Did you know there are over 20 000 possible combinations of the basic diamond specifications: colour, shape, clarity and cut?
It can be overwhelming.
But it doesn’t have to be.
This blog is a great starting point. Continue reading The 4C’s of Laboratory Grown Diamonds
Just like Jonathan, our neighbourhood Jehovah’s Witness, the request for laboratory-made diamond engagement rings has been showing up at our doorstep at an increased frequency.
As more people understand what lab-grown diamonds are it’s becoming a perfectly viable option for a diamond engagement ring or any high-end jewellery piece.
I’m seeing it every day that couples choose laboratory-made diamonds over their naturally formed counterparts. And for great reason.
Continue reading Lab-Grown Diamonds in South Africa (2021 Guide)
I have been receiving email enquiries about diamond investing at a record level and I’ll gladly share my thoughts and recommendations for you to make an informed decision when considering diamonds as an investment. I promise to be as objective as possible.
Continue reading How To Invest In Diamonds in 2021 (Guide)
Welcome… to a rather misunderstood topic.
If you want your engagement ring to look amazing, it’s important to ensure the main diamond is the star of the show and has all the brilliance and fire you would expect from a diamond.
Fluorescence is a little-known diamond specification that can drastically alter the price and appearance of any diamond you cross paths with.
Mother nature rolled the dice and around 30% of diamonds emit some degree of a fluorescent glow when exposed to concentrated UV light. It’s random, as you can see in the image above.
As you know there’s UV in sunlight, and although far from concentrated there is a small reaction a diamond has with the UV light in natural sunlight. Continue reading What Is Diamond Fluorescence? All the Pros and Cons Explained.
Have you seen how much oval diamonds have boomed over the past few months on social media?
It’s been quite a ride!
Designers seem to have been working in overdrive to create stunning and interesting engagement rings built around oval shaped centre stones. And they’ve done a great job. Continue reading 45 Tips For The Perfect Oval Diamond (2019 Buying Guide)
Talking about wear and tear might not seem like fun… but do you know what’s even less fun?
Seeing your precious engagement ring age in dog years. Continue reading How To Design An Engagement Ring That Beats Wear & Tear.
Not everyone is willing to spend months researching diamonds before they pull the trigger. I completely get that. After she gives you the “yes” you’re probably done diamond shopping for a while.
Last night while finalising an updated version of our extremely well received “Buying A Diamond Like a Diamond Dealer” ebook I realised that the whole ebook (25 pages) could be condensed into a 1-pager. No intricate details, just recommendations drawing on decades of diamond industry knowledge. Challenge accepted.
Continue reading The Ultimate 1 Page Diamond Buying Guide (2019 Edition)
No boring history introduction here. We’ve got bigger things to do.
You’re about to dig into what makes round diamonds a fantastic diamond shape choice for an engagement ring. I’ll help you understand how pricing works, and show you specification combinations that optimise your budget – whatever it is. We’ll also talk about unique design opportunities a round diamond brings to the table.
Continue reading How To Buy The Best Round Diamond: Over 60 Useful Tips.
Diamond colour grades change in unexpectedly tiny increments.
Diamond colours range from D to Z, and as they trinkle down the alphabet the colour hue becomes more visibly prominent. Z is not a dark brown or yellow, yes, the colour is visible but far less pronounced than you would imagine.
Internet diamond colour-sheets aren’t accurate. Just see them as a visual parable to just show that colour intensifies as you slide down to Z on the colour scale.
I can tell you right here before we sail off; G and H are white to any pair of eyes. You’re better off focusing on some other characteristics like cut-grade and size when your in this boat. Continue reading How do G-Colour diamonds compare to H, and VVS-Clarity to VS?