As diamond enthusiasts, collectors, and investors, it's only natural you want to know that you're getting exactly what you paid for. It's therefore a smart choice to always request for and verify the authentication of your diamond’s GIA certificate upon purchase.
October 10th marked the day all bidders had to send Argyle their bids for each of the 63 diamonds that were being offered at this year’s annual Tender. As per usual, the stones presented were of exceptional quality and grading, leaving everyone with very positive impressions.
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Perhaps the most noteworthy thing to point out however, is that for the first time in 5 years, a diamond weighing more than 3 carats was offered!
As investors, you are constantly on the lookout for assets that show the greatest stability and potential for high returns. With the price of diamonds increasing exponentially in the last 2 decades, is there opportunity in investing in these colored stones? Can their prices rise even higher? And if yes, how much higher can they get?
In this article we will be looking at:
- How diamond rarity translates to value
- What we can learn about market demand and the industry by examining the Argyle Tender
- Final thoughts on the future of colored diamond prices
When we think of buying a colored diamond, our mind pictures magnificent jewels set in high quality pendants, rings, necklaces, and earrings. While purchasing a set stone may be appealing and can save some time and hassle, is it the best option?
What determines the value of a diamond? As is true with their colorless counterparts, naturally colored diamonds are valued by taking into consideration the 4C’s, with arguably the most important being their Color.
In this article we will be looking at:
- The determining factors of a colored diamond's price
- How rarity affect's price per carat
- Examples of which colors sell for the highest price per carat
Fancy Colored Diamonds can truly be top grade investments, and much like fine art, the more unique the piece the higher the value; especially if you have the patience to wait for the opportune moment to sell. It is then, and only then, that you can realize truly astronomical returns on your investment.
One of the best ways to determine market demand, and ultimately which diamond colors are best for investing, is to monitor auctions. During the past 3 years, most colored diamonds sold were bought with the intention of investing, meaning that the days of pure “aesthetic appeal” that drove diamond sales are long gone.
Nowadays, investors seek for transparency and high quality stones that will not only show promising concentration of wealth, but also great potential for growth (in value) for the decades to come.
It is without a doubt that colored diamonds are rare. In fact, they comprise only 0.1% of all diamonds mined per year. Out of this percentage, the rarest colors found are pink, blue, green, purple, and orange, but which is the rarest diamond color in the world? The answer is; red diamonds.
But how valuable are they really?
While diamonds have been steadily gaining ground as powerful alternative investments, there is still great uncertainty when it comes to distinguishing them from other precious gems. In 2 previous posts, we looked at various test that can be made to assess a diamond's authenticity. These ranged from assessments that could be made from the comfort of your own home, or at a lab by an experienced gemologist.
In this article we will be learning how to distinguish between real diamonds and:
- Cubic Zirconium
- White Sapphire
- White Topaz
- Synthetic Diamonds
Welcome to part 2 of our "How to Tell if Your Diamond is Real" series. In part 1, we saw how you can run some tests from the comfort of your home. While convenient, most of these test are not conclusive. If you want to be 100% certain for your diamond's authenticity, the best thing you can do is seek the expertise of a seasoned gemologist.
So what methods do the experts use to test for authenticity, and what can we learn from them?