Diamond News – Week of October 20, 2014

Posted at October 20th, 2014

Diamond Company Offers Homes, Cars and Jewelry as Perks in Employee Loyalty Program
Diamond NewsAhmedabad, India: About 1200 employees of Surat’s diamond industry have reason to celebrate this “Diwali”, or holiday of lights season. Hari Krishna Exports, a Surat diamond firm in Ahmedabad presented 1,200 employees with 200 two-bedroom houses, almost 500 Fiat cars or stunning jewelry pieces as rewards for exceptional job performance over the past five years.

Rewards were offered on a need basis. Employees that did not own a home were offered the houses first. Homeowner employees were offered the Fiat cars and employees that owned both homes and an automobile were offered the jewelry gifts.

Surat Diamonds employs about 6,000 workers worldwide with an additional presence in Hong Kong, England and Belgium.

Retailers Should See a Healthy Holiday Shopping Season for 2014

3.14ct Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandAs the shopping season begins to ramp up, the National Retail Federation (NRF) announced earlier this month a forecast of 4.1% increase in holiday spending. While spending may be increased, the NRF still predicts that shoppers will be more careful with their dollars. Shoppers will seek out more sales and research for more discounts available. NRF President and CEO, Matthew Shay shares, “Recognizing the need to keep household budgets in line, we expect shoppers will be extremely price sensitive as they have been for quite some time. Retailers will respond by differentiating themselves and touting price, value and exclusivity.”

Brick and mortar stores aren’t the only retail outlets with anticipated growth. Online sales are also expected to post impressive numbers in November and December. Shop.org’s forecast for online holiday sales presents growth numbers of 8-11 percent over last year, logging an estimated $105 billion in sales.

Shopping for affordable jewelry this holiday season without sacrificing quality?  Check out the fine jewelry selections from Mark Broumand.

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Fall in Love with a Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

Posted at October 16th, 2014

The focal point of a pear shaped diamond engagement ring marries the brilliance of a round cut diamond with the symbolic curves of the marquise cut diamond. The point up position will look like a perfectly formed tear when gazed upon, which is why this shape is also termed as the “teardrop cut”.  Worn with the tapered end pointing towards the end of the finger, the stone creates a slimming appearance for the finger and elongating effect on the hand.

The pear shape began its journey in the 1400s when Lodewyk van Berquem created the diamond polishing wheel.  Berquem discovered that symmetrical and polished facets optimized a diamond’s light reflecting properties.   The first pear diamond was known as the “Briolette”, or “Pendeloque” cut.  The most notable transformation occurred soon after the debut of the round brilliant cut diamond in the early 1900s.  The pear shape  adopted the 58 facets that would create brilliance in this uniquely shaped diamond, 500 years in the making.

 

Celebrities with Notable Pear Shaped Diamond Rings

¤ Katherine Heigl – 3ct pear-shaped diamond halo engagement ring

¤ Avril Lavigne – Three-stone setting highlighting  a 14ct pear-shaped diamond

¤ Victoria Beckham – approximately 15-17ct fiery white pear-shaped solitaire

¤ Anna Kournikova – 11ct Argyle Pink Pear Diamond flanked by two trillion cut white diamonds

Famous Pear Shaped Diamonds

⇒ Two of the world’s largest diamonds are pear-shaped.  The Cullinan I,  is also known as the Star of Africa. It is a pear shaped diamond weighing 530.20 carats and has 76 facets. It’s called the Cullinan I because it is the largest of the 9 large stones that were cut from the 3,106 carat Cullinan Diamond.

530.2ct Pear Shaped Star of Africa Diamond

⇒ The Millennium Star is internally and externally flawless pear-shaped diamond. With the weight of 203.04 carats, it is the 10th largest diamond in the world and the world’s second largest known Grade D Colorless diamond. The Millennium Star is the largest piece cut from a rough stone of 777 carats.

203.04ct Pear Shaped Millennium Star diamond

⇒ The 69.42ct pear shaped diamond, the “Taylor-Burton Diamond” that Richard Burton bought for Elizabeth Taylor.  On October 23,1969 Robert Kenmore, the Chairman of the Board of Kenmore Corporation, which owned the Cartier jewelry firm won the diamond with a final bid at auction of $1.05 million.  Less than 24 hours later, a very determined Burton acquired the “Taylor-Burton Diamond” from Kenmore and Cartier, Inc. for an estimated $1.5 million.

Elizabeth Taylor [Misc.]

