GCAL Achieves SCS Accreditation

GCAL First Gem Lab Worldwide Accredited to Support the Origin Traceability Requirements of the SCS-007 Sustainability Rated Diamond Program

Using GCAL Guaranteed Certificates, retailers can now demonstrate to consumers how their diamonds meet the important Standards of sustainability and climate neutrality. This is rapidly becoming an issue of extreme importance to the world, beginning with your customers.

SCS Global Services (SCS), a pioneer and leader in the field of sustainability standards and third-party certification, issued its first “Certificate of Accreditation for Gem Identification Verification Provider to GCAL (Gem Certification & Assurance Lab). This technical accreditation was issued in part based on GCAL being the only gem lab in the world to be ISO 17025 Forensic Accredited, as well as the knowledge of its technical experts.

In its Gem Identification Laboratory Accreditation Report, SCS confirmed that “GCAL’s New York City Laboratory meets the accreditation criteria as a Gem Identification Facility required for Origin Traceability Assurance under the SCS-007 Jewelry Sustainability Standard – Sustainability Rated Diamonds for qualifying accredited sources of certified diamonds.

This Sustainability Rated Diamonds Standard is the first comprehensive, multi-stakeholder sustainability standard developed for the diamond sector. It establishes the world’s most stringent benchmark of sustainability accountability, transparency and provenance assurance for the diamond industry, with comprehensive environmental, social and governance provisions along with climate neutral and other net-zero milestones. The standard’s Chain of Custody provisions are backed by third-party certification that combines A.I. enhanced laser ablation testing, with gem identification verification, auditing and sampling to achieve 99% accuracy.

All SCS-007 certified diamonds graded, scanned (Gemprint®) and laser inscribed by GCAL which have accompanying information on laser inscription, diamond dimensions, and carat weights, can carry the approved Sustainably Rated claim.

The significance of this achievement can be seen in consumers’ increasing demand that the diamonds they purchase meet the highest standards of ethical environmental responsibility.

Angelo Palmieri, COO of GCAL, was one of the original and leading members of the multi-stakeholder standards development committee, facilitated by SCS Standards, the not-for-profit standards development arm of SCS. “SCS, and the committee members, have all been working incredibly hard, under intense pressure on this process for the past 18 months. I’m proud to be part of this SCS effort, and particularly proud to say that GCAL is the first gem lab in the world to earn the SCS Certificate of Accreditation,” explained Angelo.

“It’s a win for both retail jewelers and the ultimate consumer,” continued Palmieri. “GCAL guaranteed diamond certificates can now include an SCS ‘mark’, demonstrating that a diamond has been sustainability rated and certified Climate Neutral by SCS Global Services. We’re especially proud to be certifying with WD Lab Grown Diamonds in this effort, as they are the first producer worldwide to achieve certification.”

GCAL currently grades and certifies premium diamonds produced by WD Lab Grown Diamonds, including those from their new consumer brand Latitude. In a recent press release, WD announced that Latitude is the first Sustainability Rated, Certified Climate Neutral diamond brand in the world. “We are proud to be the first in our industry to achieve third-party sustainability certification – a year-long process involving a comprehensive lifecycle assessment and extensive audits. We look forward to continuing to partner with GCAL to ensure full and transparent diamond traceability and Chain of Custody for our customers,” said Sue Rechner, CEO of WD Lab Grown Diamonds.

For more information about GCAL, or GCAL’s Certificate of Accreditation, please contact Steve Feldman at 212-869-8985, or stevef@gcalusa.com

About GCAL
GCAL protects consumers, retailers & manufacturers with a unique suite of certification, identification and forensic services for natural & lab grown diamonds, gemstones, and jewelry. GCAL provides the most accurate & consistent gemological services with uncompromising integrity and customer care. Certificates include Gemprint® fingerprint image, direct assessed Light Performance, Photomicrographs (actual photos of diamonds – no generic images) and Cut Grades on Fancies. Stunning 360°videos and dazzling Fire videos also available. Only ISO 17025 Forensic Accredited lab in the world. For more information, visit www.gcalusa.com

About SCS
SCS Global Services is a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability verification, certification, auditing, testing, and standards development. Its programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in natural resource management, green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, supply chains, climate mitigation and more. SCS is a chartered Benefit Corporation. For more information, visit www.scsglobalservices.com or email info@scsglobalservices.com

About WD Lab Grown Diamonds
Founded in 2008. WD Lab Grown Diamonds is a market leader in Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) diamonds, with laboratories in the Washington, D.C. and Chicago, Illinois areas, and distribution under the brands WD Lab Grown Diamonds and Latitude. The first diamond company worldwide to be certified climate Neutral and achieve the highest-level of third-party Sustainability Rating, WD employs its industry-leading diamond growth technology to achieve bespoke gemstone production at scale. The Company also offers new technologies and applications for diamonds in industrial settings. WD Lab Grown diamonds is the exclusive licensee of a portfolio of patents covering single crystal CVD diamond growth technology developed by The Carnegie Institution of Washington. WD is jointly owned by Huron Capital, WD Management, members of its board of directors and The Carnegie Institution of Washington. For more information, visit wdlabgrowndiamonds.com and latitudediamonds.com or email press@wdlabgrowndiamonds.com