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We thought you might be interested in some of the following facts about diamonds.

1.It takes approximately 250 tonnes of earth to obtain a 1 carat diamond!

2.Only 1 diamond in a million is a weighs a carat or more.

3. 85 per cent of diamonds mined are not suitable to be used in Jewellery

4.Only a diamond can scratch or polish another diamond

5.Most diamonds are over three billion years old-some of the youngsters are 100 million years old!

6 Most diamonds are formed more than 100 miles beneath the earth’s surface.

7.At one time diamond colours were refered to only as A and B.As cutting equipment got better and it became easier to grade diamonds the range was expanded.In order to avoid any confusion with the old scale colours were started with D being the best are running all the way to Z.

 

We hope you enjoy some of these facts

 

Peter Fitzpatrick founded International Diamond Brokers in 2008 after identifying an opportunity to deal directly with some of the worlds largest diamond suppliers, allowing him to provide high quality diamonds at significant  discounts against retail prices.

Utilising international retail contacts, Peter has worked tirelessly to deliver a quality service and product to customers. Stones are selected and individually checked and verified by a top gemmologist.

At International Diamond Brokers we strive to achieve only the very best for our customers, we source the best quality diamonds using industry scientific guidelines for evaluating, delivering the highest quality and deal only in conflict free diamonds.

All of International Diamond Broker’s Diamonds come with certificates from recognised and approved international gemmological laboratories.

 

There is much to consider when purchasing a diamond – especially diamond engagement rings! The tradition of presenting a woman with a diamond engagement ring when proposing began in 1477 when Archduke Maximilian presented a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy – and in most cases, the woman you plan to propose to will expect a ring to accompany that proposal!

First, determine how much you can afford for the ring . Most people use the ‘two months salary’ rule. This means that the ring should cost the equivalent of two months of your current salary. Because you have other bills to pay, saving up this amount of money may take quite a bit of time. You should consider financing. Simply go to the jeweller of your choice and tell them that you plan to buy an engagement ring, and that financing will be necessary. Go ahead and get the credit check out of the way, find out what your payments will be, and how much of a down payment is required.

Now, have your mother, sister, or your girlfriends best friend take your girlfriend shopping, and make sure that they gaze at the engagement rings to get an idea of what she might like. Make sure that the jewellery store you buy the ring from will allow you to exchange the ring, if that is required so  your girlfriend can exchange it for another if she isn’t happy with it! Most jewellers will not give a refund but will allow an exchange for a ring of equal or more value !

Diamond Grading, Grades

When purchasing certified diamonds it is important to understand the diamond grading criteria used by the laboratories performing the certification.

Diamond grading covers numerous aspects of each individual diamond’s qualities, but there are four grades which are critical to understand: cut, clarity, color, and carat weight. There are additional ratings and measurements noted on a diamond certificate, but they generally fall under the diamond’s grade in one of the Four Cs. For example, measurements listed such as “depth” and “table” are part of the description of the diamond’s cut.

You can learn more about how diamonds are graded by reading the articles listed below.

Diamond Cut

Cut is probably the most important quality factor, and most challenging, of the four Cs to understand. The brilliance of a diamond depends heavily on its cut. More info…

Diamond Clarity

Most diamonds contain some inner flaws, or inclusions, that occur during the formation process. The visibility, number and size of these inclusions determine what is called the clarity of a diamond. Diamonds that are clear create more brilliance, and thus are more highly prized, and priced. .

Diamond Color

Colourless diamonds are the most desirable since they allow the most refraction of light (sparkle). Off white diamonds absorb light, inhibiting brilliance.

Carat Weight

A carat is the unit of weight by which a diamond is measured. Because large diamonds are found less commonly than small diamonds, the price of a diamond rises quickly as its size increases.

 

The larger a diamond the more expensive it is and as we rise up the scale of size the prices rise dramatically. There are key price points 0.25,0.5,0.75,1.0,1.25,1.5,1.75.2.0,2.5.3.0,3.5,4.0,4.5,5.0.The reality is that a 0.97 carat can be a lot cheaper than a 1 carat. People often like to be able to have an exact number a 1 carat weight is a key point. In the business we often refer to an 80 pointer which means 0.8 of a carat or we may refer to a stone as being a one fifty which means that it is one and a half carats.

The Fifth C: Certificates

The diamond certificate, which is sometimes called a grading report, is a complete evaluation of your diamond that has been performed by a qualified professional with the help of special gemological instruments. Each stone bears its own recognizable, individual characteristics, which is listed on the certificate. The most recognised certificate in the business is the GIA certificate. The IGI and HRD are also widely recognised and highly thought of.

There are various other certificates around but the bottom line is if you buy one of the above it will be exactly what it says on the certificate!!The EGL certificate has not got the greatest reputation and should be treated with great caution. We will not accept anything we read on an EGL cert unless we verify it independently with our gemologist. Having said all that EGL certed stones are cheaper and the odd bargain does come through.

There are also some uncarted stones which doesn’t mean they are bad –some manufacturers simply want to turn the stone around quickly and are doing so in high volumes and hence the stone is uncerted. This is often the case in smaller stones of less than one carat.

The reality in larger more valuable stones is that they should be certed and there is no reason that they should be offered uncerted.

 

 

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