Jonathan Kendall, president of De Beers’ International Institute of Diamond Grading and Research, leads a team of researchers in London in the fight against synthetic diamonds being sold as real ones. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

De Beers fights fakes with technology as China’s lab-grown diamonds threaten viability of the real gems

The arrival of lab-grown diamonds has challenged the widely-held assumption that diamond prices could only go up

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Jonathan Kendall, president of De Beers’ International Institute of Diamond Grading and Research, leads a team of researchers in London in the fight against synthetic diamonds being sold as real ones. Photo: K. Y. Cheng
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