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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Mercurial CR7 Rare Gold

Mercurial CR7 Rare Gold for Cristiano Ronaldo given by Nike


Footballer’s boots are usually not the kind of thing you would associate with football boots. This might be true for any footballer but not to Christian Ronaldo. In celebrating the footballer’s achievement this year, Nike gave the star customised pair of boots called Mercurial CR7 Rare Gold.

The shoes were created especially for the Real Madrid icon after wining again the Ballon d’Or trophy golden award . Cristiano Ronaldo had an amazing year in which he scored 53 goals in 42 games.

Nike did not wait long before creating this unique football boots to celebrate the occasion. They chose the Mercurial CR7 to be in the colour of gold as that is what the footballer won.

To give it a touch of glamorous the Mercury CR7 Rare gold were studded by hand with micro-diamonds.

What are micro-diamonds?

When a rough diamond can look like a pebble. To get the beautiful diamond we like to set in our jewellery the rough diamond needs to be cut. Cutting a diamond is done by a craftsman that aims to maximise the carat weight he gets from the rough piece.

Depending on the quality of the diamond, its colour and clarity, the diamond cutter has to decide what cut will be best for the diamond. At times he needs to decide whether to cut a large diamond that is of higher carat weight but is included and marked or cut a smaller diamond but of higher purity.

This decision is one of the greatest in affecting the price of the diamond that will be sold in the stores.

When cutting the diamond fine pieces are cut away to shape and refine the diamond. Those are the micro-diamonds that were used in Christiano Ronaldo’s Mercurial CR7 Rare Gold boots.

Why were the micro-diamond chosen?

Diamonds certificates

Confused about diamonds certificates and the different laboratories?

I have been asked in the past how important it is to certify a diamond and how it affects the value of the diamond. Most of this was explained in a blog post.

However, I did not cover the different certifications available in the market. There are four internationally renowned and trusted laboratories.

GIA – stands for Gemological Institute of America, which is considered to have strict standards of grading. Although American, GIA has an international reputation.

A GIA Certified Diamond

A GIA Diamond Certified Diamond

HRD – stands for Hoge Raad Voor Diamant, or Diamond High Council, Belgium. This laboratory is as known as GIA however, was found very slightly less strict than GIA.

IGI – is the International Gemological Institute, which is more popular in the European market and is not as strict as GIA and HRD.


EGL International and EGL USA – the European Gemological Laboratory.

It is acceptable that laboratories will grade the same diamond slightly differently. The main reason is that that grading is a matter of opinion. Moreover, the different laboratories use different terminology and grading system. A slight difference between laboratories is not a problem apart from when the certificate is used for valuation. In this case the colour and clarity of the diamond, as it state in the certificate, will determine its value.

The certificate contains information about all the aspects that may affect the brilliance, the fire and the overall look of the diamond. Hence, comparing two certificates of the basis of two parameters may lead to a wrong decision in the purchase.

In the past you could expect a difference in colour and clarity grading of up to two grades between laboratories. In recent trade news, the largest online diamond stock website banned EGL International and EGL America as more often than not the laboratory ‘enhanced’ the grading of diamonds in comparison with GIA gradings. The decision was based on accepting that a difference of a grade is expected between laboratories but two or more grades are not an acceptable difference.

I am happy to say that, although offered EGL certified diamonds in the past by diamond suppliers, I have never accepted the offer, knowing they are not in line with the strict standards as the top players in the market.

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The 4Cs of Diamonds Simplified

Colour, Clarity, Carat and Cut

The 4 C’s  of diamonds is a familiar term in the diamond industry but may not hold as much meaning to our customers. The H & D Diamond site provides you with a comprehensive Diamond Education page but if your focus at this point is solely the 4 C’s – Colour, Clarity, Carat weight and Cut then this slideshow is for you.

The 4 C's of Diamonds

The 4 C’s of Diamonds

The 4 c’s – H & D Diamonds from H & D Diamonds
This slideshow will explain the importance of the 4Cs of diamonds not only to the impact on the beauty of the diamond but also what is the effect of the 4Cs on the value of the diamond.
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Rock Solid Diamonds – Sound Investment?

