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  • 100th Jewellery store to open in India for Gitanjali Jewels

    Bollywood actress, Ameesah Patel inaugurated a new jewellery showroom for Gitanjali jewels in India alongside Santosh Srivastava, the managing director of the company, and its franchise owners.

    The 5,500 square feet new showroom, showcases collections from Asmi, Nakshrati, D'damas, Gili, Diya, Parineeta, Sangini, Nitzam, Ananya and Gitanjali gold jewellery.  This ever-growing company expects to open another 60 stores within the next eighteen months, a mammoth expectation.

    Srivastava said,“The implementation of a vision is what makes a success story happen.  Having started out with a meager five to six stores at the beginning, it’s a moment of sheer pride for us to be inaugurating our 100th store today.  But we have a long way to go, and in the coming years we anticipate around 300 stores that would mark new phenomena in national and international markets combined. Our dream was to reach out to the masses, helping them wear their aspirations in the form of affordable luxurious jewelry. Today Gitanjali Jewels caters to the aspirations of millions of people across the Indian subcontinent.”

    For Australian's however, the leading online diamond retailer, My Diamonds, The House of Monroe York offer contemporary and vintage designs sure to set the heart racing.  See below for temptation!

    Skye - Cushion Cut Diamond Halo Ring - White Gold

    The fabulous Skye Dazzle ~ $4,395.00 

    Brilliance of a stunning cushion cut diamond framed by an elegant halo of perfect diamonds. This design concentrates all light into the centre cushion cut diamond with claw set diamonds downt the band. Centre premium GIA certified cushion cut diamond available from 0.50, 1.00, 1.25, 1.50 and 2.00 caratsDiamond weight of setting 0.29-32 carats18k white gold setting and band (or yellow gold).

    Princess Cut Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

    Ecco White Gold - GIA Princess Diamond Ring


    A radiant princess cut  halo design to enhance the centre premium GIA certified princess cut diamond (G colour VS2 clarity). Pave set diamonds set around the centre diamond.  18k white gold setting and band (or yellow gold)


  • It's Nearly NEW YEAR at My Diamonds

    It's that time again ,when everyone is considering their New Year's Resolutions.  Of course, at My Diamonds, we would recommend that one of your resolutions should be to buy and wear as many diamonds as possible:Not only are they a good investment, but they look sensational.

    Market forces over the last two or three years have made the market place for diamonds difficult, which is no different to any other world commodity, but our long-term love affair with these fabulous precious gems has prevented them falling too low in the sparkling firmament.  Consumers are still buying diamonds because we love them.  2013 will still see plenty of diamond sales, due to the upsurge in engagements and weddings.  Celebrities too are doing their bit to buoy up the diamond market by publicizing their purchases of diamond engagement rings and diamond wedding bands.

    Although diamond prices have remained at historically elevated levels, in the first three months of the year diamond prices declined.  This proved to create stability in the diamond market, rather than some of the unprecedented highs shown in previous years records.  Certainly, the diamond industry was in much better shape than in the same months of 2011, so the outlook is set positive.

    Many retailers are bullish about the future of the industry, stating that the industry has met targets and looks set fair for 2013.

    Positive thinking seems to be the key.  The Diamond Jubilee in the UK saw many investors keen to be part of the celebration by purchasing high quality diamonds that will certainly retain their value. Prices are set to rise in 2013 so a purchase now could be pertinent.

    A major key to success is customer service.  The savvy purchaser knows that to succeed, higher quality diamonds is the way forward.  Many purchasers in the West prefer larger, less high quality stones.  A turnaround in this thinking could save the day and investors are certainly aware of this.  It's really up to diamond retailers to make sure their customer service is second to none.

    Go to the diamond collection pages of My Diamonds and choose your favourite design or favourite loose diamonds.  Contact My Diamonds and experience for yourself the high standard of customer service they offer.  It is second to none!

  • Most Expensive Diamonds ~ No. 1 ~ The Koh-i-Noor

    Understandably, the pinnacle of the list of the world's most expensive diamonds is the fabulous Koh-i-Noor, The Mountain of Light, a diamond so valuable a price will probably never be estimated for its financial worth.

    The diamond was once known as the largest diamond in the world, and is definitely considered by gemmologists as the most precious at 105.6 carats (21.6 grams)

    This stunning gem is said to have been discovered in the Andhra Pradesh Region of India, along with its double, the beautiful        Darya-ye-Noor - known as the Sea of Light

    The stone has belonged to various owners, Hindu, Rajput, Mughal, Iranian, Afghan, Sikkh and British rulers who fought over this fabulous gem which was often seized as a spoil of war.

