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23.16ct pink diamond Recovery



23.16ct pink diamond recovery – from the Williamson mine in Tanzania

Petra diamond, the owner of the Williamson mine in Tanzania, recovered the 23.16ct pink diamond last Friday. The Williamson mine is one of the few mines in the world that the pink diamond can be found at.

The 23.16ct pink diamond was described by the mine’s owner of exceptional colour and clarity.

It was only last month that wrote about the Christie’s auction of a 16.08ct pink diamond, sold to a Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau for $28.5 million ($1.7 million per carat).

So what makes the pink diamonds so special?

Generally from all diamond mines only 1% will have a gem quality colour. Of this 1% only 1% will be pink diamonds. And it is their rarity that makes them special and sought after in auction sale especially the ones of exceptional size.

Petra Diamond will offer the 23.16ct pink diamond for sale in Antwerp this December. The estimated price is unknown yet however, we do know that the diamond is of a better quality than the 16.4t pink diamond that was found in September last year. We also know that that diamond was sold for £2.2 million.

How do the pink diamond get its colour?

We know that diamond gets their colour from traces of elements they absorb. For example blue diamond has boron traces and yellow diamond has traces of nitrogen. However, the pink diamond has no traces of elements in it. This lead scientific to believe that a sesmic shock that change the mulecular structure is what brings out the pink hue.

The Williamson is most famous for the sizeable 54.5 carat pink diamond mined in 1947. It was given by geologist John Williamson, the original owner of the mine, as a gift to then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip for their wedding.

The diamond was then cut to a round shape, leaving it with 23.6 carat, and was named the Williamson Pink. In 1952 the diamond was set by Cartier into a brooch.

The Williamson mine has been in operation for the past 75 years. So far it yield about 20 million carats but geologist suggest there are another 40million carats to be generated in years to come. This estimation is based on the average depth of the Williamson mine the, which at is around 30-35 meter deep. However, the mining can continue up to 350 meter in theory.

The Williamson Mine is currently co-owned by Petra Diamonds and the government of Tanzania, which holds a 25% stake.

75.56ct Yellow Diamond Auctioned



75.56ct yellow diamond sold for $3.6

The 75.56ct fancy vivid yellow diamond was the most exciting cushioned modified brilliant cut diamond so be sold at the Christie’s auction on October 20 in New York.

The yellow diamond was bound to be an attraction due to the rarity of its kind in nature. Yellow diamond of such size with with grading by Gemological Institute of America of VS2 clarity and the highest colour saturation possible is not easily found. The yellow diamond that is set on a gold ring with four claws was sold for £3,609,000!!

A substantiation part of the bidding happened online from the UK, Hong Kong, Indonesia and the rest of the USA.

Another item of interest were an 18.80ct D colour marquise cut diamond ring with tapered baguettes on its sides. This ring achieved $1.48million as GIA declared the centre diamond to be of the highest chemically purity diamond Type IIa with a VVS1 clarity.

Other diamonds to a achieve high bids were the 12.75ct heart shape D colour (sold for $965,000) and a 34.12ct cushion cut fancy yellow diamond ring with a platinum mount.

The sale will continue today with other beautiful pieces as this David Webb platinum spider broach set with a large cushion cut kunzite and flexible diamond set legs.

Other jewellery on sale are be by Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Jewellery Advice in Manchester



Jewellery advice in Manchester is only a phone call away

When buying diamond jewellery, of course it is important you like the design however, this is not the only thing to consider. More often than not you will need jewellery advice, in particular an impartial one. Click on the image below to find out more on how we can help.

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Sketches of optional rings set with diamonds

Jewellery advice in Manchester that any buyer should look for will include information about the diamonds you purchase and their quality. That usually refers to their colour and clarity. If the diamonds are certified do not look only at the colour and clarity as there are many more aspects to consider. As all the information is stated on the certificate it would be a shame to ignore it. Just like you wouldn’t buy a PC just by the screen size and the colour of the tower, there are a lot more things to consider about the diamond.

One of the things you would want to know about a certified diamond is which laboratory the diamond was certified at.

Why is it important?

Some laboratories are stricter than others. For example, the EGL laboratory no longer can be found on the international platform for certified diamonds as it was found unreliable. In other words, it was upgrading the diamond’s quality on the certificate by more than two grades. So it is not enough to know the diamond is certified, it is also important to know by whom and what the certificate actually say about the diamond beyond the colour and clarity. Click on the image for more information on diamonds.

GIA certified diamond

A GIA Certified Diamond

 

Depending on the diamond you are getting, which usually depends on your budget, you might want to consider what will be the best setting to enhance the beauty of the diamond. There are times you can compensate on the clarity of the diamond, especially when the flaw can be covered by the setting, and get a better colour of a diamond or larger carat weight.

