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  • 10 October 2023
    15 min read

    The buyers' guide to round brilliant cut diamonds

    Round brilliant cut diamonds are renowned for their unparalleled sparkle, making them the most popular cut used in diamond engagement rings today. Developed by Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919, the proportions, angles, and alignment of the round brilliant's facets are designed to optimise the reflection and refraction of light. In this comprehensive buyers' guide, we set out […]
    David Rhode
  • Loose Asscher cut diamond
    06 October 2023
    10 min read

    The buyers’ guide to Asscher cut diamonds

    Welcome to the definitive buyers’ guide to Asscher cut diamonds. As one of the most sophisticated diamond shapes, the Asscher cut embodies a rich history and distinct geometric appeal that has made it a sought-after choice among diamond connoisseurs and vintage enthusiasts alike. Rooted in the early 20th century and reflecting the artistic elements of […]
    Tim Ingle
  • marquise cut diamonds
    24 September 2023
    14 min read

    The buyers' guide to marquise cut diamonds

    Marquise cut diamonds, with their rich history rooted in the French royal court, are a testament to timeless romance and sophistication. Known for its elongated form with pointed ends, the marquise cut offers the impression of a larger size than its carat weight might suggest and a silhouette that can elongate and flatter the finger. […]
    Tim Ingle
  • Loose pear cut diamond in tweezers
    19 September 2023
    13 min read

    The buyers' guide to pear cut diamonds

    With its elegant teardrop shape, the pear cut diamond combines the traditional round brilliant and marquise cuts. Its silhouette, featuring a rounded bottom that tapers into a pointed top, offers a unique visual appeal that has been celebrated for centuries. If you're considering pear cut engagement rings, this guide will unravel the intricacies of pear […]
    Tim Ingle
  • 14 September 2023
    12 min read

    The buyers' guide to princess cut diamonds

    Princess cut diamonds have been a popular choice in engagement rings since the 1960s, and for good reasons. Princess cut engagement rings have an elegant, timeless look, but with so many different diamond shapes to choose from, it can be challenging to understand what sets one shape apart from the other. In this guide, we […]
    David Rhode
  • Loose radiant cut diamond
    13 September 2023
    11 min read

    The buyers' guide to radiant cut diamonds

    Radiant cut diamonds combine the elegance of the emerald cut's outline with the sparkle of brilliance faceting. Boasting 70 facets, they are revered for their dazzling light performance, making them an increasingly popular choice in recent years. In this guide, we'll walk you through the defining characteristics of radiant cut diamonds, the history and development […]
    Tim Ingle
  • cushion cut diamonds
    30 August 2023
    10 min read

    The buyers' guide to cushion cut diamonds

    Cushion cut diamonds appeal to many due to their unique shape, vintage feel, and unique watery brilliance. When viewed from above, they are broadly square or rectangular in shape but have slightly bowed sides and rounded corners. The cushion cut emerged over a hundred years ago but evolved from the old mine cut, which dates […]
    Tim Ingle
  • Emerald cut diamond
    23 August 2023
    12 min read

    The buyers' guide to emerald cut diamonds

    Emerald cut diamonds are a distinctive and elegant choice, favoured by many for their unique geometric appearance. The cut's clean lines and symmetry became hugely popular during the Art Deco era of the 1920s and 1930s, and despite the rise of other fancy diamond cuts since then, the emerald cut has remained a classic choice, […]
    Tim Ingle
  • Loose oval cut diamond
    22 August 2023
    12 min read

    The buyers' guide to oval cut diamonds

    An oval cut diamond is a modified brilliant cut and is a popular choice for engagement rings and other fine jewellery, offering a distinctive and elegant look that works equally well in both modern and vintage designs. In recent years we have seen a significant surge in demand for oval engagement rings, and so we've […]
    Tim Ingle
  • 05 August 2023
    18 min read

    The 20 most valuable diamonds in the world

    Identifying the most valuable diamonds in the world is much more challenging than you might imagine. Many of the world's largest, rarest and most famous diamonds have not been sold for a very long time, and it is hard to know what a buyer might be willing to pay for them. Moreover, the value of […]
    David Rhode
  • Melee diamonds
    31 July 2023
    10 min read

    What are melee diamonds?

    Read this article to learn more about the wonderful world of melee diamonds. We’ll cover what they are, the main cuts, popular engagement rings that feature melee diamonds, how to care for them, and what to look for if you’re buying melee diamonds.  What are melee diamonds? "Melee diamonds" refers to small round diamonds that […]
    David Rhode
  • Fancy coloured diamonds
    03 July 2023
    10 min read

    A guide to fancy coloured diamonds

    While white diamonds may be the classic choice, fancy coloured diamonds add a mesmerising touch of uniqueness and personality to your jewellery collection. Whether you seek a bold statement piece or a delicate accent, these exquisite and rare gems are a cherished symbol of eternal love. In this guide, we explore what fancy colour diamonds […]
    Bianca Utihata
  • 02 July 2023
    4 min read

    Recycled diamonds - what to look out for

    Over the last few years we’ve seen increasing numbers of clients wanting to re-use diamonds from inherited pieces of jewellery to create new engagement rings.
    David Rhode
  • GIA certificate of a flawless diamond
    01 July 2023
    4 min read

    Flawless vs. internally flawless diamonds

    Flawless diamonds, with their perfect clarity and extreme rarity, are a true marvel of nature. In this article, we explore the world of flawless vs. internally flawless diamonds and learn about their desirability, value and how they compare.  Join us as we embark on a journey to uncover the secrets of flawless and internally flawless […]
    Tim Ingle
  • Black diamond engagement ring
    01 May 2023
    7 min read

    What are black diamonds?

    Black diamonds have a striking appearance, particularly when set against white gold or platinum and paired with white diamonds, and have gained popularity in recent years, particularly for those seeking a unique or unconventional piece of jewellery.  In this article, we explore the different types of black diamonds, how they get their colour, and the […]
    David Rhode
  • diamond simulants
    01 April 2023
    5 min read

    Diamond simulants explained

    Diamond stimulants (also known as simulated diamonds) are gemstones that resemble natural diamonds but have different chemical compositions and offer a cost-effective alternative to real diamonds. This article explores how you can make informed decisions about simulated diamonds that can be used to create stunning pieces of jewellery, as well as answering our most frequently […]
    David Rhode
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