Archive for the ‘loose diamonds’ Category

Western Canadian Jewellery Expo 2012

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

We will be exhibiting at the WCJE 2012 August 17-19th.

IGC Brand Services Canada booth 422.

We will have loose and finished jewellery. Stop by and say hello!

JCK Toronto 2012

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

We will be exhibiting at JCK Toronto 2012 August 12-14th, Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

IGC Brand Services/Northam Diamonds booth 406.

We will have loose and finished jewellery. Stop by and say hello!

De Beers Sights to Move to Botswana

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

De Beers has just signed a ten year deal with Botswana which will see the De Beers sights move from its offices in London to Botswana. De Beers sights are the certain periods in the year where the direct customers of De Beers meet to buy rough diamonds for manufacturing. This is a major shift for De Beers and will see a major increase in Botswana’s standing as a significant diamond trading destination.

Beyond The 4Cs: II

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

One of the significant problems with the 4Cs selling focus is that many other areas, which should be looked at, are not. One of these areas includes wether or not a diamond is treated. There are many types of treatments used on a secondary market. Treatments can range from enhancing the colour of a diamond to drilling into a diamond to remove an inclusion or make it look smaller and thus get a better clarity grade on the diamond.  In many cases, these treatments make the diamond less solid and are typically just a short term solution.  For instance, a colour treatment to a diamond may be reversed once heat is added to it.  Jewellers often times apply heat when crafting rings. This means once the diamond is set, it could return already to its original colour.

Experienced diamond traders and reputable jewellers are well versed in these types of diamonds. When a customer has selected a reputable jeweller, this is one of the areas the jeweller will focus on to insure the customer gets a genuine untreated diamond.  Treated diamonds trade at significant discounts.  Thus, a customer thinks they have gotten a great deal, but really they have overpaid for an altered diamond.

As the saying goes, “if it’s too good to be true, it usually is”.  I have seen this motto proven time and time again. Trust your local jeweller. Reading a few websites is not the equivalent to years of trade experience.

-GJ

Beyond The 4Cs

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Most consumers look to the 4cs as a guide to diamond buying. The fact of the matter is, there are a lot of other factors experienced diamond buyers look for.  For instance, a diamond may have some fluorescence in it. This means the diamond will glow blue, green, yellow, etc. under ultra violet light.  This is something experienced buyers stay away from. Another important variable is the quality of the crystal.  A diamond can have a certain colour and clarity grade, but it could still be milky.  We are very careful and make sure to pick diamonds that have a very high quality crystal with no milkiness inside.  This ensures maximum brilliance in the diamond.

This is why trust in your local jeweller is so important.  They are the ones who can help you steer clear of these potholes.

Diamond Demand vs. Supply

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Many of the top diamond mining companies are predicting that demand will soon begin to exceed supply. They are under the belief that as time goes on, demand will continue to grow.  Supply on the other hand, will dwindle as many of the biggest mines are getting older and thus are not yielding as much as they did in their prime.  Viable mines are not easy to find and it takes a long time to setup a new mine and bring it to the point of consistently generating substantial amounts of diamonds.

If the world economy manages to keep up the current pace, diamond prices will continue to rise. If you are sitting on the fence about purchasing diamonds for your inventory, now is the time to get off.

-GJ