    When Queen Victoria became the Empress of India, the Koh-i-Noor became part of the British Crown Jewels and is still owned by British Royal family, currently set in the Coronation Crown as seen below.

  • Most Expensive Diamonds ~ No.2 ~ The Sancy Diamond

    At No. 2 of the World's Most Expensive Diamonds is the Sancy Diamond, a gem so valuable that its monetry value is un-estimated.   A beautiful pale yellow diamond of 55.23 carats (11.05 grams), the cut of the diamond is unorthodox by Western standards, and is thought to have been of Indian origin, discovered in the 1400s in the Golconda region.

    The stone comprises two back to back crowns ( a cut expected in a regular cut diamond) yet has no pavilion (the lower portion of a stone below it's mid section).

    The Sancy's known history began in 1570 and belonged to Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy. In 1495, the stone passed to Charles' cousin, King Manuel I of Portugal after Charles' death.

    D. Antonio, Prior of Crato fled Portugal with the bulk of the country's Crown Jewels after the threat of Spanish rule and was said to have sold the diamond to Nicolas de Harlay, Seigneur de Sancy.

    Henry III and Henry IV of France borrowed the diamond, the later king to secure finance for his armies.  Legend has it that a messenger carrying the jewel never reached his destination, but de Sancy (by then Superintendent of Finance) was convinced the man was loyal, had a search conducted until the site of the messenger's robbery and murder was found. When the body was disinterred, the jewel was found in the messenger's stomach.

    The Sancy diamond was later sold to James I in 1605.  This is when it's thought the diamond was given its current name.  The diamond remained in England until 1669, owned briefly by Charles I, and then passed to his third son, James II.

    This king who became destitute, sold the Sancy to Cardinal Mazarin of France who bequeathed the diamond to the King.

    The whereabouts of the Sancy is unknown after the French revolution until 1828 when it was purchased by Prince Demidoff.  It remained in his family until 1865, when it was sold to Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy.  He sold it a year later and again it's whereabouts was a mystery until it reappeared in 1867 at the Paris Exposition.

    The Sancy was purchased in 1906 by William Waldorf Astor, who then sold it to the Louvre in 1978.  The Sancy Diamond now rests in the Apollo Gallery, after a very tumultuous history.   It remains one of the most beautiful and coveted diamonds in the world.

  • Most Expensive Diamonds ~ No.3 ~ The Cullinan Diamond

    This is the Cullinan I Diamond at $400,000,000, and No 3 in the My Diamonds most expensive diamonds of the world.  Again, this superb diamond is an exquisite gem discovered at the Premier Diamond mine in South Africa, and is the largest rough stone ever found.  When found the uncut stone was a staggering 3,106.75 carats (621.35 grams)

    Many know the diamond as the Great Star of Africa and is 530.4 carats (106.1 grams).

    The Cullinan I Diamond is now mounted in the head of The Sceptre with the Cross.

    The large rough diamond was cut into nine smaller pieces, the Cullinan I being the larger part.  The Cullinan II, a smaller section of the rough stone is the fourth largest diamond in the world.  Known as The Little Star of Africa it weighs 63.5 grams -317.4 carats.

    Both of these stunning gems are mounted in the Crown Jewels of the British Royal Family.

  • Most Expensive Diamonds ~ The Heart of Eternity ~ No.8

    Worth $16,000,000, THE HEART OF ETERNITY is No. 8 on the list of most expensive diamonds.  This superb diamond is just as its name denotes - a heart shaped Fancy Vivid Blue diamond which weighs 5.528 grams and 27.64 carats as graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

    A fabulous and romantic diamond as one would expect, the Heart of Eternity was cut by the Steinmetz Group who owned the diamond before selling to the De Beers Group.

    Some diamonds are just meant to be more exquisite than others and the Heart of Eternity is just that.  It is reported to have been found in the Premier Diamond Mine of South Africa.

    This particular type of Blue diamond (known as Type11b) account for less than 0.1% of Fancy coloured diamonds sourced from the Premier Mine, the only mine in the world known for producing a noteable source of blue diamonds.

    The Heart of Eternity is part of De Beers Millennium Jewels collection.  This collection also includes the Millennium Star.  This spectacular collection of blue diamonds totals 118 carats (23.6g) and was displayed at The Millenium Dome in London in the UK.

    On the 7th November 2000, an attempt was made to steal the collection.  Happily this was foiled.  Rumour has it that the Heart of Eternity was sold to a private collector after being exhibited at the Millenium Dome.



