What is a Diamond?

A mineral composed essentially of carbon that crystallizes in the “cubic,” or “isometric,” crystal system and is therefore singly refractive. IT is by far the hardest of all known natural substances (10 on Mohs’ scale); only manmade Borazon and synthetic diamond are as hard. In its transparent form, it is the most cherished and among the most highly valued gemstones. … Read More

The Worlds Largest Diamond

The world’s biggest diamond, believed to be twice the size of the Cullinan, has been discovered in the North-West Province of South Africa. The find has electrified the diamond community, but the circumstances of the discovery are shrouded in mystery. The diamond is expected to attract furious bidding from buyers worldwide and could fetch up to £15m. A spokesman for … Read More

Diamond Grading, Grades

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, … Read More

Diamond Fluorescence

Diamond Fluorescence refers to the diamonds tendency to emit a soft coloured glow when subjected to ultraviolet light. Before we get into the details our overall opinion. Fluorescence should not influence your decision to purchase a diamond. Diamond Fluorescence is a hotly debated topic in the diamond industry, but a 1997 study by the GIA suggests fluorescence makes very little … Read More