A pear shaped diamond engagement ring is a perfect balance of soft curves and acute points in with exquisite facet work and marked brilliance.  This stunning diamond cut will dazzle in three-stone settings or accented by side or diamonds.  This stone is also bold enough to stand on its own in a solitaire.   A pear shaped diamond ring from Mark Broumand will be as unique as the special lady that wears one.

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Celebs Say “I do” to the Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Posted at October 15th, 2014

It seems that many celebrity couples are crazy about the lustrous and bright emerald cut diamond engagement ring.  The reason is simple; it is a clear stone with facets of linear beauty that seem to draw you into its depth.  The emerald cut diamond is beauty in its simplest form.  Though the cut was created for use with emeralds, the cut in diamonds has seen quite a boost in popularity with A-listers over the last ten years.

The rough stone must be high clarity and will have very few, if any flaws that are visible.  The cut has one of the largest tables (flat, top facet) of any diamond shape, which acts as a window into the stone itself.  The diamond itself has a very shallow depth.  Any inclusions are best placed in the facet work of the long or short sides of the stone, where they may become invisible to the naked eye.  The rectangular shape will have chamfered corners and the facets are cut into the stone running parallel to the girdle like stair steps, hence the term “step cuts”, used to create the diamond.

While emerald cuts have very standard facet patterns, the number of facets will vary between 50 and 58.  You can see by the diamonds below that each and every emerald cut diamond anniversary or engagement ring will be visually unique:

Emerald Cut Diamond Anniversary Ring 3Three-Stone Emerald Cut Diamond Anniversary Ring 4  Emerald Cut Diamond Ring 2 Emerald Cut Engagement Ring 1

The emerald cut highlights the natural beauty and clarity of a visually flawless diamond.  While this stone is not brilliant, like a round brilliant or princess cut diamond, this cut does reflect light through the diamond very efficiently.  Brilliant cuts are often noted for the fire or scintillation that the light creates.  The step cuts of the emerald diamond creates a bright, mirror-like effect on light within this diamond.

Some of the celebrities madly in love with their emerald cut diamond engagement rings include:  Reese Witherspoon, Kim Kardashian, Hayden Panettiere, Kate Hudson, Mariah Carey, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce and Kate Beckinsale to name just a few.

Emerald cut diamond rings are highly favored because of their unique appearance, brightness and vintage style.  If you would like to recreate any celebrity emerald cut engagement ring, visit Mark Broumand in Los Angeles or online to find a perfect emerald cut diamond ring match or custom design a ring to match your favorite celebrity emerald cut diamond engagement ring with Mark Broumand.

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Compliment Your Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Ring

Posted at October 14th, 2014

The round brilliant cut diamond ring is still the most popular engagement ring selected for brides-to-be today.  The brilliance of the cut is unsurpassed and the diamond’s performance is versatile in addition to plentiful options.  Create a complete jewelry set by adding some different jewelry types to accent a perfect round brilliant cut diamond ring.  Here are some fine jewelry pieces to explore for upcoming anniversaries or gift ideas.

Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Stud Earrings

A pair of round brilliant diamond stud earrings is to a jewelry collection what the little black dress is to a wardrobe:  versatile and timeless.  They are minimalistic enough for daily wear and also adapt nicely to any wardrobe or hairstyle for special occasions.  These will be cherished for a lifetime and are available in a variety of carats and styles.  The left pair below is the traditional simple and stunning round brilliant cut diamond studs at 1.44ct and featuring diamonds in the F-G VS2-SI1 range.  The pair on the right creates more drama and dimension by surrounding a larger center stone with a halo of smaller stones, also in the F-G VS2-SI1 range.

Traditional Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Stud Earrings | Mark Broumand 1.25ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Halo Stud Earrings | Mark Broumand

Round Cut Diamond Tennis Bracelets

Bracelets are often a forgotten thought as gifts, but are actually a wonderful addition to any jewelry collection.  Much like watches, many people tend to wear bracelets daily.  She will catch herself smiling all day long when glancing down at one of the two different styles of tennis bracelets below.  The left bracelet is 1.10cts and the right, 9.50cts.

1.10ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Tennis Bracelet | Mark Broumand 9.50ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Tennis Bracelet | Mark Broumand

Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Pendants

Much like diamond stud earrings, round brilliant diamond pendants come in a variety of sizes, carat weights and styles.  You can never go wrong with a round diamond pendant.  The 18k white gold pendant on the left features a 0.56ct round brilliant cut diamond in the center, accentuated by a halo of bright white round diamonds. There is also a circle of diamonds doubling as the bail.  The pendant on the right showcases a super white and clear round diamond accented by a halo of round diamonds and a diamond studded bail.  Both pendants are 18k white gold.

