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The Wannabes: Diamond Imitations

The Wannabes: Diamond Imitations

For hundreds of years, alternative materials, both natural and synthetic, have been used as diamond imitations.  The main reason for this is the relative rarity of diamonds which results in their higher price compared to their imitation counterparts.  Another reason is the controversy surrounding ethical mining practices and the existence of conflict diamonds.  Also known…

The Dynasty Collection

The Dynasty Collection

In November 2017, history is being made as Alrosa’s Dynasty Collection is scheduled to be auctioned online.  This spectacular 5-piece collection of diamonds was cut from a single 179ct rough diamond, the Romanov, which was extracted from one of the company’s mines in 2015. “The Dynasty” diamond, the star of the collection, is a 51.38ct…

Treasure Diamonds, Your One-Stop Solution

Treasure Diamonds, Your One-Stop Solution

Consumer behaviour has changed in recent years.  We live in an era when perhaps the greatest luxury is time.  When looking to purchase a product, whether it be a fine jewellery piece or the latest car or cell phone, we want a seamless experience.  We also expect a variety of options from which to choose,…

10 Interesting Diamond Facts

10 Interesting Diamond Facts

Diamond and graphite are comprised of exactly the same substance, carbon.  The only difference is the way in which the carbon atoms are arranged that make graphite (which is used to make pencil lead) so soft, whereas diamond is the hardest substance on earth. Hardness refers to resistance to scratching. Although diamonds are extremely hard,…

Buy With Confidence!

Buy With Confidence!

Navigating the world of diamonds can be an extremely overwhelming experience, especially when you’re inundated by all the information to be found on the internet as well as advice from family, friends and colleagues.  At Treasure Diamonds, you can buy with confidence.  Let our gemmologists and diamond experts guide you through the process so you…

A Ring Fit for a Princess

A Ring Fit for a Princess

Born in Philadelphia in 1929 to a very prominent and affluent family, the magnificent Grace Kelly had a great love of performance from a young age.  After modelling with her mother and sister and appearing in various magazine ads, Kelly soon moved to Hollywood to become one of the world’s most popular and highest paid…

Carat Weight

Carat Weight

A common misconception when it comes to diamonds is that carat refers to size.  In fact, carat refers to the weight of the diamond, one metric carat being equal to one fifth of a gram (0.2 gram). The origins of the word carat is actually from the carob seed.  These seeds were thought to have…

The Taylor-Burton Diamond

The Taylor-Burton Diamond

Elizabeth Taylor’s collection of exquisite jewellery pieces is legendary as the most important private collection in the United States, and at the time of her death, was estimated at $150 million.  In December 2011, the auction, “The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor, the Legendary Jewels”, took place at Christie’s in New York, and featured such iconic…

The Hope Diamond

The Hope Diamond

The 45.52 carat steely-blue modified cushion antique brilliant diamond that we now know as the famous Hope diamond, is currently on display at the Smithsonian Institute.  It is graded as a fancy deep greyish blue and is today worth over $250 million. There is much mystique surrounding the Hope Diamond in that it is rumoured…

Elusive Treasure

Elusive Treasure

Diamonds are rare jewels.  They have only been found in a few isolated locations, scattered among the oldest parts of the continents.  For thousands of years the only source known to man was one remote area in India, where diamonds were first appreciated for their capacity to disperse light. New but modest discoveries were made…

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