Diamonds For Sound Investment

If you are looking to combine sound investment with beauty and self-indulgence you may want to consider investment diamonds.  Mentioned also when I covered the subject of valuation this is one topic which is always pertinent.

Diamond trading is an unregulated market which can alienate the private investor. A world where even insiders often disagree on certain qualities and values, so what chance does an outsider stand? The reason for these discrepancies is concealed in part in the gem’s allurement – no two diamonds are exactly the same.

An expensive luxury, a symbol of love and eternity, the value of the best one-carat polished diamonds may have fallen somewhat in the last year but over the past decade has risen by an impressive 53 per cent!  They fascinate and intrigue us, their history captures our imagination:

  • The biggest diamond ever found was a 3,106.75-carat (621.35g) ‘Cullinan’ mined in South Africa in 1905. It was cut into seven major stones and 96 smaller ones. The largest stones were set into a Sceptre (530.2-carat) and the Imperial State Crown (317.4-carat) for the monarch King Edward VII.
  • Artist Damien Hirst made a ‘For the Love of God’ human skull platinum sculpture encrusted with 8,601 diamonds in 2007. It is valued at £50 million


  •  A rare pink diamond smashed the world record for a jewel sold at auction when it went for £29 million at Sotheby’s in November 2010. The 24.78-carat ‘Graff Pink’ was bought by British billionaire jeweler Laurence Graff 

When buying a diamond, to ensure a sound investment, obtain a laboratory certificate. It is best to certify with internationally recognised laboratories.

How much do you spend?  One expert advice is to buy at least £5000 worth and keep them for five years. Please contact us on 0845 600 5557 for straight forward advice.

How do you ensure your investment’s security?  You may consider keeping your gems in pieces of jewellery which can be admired and enjoyed until it’s time to sell. Don’t forget to specify them on home and content insurance.

What is your next step? Visit us on www.handddiamond.co.uk or  to schedule your free consultation with a diamond expert  please contact us on 0845 600 5557


Solitaire diamond ring? Which one?

It has been a custom for many years to propose to a marriage with a solitaire diamond ring. Diamonds have always carried not only as a wealth status but also as a measure for love and power. One thing is sure, the beauty of the diamond gets all the attention when is set as a solitaire diamond.

If a solitaire diamond is the ring you would like to either have for yourself or present to a loved one you need to be clear about what shape of a diamond would you like to have. whether it is a the traditional round brilliant solitaire diamond with its timeless popularity, a princess cut solitaire diamond or any other shape you like.

Now that you are sure about the diamond shape its time to think about the setting. Will it be four or six claws to hold the solitaire diamond in its place or will it be bezel setting that surround the solitaire diamond and adds an additional protection.

Theses are all areas to consider before making the purchase. If you wish to discuss the options featured above to help you make the best decision please call us Now on 0845 600 557 and we will be happy to guide you.


H & D Diamonds is an online shop that buy directly from dealers who sell to the trade. An online shop has no overheads so you get more for your money. We do not have stock we need to sell. We will always order any jewellery to your specification after the purchase.

Just out of interest would you post on the comments your favourite shape of a diamond for your ideal solitaire? It would be nice to see the variety of comments we get here. If you are not sure of the name of the shape check out our guide.

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Treated colour diamonds

 Treated Colour Diamonds vs Natural Colour Diamonds

Colour diamonds are diamonds that underwent a natural process, that happens very deep under the ground. As a result of this process the  diamonds are left with a tint of colour. They look very different to the colourless diamonds we are used to see. Diamonds are formed deep in the ground under conditions of pressure and extremely hot temperature. They rise to the surface due to geological forces such as volcanic activity. On their way to the surface of the earth the diamonds can change their colour. Very rarely diamonds keep their colour when they appear at the surface. When they do keep their colour they are called Fancy Coloured Diamonds or as most people know then, colour diamonds.


Colour diamonds are highly priced as there are not easy to come by hence, most people cannot afford them. They are beautiful to look at and are very popular among celebrities.

