HB Blueprint encompasses more than 45 years of technological know-how and experience in the diamond field and spans the entire chain from rough to polished. All engineering is done in-house, and we have a wide range of expertise in mechanics, electronics, optics, and software development.
We are constantly working on the development of new technology. Most of our tech is used exclusively in-house, ensuring our state-of-art ecosystem utilizes the most advanced, cutting-edge technologies to track, analyze, saw, cut, laser, and polish our diamonds.
Our HyperLoupe system further refines the planning process, raising it to a new level of accuracy, precision, and efficiency, enabling us to unlock additional value. This proprietary technology enables HB artisans to explore and analyze the inside of the world’s largest diamonds.
Armed with this innovative technology, even the largest, most complicated diamonds can be cut, taking a highly individualized approach according to a client’s wishes.
The Signum Droid is the world’s only fully automated diamond polishing robot. The technological breakthroughs integrated into the Signum Droid enable us to process a diamond 10 to 30 times faster than a traditional diamond polisher, alone.
The Signum Droid, paired with our expert artisans, allows us to compete with the speed and cost of other factories that require hundreds of traditional polishers.
A stereo microscope focused on diamond grading and observation. This device is used from the rough stage to the final polished stage.
The Signifeye’s features include a dark field LED light, a vacuum pump holder with X and Y manipulation, a special Avalon light for visualization of the facet quality, and a polarisation option for tension.
The HB Capsule is an Internet of Things (IoT) device that travels with the diamond, using blockchain technology and data analytics to track every stage of a natural diamond’s journey, from its birth to the atelier until it’s sold to an end consumer.
The HB capsule is a scalable solution for tracking each diamond to ensure governments get compensated fairly based on the polished price of a stone.
Technology for the market
In 2019, HB Antwerp took over the Antwerp Diamond Research Centre, established in 1977. Some of their developments – which span the entire chain from rough to polished, including measurement, evaluation, and processing – are publicly available and can be ordered via our daughter company HB Blueprint.