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Everyday someone must ask me as a diamond broker this question and my answer is always the same.The diamond market is like any other market there is a market price and that market price is the same in New York Antwerp or London.We have access to over a million diamonds worldwide and can see live prices from Mumbai to London.If someone is offering you something that seems too good to be true then it is too good to be true.Is someone offers me a ridiculously cheap stone there is a reason which we as experienced dealers will identify in seconds.

Diamond certificates are key and if someone offers you an uncertified diamond with a high value there is a reason.If a dealer believes he has a god diamond he will spend the money getting it certified.We only recognise the following certificates IGI Anterp HRD Antwerp and the GIA. These are reputable diamond certificates recognised by everyone in the trade.These certficates are reliable and consistant and are all registered on a database so they can easily be checked.They provide reassurance to both the buyer and the seller and everyone knows what they are getting.

The reality is that we as dealers form lifetime relationships with a few key suppliers with whom there is mutual trust and respect.It is a business where you get good marks for good behaviour and offered the best product provided you are a prompt payer!I will often pay for a stone within seconds if I feel the price and quality are right.

A supplier may compromise on the colour and clarity  of the side stones on your ring and these will quickly appear become dull and lifeless. Another area where people cut corners is the palladium content in the white gold ring  which will lead to the gold quickly losing its colour and becoming yellow.

People often want a one carat stone but don’t stop to think how many different types of stones there are even when you have decided on colour and clarity.Cheaper stones will often have strong fluorescence and may be poorly spread.Ever seen a one carat that doesn’t look like right? The reason for this is that some on the more poorly spread one carats have the appearance of an 0.80 point stone and are therefore cheaper in the market place.The foreign dealer often wont care what he sells you as he reckons he will never see you again and furthermore reckons that it will be sometime before you become aware that you didn’t really get the bargain you had thought you got and find that corners were cut.

 

One diamond in a million is a carat of more and 85 per cent of diamonds mined are not used in the Jewellery trade. Approximately 20 tons of earth have to be moved to find just one diamond. Mining diamonds is not for the faint hearted.

Reality is that some of the big shops which people see as a label charge high prices which is why we suggest you come to us and save some  money for the honeymoon!!

The one variable I haven’t mentioned is the dollar.Diamonds are a dollar based trade so if the euro falls against the dollar things get dearer.There is a constant battle between mines and the suppliers of polished diamonds and currently a war is waging!If the mines start asking too high a price the polished suppliers stop buying and similarly if the polished buyers squeeze the mines too much they stop mining.As a result of all of this the market finds its balance and in general it is a steady market with wild fluctuations rarely happening.

Email us with any queries.

 

Peter Fitzpatrick

 

Diamond Fluorescence is a much debated subject.Does it have an effect on  diamond?Is it something that one should be worried about when trying to purchase a diamond a create the perfect ring?

We could go on forever on the subject but a good overall conclusion is as follows.If a diamond has slight or very slight or faint fluorescence there is nothing to worry about.This will not affect the appearance of the diamond and can be ignored.If the fluorescence is medium to strong there is a case for concern as the diamond will often appear milky to the naked eye and it will have almost a crystal blue effect under ultra violet light.

In a survey among  some of the world leading gemologists there were divided almost equally as to whether or not the fluorescence had an effect on diamonds.In some cases gemologists were of the opinion that in some of the lower colours H-I that bit of fluorescence actually helped the appearance of the diamond.

We are always happy to answer queries if you have any just email us.Happy diamond hunting!!

 

Peter Fitzpatrick

Diamond Dealer

 

 

 

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Diamonds have always been a favourite mainstay of most desired & worn jewellery throughout time immemorial ! There are as many different cuts of diamonds as there are shapes . The most desired shape & cut of diamond would be the round brilliant cut as it is the best for sparkle as it turns out it has 58 facets & 57 when there is no culet which means no point at the bottom of the stone. You will always pay more for a round brilliant cut diamond than you would if it was any other shape. Every facet has a job to do in reflecting light & the better the cut the better the brilliance & sparkle of a diamond. For you the buyer of diamonds, it’s important to note that a diamond too shallow is almost as bad as a diamond too deep since the shallow diamond won’t emit enough light for a nice sparkle & a rather deep diamond will have a smaller table width than would normally be the case for it’s expected carat weight which would also not be showing or looking as big a diamond as you would expect for such a carat weight. I personally think diamonds perhaps starting at 0.50ct upwards should be properly certified such as with G.I.A. / I.G.I. / HRD to name the best for your perfect ring.

Carat weight is all to do with the weight & size of a stone whether a diamond or another precious gemstone. It’s the ratio & the spread of weight throughout the stone as to whether it will sparkle brilliantly or not. Many people don’t realise that you can buy perhaps a 0.96/0.97/0.98 carat diamond for sometimes a little less than the premium price a 1.00 carat weight diamond would command. You definitely will not see a weight/size difference for 0.03/0.02 carat weight but you will pay less for it! Same goes for any diamond carat weight nearing another tenth of a carat etc., Some of you may be interested in buying maybe a 2.00 carat round brilliant diamond but it doesn’t mean that it will automatically cost you twice the price of a 1.00 carat weight diamond, it will cost an awful lot more the larger it gets as the larger the diamond & other details such as clarity & colour also come into play but if colours & clarities are the same it becomes more expensive as they become more rare a diamond the higher the carat.

