A number of new enhancements have come into use over the last few years. Coatings to improve color grades, clarity grades, combining laser drilling and polymer filling and more. The gemologist's job is to keep abreast of the latest technology in the gem industry to better detect and inform the public.
LAB CREATED DIAMONDS are the newest 'thing" to hit the market. Generally indistinguishable from their natural counterpart, clear (we say "white") lab-created diamonds are available from a number of sources, including DeBeers "Light Box" division made locally in Gresham! The FTC approving the word "diamond" so long as it is accompanied by a modifier "LAB CREATED", "LAB GROWN" or other identifier to make it clear it is not a diamond mined from nature. We have the equipment necessary to test for natural "below ground" diamonds and lab-created "above-ground" diamonds. The biggest difference is the value. Because they are relatively new to the market, it is difficult at the moment to predict future values, so as with any other appraisal, timely updates are suggested.
The American Society of Appraisers: -is a national appraisal association. The ASA is a multi-disciplinary society that covers all areas of appraising, including real property, business valuation, intellectual property and personal property. You can call the ASA at 1-800-ASA-VALU to find a qualified appraiser near you or surf to the ASA Website.
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