The De Beers International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR) unveiled its next generation automated melee screening instrument - the AMS2.

The AMS2 diamond verification instrument will provide diamantaires with a more efficient and cost-effective diamond verification technology solution for melee-sized diamonds, De Beers announced in a statment this week.

Around ten times faster than its predecessor and with a substantially reduced referral rate, the AMS2 has the ability to process smaller sizes and all shapes of polished diamonds. It will cost $45 000, which is cheaper than the first generation AMS.

Available from June 2017, the new device will be unveiled the International Diamond, Gem and Pearl Show in Hong Kong, taking place between 2 – 6 March.

The AMS2 was developed by De Beers’ in-house research and development team, which also created the broader suite of diamond verification technology sold by IIDGR, including DiamondView, DiamondSure and PhosView.

“The AMS2 is the most technologically-advanced, efficient and cost-effective melee diamond verification instrument available. Its industry-leading low referral rate has significant economic benefits to users, greatly reducing the need for additional and costly secondary testing,” said IIDGR president Jonathan Kendall.

“Confidence is everything in the diamond sector and the AMS2 will play a big part in maintaining trust in trade transactions.”

The IIDGR was established by the De Beers Group of Companies to provide a premium service and proprietary equipment to the diamond industry.

Based in the UK, Belgium and India, and run by the world’s top diamond experts, the IIDGR offers a range of expert services and works only on diamonds that meet the requirements of the United Nations’ mandated World Diamond Council Kimberley Process.