Luckily, scientist have found a way to restore the colour that was originally in the diamond before it travelled to the surface. When a diamond dealer spot a slight colour in a diamond it is sent to a laboratory.  In the laboratory the diamond is going under a process that replicate the heat and pressure that the diamond incur under the ground. The result can be a diamond in the shades of Canary yellow, green, different shades of blue and even pink. These diamonds are natural diamonds but are considered as treated colour diamonds.
As the laboratory ‘helped’ the colour to show in the stone the treated colour diamonds are priced very reasonably in comparison to the natural colour diamonds. Treated colour diamonds are beautiful when set in combination with a colourless diamond and can give the desirable ‘wow’ effect .

H & D Diamonds offers bespoke jewellery service with natural as well as treated colour diamonds just like the ones you see in the picture above.

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Diamonds for Investment

Diamond for Investment

Buying diamonds for investment  what has been recorded to be the best investment in recent years.

Diamonds can be found in a few places around the world that have the natural geological conditions to allow their creation.

‘De Beers, the South African miner that is the world’s biggest producer, says that the world’s sources of the gems are depleting and are not being replaced fast enough to meet long-term demand. Many analysts and traders agree.’ (William McNamara in London, FT.com, April 26 2010 )

In the long term investing in diamonds is a safe investment as the trend is for demand to exceed supply.

Here are some tips about diamonds for investment:

 Diamonds for Investment – #1

bought for investment diamond doesn’t have to be left at home in the safe. It can be set in a jewel and worn daily, thus save on insurance.

Diamonds for Investment – #2

A single stone is easier to liquidize than a set of stones of the same characteristics.

Diamonds for Investment – #3

Round brilliant shape is the most long term saleable shape as princess cut, heart shape and marquise are fashionable and the trend may change.

Diamonds for Investment – #4

Average characteristics of stones are easier to sell on (such as G colour SI1 clarity) however, make sure the cut is of high quality and that the stone is certified.

We buy directly from suppliers that sell to the trade. We are an online shop with no overheads . This means you get more for your money.

To schedule your free consultation with a diamond expert  please contact us on 0845 600 5557.



What determine the diamond price?

The diamond price is affected mainly by four characteristics. If you have read our Diamond Education section or if you have search the web you have probably heard about the 4C’s which stands for Colour, Clarity, Carat and Cut. Although all these aspects of the diamond are important to determine the value of the stone, some are more important than others.

When a diamond is set in a jewel surely a person can view the size of the diamond. This does not mean he will be able to accurately estimate the carat weight of the diamond. A person can only partially observe the colour and clarity of a stone not using a magnifying glass or microscope.

What would be noticeable even to the naked eye is the level of light that is being returned out of the diamond and gives the diamond its sparkle with rainbow of colours. This sparkle of the diamond is being created by the way the diamond has been cut. That is not just the shape is was cut but also the proportion, symmetry and the quality of polish also known as the ‘make’ of the diamond. This will influence the diamond price.

With this in mind when looking to buy a certified stone it is important to look at the one thing that is man made and is so important to the value and beauty of the diamond, the cut.

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Why certified diamond?

 What is a certified diamond

Certified diamond is a diamond that was recognised to have certain qualities that makes the diamond of higher value. That could be the diamond’s cut, colour, clarity, symmetry or other qualities. Each diamond has its own unique certification as no two diamonds are alike. You might want to compare a diamond certificate to a passport. It is the identity card of the diamond.


certified diamond,GIA Certificate

A GIA certificate – a diamond’s identification card

Should you certified diamond?

It is not a necessity to certify a diamond. However, if you buy diamonds for investment it is a must! Although certified diamond should have a certificate that is not older than six months. If you buy a certified diamond and keep it safely till the time you want to sell it will not be difficult for you to certify the diamond again and get the same results. You do not have to keep the certified diamond in a safe. You can also set your certified diamond on a jewellery of your choice and enjoy the sparkle while the value of the diamond rise.

If you like a jewellery and the diamonds on it are not certified you could either buy it as it is for its beauty or get the same jewel made up for you with stones of your choice. Once a stone is set it cannot be certified unless being taken off the jewellery piece.

If you decided you want to have a certified diamond your best bet is to look for internationally respected laboratory such as Gemological Institute of America (GIA), International Gemological Institute (IGI) or HRD – Antwerp.


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