Colour on the other hand is also very much part of your evaluating list when it comes to buying your diamond. The highest diamond colour registered is ‘ D ‘ & then it descends alphabetically to ‘Z ‘. The colours rated as D, E, F  & G are usually the most sought after while the colour  I starts to show a very very slight tint of yellow & becomes more prominent the further you go down the scale & would be especially more noticeable the further you go, so K & L will show a lot more of a yellow tint in the white diamond. Some people value size, meaning carat size of a diamond rather than colour & clarity. Me personally, would probably never go below a H colour! On another note, it’s also true to say that it’s not necessary to buy a D,E or F colour diamond as a G visually to the naked eye looks the same whiteness as even the D colour so why pay for D if you can get G that looks the same for sometimes a lot less depending on carat size ? It’s just a personal choice. Fluorescence also has a decider with some peoplewho don’t mind it & some people won’t consider it in any way because they think it takes away from the diamond but it is honestly not perceived by the naked eye at all unless extremely strong & then you may perceive a slight milkiness in the diamond. Fluorescence can be beneficial  to a lower colour diamond as fluorescence usually glows 95% blue which can boost the lower colour to be whiter .

Clarity is also a huge part of the certification & valuation process for buying diamonds as it is one of the four ‘C’s . The most important part for you as a buyer to consider is that you shouldn’t go below an SI2 clarity but I would usually say go for SI1 which means any inclusions in the diamond would be certified unseen by the naked eye whereas SI2 is supposed to be seen by the naked eye if you look hard enough but obviously if the diamond is small like a 0.30/ 0.40 carat or smaller it’s virtually impossible to see with the naked eye never mind using 10 x  loupe. Inclusions can be black or white, can be like a feather, a bubble or a line. Some like black ones can be seen more easily & you don’t want any inclusion near the centre of your diamond whatever about the sides as you will always focus on the centre of it when looking at it. The clarity scale is FL- IF  which is the highest grade & means internally flawless, then comes VVS1 -VVS2, which is very very slight inclusions, VVS1 being slightly higher grade than VVS2, then comes VS1-VS2 which is very slight inclusions, again VS1 is higher than VS2 & then comes SI1 which is what I totally recommend & then SI2 which I would personally only buy in smaller diamonds which state slight inclusions but SI2 is technically graded as you can see with the naked eye & below this which I don’t recommend is I1-I3 which are termed as imperfect. If you are thinking of buying an emerald cut for example I would always go as high a clarity as possible because of the less facets you can see clearly through these with the naked eye so I would probably recommend VVS1 -VVS2 or VS1 or VS2 at the lowest. This is why certification of your diamond for your perfect ring is vital especially from reknowned certification houses such as G.I.A./I.G.I. & HRD.

Cut is all to do with precsion & symmetry & how the cuts create a beautiful diamond for you to enjoy looking at. There are many cuts/shapes of diamonds, round brilliant being the most popoular by far but next probably would be the princess cut which is a square brilliant cut diamond with pointed edges. The cushion cut diamond combines the brilliance of the square cut with rounded corners & it used to be called the old mine cut which came into play about 200 years ago. The asscher cut is also in the square category but has less cuts than the princess cut but  it has what looks like concentric squares with larger step cuts than an emerald cut which has less cuts again but the asscher is making a comeback as it really is a lovely cut with it’s cut corners too. Moving from squares to rectangles we have the aforementioned emerald cut diamonds which have a less is more feel to it’s cut as it’s like mirrors mirroring eachother with it’s quite open table view & step cuts. This emerald cut would have stemmed from the cut used for actual green emeralds & then was used for diamonds. If you like less sparkle & more clean lines, the emerald cut is for you. Radiant cut diamonds have a tendency to be either square or rectangle also but have more brilliance due to their cuts like the princess cut. The radiant cut diamond has a complete brilliant cut facet pattern applied to both the crown & the pavillion. We move on now to other fancy cuts which are anything but round brilliant cuts, namely the pear cut which is a brilliant cut in the shape of a pear narrow & pointed at one end & wider & curved at the other while the marquise cut which is another popular fancy cut is like a boat shape & also brilliant in cut but modified which has an equally pointed end at both ends. If you like symmetry, you will love the symmetry in a marquise cut diamond. We can also add oval cut diamonds to the popular list of fancy cut diamonds especially as it is a modified brilliant cut diamond & has the added advantage of being elongated in shape & can give the impression of a larger diamond with all the brilliance. Finally as regards another popular cut diamond but not usually as a single stone is the baguette cut diamond which is a long slender elongated linear diamond which would more usually be used as  a shoulder stone or channel set stone in a wedding band.

Phew! Well I hope this article helps you all to choose your perfect diamond for your perfect ring with a little more knowledge.

If you require any diamond or indeed any jewellery advice please contact us here at 01-6855551  at INTERNATIONAL DIAMOND BROKERS.

