Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange partners with Kynetix and Everledger to trial first-ever blockchain verification and record-keeping service for diamond trading

Singapore - 15 June 2017

Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange (SDiX), the world’s first commodity exchange in physically settled diamonds, today announced that it has successfully partnered with Kynetix, the physical commodity digitisation expert, and Everledger, supplier of blockchain and distributed ledger infrastructure, to complete the first part of a Proof-Of-Concept of a blockchain-based authentication and secure record-keeping service for trading diamonds on a global commodity exchange. 

The technology is designed to enable holders of diamonds with certificates from a major third party verification laboratory to authenticate the ownership and authenticity of the diamonds using Everledger’s distributed ledger technology queried securely through Kynetix’s Sentinel market infrastructure platform. Changes of diamond ownership resulting from trading on SDiX can be automatically updated via the facility, creating a permanent digital record to ensure optimal functionality for market participants.

The solution accurately authenticated the key details of a consigned diamond basket on SDiX consisting of GIA-certified stones using unique data points hosted securely online; a key part of the output is a “view receipt” of the digital certificate for each stone in the basket, housed on the blockchain. The system opens up the potential for a range of future applications for diamond market participants, including enhanced provenance data, increased supply chain security and efficiencies, and new risk management tools. 

Linus Koh, CEO of the Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange, said: “This exciting collaboration builds on SDiX’s record of delivering advanced technologies to enable a trusted, fair and transparent marketplace for trading diamonds as an investable asset class. This new concept draws on blockchain’s distributed ledger capability to demonstrate how we can further instil confidence and convenience for the benefit of diamond investors and financiers.”

Kynetix Head of Business Development Guillaume Kendall said: “In line with our mission to build total trust in physical commodities, we believe this innovative integration of our Sentinel platform with blockchain is yet another step towards reducing the risks associated with trading and financing commodities globally.”

Everledger founder and CEO Leanne Kemp said: “It was a pure technical delight to integrate with Kynetix, a powerful combination of technology and purpose entwined.  We are pleased to provide the market-leading blockchain infrastructure that is key to SDiX’s verification and data archiving services and look forward to working industriously with the market on creating purposeful tooling to enable safe and fast trading in physical diamonds.”

The Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange (SDiX) is the world’s first commodity exchange in physically settled diamonds. SDiX enables trading in diamonds as a commodity, opening a new asset class for investors globally and unlocking the diamond economy. SDiX offers standardised structures and norms for the diamond-trading sector so that diamonds can be traded with the same ease as other asset classes.

SDiX is headquartered in Singapore and supported by a global ecosystem of service providers focused on grading, vaulting, settlement, and logistics. It operates as a fully regulation-ready exchange and entirely independent of the diamond industry, and is supported by a number of leading investors, including Vertex Venture Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings, an investment company owned by the Government of Singapore.

Kynetix is the global leader in building total trust in physical commodities. Their solutions provide platforms which enable commodity market participants to connect with financial markets, including producers, consumers, banks, trading houses and logistics – enabling digital title creation, collateralisation and settlement of commodities to take place in a secure, trusted and fully audited environment.

Headquartered in London with regional hubs in Romania and India, Kynetix is committed to connecting participants across the global metals, agricultural and energy markets.

Everledger is a global, digital ledger that tracks and protects diamonds and other valuable items on their lifetime journey. Using the best of emerging technology including blockchain, Everledger provides insurance companies, banks and other stakeholders across supply chains with an immutable history of an item’s authenticity, existence and ownership. Founded in April 2015 by Australian entrepreneur Leanne Kemp, Everledger has digitally secured over 1,500,000 diamonds on the blockchain and is expanding the company’s technology to the world of fine wine and art.