While diamonds are considered a girl’s best friend, navigating your way around complex gemmology terms while keeping a handle on both style and budget can feel near impossible – particularly if your big purchase is intended for popping the big question! I visited jewellery experts Diamond Registry, an international diamond distributor and matchmaker originally founded in 1961, to find out how savvy buyers find the diamond of their dreams.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Diamonds…
Diamond Registry aims to keeps things customer-orientated, with a straightforward but in-depth approach. Potential diamond buyers contact Diamond Registry by email, phone or using their simple online quote form. A specialist diamond consultant will then reach out to help with their request, focusing on areas such as budget, occasion or specific priorities such as size or colour to identify the perfect diamond for their needs.
From there, things become a little more interactive. The diamond consultant talks clients through all the details in person while showing them a range of wholesale-price loose diamonds within the specified budget. Advisors will share their diamond knowledge and expertise in a no-pressure consultation, which enables even complete novices like me to make well informed choices.
During my visit I experienced this typical service for myself as a consultant prepared several loose diamonds in order to find out what shapes and sizes I liked, and took plenty of time to explain and educate me about the stones at a relaxed and unhurried pace. I found this process to be really informative and interesting, and I left with significantly more diamond knowledge than I had previously!
Find inspiration on creating your own bespoke piece of jewellery
And it’s not just loose diamonds. Diamond Registry’s in-house jewellers will work with clients to create custom diamond jewellery. While it can seem difficult to know where to start with design and style, Diamond Registry can help with plenty of inspiration and assistance to help you discover what suits you best.
Diamond Registry’s expert advisors walk you through the entire process, from picking loose stones to finished ring, bracelet, earrings… or virtually any other piece of jewellery that you like. From a classic three-carat solitaire engagement ring to intricate chandelier earrings; elegant studs to an understated tennis bracelet – Diamond Registry’s design team can turn whatever is in your mind’s eye into reality, and all at the best diamond prices.
Know What You’re Buying
There are all kinds of diamonds on the market but what decides their value? The “4Cs” have a significant influence on a diamond’s final price and value, but what exactly are they? Let’s break it down:
A diamond’s cut is the only one of the “4Cs” than humans influence, as the others are all created by nature. Diamond cut refers to a loose diamond’s proportions and finish, and a well-cut diamond will have the brightest sparkle, with the light creating beautiful brilliance, fire and scintillation. Cut may also refer to a diamond’s appearance – its shape and cutting style.
A loose diamond’s colour significantly influences its value, with a total absence of colour (AKA a colourless diamond) considered the ideal. The reverse is true in the case of “fancy” coloured diamonds, when increased colour intensity also increases their value. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) created a very precise diamond colour grading scale, universally used throughout the diamond trade. This scale allocates colourless diamonds a grade between D-Z, with D representing the most rare, and therefore the most desirable, stone.
A diamond’s clarity refers to the presence, or absence of inclusions and blemishes. These tiny flaws in the stone are not usually considered to be “flaws” in the true sense of the word, with many only visible under 10x magnification. Diamonds without any inclusions or blemishes are very rare indeed, and are therefore much more valuable. Just as colour has its own grading scale, a diamond’s clarity also ranges from “FL” (flawless) to “I3” (imperfect grade 3). Diamond Registry’s consultant will help you to select your stone, and point out any specific inclusions that will also be detailed on its grading certificate.
Contrary to common belief, a diamond’s carat is a unit of weight, rather than its size. One carat is equivalent to 1/5 of a gram, which may not sound like much, but can pack a serious visual punch when set into a well-crafted piece of jewellery! But while carat weight is a factor, bigger isn’t always better. There are many factors to consider, including the other three Cs.
Diamond Registry recommends and sells loose diamonds certified by the Gemmological Institute of America (GIA). The GIA is world’s foremost authority on diamonds, pearls and coloured gems, and their certification is considered to be the most accurate and widely acknowledged in the industry. The purpose of a GIA grading report is to confirm that the gem is genuine, as well as to evaluate the important factors that influence the diamond’s quality and price.
Of course, as with any big-ticket purchase, it’s crucial to get the right advice to help you with your research. Diamond Registry combine years of expertise with a vast network of contacts in the jewellery industry, enabling them to offer wholesale diamond prices to their clients while ensuring the highest standards of service and professionalism. There’s no hard sell, and their goal is always for their clients to be completely satisfied with their diamonds, which may explain why so many of their clients return again and again.
If you’re looking for unbiased expert advice and the best diamond prices, book your appointment at Diamond Registry’s showroom… and prepare to be dazzled.
6/F Eubank Plaza, 9 Chiu Lung Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 2116 5311