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Inside the Mine: How Long is a Diamond Mine in Production?

by Tony Cathaway | December 29, 2015 | Things to Know
Mining diamonds is a complicated and sometimes decades long process from the beginning step of finding a viable site to the final step of closing up and proceeding to reclamation where the land is restored as close as possible to its previous state. ...

Colored Diamonds: The Latest Trend in Engagement Rings

by Tony Cathaway | December 24, 2015 | Things to Know
The times they are a-changing, and you’ll find that tastes are, too. Once upon a time, the clear diamond engagement ring was as de rigueur as a white dress. While most stick with the tried and true, women are becoming more adventurous in their ...

Pink Diamonds and The 2015 Argyle Tender

by Tony Cathaway | December 22, 2015 | The Annual Tender
The Argyle Pink Diamonds tender for 2015 has passed, and the offerings are starting to be posted online by some of the purchasers. The tender for 2015 was 65 stones, and came in at an average weight of 1.47 carats per stone or a total of 44.14. The ...

Is the Safe Haven for Your Alternative Investment Portfolio "Color?"

by Tony Cathaway | December 17, 2015 | Alternative Investments
As stock markets swoop and dip and mainstream financial firms are hit by bad publicity over shady practices, alternative investments can seem like a safe haven for those seeking stability and security.   Alternative Investments Alternative financial ...

The Argyle Tender - The Top Event of the Diamond World!

by Tony Cathaway | December 9, 2015 | The Annual Tender
June 26 saw a preview of Rio Tinto’s annual event, the Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender for 2015 at the Sydney Opera House, introduced along with a short clip of choreography by the Australian Ballet’s artistic director David McAllister. 2015's tender ...

Medical Imaging and Pink Diamonds

by Tony Cathaway | December 3, 2015 | Non Investment Information
While diamond collectors and investors go gaga for pink diamonds, they’ve also captivated scientists and researchers with their vast potential. In particular, researchers are looking into how these rare diamonds can improve medical imaging devices, ...

Pink - The Uncommon Diamond Color

by Tony Cathaway | November 25, 2015 | Pink Diamonds Insight
Gem quality diamonds are rare, but among the rarest of all diamonds are pink diamonds. The principal supply of pink diamonds comes from one source, Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine in Australia. These gems are naturally desirable for some of the finest ...

2014 Argyle Pink Diamond Tender: A Look Back

by Tony Cathaway | November 19, 2015 | The Annual Tender
Of all the events in the diamond world, none has the cachet of Rio Tinto's Argyle pink diamond tender. Now entering its 32nd year, this exclusive invitation only event is open to perhaps 150 diamond dealers, connoisseurs, collectors, and retailers. ...

Do You Know How Many Diamond Mines Exist Today?

There are not that many diamond mines in the world. In fact, it’s estimated that there are around 50 viable mines in operation, and around 30 that are inactive. However, with increasing demand for diamonds not only as jewelry, but for scientific ...

Top Auction Prices for Pink Diamonds.

by Tony Cathaway | November 11, 2015 | Pink Diamonds Insight, History
According to a recent statement from Sotheby's concerning its May 2015 auction in Geneva, "The market for colored diamonds and precious gemstones has never been stronger and pink diamonds rank among the rarest of all.” In that auction, a historic ...

Alternative Investments - Investing Outside the Box

by Tony Cathaway | November 9, 2015 | Alternative Investments
Alternative investments are for investors thinking outside the box and are worlds apart from stocks, bonds and cash. Typically, alternative investments have been held by institutions or very wealthy individuals. Their complex nature, limited ...

Innovative Concept for Selling Pink Diamonds

by Tony Cathaway | November 4, 2015 | Alternative Investments
How do you reinvent the sales process for a commodity?  That’s a tall issue, but Arpège Diamonds has come up with a very exciting concept for selling pink (and other naturally colored) diamonds. What if there were one place on the web offering ...

Ten Things You Should Know About Pink Diamonds

by Tony Cathaway | November 2, 2015 | Things to Know
Pink diamonds are some of the most sought after and valuable stones for investment. You’ve certainly seen the news about some of the exorbitant auction prices, and opinion pieces from some of the most respected financial journals. As an alternative ...

Colored Diamonds: 2015 in Review

by Tony Cathaway | October 30, 2015 | Things to Know, History
2015 has been a really big year for colored gemstones and fancy colored diamonds. The auctions this year have been epic, with some of the most beautiful and significant stones and pieces of jewelry ever presented. Whether they are historic items ...

The Daily Diamond Deal - One Diamond, One Deal, One Incredible Savings!

by Tony Cathaway | October 28, 2015 | Alternative Investments
Have you ever wanted to purchase a colored diamond without getting caught up in an auction frenzy, dealing with a sales process that is not what it seems or paying astronomical prices? Then you will be very happy with Arpege Diamonds’ daily deal. ...

Treasure Assets: Alternative Investments for Business and Pleasure

by Tony Cathaway | October 21, 2015 | Alternative Investments
For those looking to diversify from the standard stock and bond investing, treasure assets have a unique draw.  These tangible assets can range from classic cars, to artwork, to rare jewels. Treasure assets are often seen as passion assets to those ...