Synthetic Diamond Detection Course

York - 11th & 12th April 2019

'With an increase in the global production of synthetic diamond material in recent years, coupled with the expectation for production capacity to continue growing, the ability to detect synthetic stones is an increasingly important issue in the diamond sector.

While trading standards and industry regulations require full disclosure of synthetic diamond products before and during sale, it only takes one instance of an undisclosed synthetic diamond inadvertently being sold as natural for a business’s reputation to suffer. The issue therefore represents a significant risk to both trade and consumer confidence.

Although higher quality synthetic diamonds could potentially be mistaken for natural diamonds due to the similarity of their appearance, with the right knowledge and equipment they can be easily detected'.

The course will involve:

Detailed information covering how both HPHT and CVD diamonds are grown. We explain the technology used during this process, the resulting features of both types of synthetic diamond types and how this all differs from natural diamonds.
We then discuss how the identification markers of synthetic diamond can be identified using basic gemmology equipment (such as loupe and microscopes), and then more sophisticated screening and verification instruments. It is worth noting that students receive hands-on experience using the DiamondSure, DiamondView and SYNTHdetect during the course.

The course it is very hands on, with many different exercises carried out, which have been designed to ensure that the student learns practical techniques throughout the day.
A certificate from the De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds is issued to all students at the end of the day (after their final exercise is completed) and our trainers are experts in the field who have worked in diamond research at De Beers Technologies facility in London, for over 30 years.



Students who have attended our courses in the past come from a range in job roles. Typically those who benefit best are those responsible for pipeline integrity or supervisors of those operating the machinery. We also see those who are responsible for the purchasing of verification and screening technology, as well as those responsible for managing any purchased services (such as melee testing or jewellery testing). Attendees tend to go on to become the ‘internal synthetic diamond expert’ within their companies.
All attendees are also issued with a grading pack (including loupe and tweezers), as well as slide handouts for the day. We also issue additional reading materials guides so that students can go on to study more detail if they require it.


The Synthetic diamond detection course will be run on the 11th and 12th of April. The course takes one day, approx 8.45am - 6pm with two 15 minute breaks morning and afternoon and an hour for lunch. There are places for x10 students on each day.

Students must have a basic existing knowledge including an understanding of natural diamond growth as well as the ability to use standard gemmological kit including microscopes.

Although all details are to be confirmed the costs at present will be £650 + VAT for the course including morning and afternoon tea/ coffee breaks (De Beers are offering the course at US$850 + VAT at their premises in Maidenhead).

Learning objectives:
  • Industry definitions
  • History of Synthetic diamonds
  • How synthetic diamonds are produced
  • Uses of Synthetic diamonds
  • Types of Synthetic diamonds
  • Identification of synthetics 'hands-on' practical sessions
  • Advanced techniques
  • Q and A
  • Review of post study reference materials

Places on the course on the 11th & 12th of April 2019 are limited and can be secured on the payment of a £325 non-refundable deposit payable to R. M Weare & Co. Ltd with the rest of the course fee payable before the start of the course.

For more information please contact us on 01904 693933 or via email at