0.86ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Pendant 1.20ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Pendant

Mark Broumand is well-known for a stunning diamond ring selection and custom designed diamond engagement rings.  The same amount of care, quality and eye for the most beautiful pieces is used for every piece of fine jewelry at Mark Broumand.  You can trust the professional jewelers at Mark Broumand for the most important jewelry purchases and for selecting special gifts that express your love.

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Diamond News – Week of October 12, 2014

Posted at October 13th, 2014

Four Rare Fancy Vivid Red Diamonds offered in the 30th annual Argyle Pink Diamond Tender

 

Rio Tinto Auction Red Diamonds

Rio Tinto Diamonds just closed bidding on the Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender collection, celebrating the iconic event’s 30th anniversary.  Running from September 5, 2014 to October 8, 2014, this year’s Tender showcased four rare red diamonds.  The showcase of the four is a 1.21 radiant cut diamond named the “Argyle Cardinal”, after the North American bird (pictured second from the left).  The other three fancy red diamonds include a round cut, pear cut and emerald cut diamond.  The Israeli Diamond Institute expects more than one of the four red diamonds to sell for more than $2 million each.

Rio Tinto wholly operates the Argyle mine in western Australia which produces over 90% of the world’s pink diamonds.  Rio Tinto also has partial ownership or interest in mines in Canada, Zimbabwe, and India.  Prior to this year’s Tender of 4 reds, only 9 other rare red diamonds had ever been offered.  The other 51 stones offered this year were purplish red or pink diamonds.  The Tender began its journey in New York and visited Perth, Hong Kong and closed in Sydney, Australia with bids closing on October 8th.  Other noteworthy “birds” expected to wow were the Argyle Rosette, a 2.17-carat fancy intense purple-pink diamond (below left) and the Argyle Toki, a 1.59-carat fancy intense purplish-pink diamond (below right).  Both are emerald cut diamonds.

 Rio Tinto Argyle-RosetteRio Tinto Argyle-Toki

October seems to be a great month for fancy colored diamonds.  On October 7th, a 8.41ct fancy vivid purple-pink diamond set a world sales price record for pink diamonds with a sales price of $17,768,041 or $2.1 million per carat at Sotheby’s Auction house in Hong Kong.

Photos courtesy of Rio Tinto Diamonds

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Fancy Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted at October 13th, 2014

 

Radiant Cut Diamond Facet Patterns | Mark BroumandFancy yellow radiant cut diamond engagement rings combine the brilliance of the round cut diamond with the rectangular shape of an emerald cut diamond.  Created by master diamond cutter, Henry Grossbard in 1977, the combination of these highly favorable qualities of each separate cut created an intriguing new desire for square diamonds.  While many square or rectangular shapes highlighted a diamond’s clarity, these cuts did not offer a great deal of brilliance.  The radiant cut capitalized on the appeal of the emerald cut and the demand of the round brilliant cut diamond.

The 70 facets in this fiery diamond create a “kaleidoscope” effect when viewing the diamond through the table, or large top facet of the diamond.  You will want symmetry and balance in either your preferred square or rectangular shape.  All angled corners should be identical and each side should mirror the other.

1.30ct Fancy Intense Yellow Radiant cut diamond engagement ring | Mark Broumand1.30ct Fancy Intense Yellow Radiant cut diamond engagement ring side view | Mark Broumand

What a radiant cut does for a natural white diamond, it does even more for a fancy colored diamond.  This cut is often utilized to maximize hue of a lightly colored diamond.  When carefully fashioned as radiant cuts, many yellow-tinted stones can become fancy yellows when viewed face up. (Fancy colored diamonds are graded in the face down position.) This perceived improvement in color increases the value per carat. As an added benefit, the radiant cut retains more of the rough stone when cut than round brilliants.

2.27ct Fancy Light Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring side view 2.27ct Fancy Light Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

As you can see, Mark Broumand has selected only the highest quality fancy yellow diamonds to use in his radiant cut diamond engagement rings.  All of the engagement or anniversary rings showcased in his collection are carefully selected for their color, clarity and symmetry.  To complement your warm and bright fancy yellow diamond anniversary ring or engagement ring, you will also find radiant cut diamond earrings and bracelets.  He can also create a custom designed ring setting if you have your own fancy colored loose diamond or can design an updated ring from an existing piece of jewelry.

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Gemstones and Fancy Colored Diamonds Break Two Price Records

Posted at October 13th, 2014

Sotheby’s Hong Kong held an auction on October 7, 2014 highlighting their Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite.  The auction featured 339 lots highlighting stunning and rare gemstones, diamonds, fancy colored diamonds and jadeite.  An untreated 17.16ct Kashmir sapphire and 8.41ct fancy vivid purple-pink diamond ring both broke world price records per carat.  Other notable jewelry pieces included a 3.32ct emerald cut fancy vivid blue diamond ring and a 35.72ct step-cut emerald and diamond ring.

