Synthetic diamonds—a curse or a blessing?
Synthetic diamonds will be a topic at the INHORGENTA TRENDFACTORY
Actually, diamonds are a gift of nature. They consist of cubically crystallized carbon. On February 15, 1953, however, the Swedish physicist Erik Lundblad succeeded in manufacturing the first synthetic diamond. Then, in 1955, it became possible to manufacture artificial diamonds by means of what is known as the high-pressure/high-temperature procedure. Meanwhile, development in that area is so far advanced that synthetic diamonds are produced in large quantities.
“Interest in synthetic diamonds has greatly increased”, confirmed Mark Newton in an interview with the German supra-regional daily newspaper DIE WELT. As professor at the University of Warwick, he has conducted research in the field of artificial diamonds for more than 20 years now. Experts predict a great potential for the industry—including for the jewelry sector. “Over many years, quality has not been sufficient to make jewelry from these stones”, says Steven Benson from the World Jewelry Confederation. In spite of this, he believes that “in the long run, the growing market for synthetic gemstones could threaten the market for natural diamonds.”
In a lecture at the INHORGENTA TRENDFACTORY, Dr. Ulrich Henn, Managing Director of the German Gemmological Association (Deutsche Gemmologische Gesellschaft), and Jochen Müller, President of the Idar-Oberstein Diamond and Gemstone Exchange (Diamant- und Edelsteinbörse Idar-Oberstein), will explain the impact that synthetic diamonds have on the industry.