What if you already possess a diamond item but no longer like it? Will it be tucked in a drawer not to ever be worn again? It could be an old ring that was passed on to you, a present you received a long time ago that no longer represent who you are or even something you bought yourself and are tired of its look.

This is when jewellery advice will be needed most. Many times you can redesign the old stones in a new mount or turn the jewellery into something else. An old ring can become a pendant or a beautiful set of earrings. You might want to add semi-precious stones to your new jewellery. It is important you are aware of the durability of that semi-precious stone, especially if set in a ring, as it tend to be knocked more often than earrings for example.

What about your choice of metal? Would you like to think of the long-term as well as what fashion or trends recommend? Are you suffering from allergies and want to take that into account when choosing your alloy?

At H&D Diamonds you can expect all that support either when purchasing a new item or when reviving an old jewellery piece. Having an online shop means we have no stock so all the jewellery advice we provide is completely impartial and you get exactly what you decide is best for you after the consultation.

To schedule your free consultation with a diamond and jewellery expert please click on the image below or contact us on 0845 600 557.  

Unique Engagement Ring in Manchester



Creating a unique engagement ring in Manchester

When it comes to my client’s unique engagement ring a quote from Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind‘s author, comes to mind: “That is the one unforgivable sin in any society. Be different and be damned!”

 

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Unique Diamond Jewellery

 

And why shouldn’t you?

 

You are an individual with your own appearance, taste and preferences. One person may like Rubies, another may prefer a Sapphire or maybe an Emerald, and that is perfectly fine. White gold, though very fashionable in recent years, doesn’t complement all skin tones and a large statement ring may not suit every women.

 

Your engagement ring should match your personality and style. It should be created uniquely for you. Only then will it be admired by you whilst attracting the attention it deserves from others.

 

How can you create a unique engagement ring?

 

Recently, one of my clients approached me regarding an engagement ring. It was a second marriage and a solitaire was not the preferred option.

 

As with many modern couples, my client was involved with the selection process, being the one who will be wearing the ring. After visiting jewellery shops she came back with a clear vision of what she doesn’t like.

 

Solitaire Diamond Ring

Solitaire Diamond Ring

 

 

Rule 1: Know what you do not like

 

Browsing with a close friend, having several heart to heart chats and bouncing ideas back and forth helped my client get a clearer picture of what she does like.

 

A while back I wrote about women’s choice and my client was a true example of a new trend of designer using gemstones in combination with diamonds.

 

Rule 2: Have a general idea of what you like to achieve

(a good friend by your side is always a bonus)

 

Next was the decision of which gemstone to choose. After consultations which informed her of the qualities of various gems my client decided that an aquamarine will accompany her diamonds.

Rule 3: Take an expert advice to create your unique engagement ring.

 

Aquamarine

Aquamarine

 

Once the finger was measured it was only a short while before the ring was ready for the proposal.

 

Aquamarine & diamonds - unset

Aquamarine & diamonds – unset

Now, the ring is worn with pride, my client loves her ring and is delighted with the admiring comments made by other people.

 

 

Unique aquamarine & Diamond ring

Unique aquamarine & Diamond ring

 

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

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Italian design jewellery in Manchester



Unique Italian Design Jewellery in Manchester

H & D Diamonds are proud to introduce the Unico Gioielli range ( Unique Italian Jewellery in Manchester). Each piece is designed in a way that cannot be replicated.

Fancy Colour Diamond Ring

Fancy Colour Diamond Ring

The ring above is made of four different colours of diamonds. It is possible to find colourless diamonds that would match the ones that are set in this ring. However, to find an identical feint yellow, fancy yellow and vivid yellow colour diamonds is impossible. These four shades of diamonds turned the ring to a unique jewellery piece that cannot be replicate.

 

Diamonds, ribbies and black diamond ring

Diamonds, rubies and round black diamond ring

The Cupola ring was designed around the centre round diamond. Finding an exact 8.38 carat black diamond may take a few years. In the same way, the pear copula ring was designed around the pear shape black diamond at its centre.

Diamonds, rubies and pear shape black diamond ring

Diamonds, rubies and pear shape black diamond ring

Diamonds, rubies and round black diamond ring

 

Creating the unique jewellery around the emerald gemstone was exactly what lead to the creation of this beautiful ring that would fit any ring size.

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Emerald & Diamond Ring

The spring bracelets although similar in style are very different to one another and hence can be classed as part of the unique jewellery range.

 

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Snake Head Spring Diamond Bracelet

 

 

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Spring Diamond Bracelet

 

 

The beauty of the unique jewellery range is that you can alter the design in the way you would like to have it make is your own individual unique jewellery.

For more information about the Unico Gioielli range or for bespoke services please call 0845 600 5557  To schedule your free consultation with a diamond expert

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