How To Choose The Most Beautiful Engagement Ring

Congratulations! If you’re reading this, it means you might be considering buying your loved one an engagement ring. We are excited for you and your future, and are here to answer all of your most pressing engagement ring questions. We know it can be overwhelming to begin this process. From the diamond to the setting, there are so many options to consider. So how do you choose a ring that is truly expressive, and a perfect match for the beauty …

The Ultimate Expert-Approved Diamond Buying Guide

Read this comprehensive guide to discover how to choose the best diamond, what makes a diamond valuable, and the different considerations that go into purchasing the perfect diamond. Origins The word diamond comes from the ancient Greek αδάμας, meaning “unbreakable.” A diamond is perhaps one of the most storied gemstones in the world, and for good reason: it is the hardest naturally occurring substance, and its beauty is effortless to witness, even while arising from such complex formative processes. Of …

In The News: Record Breaking Pink Diamond Sells

Sotheby’s jewelry department made history on November 13, 2013. The “Pink Star”, a 59.60-carat, Internally Flawless fancy vivid pink diamond, sold for $83,187,381 USD. The previous record was held by the “Graff Pink”, a 24.78-carat fancy intense pink diamond, which sold in 2010 for 45.44 million Swiss francs ($45.75 million at the time).

The Eternity Band

              Certainly a statement piece, the eternity band is a ring with a continuous line of identically set diamonds in a band of precious metal.  The Eternity Band is a symbolic gift, usually given by a husband to his wife on a significant anniversary.  The ideology behind the ring is that it is a never-ending band of love, representing eternity. The history behind the Eternity Band however is very different from the sentiment.  In the 1960’s, diamond merchant De …

The Hope Diamond

The Hope Diamond 45.52 Carats VS1 Clarity Natural Fancy Deep Grayish Blue Color Antique Brilliant Cushion Cut This astonishing diamond has a significant history that traces back to the 17th century.  It has passed through royalty, riches, and fame, been untraceable for decades, and now resides in one of the most famous museums in the world, The Smithsonian, where 7 million visitors view it annually. Legend has it that the Hope Diamond was originally 112 carats, and was found as …

Diamonds- not only beautiful jewelry, but also a great investment

In 2001 when De Beers’ monopoly supply over diamonds officially ended, many new companies entered the market place with substantial discoveries.  Today the largest site holders are Rio Tinto, Alrosa, De Beers, Dominion, and Petra, as well as many smaller companies. With more diamonds on the market, and with far less restrictions, the gemstones took on a new angle.  Historically, large investments have been made in precious metals, and today we are seeing this trend being applied to diamonds as …

The Latest on Diamonds

As of this week, diamonds seem to be on the move across the globe.  Whether raising money for new mines, surpassing sales expectations for the quarter, or finding new ore, the world is loving diamonds. As for late, Firestone diamonds has raised 6 million dollars for redevelopment at its flagship mine in Lesotho, Africa, and seriously expects to increase production. Rio Tinto’s second quarter rose an astonishing 47 percent, with growth driven by higher grades in ore processed in its …

New York Pt. III

March 25, 2013 Walking the streets of New York’s diamond district on 47th Street is possibly one of the most incredible things as an aspiring gemologist. To see the countless diamonds glittering the window panes, the gems sparking, and the gold blinging makes me extremely excited, as I imagine the role I hope to play in the industry.

A Diamond’s History…

A Little History… As I learn more about diamonds it is fascinating to uncover the facts, histories, and mythologies surrounding the mystery that these precious stones embody.  It is a known fact that diamonds are the enduring symbol of love, strength, courage, and power.  Though the history is quite vague.  The antiquity dates back to the 15th century, when only kings and queens wore diamonds.  In 1477, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy, …