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WALL STREET JOURNAL SAYS COLOURED GEMS ON THE RISE-SEE HERE

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The coloured gem market — sapphires, rubies and emeralds — is just as valuable as the diamond market.

At a time when many investments offer low returns, many investors will fill a bag with precious stones and hope they will be worth a fortune some day.

Check this chart about the rising prices of gemstones.

Unlike diamonds, though, the $10 billion coloured gems market is mysterious and poorly understood.

This Wall Street Journal video illustrates the issues.

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Sir Richard Branson attended the event as the Antwerp diamond academy as Guest of Honour event

Antwerp diamond companies participated in their very first ‘Antwerp Diamond Academy’ on May 6, 2012, in Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp. The focus of this Academy was ‘Innovation’. Sir Richard Branson attended the event as its Guest of Honour and unfolded much of his experience and guidance to the participants during an interactive panel discussion. His talk delivered some key business approaches including:

– Luck and one’s gut feeling account for 50-50 percent in success , business acumen comes automatically . So follow your gut feeling.

– Delegate responsibilities to others in the organization and free yourself to do something else.

-Give a bigger than expected promotion to the staff which will influence the staff to perform better.

-Manpower is the key, keep good people with you and give them what they deserve.

-Your staff spends most of their life in office so the office environment should be very encouraging and pleasant. Sir Branson also stated that he loved to ‘do things which change people’s life and that’s how it converts in a successful business model’.

The event was segmented into various workshops in different halls including – social media , IT solutions , optimizing time , e-business etc.

All the fee towards Sir Branson from this event will be forwarded to Virgin Unite, a charitable arm of the Virgin Group. During the event, Sir Branson also launched the electronic trading platform – Diamdex.

Varda Shine, CEO of Diamond Trading Company (DTC) was also present at the event.

The AWDC noted that the ‘Antwerp Diamond Academy’ will be organized on a regular basis to provide Antwerp diamond companies with practical information to help boost their business.

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Sir Richard Branson attended the event as the Antwerp diamond academy as Guest of Honour event

Antwerp diamond companies participated in their very first ‘Antwerp Diamond Academy’ on May 6, 2012, in Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp. The focus of this Academy was ‘Innovation’. Sir Richard Branson attended the event as its Guest of Honour and unfolded much of his experience and guidance to the participants during an interactive panel discussion. His talk delivered some key business approaches including:

– Luck and one’s gut feeling account for 50-50 percent in success , business acumen comes automatically . So follow your gut feeling.

– Delegate responsibilities to others in the organization and free yourself to do something else.

-Give a bigger than expected promotion to the staff which will influence the staff to perform better.

-Manpower is the key, keep good people with you and give them what they deserve.

-Your staff spends most of their life in office so the office environment should be very encouraging and pleasant. Sir Branson also stated that he loved to ‘do things which change people’s life and that’s how it converts in a successful business model’.

The event was segmented into various workshops in different halls including – social media , IT solutions , optimizing time , e-business etc.

All the fee towards Sir Branson from this event will be forwarded to Virgin Unite, a charitable arm of the Virgin Group. During the event, Sir Branson also launched the electronic trading platform – Diamdex.

Varda Shine, CEO of Diamond Trading Company (DTC) was also present at the event.

The AWDC noted that the ‘Antwerp Diamond Academy’ will be organized on a regular basis to provide Antwerp diamond companies with practical information to help boost their business.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

 Pink Diamond fancy Engagement Rings & high end bling jewellery

Whatever the reason, there is no denying that pink diamond engagement rings are quite spectacular, and not only that, so is their price!

Pink diamond rings are so much more expensive than the equivalent white diamond in the same ring, so you better have a pretty extreme budget if you plan on buying one.

pink diamond engagement rings

Check out this vivid fancy teardrop pear pink diamond (above) that sold at Sotheby’s back in 2006 for $6.2 million. Now that’s a ring!!!