Lot 1938 – 17.16ct Kashmir Sapphire and 6ct Diamond Ring

Mined from Kashmir, India – it is often rare to find such a large gemstone of “cornflower blue” color with such clarity.  Extreme conditions are required to create sapphires and often lead to inclusions within the crystal.  Because of the color saturation and clarity of this gemstone, an emerald cut was used to highlight the stone’s best qualities.  Sale price in USD, $4,056,701, setting a world record selling price of $236,404 USD per carat.

 **Click any image to enlarge17.16ct Kashmir Sapphire Ring

Lot 1935 – Step Cut Emerald and Diamond Ring

The emerald cut was created for use with this beautiful green gemstone to highlight the natural color and clarity of the emerald.  Though natural inclusions are often considered to be a beautiful and intrinsic feature of an emerald, this stone is incredibly clear and transparent.  This gem did not go through any clarity treatments.  It is set beautifully on a split platinum shank accented with diamonds, as to not deter from the emerald’s incredible beauty.  Mined from Muzo, Colombia.  Sold in USD, $4,345,36135.72ct Step-cut emerald and diamond ring

Lot 1936 Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond and Diamond Ring

Mounted in 18kt white gold and flanked by two trilliant cut diamonds weighing approximately 2cts combined, this 3.32ct fancy vivid blue diamond is GIA certified as “internally flawless”.  This amazing blue diamond is natural and color graded as Fancy Vivid Blue.  Sales price in USD, $5,355,670

3.32ct Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond RingLot 1941 – Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink Diamond and Diamond Ring

The stunner of the auction was this pear-shaped 8.41ct fancy vivid purple-pink diamond, mounted in platinum, with pave set circular diamonds on a split shank.  The center diamond is GIA certified as internally flawless with excellent polish and is a Type IIa diamond, the most chemically pure.  Pink diamonds are so incredibly rare that Sotheby’s states that “Only 0.1% of the twenty million carats of rough produced annually is pink, and a whole year’s worth of production of these pink treasures over half a carat would fit in the palm of your hand.”  A pink diamond that is this large with such incredible color and clarity, may be a once-in-a-lifetime treasure.  This prized ring broke the world record sales price for a pink diamond this year at USD $17,768,041 or $2.1 million per carat.  The previous record, held by a 5ct pink diamond was in November 2009, at a price of $$10,776,660 USD.

8.41ct Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond Ring Side view of 8.41 Fancy Vivid Purple Pink Diamond

Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s

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Custom Design a Pear Shaped Diamond Ring

Posted at October 7th, 2014

A Pear Shaped diamond ring is a unique hybrid of the round brilliant cut and Marquise cut diamond. One end is perfectly round while the other narrows to the tapered point, which is why this cut is also referred to as the “teardrop cut”.  This special ring is usually worn with the tapered end towards the fingernail, visually slimming the finger of the wearer.  It also creates an elongating effect for people with smaller hands and shorter fingers.

1.53ct Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe brilliance in pears is similar to that of a round cut diamond.  In the late 15th century, the diamond polishing wheel was created by Lodewyk van Berquem. This invention allowed him to optimize the light reflection of a stone by polishing the facets. His work also concentrated on the symmetry of the facets within a stone and led him to the first Pear-Shaped, “Briolette” or “Pendeloque” diamond cut. Over many centuries, the shape went through different phases to change the shape until the early 20th century, when the modern pear-shaped diamond evolved into the stone we admire today.  Symmetry is important in a pear shape and all matching sides should be identical to the other. The stone should not possess any rough edges.

3.14ct Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Because of the shape of the diamond, inclusions and flaws may often be placed at the narrow point of the diamond. If the end is properly set with a prong, it is possible that these inclusions will be invisible once set.  A prong on the sharp point will also help prevent damage to the narrow tip, which is the most delicate area of the stone. The elongated shape may suffer from a “bowtie effect”, where a bowtie-shaped shadow may be seen inside the wider, round end of the stone. This will vary by each individual diamond and can only be determined upon visual inspection of images or the stone itself.

4.25ct Pear Shape Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Custom designed jewelry is an art form at Mark Broumand and everything from elegant and unique pear shaped diamond rings  to complete sets of fine jewelry can be created.  Check out the easy custom design process online or visit with Mark Broumand or his expert staff when in the Los Angeles area.

