GIA spots a CVD layer grown on a natural diamond

GIA spots a CVD layer grown on a natural diamond
Credit: GIA

A 0.64-carat fancy diamond was found to have a synthetic coating

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has announced that in its recent examination of a 0.64-carat fancy greyish-greenish-blue cushion modified brilliant-cut diamond, it found a chemical vapour deposition (CVD) layer grown on top of it.

The composite was found to be “consisting of a natural yellowish colour diamond with a layer of CVD synthetic diamond that had blue and grey colour components, grown on top of it”. The GIA research associate Troy Ardon and analytics technician Garrett McElhenny, which spotted the problematic stone, said that the “CVD layer was 200 microns thick and accounted for 0.1 carat of the stone’s total weight”.

Ardon and McElhenny concluded in their article: “With the second of these composites seen at GIA, this could be a new type of product entering the market. Earth-grown diamonds with synthetic diamond grown on the surface require extra scrutiny due to the presence of natural-looking features, both spectroscopic and gemological. Careful inspection still reveals the presence of synthetic indicators, which expose the true nature of the diamond”.

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