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Surat’s lab-grown diamond industry likely to be impacted by ban of related terminology in France

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This ban indicates that terms like ‘lab-grown’ or ‘cultivated diamonds’ will no longer be legally used in France, potentially impacting consumer perception and industry practices

Surat: In a move that could potentially impact the global lab-grown diamond market, the French Ministry of Economy and Finance has banned the use of all terminology other than ‘synthetic’ for non-natural diamonds. This decision means that terms like ‘lab-grown’ or ‘cultivated diamonds’ will no longer be legally used in France, potentially impacting consumer perception and industry practices.

Surat, a major diamond hub in India, has a vested interest in this development as it caters to international markets, including France. The recent decision has raised concerns about the future of lab-grown diamonds, which have seen rapid adoption in recent years, with the market exceeding millions in the past five years.

The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB), representing natural diamond bourses worldwide, applauded the French Ministry’s decision. WFDB President Yoram Dvash stated, “This is an important step in confirming the inherent value of natural diamonds and enhancing consumer confidence.”

The WFDB also commended De Beers’ marketing campaign for natural diamonds and its partnership with the Natural Diamond Council (NDC) to support the industry’s growth. These actions highlight the natural diamond industry’s efforts to maintain its position in the face of growing competition from lab-grown alternatives.

However, the industry surrounding lab-grown diamonds has challenged the French decision’s validity. Dinesh Navadiya, Chairman, Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council, stated that the French government cannot unilaterally define lab-grown diamonds as synthetic. He emphasized the distinct nature of lab-grown diamonds compared to synthetic ones, highlighting their different production processes and increasing global acceptance.

Navadiya further criticized the Natural Diamond Council’s role in influencing the French decision, suggesting it was motivated by concerns about the growing lab-grown diamond trade. According to him, the French government’s action is based on a “bad mentality” and will not significantly impact the industry’s overall growth.

Courtesy: freepressjournal.in

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