CANADIAN ‘SOURCE VERITAS’ DIAMONDS
Waldman Diamond Company, a Rio Tinto Select Diamantaire, is working with GEMPRINT® and Gem Certification & Assurance Lab (GCAL), North America's only ISO 17025 Accredited Gem Laboratory, to certify diamonds mined in Canada, and specifically from the Diavik Diamond Mine located in the Northwest Territories of Canada. This program assures consumers that the diamonds they are purchasing are compliant with the Kimberley Process and the Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct. The Diavik mine has been consistently praised for adhering to the highest environmental & safety standards, as well as contributing significantly to the social and economic activity of the Northwest Terroritories of Canada.
"For this project, we looked for a lab with very strict grading policies and the ability to audit the trace of the stone from the source," explains Eli Fruchter of Waldman Diamond Company. "We wanted our product to be fairly represented, and not for a lenient lab to upgrade our diamonds. Our commitment is to our customers, and GCAL offers a guarantee that is an automatic value-added component to our product."
GEMPRINT® was chosen for its ability to accomplish the highest level of transparency through its exclusive Source Veritas™ Process and GEMPRINT® technology, the process for finding a diamond's unique optical fingerprint. Presently, the Israeli, New York, Vancouver, and Chinese Waldman factories and offices are equipped with GEMPRINT® instruments.
According to Donald A. Palmieri, GEMPRINT® Chairman, the time is right for diamond producers to embrace GEMPRINT®'s value-added certificates. "In difficult economic times, customers are looking for assurance on their most important purchases," he says. "We are proud to be able to provide a level of comfort and security for both, diamond sellers and buyers, as well as a cost-effective way to adhere to the Kimberley Process. This partnership with Waldman Diamond Company is another step toward industry transparency."
"We are extremely excited to work with an esteemed diamond company that shares our vision of differentiated products and understands the value of GEMPRINT" says Angelo Palmieri, President of GEMPRINT® Corp.. "This provides an opportunity for the members of the trade to source diamonds that come from mines routinely praised for environmental and safety standards, and contributing to the economic and social activity of the Northwest Territories of Canada."