  • Diamond Portfolio Sale in Singapore ~ Diamonds A Solid Investment

    Marilyn Monroe sang, 'Diamonds are a girls best friend' and it would seem that she was absolutely right all those years ago.  The value of diamonds is set to rocket if you believe Shlomo Tidhar, the CEO of SDX, the Singapore Diamond Exchange. It has been reported on the BBC'S Asia Business Report that diamonds are a solid investment. They say:~

    "Throughout the world, diamonds are widely recognised as symbols of distinguished status. As global economies evolve and portfolios diversify, these precious gems have come to be considered as an alternative investment asset class.

    In the past decade, polished diamonds have witnessed growing consumer demand, predominantly from China, India and Russia. At the same time, global rough diamond supplies are contracting. These two opposing forces are leading to continued long-term price increases of diamonds of all sizes.

    At Singapore Diamond Exchange, we have developed a uniquely different approach to helping you source and manage these precious assets. Drawing on our collective expertise and strategic alliances, we offer a unique opportunity to invest in diamonds at wholesale prices as an alternative investment asset class for medium to long-term periods."

    All of this will be fantastic news for those of us who have always considered diamonds to be a real investment.  Many diamond portfolios are being sold due to the downturn and although recently the price of a diamond has decreased, there is a sign that diamond prices will hold their own and indeed, increase in price.

    At My Diamonds we have always held the view that the diamond is the most beautiful and unique investment you can buy.  But a diamond should not just be seen as an investment.  We carry a scintillating, breath taking collection of diamonds, either loose diamonds to be made in to stunning engagement rings, or in pre-designed jewellery, crafted by our in-house artisan jeweller.  By all means purchase diamonds as an investment, but for wedding rings, wedding bands, diamond engagement rings and diamond gifts, they are very difficult to beat.  Their sparkle and flash of brilliance will remind you just how beautiful they really are.  A diamond says 'forever'.

  • The CARAT WEIGHT of your Diamond

    Our recent posts have covered the 4Cs - the grading standard that diamond grading laboratories such as GIA and HRD use when examining and grading diamonds.

    As a reminder - when purchasing a diamond from My Diamonds you will receive a diamond grading certificate such as the one shown below:~

    The certificate covers the 4Cs of diamond grading as we have explained, but will also give you unique information about your diamond.

    We have talked about COLOUR, CUT and CLARITY.  This post is about the last of the 4Cs - CARAT WEIGHT.

    CARAT WEIGHT ~ a carat is the unit of measurement specifically used to determine and describe the weight of a diamond or other precious stone.  The word 'carat' originates from the carob seed, a seed with a uniformity of weight that diamond traders in the past used to use as a counterbalance when weighing gems.

    A single carat is the equivalent of 0.2 grams, and divided into 100 points.  A diamond grading report will measure the weight of a diamond to the nearest 100th of a carat e.g. a 1 carat diamond has 100 points where as a quarter carat stone has 25 points.  In pre-set jewellery diamond weight is divided into fractions and will be graded with their decimal equivalent.  Below is a carat weight grading chart:~

    Many people think that the weight of the diamond is the 'C' that determines value.  This is not so.  If a diamond is of very high quality i.e. the colour, clarity and finish is exemplary then it will be worth more per carat weight.  All of these factors must be taken in to consideration, and an experienced diamond retailer such as My Diamonds, one of Australia's foremost diamond retailers, will guide you to your perfect diamond.

  • Certified Diamonds. Why So Important?

    Although you may think the contrary, buying diamonds online is the best way to purchase your dream diamond engagement ring.  You may be wondering why.

    The answer is that all diamonds offered on line are certified.  When you go to your local mall it's quite possible many of the diamonds you see have not been certified by a gemmologist or diamond grading laboratory.  Yes,those little beauties sparkle and scintillate in the mall lights, but do you actually know anything about the diamond in your diamond engagement ring - the cut, the colour, the clarity and the carat weight - commonly known in the diamond industry as the 4Cs of gemmology.  My Diamonds, a renowned and trusted diamond retailer in Australia, offer their customers only diamonds that have gone though the certification process with GIA orHRD, diamond grading laboratories.

    This part of the diamond purchasing process is so important that My Diamonds assert in their Diamond Knowledge base, that you should always expect to receive a grading certificate with your diamond, whether a loose diamond for a custom design or a diamond mounted in a pre designed diamond engagement ring.

    The 4Cs will tell you most of the points you need to know when purchasing your engagement ring.  The cut, for example will be graded on the skill of the diamond cutter, not the shape of the diamond- the colour will be graded from accepted diamond colour grades as shown below:~

    - the clarity will be graded by the nature of the diamond:

    - the cut grade:~

    - and of course, the carat weight:~

    This is essential knowledge when buying your dream diamond.  We'll cover the 4Cs in more detail in our next posts.  Enjoy you diamond!

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