Valentine's Day is nearly here and romancing their special someone with a piece of diamond jewellery seems to have been a very popular gesture for quite a few of our clients, which has been lovely. Not only is Valentine's Day a great opportunity to pop the question, if you've been looking for the right time, but in general, it's a wonderful day to remind ourselves of those we care about most, and to spoil them a little as well!
Jason's Thought Corner: Diamonds as Investment? YES & NO
People always ask me if diamonds are a good investment, this question is very broad! If we narrow down to certain classes of diamond and at certain price points the answer is YES, but if we are talking low grade, commercially purchased diamonds with a retail margin the answer is definitely NO.
Why? The high colour, high clarity, perfectly cut, over 1/2 carat diamonds account for less than ¼ of a 1 percent (>0.25%) of all diamonds mined, cut, polished and sold.
The price for these rare gems, be they fine white or top fancy colour diamonds, can vary hugely depending on whether you are buying in a retail store or directly from the cutting and polishing houses before the diamond reaches the open market.
The combination of the rising cost of extracting natural rough diamond crystal from the Earth along with the rising wealth of middle and upper classes of most world wide societies, mean that the trajectory of true gem grade quality diamonds is always moving up.
Enjoy your diamonds while you can.
Here are two excellent examples of stones I've brokered for investment clients in the past few months:
1) 4.01ct, E colour, VS1 clarity, Asscher perfect Ideal cut
1 x platinum solitaire engagement ring in finger size "K½" set with 1 x 4.01 carat cut-corned square step cut (asscher cut) diamond, measurements 8.45 x 8.41 x 6.02 mm, E colour, VS1 clarity, excellent polish, very good symmetry, medium blue fluorescence (verified positive), laser inscribed 6147821030 and certified by GIA – report date July 05, 2012. Metal weight 6.7 grams.
2) 1.01ct Fancy Intense Orangey pink, VS2 clarity, Cushion Modified Brilliant
Debbie's pick of the month
As I've always said, Art Deco and vintage style rings are my absolute favourite. I especially love making 'new' versions of old classics, as it seems to capture the old world charm of an antique piece, but can include the quality of workmanship and structural integrity of a modern day dazzler. This particular ring utilises black onyx as its strongest design feature - and I can't think of a more striking combination. Just gorgeous.
Pictured: 1 x 18k white gold ladies engagement ring with bespoke octagonal head, set with customer’s own 0.52ct princess cut diamond, and 0.47ct of round brilliant cut E/F colour, VS clarity diamonds in shoulders and halo, and 0.43ct custom cut black onyx. Straight wedding band to match engagement ring in 18k white gold, set with round brilliant cut diamonds (E/F colour, VS clarity) totalling 0.32ct.
Emily's pick of the month
This truly spectacular, modern design really shows what we can do here at Original Diamonds in terms of 'off the cuff', custom and original design, as well as sourcing of unusual and hard to come by pink and coloured diamonds. It make for an impressive set that is unforgettable.
1 x custom designed engagement ring in 18k white gold, set with 1 x Argyle emerald cut centre diamond of 0.20ct, natural fancy intense purple-pink colour, SI2 clarity, good polish, very good symmetry, faint fluorescence, Argyle certified and GIA certified. Also channel set with 32 x 1.9 mm princess cut diamonds in D/E colour, VS clarity totalling 0.93ct.
Matching V shape plain polished 18k white gold wedding band.
'Exceptional' blue diamond found in South African mine
In a mine in Johannesburg, South Africa, a rare 29.6-carat blue diamond has been discovered, and it could "be in a class of its own," as one of the rarest and most coveted in the world with a possible price tag of tens of millions of dollars, Petra Diamonds company said on Tuesday.
The "exceptional" vivid blue stone was found in the Cullinan mine, near Pretoria, last week and could "yield a polished stone of great value and importance," the company said in a statement. The miner said the "exceptional" acorn-sized diamond was small enough to fit into the palm of a hand.
The mine, owned by the firm since 2008, was also where the Cullinan Diamond was found in 1905 - described as the largest rough gem diamond ever recovered and weighing 3,106 carats. It was cut into two major pieces, the First Star of Africa and the Second Star of Africa - and form part of Britain's Crown Jewels held in the Tower of London. Dippenaar said the company would decide what to do with the diamond in the next week.
The Cullinan Diamond I, known as the Great Star of Africa, weights over 530 carats. Shown here mounted in the Sovereign Sceptre, part of the Crown Jewels, it can also be removed from the Sceptre and worn as a brooch.
Other notable diamonds found in the mine include a 25.5 carat Cullinan blue diamond, found in 2013 and sold for $16.9 million, and a diamond found in 2008, known as the Star of Josephine, which was sold for $9.49 million.
"Whenever you have an item as beautiful, rare and collectible as this diamond, it is difficult to say what a buyer may be prepared to pay for it," group spokeswoman Cathy Malins told AFP.
Blue diamonds have seldom hit the market and have been coveted by royals and celebrities for centuries. A 5.30 carat, fancy deep-blue diamond last year sold for £6.2 million ($9.5 million or 7.3 million euros) at a London auction, setting a new world record for price per carat. At $1.8 million per carat, the gem sold at Bonhams Fine Jewellery sale in central London, beating the previous record of $1.68 million.
Chief Executive Johan Dippenaar told Reuters the latest blue diamond discovery could outstrip recent finds, "By some margin ... this is probably the most significant stone we've ever, in terms of blue stones, recovered," he said.
"The stones in the last year or so are selling well above $2 million per carat. That's not my quote, that's updates in the market," he said ahead of the company's first-half trading statement. Analyst Cailey Barker at brokers Numis thought the diamond could fetch between $15 million and $20 million at auction.
You can read the original article here
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We have our own spectacular blue diamond here at the studio - set in an amazing custom designed piece by Jason, see details below, or make a time to come in and view it in person!
See our Triple Excellent diamonds section on our website to view rare and stunning diamond opportunities to purchase for yourself!
IN FOCUS: How to remove a ring without damaging it, or you
Ever wondered how to get a ring off of a finger without harming yourself, or having to cut the ring? Here is a video made by Emergency Room Doctors, of a very fancy little trick to help you out:
Which Kind of Engagement Ring is perfect for you?
Ring Sizer app for iPhone
We are launching our brand new iPhone app called "Ring Sizer". This is a handy utility from Jason Withers created to easily find the ring size in the different countries. There are some unique features supported by the app:
- choose metric or imperial units
- choose diameter or circumference
- supports sizes of the USA, Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Japan and China
- easily share your ring size on social networks
Also see our full featured "Engagement Rings" app for iPhone and Android. This app contains engagement rings gallery and handy tool for diamond search.
Coming up in March
Jason is off to the Bangkok Jewellery Show to look at all sorts of beautiful things, but primarily, he will be sourcing a variety of coloured stones for an upcoming special we have planned... stay tuned for more details, it's going to be AMAZING!
As always, we are here to help with whatever it is you wish to create. Please make an appointment to see just how easy giving a custom designed and made piece to the one you love, can really be.
Until next time!
The Team at Jason Withers.