Traceability in the Sierra Leone Diamond Sector

On the 10th of October Gemometrics CEO Peter Larsson went on a short trip to the allustrious rough diamond Mekka Sierra Leone to meet with George Nelson Williams, Export Manager and Michael Drexler, Head of IT & Communications of Balmed as well as Alhaji Kaloga, Chairman of the National Diamond Dealers Association. Together the team conducted a first workshop on identification of natural and treated stones using the newly developed GemPen. 

To distinguish between untreated, natural mined rough diamonds and treated naturals and synthetics, Balmed is using Gemometrics GemPen to verify the authenticity of the rough diamond.  It can identify HPHT and other forms of treatment in natural and synthetic diamonds.  Using a cloud based traceability system allows Balmed to track a rough diamond directly from the miner to the client. The GemPen testing results of the diamond are accessible in real-time through cloud, allowing a fast and secure identification of gemstones. This sourcing approach ensures transparency and traceability in the value chain, from the smallholder artisanal miner to the end customer.

– The collaboration with Balmed takes us one step closer to achieving our vision of a safe global trade of gemstones. I am proud that GemPen with its validation technology can contribute to increased transparency in the diamond trade in Sierra Leone, says Gemometrics CEO Peter Larsson.

For more information or a GemPen test session please contact Balmed in Sierra Leone @ or +232 76 449595

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