- Detection of synthetic/laboratory-grown/laboratory-created gems (diamond, emerald, amethyst, sapphire, ruby, alexandrite)
- Detection of infilling and impregnation (jade, sapphire, ruby)
- Diamond typing
- High definition scanning of the cut of diamonds
Simply put, we answer the following questions:
- What gem is this? Is it a ruby, a garnet, etc.?
- Is this gem natural or has it been produced in a laboratory or is it only an imitation? Is it a natural sapphire, a synthetic sapphire, glass?
- Has the gem been subjected to treatments? Is its color natural or has it been altered, etc.?
Mobile service offered for some services, hence at your premises (Montreal metro):
- Synthetic diamond screening
- Basic techniques identification
For the jeweler, the lapidary, the wholesaler
- Is the gem returned to you the same as the one you sent or left on consignment/memo?
- Does your supplier maintain the quality level through successive shipments?
- Are you in position to adequately inform your client about the nature of the stone she is buying?
- A client brings a stone to be set and you wish to ascertain its nature?
For the gemmologist
- The techniques available to you do not allow you to complete the required analysis (ex. Is that tourmaline copper bearing?)
- Do you suspect a synthetic stone or a treatment and wish to have a second opinion based upon advanced methods (ex. Is that jadeite cabochon impregnated?)
For the consummer
- Does the gem you received correspond to the one you ordered online?
- Does the certificate supplied belong with the stone associated with it?
- Is the stone returned to you the same one you sent or left on consignment?
Technologies in use at the lab
- Standard instruments (microscope, refractometer, ultra-violet lighting, analytyical balance, polariscope, etc.)
- Spectrophotometers UV-Vis-NIR, FTIR, photoluminescence
- High definition diamond cut measuring instrument
- Testers and other diamonds screening instruments