Pink diamond engagement rings, or more specifically pink diamonds, are the most popular color of all the fancy diamonds.

Maybe it has to do with the fact that pink is a variation of red and represents love or that natural red diamonds are the rarest and most expensive of all.

Or perhaps it’s because the color pink is traditionally thought of as the most feminine color. It might also have to do with the 6.1 carat pink diamond Jennifer Lopez received as an engagement ring from Ben Affleck, or the $1.8 million pink diamond ring that David Beckham bought his wife as an attempt to make up for his public indiscretion.

They aren’t exactly sure what gives the pink diamond its color but they suspect it has to do with pressure down below the earth’s surface. Whatever the cause, a pink diamond ring is absolutely amazing and something most of us can only dream about owning.

Most of the world’s pink diamonds come from the Argyle mine in Australia and each has a laser inscription that identifies its authenticity and origin and have sold for up to a magic million a carat. These diamonds are so rare that they expect the supply of the mine to run out within the next decade or so.

According to this article in The Australian “Supply is expected to dry up by 2019, making them up to 50 times more valuable than an equivalent white diamond.”

While a few hundred years ago pink diamonds were found in India, Brazil and Tanzania, today Australia produces about 95 percent of the world’s supply. So time is running out for those of you who will settle for nothing less than “natural” pink diamond engagement rings.

The GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) classifications for the most common pink diamond color groups range from purplish-pink, pink, to orange-pink. Natural fancy diamonds should always come with a GIA standard diamond grading report and a special  GIA Colored Diamond Identification and Origin Report, which is basically a color report and identifies the nature of the color and pink color grade.

Color Enhanced Pink Diamonds:

pink diamond ring

Like all the other fancy colored diamonds, gemologists have been able to replicate the pink color (at least to some extent) in a laboratory using genuine white diamonds, irradiation, and heat pressure. These are real diamonds that have been enhanced by man and are pink to the eye. They are not a natural pink diamond and therefore much more affordable.

Synthetic Pink Diamonds (Lab Created, Man-Made Diamonds)

Synthetic here refers to the process rather than the stone because the final product contains the characteristic diamond crystal composition from actual carbon atoms—in other words, it’s a real diamond.

The diamonds are grown in a lab under conditions which simulate the processes of nature that form a diamond. So you end up with a stone that has all the properties of a real diamond without taking hundreds of years to form. They can be made to resemble all the most popular fancy colors including the much coveted pink.

Pink diamond engagement rings are rare and expensive because a genuine natural pink diamond is one of the rarest things found on earth. If your budget won’t allow for the real thing, consider the gemologist enhanced variety or one of the other precious beautiful gemstones that will give you the look you want at just a fraction of the cost.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

 Pink Diamond fancy Engagement Rings & high end bling jewellery

Whatever the reason, there is no denying that pink diamond engagement rings are quite spectacular, and not only that, so is their price!

Pink diamond rings are so much more expensive than the equivalent white diamond in the same ring, so you better have a pretty extreme budget if you plan on buying one.

pink diamond engagement rings

Check out this vivid fancy teardrop pear pink diamond (above) that sold at Sotheby’s back in 2006 for $6.2 million. Now that’s a ring!!!

Pink diamond engagement rings, or more specifically pink diamonds, are the most popular color of all the fancy diamonds.

Maybe it has to do with the fact that pink is a variation of red and represents love or that natural red diamonds are the rarest and most expensive of all.

Or perhaps it’s because the color pink is traditionally thought of as the most feminine color. It might also have to do with the 6.1 carat pink diamond Jennifer Lopez received as an engagement ring from Ben Affleck, or the $1.8 million pink diamond ring that David Beckham bought his wife as an attempt to make up for his public indiscretion.

They aren’t exactly sure what gives the pink diamond its color but they suspect it has to do with pressure down below the earth’s surface. Whatever the cause, a pink diamond ring is absolutely amazing and something most of us can only dream about owning.

