is for sure, this is just the beginning of the conversation.
All of us need to make sure we stay on top of this and keep educating ourselves about not only synthetic diamonds, but also what we as an industry is doing about it.