It would be great to think all diamonds are ethically sourced but, unfortunately, they’re not. Conflict diamonds are the most common source of non-ethical diamonds, but it’s by no means the only one.
Every major city has it’s own area or district that plays home to the diamond trade. London has Hatton Garden, Antwerp has its Diamond Quarter and New York has the Diamond District.
Whether you’re shopping for an engagement ring, a car, a TV or anything that can’t be bought with the loose change in your pocket, you will usually have a limit to the amount you want to spend. The key is knowing how flexible that budget is.
We sincerely hope it never gets to the stage where you have the need to sell your diamond ring, but life comes at you very fast sometimes, and you may have good reason for finding a buyer. Today, of course, there are many outlets for buying and selling any kind of item, including diamond rings.
The fact is, we can’t, none of us. At least not by eye, and not even when using a 10x loupe. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be vigilant, especially if we truly prefer our diamonds to be completely natural. But this is where the problems really start. Because synthetic diamonds are completely natural in
Diamond grading and, by extension, valuing is actually a complex process. It’s not as simple as just checking the Four Cs, and grading it accordingly, the fact that the various cuts have undergone changes and improvements in cutting techniques means putting a value on any diamond is difficult. This is especially true with stones that
Did you know that the average engagement lasts for 14.5 months? Generally speaking, it can take a year or more to plan a wedding, especially if you factor in how far in advance you need to book the date of your chosen venue. This brings us to our questions. Does the day the question is
The definition of “vintage” is somewhat disputed by those who deal in such items across all sorts of genres and marketplaces. In jewelry terms, though, there is a pretty much agreed definition. To be called vintage, pieces must be at least 20 years old but less than 100, at which point they become antique. Of