Most of the world’s pink diamonds come from the Argyle mine in Australia and each has a laser inscription that identifies its authenticity and origin and have sold for up to a magic million a carat. These diamonds are so rare that they expect the supply of the mine to run out within the next decade or so.

According to this article in The Australian “Supply is expected to dry up by 2019, making them up to 50 times more valuable than an equivalent white diamond.”

While a few hundred years ago pink diamonds were found in India, Brazil and Tanzania, today Australia produces about 95 percent of the world’s supply. So time is running out for those of you who will settle for nothing less than “natural” pink diamond engagement rings.

The GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) classifications for the most common pink diamond color groups range from purplish-pink, pink, to orange-pink. Natural fancy diamonds should always come with a GIA standard diamond grading report and a special  GIA Colored Diamond Identification and Origin Report, which is basically a color report and identifies the nature of the color and pink color grade.

Color Enhanced Pink Diamonds:

pink diamond ring

Like all the other fancy colored diamonds, gemologists have been able to replicate the pink color (at least to some extent) in a laboratory using genuine white diamonds, irradiation, and heat pressure. These are real diamonds that have been enhanced by man and are pink to the eye. They are not a natural pink diamond and therefore much more affordable.

Synthetic Pink Diamonds (Lab Created, Man-Made Diamonds)

Synthetic here refers to the process rather than the stone because the final product contains the characteristic diamond crystal composition from actual carbon atoms—in other words, it’s a real diamond.

The diamonds are grown in a lab under conditions which simulate the processes of nature that form a diamond. So you end up with a stone that has all the properties of a real diamond without taking hundreds of years to form. They can be made to resemble all the most popular fancy colors including the much coveted pink.

Pink diamond engagement rings are rare and expensive because a genuine natural pink diamond is one of the rarest things found on earth. If your budget won’t allow for the real thing, consider the gemologist enhanced variety or one of the other precious beautiful gemstones that will give you the look you want at just a fraction of the cost.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

Diamond Investing News on coloured diamonds

 

Demand for colored diamonds is surging and prices are rapidly following the upward trend. According to Leibish Polnauer, President of Leibish & Co, a five carat yellow diamond is currently selling in the range of  $75,000-$100,000, and notes that this is a 40 percent increase over last year’s prices. Gem Diamonds (LON:GEMD), whose Ellendale mine supplies Tiffany & Co. with yellow diamonds, announced that in the first quarter of 2011, it sold the jeweller these stones for an average of $3,379 per carat compared to $2, 545 per carat during the first quarter of 2010.

Interest in colored diamond prices and the profit potential of the stones is extending beyond producers and industry consumers to an expanding number of individual diamond investors. Leibish & Co maintains a special inventory of investment grade colored diamonds and confirms an increase of profit-focused clientele. Sean Dunn, Vice President of J.R. Dunn, reported a similar trend. Tight supply and growing demand, especially in emerging countries, are increasing prices throughout the diamond industry.

However, colored diamonds are much rarer than white stones, therefore a surge in interest is difficult to accommodate. High-end US consumers have come back to the market, said Dunn. “But demand in Asia is simply outstripping supply,” he adds. “Our inventory often sells faster to international clients. Some fly in willing to pay prices above retail. They take the diamonds overseas and sell them for even more.” Both India and Hong Kong are considered hot markets for colored diamond activity.

Before investing

 

Predictions for growth and longevity in the colored diamond market are highly optimistic. However, there are a number of things to consider before getting into this game. Foremost, is the forewarning that these investments are not for everyone.

Leibish says colored diamond investing is for people with liquidity and a long term view. According to Dunn, demand allows some people who bought diamonds in 2010 to sell them for decent returns now, something that hasn’t always been done. By his own account Polnauer says, Leibish sold an intense 4 carat yellow diamond about a year ago. The jeweler offered to buy it back at a 20 percent premium and the client refused. It’s all about the stone a person possesses, which is why Polnauer says an investor must study this market.