If you wish to view or indeed buy any of our rings please call first for an appointment as we are appointment based only.

Thank you for taking the time to read my article, any feedback would be welcome.

Until the next time, Peter.

 

Goodmorning once again to all jewellery enthusiasts !!! The perfect ring awaits you ! We have some new exquisite eternity diamond rings now in stock which make very beautiful additions to your wedding finger ! That’s certainly news to some men who think they are finished buying the obligatory rings after the engagement and wedding rings !!! Sorry guys ! However regardless of who is buying the ring for what reason, the eternity ring really gives a lovely symmetry to your other two diamond rings such as your engagement and wedding rings.

My advice to you when choosing a diamond eternity ring is to consider first of all if your wedding band is plain and if it is, you can bling yourself as much as you like. If you have a diamond set wedding band already, you must match it exactly if wanting the eternity band, especially for the same finger otherwise once again, you may choose anything you wish for the other hand. The reason for matching it exactly is because it throws the balance of your engagement ring and wedding band right off and therefore detracts from the beauty of the diamonds in your other two rings. It begins to almost confuse the focus on the centre of attention which would be your engagement ring ! Keep it classy !

If buying especially claw set diamond eternity rings, make sure the height of it is not too high if it has to be worn beside your engagement ring as it will create a gap and keep pushing away so if you like large and high set diamonds by all means get an eternity ring like this but wear it on your other hand and the sky is the limit once it’s the only ring on that finger. Claw settings are probably my favourite and at least 90% of the public prefer claw set rings because there is less metal obstructing the view and beauty of the diamond. The nicest claw setting in my opinion is one where there are no bars or baskets holding the diamond, just full side view of the diamond. Perfect !!!  The perfect ring !

There are a few more settings to consider for an eternity band such as a pave setting which has the diamond set into the metal/gold etc., of the band and sometimes milgrained around it and the edges of the band which gives it a very vintage feel. Channel set bands are very much another favourite and probably as regards sizing up and down to fit your finger over the years, it would be the easiest to size. Channel settings are literally one diamond after another set freely in a channel of metal/gold etc., They are lined up tightly to keep in place. Another gem of advice would be to buy a half eternity ring which basically means the diamonds whatever setting they are, that they go half way round your finger rather than the whole way around . The reason I say this is because it can be extremely uncomfortable for you if the diamonds are digging into your finger if for any reason you have to say carry something awkward or heavy and also you will end up banging every single diamond at some point as you won’t know which side is up!

So that’s pretty much all you need to know about buying your diamond eternity ring, your perfect ring for eternity !

Should anyone reading this article have any questions jewellery related, please call us on (01) 6855551 as we are appointment based only, if we can’t answer right away please leave your contact details and we will ring you back as soon as we finish with an appointment ! GUARANTEED !

Thank you for reading my article and I hope you enjoyed it.

Until next time, Peter.

Welcome to the world of International Diamond Brokers, where we will provide you with the best of jewellery design at wholesale prices & not just that but also the best advice when considering the purchase of any piece of jewellery whether diamond or other precious & semi-precious stones.

When considering buying a ring for yourself, look at your fingers as regards, length for example, are they long & thin ? Do they narrow after the knuckle etc., if you do have long narrow fingers it’s better to consider sometimes oblong shapes such as emerald cut diamonds which are rectangular & fill the space better on your finger, also keep in mind if you will be wearing one, two or three rings on your finger so you may not need to go for such a long stone if you are wearing a wedding band, eternity band & engagement ring on the same finger. I would also advise if contemplating an eternity band of say, claw set diamonds, it’s so much nicer to put this ring on first, then say your plain wedding band & then your engagement ring as it gives breathing space between both your diamond rings which can take from eachother visually ! If you find your fingers narrow after the knuckle which means the ring becomes top heavy, you should consider beads inside the back of the ring, which I have had myself to stop it turning & annoying you as I personally find the beads grip you better, so if it’s a yellow gold ring, you get yellow gold beads & likewise if it’s white gold, you get white gold beads.

If contemplating buying an engagement ring, I would always consider if the ring I like needs a cut-out wedding band in the future or shaping around said engagement ring .Preferably, I would always go for a wed fit ring as it means it can take a straight wedding band alongside, so usually these engagement rings would be a slightly higher setting so they can rise above the band comfortably. Another thing to keep in mind is if you like yellow gold, by all means get it but what we in the business call the shank which is the part that fits around your finger, keep that in yellow gold & then if wanting white diamonds or any other cold colours such as blues & greens, set the top of the ring in white gold, again preferably 18k white gold as you don’t want the yellow gold yellowing your white diamonds. If you want yellow diamonds, set them in yellow gold & if you want pink sapphires, rose gold or even white gold.

If you wish to ask me any questions on the above article or indeed any jewellery related question. I would be more than happy to answer them for you!

Just for your information, we are appointment based only!

I sincerely hope you enjoyed my article & I will be posting more in two weeks time but feel free in the meantime to ask me any question as I mentioned or even call me.

Caroline at 01 6855551 to book an appointment, whether it’s Peter or myself.

Go raibh mile maith agaibh ! Peter.