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The Gift of an Oval Cut Diamond Ring

Posted at October 6th, 2014

To receive an oval diamond ring is a gift that will surely be treasured and admired.  This 58 facet, modified brilliant cut diamond has a large surface area that is full of sparkle and brilliance.  Standardized in the 1960s by Lazare Kaplan, today’s oval cut originated over 200 years ago.  Oval cuts are not only durable and briliiant; ovals are one of the best choices when evaluating cost-per-carat.

A desired length-to-width proportion of the completed stone will be somewhere around 1.33:1 and 1.66:1. All oval cuts will have some level of an inner shadow, known as the “bowtie effect”.  Shoppers often make the mistake of trying to find a stone with no bowtie at all.  A small measure of bowtie is a charming characteristic of the oval cut.  You will most often see this more pronounced effect in stones with an excessively deep or shallow stone height.  A thinner width also tends to lend to this effect.  Visual investigation of the stone is the most ideal approach to assess the level of bowtie effect within a particular diamond.

2.60ct Oval and Baguette Cut Diamond Right-Hand Ring in 18k White Gold | Mark Broumand 2.60ct Oval and Baguette Cut Diamond Right-Hand Ring Side View | Mark Broumand

An oval cut’s magnificence is heightened when situated in a three-stone setting, set with side stones on the shank or accented by a halo of diamonds.  The elliptical shape creates an elongating or thinning look when worn on the finger.  Ovals have a much larger surface area than different diamond cuts of the same carat weight. This will make your oval cut visually appear larger than other cuts of the same carat weight.  If your special lady desires a larger stone and you are both on a budget, the oval cut is definitely a diamond cut to consider.  Another similarly shaped and affordable option is the striking pear shaped diamond ring.

3.07ct Fancy Yellow Oval Cut Diamond Ring GIA Certified | Mark Broumand3.07ct Fancy Yellow Oval Cut Diamond Ring GIA Certified Side View | Mark Broumand

Each oval cut diamond ring in Mark Broumand’s portfolio was selected for it’s elegance, beauty and high-quality.  Mark has also created hundreds of custom designed oval cut diamond rings as gifts, right-hand rings or engagement rings.  When searching for diamond rings or other oval cut diamond jewelry, Mark Broumand is the only fine jewelry store that you will need.

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Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted at October 4th, 2014

Antique cushion cut diamond engagement rings were preceded by the Old Mine Cut of the 1800s, which was a square cut with round corners.   This was a very deep cut with large facets, a high crown, small table (flat, top facet of a diamond).  Antique cushion cuts were developed when diamonds were cut by candlelight.  The larger facets were cut to maximize light refraction, inner fire and scintillation of  a diamond when viewed by candlelight.  The brilliance of antique cut cushion cut diamonds is different than that of modern day round brilliant cuts. Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Ring Diagram | Mark Broumand

Characteristics of antique cushion cut diamonds vs. modern cushion cuts

♦ Deeper crown
♦ Smaller table
♦ Larger culet
♦ Larger facets
♦ Warmer diamond color
♦ Cut and polished by hand
♦ Warmer inner fire and light dispersion

For whom is the antique cushion cut diamond engagement ring ideal?

• Fans of antique or vintage jewelry

• A bride-to-be that appreciates the tall profile of this diamond cut

• Those who desire slower light scintillation and larger facets in a vintage ring setting

2.43ct Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand 2.43ct Antique Cushion Cut Engagement Ring Angle View | Mark BroumandOne advantage to a modern day antique cut engagement ring is the ability to use the highest clarity diamonds available.  The center diamond is a 1.58ct antique cushion brilliant cut, certified by GIA at F-VS1.  This stone is exceptionally white and tremendously clear.  It is bezel set by a halo of pavé round diamonds which continue down the sides.  The center connectors are pavé  set with round diamonds dotted with a larger center diamond, also bevel set.

2.20ct Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

2.20ct Antique Cushion Cut Engagement Ring Angle View | Mark Broumand 2.20ct Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe exquisite 1.50ct cushion cut set in the center of this halo setting is GIA certified at H-VS1; it is white and completely eye clean. The faceting on this one-and-a-half carat center stone gives this diamond phenomenal fire.  There is a halo of micropavé set round diamonds and a platinum split shank coming off the halo meeting in a single band of micropavé diamonds.

The Antique cut diamonds that Mark Broumand has selected for his engagement ring portfolio use modern technology to recreate the facet patterns and romantic look of vintage diamonds.  If you love more fire in a diamond with a larger facet pattern, than the antique cushion cut diamond engagement ring will make an excellent choice.  To get the same look in a round diamond, view the bold and clear antique European round cut diamond engagement ring.

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