Dunn further stresses that investing in colored diamonds is a gamble. He also highlights the fact that some stones definitely offer a much higher probability of attractive returns, but, there is never a guarantee. “Generally, smaller stones (a carat or less) are harder to capitalize on. But there are exceptions.” Australian pinks are considered extremely rare and blues also tend to be placed in the rare and desirable categories. These stones may warrant investment at smaller sizes. Another thing, says Dunn, is that investors should avoid stones with undesirable characteristics.

Individuals who want to avoid venturing unguided into this market may want to consider the Novel Diamond Fund. The first of its kind, the newly launched fund specializes almost exclusively in the investment of colored stones. In an interview with Bloomberg, Alan Landau, CEO of Novel Asset Management, explained that the fund will focus on diamonds valued at $1 million or more. Investors will, therefore, be able to enjoy the historically high returns in this type of investment which have thus far been enjoyed mostly by those in the industry.

Instead of the buy and hold strategy common among funds of other types, Landau said this fund is going to exploit a spread created by buying at wholesale prices and selling at retail. Although open to new investors now, the fund is scheduled to close in October. Landau told Bloomberg he expects major institutions to catch on to the diamond investing trend and move into this market. Polnauer told Diamond Investing News, he expects colored diamonds to be like gold… experiencing drastic price increases over the span of a few years.

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The rich rewards of a rare gem

April 18, 2011 – 4:17PM


A rare 24.78 carat Fancy Intense Pink diamond that was auctioned last year. Photo: AFP Photo

Although a 10-carat purplish-pink diamond failed to meet its reserve price at an auction last week, experts say the market for the rare gems is still strong.

“Pink diamonds are red hot,” said David Young, president of Wexford Capital Management, a broker of fancy coloured diamonds.

Christie’s had expected the 10.09 carat Fancy Vivid purplish-pink diamond to fetch as much as $US15 million at a recent auction. Four other pink diamonds had sold for more than $US1 million per carat at auction in the past 15 months.

The record for a diamond sold at auction is held by a Vivid Pink five-carat diamond at $US2.1 million per carat in 2009.

Although Christie’s did not explain why the gem missed its reserve, gemologists and dealers say once you reach the realms of $US1 million-plus per carat, buyers becomes particularly scrupulous.

“When you get up to this level of stone – these Rembrandts, these Monets, these one-of-a-kind pieces- they have to be held up to a very high standard if someone’s going to put that much money on the table,” said Stephen Hofer, a New York research gemologist and diamond cutter specialising in coloured diamonds.

Experts agree that prices for coloured diamonds, pinks in particular, are on the rise, noting that a barrier was broken in recent years that thrust pinks previously selling for $US500,000 to $US600,000 a carat into the $US1 million-a-carat realm.

While the 10-plus carat pinks stun with their size, diamonds extracted from the Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia command similar sums with the intensity of their colour.

Global miner Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine is the world’s only consistent supplier of pink diamonds. While smaller, experts said the rare and exquisite Argyle gems are in a class all their own.

At Argyle, pink diamonds making it to the annual tender are literally one in a million. For every one million carats of rough diamonds produced from the mine, only one polished carat is offered for sale in the tender. In terms of global diamond production, pinks make up only 0.03 percent.

Each spring Rio Tinto displays its finest 40-55 diamonds weighing 0.50 carat or more and ranging in colour from light pink to red, and even violet, at private viewings in exclusive hotels in cities like New York, Paris, and Hong Kong.

The location of the private viewings is kept secret until the day they are shown. Once these rare stones have made their way around the world, sealed bids from diamond connoisseurs and collectors are tallied and the winners notified.

Last November London jewellery dealer Laurence Graff paid $US46 million for a 24.78-carat pink diamond at a sale in Geneva, the highest total price for a gem at auction. He renamed it the “Graff Pink.”

“The thing about the Graff diamond is that it’s a piece of art. There is not another one like that anywhere,” said Gary Roskin, gemologist and founder of The Roskin Gem News Report.

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