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We have access to over 1.5 million different loose diamonds worldwide.Loose diamonds as the term infers means that the diamond is not in a setting.

There are a great many reasons to buy a loose diamond.Some people like to give loose diamonds as a present so that the recipent can build a ring around the diamond.Loose diamonds can like any other diamond be certified or uncertified but we at International prefer to sell certified stones.

One might ask is there anything wrong with an uncertified loose diamond.The answer is sometimes no as the diamond can look on the face of it as good as any other diamond but often the mine will have decided that it is not going to make certain criteria and that these stones will be sold off at a discount.Sometimes an uncertified loose diamond can be available at a very substantial discount so do not rule them out.Most reputable dealers offering loose diamonds will offer to upgrade them to loose diamond later on when the finances improve.

Some people prefer to sacrifice quality for size and the trick is to find a happy medium when buying your loose diamond certified or not.

In the modern world diamonds can be transported quickly and we can get a diamond from most parts of the earth within days!Once a loose diamond has been found we can build a setting to fit around it and this is done by creating a CAD.CADS or Computer aided designs often look unattractive because of their sheer size.Do not let this put you off the designs have to be of scale in order for the cad operator to be able to see them properly.

Good luck with finding your loose diamond.We supply both loose diamonds and the complete ring and are happy to do either.




Have you ever looked at two different diamond engagement  rings each with the same size stone and felt one was bigger than the other? Well if you did you weren’t imagining that they were different-they were!

Diamonds spread in different ways so a little chubby  one carat diamond can look the same size as a well spread 0.80 carat diamond.Cutters given a choice will always aim for a target weight to maximise the value of a diamond.

One carat diamonds spread from about 6.0 mils to 6.5 mils so there is almost a 10 per cent differential.There is also a price differential the 6.0 mil stone will have been bought much cheaper than the 6.5 mil stone.A reputable dealer will explain the difference.

The good news is that a well spread 0.90 carat stone will look identical from the face down to the observer so a saving can be made.Always ask about diamond spread when looking for your GIA HRD or IGI certified diamond as it has a considerable effect on appearance when you are trying to create your perfect ring!


Lets us know if you have any queries.


Best wishes


Peter Fitzpatrick

The eternity diamond ring, the perfect ring to go beside your engagement & wedding ring. In most cases nowadays ladies are more inclined to wear the half eternity ring which for some makes more sense as the diamonds or other stones go halfway or three quarters way round the finger because if it’s a full eternity band you cannot resize your diamond ring again as there is no space to do so & also some people find it a little uncomfortable when there are diamonds on the underside of the band. The half eternity covers enough of the top & sides of the finger to give the impression of a full one without the uncomfortability or double the expense almost !

Eternity diamond ring settings regardless of half or full eternity can have usually round brilliant cut diamonds set in a channel of say a white metal such as 18k white gold or platinum to match the wedding band & engagement ring. Settings such as claw setting or indeed diamond pave setting are also extremely popular. Claw setting is where each usually round brilliant cut diamond is individually clawed in either again usually four claws or six claws. Diamond pave set eternity bands are set into the metal & sometimes millgrained on the edges to give a nice vintage feel. The reason I suggest white gold is because whether you have an 18k yellow gold or even a rosegold engagement ring & wedding band, you will find it’s so much better to set your diamonds on the upper side of the eternity ring in a white metal as it doesn’t discolour your stunning white diamonds with the reflection of the yellow or rose gold as most jewellers will tell you. The top of your diamond eternity band can be claw set in 18k white gold & the shank as we call it in the business or half in this case can be yellow or rose gold without taking away the whiteness from your white diamonds. I mentioned using round brilliant cut diamonds more than other shapes as they are usually to match most rings, engagement rings which are eighty per cent centered with a round brilliant set diamond. The next most popular cut diamond for your perfect diamond eternity ring would be the princess cut diamond which can be channel set & claw set but usually more channel set for this particular style ring. The channel set diamond rings are probably the easiest to resize when more than a half size too.

