Thomas Hainschwang (“GGTL laboratory”, Lichtenstein/Switzerland
- June 10, 2021
- 7.30am – Pacific
- 4.30pm – Vaduz
The diamond market has some complex challenges that include the distinction of natural and synthetic diamond and the identification of the color origin of natural diamonds. While certain basic methods can help to distinguish natural from synthetic diamond, most analytical tasks in diamond testing require advanced spectroscopy and imaging techniques. The identification of undisclosed synthetic diamonds, particularly in small sized, is currently one of the biggest problems of the diamond trade. Another major problem of the diamond market is the identification of the color origin of certain irradiation-related colored diamonds such as green and greenish blue and yellow green diamonds. This presentation gives an insight into the techniques used to test diamonds and the properties considered when testing them.
Dr. Thomas Hainschwang is Director and co-founder of GGTL Laboratories (GGTL Laboratories Liechtenstein, formerly Gemlab Liechtenstein, founded in 1996). Dr. Hainschwang has been working on the analysis of diamonds, colored stones and pearls for the past 25 years, and is a respected expert in the field of gemological research, with extensive experience in the complex topic of colored diamond. He has published over 160 articles on various gem related topics and has presented these topics in more than 110 conferences around the world. He received the prestigious Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology in 2015 and the Gemological Excellence Award of the Swiss Gemological Society in 2017.