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The Spark of Confidence

What are the 5 C´s

The quality and value of a diamond are judged on five fundamental criteria known as the ‘five C’s.’ The carat-weight, colour, clarity, and cut…and the most important C of all, confidence. Confidence is found in the form of an accurate diamond grading certificate. Some differences in quality are easily noticeable, others need specialist equipment and qualified graders with years of experience to assess and detect. Accurate assessment of a diamond is only possible prior to being set. Once the stone is set even a trained grader cannot precisely determine colour, size and purity clarity. Therefore quality and value can only be estimated. Minor differences in colour, clarity and weight can have a major effect on value. For this reason, laboratories only grade loose diamonds.

In addition to the five C’s, laboratories test for treatments, which enhance the colour and clarity of the diamond. Treatments such as fracture filling, laser drilling and high temperature high pressure, significantly reduce the value of the diamond and should be disclosed.

> Cut
> Colour
> Carat Weight
> Clarity
> Confidence

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Tuesday 21 March, 2017

59.6 CARAT VIVID PINK DIAMOND

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Wednesday 8 March, 2017

GIA FINDS SIGNIFICANT UNDISCLOSED SYNTHETICS

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) recently uncovered an unusually large number of undisclosed synthetic diamonds mixed in with natural melee diamonds, the lab confirmed with Rapaport News on Monday.

Tuesday 21 February, 2017

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Thursday 17 November, 2016

PINK DIAMOND SELLS FOR $18M AT CHRISTIE’S GENEVA

Christie’s a pink diamond at its Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva on Tuesday at $2 million per carat.

Wednesday 9 November, 2016

BAIN CAPITAL AND BOW STREET TO ACQUIRED BLUE NILE

In a surprise announcement, online jeweller Blue Nile has entered into an agreement to be acquired by an investor group managed by Bain Capital Private Equity and Bow Street LLC.

Thursday 3 November, 2016

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