Re-Cutting Diamonds

Posted by Mike Botha on March 14, 2018

The crystal structure of diamonds has a significant impact on what cut grade and more specific, polished grade could be achieved. Diamond surfaces are anisotropic, meaning that they have varying degrees of hardness. Some areas (crystal faces) can be cut and polished and others not. Diamond polishers have to know where to cut facets so as to avoid having any facets coinciding with such faces.

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Topics: Diamond Trade

Facet Definition: What You Need to Know

Posted by Mike Botha on March 28, 2017

Every facet on a diamond fulfills a specific function. The crown facets are the ‘windows’ of the diamond which let light enter and exit a diamond. The pavilion facets are the ‘work horses’ that reflect light back through the crown facets. It is important that facets be placed in the correct positions and on the correct angles to perform their task effectively. The crown and pavilion facets have to line up perfectly. Also, all the facets have to be polished, so that they are free of any polish lines, abrasions or other surface anomalies that could compromise light reflection. After all, any diamond is only as good as its worst facet.

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Topics: Diamond Trade

The Diamond Retail Evolution

Posted by Benji Margolese on February 15, 2017

The dynamic between the customer and a company is delicate. When a company evolves, customers must learn to adapt to its new ways. Similarly, when customer patterns change, the market needs to be ready and willing to tend to their needs. If either party remains static, the healthy dynamic gets lost.

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Topics: Retail Marketing, Diamond Trade

A Retailer’s Guide to Natural Fancy Color Diamonds

Posted by Racheli Fuld on January 5, 2017

The diamond and gemstone industry is somewhat of an enigma. On one hand it is all about keeping up with the latest fashions and trends, yet on the other hand, its product is stones that have been on this planet since ancient times.

While diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, rubies and the various semi-precious gemstones have been worn and appreciated by different civilizations for centuries upon centuries, now ancient natural fancy color diamonds are coming into demand. So much so that many of the biggest jewelry companies, like Zales, Tiffany & Co., and Blue Nile have started heavily increasing their yellow diamond collections over the past year.

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Topics: Retail Marketing, Diamond Trade

Turning Damaged Inventory Into Profits

Posted by Evert P. Botha on December 6, 2016

If you don’t have a relationship with a diamond cutter (someone who actually cuts diamonds), chances are you’re missing out on countless opportunities to realize additional revenue for your business. Hidden in your safe or stashed away at the back of your drawer are the lesser diamonds, which you’ve taken in over the years. They may be chipped, scratched, burnt or broken - damaged goods in dire need of repair. More than likely, you have thousands of dollars tied up in diamond inventory that you aren’t able (or prepared) to show in their current condition.

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Topics: Diamond Trade, Best Practices

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