Now Trace Emer­alds With Gü­be­lin’s New Pa­ter­nity Test

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The Gü­be­lin Gem Lab, one of the world’s lead­ers in the anal­y­sis of pre­cious gem­stones, an­nounced the launch of the Emer­ald Pa­ter­nity Test. This new tech­nol­ogy uses cus­tomised DNA-based nanopar­ti­cles en­abling trace­abil­ity of emer­alds back to the ex­act place of min­ing.

The Emer­ald Pa­ter­nity Test is a true game-changer for the coloured gem­stone in­dus­try. It is the first of a series of tech­nolo­gies and ser­vices de­vel­oped by Gü­be­lin Gem Lab ded­i­cated to bring­ing more trans­parency into the gem­stone in­dus­try, united un­der the Prove­nance Proof la­bel.

This break­through tech­nol­ogy uses DNA-based nanopar­ti­cles that are ap­plied di­rectly at the mine, onto the rough emer­ald crys­tals. De­vel­oped specif­i­cally to sur­vive the usual pro­ce­dures, which an emer­ald un­der­goes be­fore reach­ing the end con­sumer (such as clean­ing, cut­ting, polishing, trans­porta­tion, set­ting), the nanopar­ti­cles can be re­trieved and de­coded at any stage along the sup­ply chain.

This tech­nol­ogy of­fers min­ers (both big cor­po­rates and co­op­er­a­tives of small and ar­ti­sanal min­ers), gov­ern­ments, trade or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­dus­try watch­dogs, jew­ellery brands and fi­nal cus­tomers a com­pletely new level of trans­parency when sourc­ing emer­alds, in­still­ing con­fi­dence and cre­at­ing trust.

This is the first time nan­otech­nol­ogy – the branch of tech­nol­ogy that deals with di­men­sions of less than 100 nanome­tres – has been used in such a con­text. The size of these par­ti­cles makes them in­vis­i­ble to op­ti­cal mi­cro­scopes, there­fore not af­fect­ing the ap­pear­ance, qual­ity and prop­er­ties of the stone what­so­ever.

The Gü­be­lin Gem Lab in­vited Gem­fields, a lead­ing pro­ducer of re­spon­si­bly sourced coloured gem­stones, to join the project as a test part­ner. Gem­fields is the ma­jor­ity owner of Kagem, the world’s largest emer­ald mine.

Daniel Nyfeler, man­ag­ing direc­tor, Gü­be­lin Gem Lab, stated: “This tech­nol­ogy of­fers all stake­hold­ers along the en­tire sup­ply chain, from the miner to the fi­nal cus­tomers, proof of the ex­act source of emer­alds, in­still­ing con­fi­dence and cre­at­ing trust. It en­ables a new level of trans­parency for the gem­stone trade. Part­ner­ing with Gem­fields for the fea­si­bil­ity study was an ob­vi­ous choice, as it is not only an in­dus­try leader, but a for­ward think­ing com­pany, and hence a per­fect part­ner to test a ground­break­ing idea such as this pa­ter­nity test for emer­alds.”

Ian Hare­bot­tle, CEO, Gem­fields, added: “Em­brac­ing in­no­va­tion, tech­nol­ogy and in­creased trans­parency is at the heart of our ap­proach. We were there­fore thrilled to as­sist Gü­be­lin in the test­ing of this new tech­nol­ogy and we are very ex­cited about the out­come as it of­fers a mul­ti­tude of ben­e­fits to the in­dus­try and the con­sumer.”

Kagem is the world’s largest emer­ald mine.

Gem­fields was cho­sen to help pro­vide the test­ing con­di­tions for the tech­nol­ogy in the field.

Emer­ald Pa­ter­nity Test par­ti­cles.

Daniel Nyfeler, man­ag­ing direc­tor, Gü­be­lin Gem Lab.

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