Easy to use, affordable instrument can also screen blue-to-green and brown diamonds
CARLSBAD, Calif. – 5 Sept 2019 – GIA (Gemological Institute of America) released a software upgrade on 4 Sept for the industry-leading GIA iD100®gem testing device, giving the instrument the ability to distinguish natural pink diamonds from laboratory-grown (HPHT and CVD) diamonds and diamond simulants. The GIA iD100 Pink Diamond Software Upgrade utilises advanced spectroscopic technology, combined with GIA's decades of research into pink diamonds. The new software is available for purchase from the GIA Store at store.GIA.edufor $249 USD as a download for current GIA iD100 owners or pre-installed when ordering a new device.
“As the presence of laboratory-grown diamonds increases in the market, it is beneficial to have a robust, research-based, proven gem testing device such as the GIA iD100,” said Anthony Brown, GIA director of instrument operations. “Even though our monthly sales have tripled, we are able to fulfil orders within two business days.”
GIA also released a free update to the existing GIA iD100 software with the expanded capability to screen blue-to-green and brown diamonds. This free update will need to be installed before the pink diamond software upgrade can be added.
GIA customer service representatives will contact all GIA iD100 owners to assist with the update and, if they so choose, the purchase of the $249 USD pink diamond upgrade. Both the update and upgrade take less than two minutes each to install.
“These two significant improvements make proper identification of laboratory-grown diamonds more easily accessible to retailers and manufacturers around the world by expanding the capabilities of the GIA iD100,” said Tom Moses, GIA executive vice president and chief laboratory and research officer. “This is part of our mission to ensure the public trust in gems and jewellery.”