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Colored Diamonds Growing as an Alternative Investment

Diamonds are one of those unique investments that can be purchased in one currency and sold in another, providing a hedge against inflation that devalues the purchasing currency. Like we’ve mentioned in previous articles, diamonds are tangible ...

The Pink Legacy: Another Record Shattering Pink Diamond

On November 13, Christie's presented the largest Fancy Vivid Pink diamond to ever be offered at it's auction. While this sounds like a remarkable feat on its own, the stone went on to shatter the world record for highest price paid per carat for a ...

The 2018 Argyle Tender: A Complete Analysis

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 ...

Colored Diamonds News From October 2018

by Tony Cathaway | October 31, 2018 |
Can you believe that 2019 is just around the corner? With another month done, there has been a ton going on in the colored diamond world. This month, we take a look at some of the most rare colored diamond discoveries (including red and brown ...

What is a Blocked Stone in a GIA Report?

by Tony Cathaway | October 18, 2018 | colored diamonds, Rough Diamonds, GIA
Although rare, there have been instances when the GIA will issue a report that will include a very distinct term, a term that is not seen on general official reports for colored diamonds.   Image Source The term we are referring to is “blocked ...

The Graff Pink: Why This Pink Diamond Is Extraordinarily Special

The eponymous Graff Diamonds Company was founded in 1960 by Laurence Graff and soon became known as one of the premier diamond houses of the world. He was principally known only to most rarefied of buyers such as the Sultan of Brunei, Elizabeth ...

Red Diamonds – Everything You Wanted To Know (Part 2)

Red diamonds are among the most beautiful and rare diamonds ever to be discovered. They are so scarce that only about 30 such stones have been documented to exist and only a handful have ever made an appearance in auctions. If you have not yet read ...

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels Highlights: Top 5 Lots

Sotheby’s held their Autumn Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Sale last week, October 3rd, in Hong Kong. Synonymous with quality and value, the auction house managed to deliver once again by hosting a spectacular selection of rare colored diamonds.     ...

Red Diamonds – Everything You Wanted To Know (Part 1)

It is without a doubt that red diamonds are among the most captivating and magnificent stones ever to be found. Their color is a representation of love, passion, and strength, and is of such immense rarity that only an estimated 30 pure red stones ...

Colored Diamonds News From September 2018

by Tony Cathaway | September 27, 2018 |
There has been a ton of colored diamond news during the month of September. This month, we take a look at exclusive diamond events (you need to be one of the lucky 100,) how blockchain is changing the diamond industry, and much more! Without further ...

How Naturally Colored Diamonds Are Valued

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 ...

The 7 Highest Auction Prices Paid For Colored Diamonds In The Last 7 Years

Nothing shows the true value of an asset more than its demand and investors’ willingness to pay astronomical amounts to acquire it. In the last decade alone, we’ve seen records being shattered one after the other in the diamond industry, with stones ...

Arpege Diamonds Presents "Famous Diamonds, The Black Orlov"

by Tony Cathaway | September 18, 2018 | History, black diamonds
Arpege Diamonds is proud to present the tale of the Black Orlov diamond. Would you hold in your hands a cursed diamond which boasts an ominous warning of death? Is this story too strange to be true? Or do you believe this diamond is really cursed?  ...

Famous Blue Diamonds: The Wittelsbach-Graff

In its pursuit to find the most historic diamonds of all time, Arpege Diamonds found the legendary Wittelsbach-Graff. This 31.06- carat blue diamond has become famous not just because of its size, color, or clarity, but rather for its history within ...

Colored Diamonds News From August 2018

by Tony Cathaway | August 30, 2018 | Colored Diamond News
The colored diamonds industry was full of updates, insights, and discover this summer. This month, we take a look at the price growth of pink diamonds, new information on the origin of blue diamonds, and some of the best auction sales in ...

How to Spot Stones That Are Not Real Diamonds

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 ...

Famous Colored Diamonds: The Sancy Diamond

It feels like it’s been ages since we last covered a historic diamond, so let’s get back to it with a bang. This time we will be looking at the famous Sancy Diamond. The history of this precious Pale Yellow stone dates back to about 1570, and its ...

How to Tell if Your Diamonds Are Real: Pt.2

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 ...

Black Diamond Spotlight: The Amsterdam Diamond

by Tony Cathaway | August 2, 2018 | History, black diamonds
For many years colored diamond heavyweights such as reds, blues, pinks and greens have often overshadowed black diamonds. In recent years however, more and more diamond enthusiasts and investors have been turning their attention towards these ...

Green Diamonds - Everything You Want To Know (Part 2)

In this, the second part of our two-part post dedicated to natural green diamonds, we will explore some of history's most famous stones.  If you missed the first part of this series, you can access it here, were we explore a variety of key ...