New technologies will affect jobs, and gem and jewel production
The future has come, and in many sectors, it has helped to accelerate the automation unemployment crisis. It is time now for the jeweler’s supply chain to take a closer look at this inevitable process.
Research moves toward automation. In order to seek standardization and quality, employees end up being replaced by artificial intelligence interfaces and mechanical arms.
The automation process is not complete in the mining industry, but it already impacts workers employed in the gem making sector. It is expected that, in a short time, diamond mining companies operating autonomous trucks will be able to move their product to the processing plant, where rough diamonds will be separated from the waste and disposed in their rough form in different sizes before being sent for further bundling.
Products will be fed into machines that determine their colour and clarity potential and, at the same time, evaluate where the stone fits best among the many assortment options. The diamonds will be cut based on the company’s computer planning engine, which will analyse how to get the best polished yield.
From there, the stones will be sent to the polishing department, where the machines use artificial intelligence to perform the cutting and polishing process. The resulting diamond will be graded through automated systems covering the 4 Cs. It will then be sent to the jeweler or end consumer and all their information will be loaded into a blockchain or cloud based traceability program.
Experts in the field say that it is all a matter of time for this reality to settle in the business. Today, for a rough diamond to reach the market takes about a year. With the new technologies this cycle will be significantly reduced, enabling the jeweler to offer the end consumer the gem with the cut, quality and size they want in a short time.