Eternity rings do not have to be only set with diamonds as they can sometimes be set with sapphires or rubies alternating with diamonds depending the engagement ring they have to match which is usually worn on the same finger. Some people choose to wear the eternity ring on their other hand as they may want one that is bigger or wider than their wedding & engagement ring will allow due to the depth or height of them. The meaning of especially a full eternity ring symbolizes an infinity of love for your partner in the sense of full eternity rings which have the diamonds usually the full way round.

If you would like to ask us or indeed make an appointment to have your very own perfect ring made by us, please call us on 01 6855551 and talk to a member of out staff

Are Diamonds Really Forever?

In the past, the Greeks and the Romans thought that the diamonds were tears of Gods and small pieces of stars. There were also the Hindus, who thought that the diamonds had so much power that they put diamonds in the eyes of some of their statues. Other people believed that an unapproachable valley in Central Asia covered by diamonds existed. One said that this valley was “kept by birds of prey and protected by snakes of mortal stare”.

Besides believing that diamonds could attract luck and success, people also thought that they could defy the astrological events. Many people used them as jewels, supposing they would be increasing their sexual power and capacity to attract. Even Plato wrote about diamonds, describing them as living creatures, impersonating divine spirits.

Until the 15th century, only kings were allowed to use diamonds, having them as a symbol of courage, power and invincibility. But as the centuries passed by, the diamond started to acquire its status of sublime proof of love. Currently, they are related to the love, romance and myth.

We probably will never know when the first diamond was discovered, but we do know that, from the ancient times to the 18th century, all the diamonds of the world came from India. From the period of the Roman Empire to the appearance of the first Europeans to India, in the beginning of the 16th century, the commercial relations between Europe and Eastern Asia bloomed.

One of the main routes of the diamond commerce was in Venice. The city became the most important mercantile republic of the western world. It enjoyed the monopoly of the commerce of the diamond course to the main cities of the south of Germany until its final destiny, Brussels. Since this city became the final phase of the commercial route, it became a promising centre of diamond stature, and the reputation of the city in this sector did not stop increasing. Even though Brussels maintained their predominance until the end of the 14th century, they began to decline in a lapse of fifty years. The diamond trade and numerous other economic activities of Brussels were moved progressively to the city of Ambers, which offered more recent and better facilities for the communications and the commercial exchange. In 1866, the first diamond in South Africa was discovered. Following this was the discovery of the deposits of Kimberley few years later, giving birth to the fabulous era of Kimberley.

The word diamond comes from the Greek word ‘ adamas ‘, meaning invincible, and ‘ diaphanes ‘, that means transparent. In the past centuries, people believed that a diamond could reattach a wrecked marriage. It was used also in battles as a symbol of courage.

Even though the diamond is the hardest rock known by men, it is the only precious gem with only one element: carbon. Nevertheless, it can only be melted when exposed to a temperature of 5500 degrees Celsius! Billions of years before, the basic forces of heat and pressure miraculously transformed the carbon into diamond through volcano lava underneath the earth. In some way, this volcanic mass was expelled out of the earthly crust, cooling soon to be found as diamonds in rudimentary form. No acid can destroy them, and they are capable to cut anything on Earth, therefore, they only can be cut with themselves.

However, are the diamonds really forever? If they appeared miraculously, can they be destroyed? As incredible as it may seem, the small diamond that adorn the ring that you gave your wife will probably last forever – at least while Earth exists. They are the most resistant minerals of the planet, and only can be melted when displayed to a temperature of 5500°C. The problem is that the global atmosphere will never achieve this high temperature, even if it was to be hit by an enormous meteor that would eliminate all forms of life. They only would melt if, one day, the planet literally entered the Sun, which has a temperature of 5800°C. The curious thing is that, according to astronomers, in 7,5 billion years our planet will actually enter the Sun, when the star will be next to death. If you think diamonds will disappear then, you might be wrong. When such episode happens, the temperature of the Sun will lower to about 3000°C. That means that even when Earth reaches an atmosphere as hot and dense as Mercury’s atmosphere, we will still be able to find some small diamonds spread around.

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