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  • A Diamond Planet ~ The Largest Precious Stone in the Galaxy?

    It's music to our ears.  There is  diamond rich planet, that astronomers are getting very excited about.  According to those that know, this new diamond planet orbits a nearby star.

    This exciting new planet has been named 55 Cancri e.  It is twice the size of our planet but has eight times its mass which classifies it as the new 'super Earth'.

    It was first discovered in 2011 when it crossed in front of its parent star, orbiting the star in just 18 hours.  Surface temperatures on 55 Cancri e reach an uninhabitable 3,900 degrees Fahrenheit (2,150 degrees Celsius)—which, along with the carbon deposits, make for perfect conditions in the creation of diamonds.

    The planet is only 40 light-years away, in the northern constellation Cancer, sitting relatively relatively near Earth. 55 Cancri e's host star is clearly visible to the naked eye when the sky is dark enough.

    "Science fiction has dreamed of diamond planets for many years, so it's amazing that we finally have evidence of its existence in the real universe," said study leader Nikku Madhusudhan, a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University.

    "It's the first time we know of such an exotic planet that we think was born mostly of carbon—which really makes this a fundamental game-changer in our understanding of what's possible in planetary chemistry."

    Now if you're of plundering this planet in the New Year, think again. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is responsible for collecting data on the planet and seemingly only interested in the scientific response around the world.


  • 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.

  • 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 4Cs - The COLOUR of Your Diamond

    In past posts we have talked about the 4Cs of diamond grading and where the grading values are on a Grading Certificate.  For my Diamonds, Australia on of Australia's foremost diamond retailers this is usually carried out by GIA or HRD.  One of the four main characteristics of a diamond is colour - an important consideration when purchasing your diamond.

    At My Diamonds we try to make the distinctions easier to understand before you purchase, and explain why certain colours of diamonds will command higher prices.

    Loose diamonds must be graded before they are mounted or put in a setting.  This is because surrounding colours can permeate the true colour of the stone.  For example a yellow gold setting will make a diamond look less yellow.  A white gold or platinum setting will emphasise colour.

    • G~H~I~J  Nearly colourless
    • K~L~M Faintly tinted, usually yellow
    • N~O~P~Q~R  Lightly tinted, usually yellow.  Tint can be seen with the naked eye
    • S~T~U~V~W~X~Y~Z  Tinted, usually yellow, may progress to brownish.  Tint visible to the naked eye.
    • These grades apply to diamonds that are colourless, or those that are yellow through yellowish brown, as in the above diagram.  They do not apply to fancy coloured diamonds.  Fancy coloured diamonds  have separate colour grading standards.
    • When referring to colour, a grading report will grade a diamond's lack of colour or whiteness.
    • D is the highest colour grade with Z being the lowest


    My Diamonds will always ensure you know your diamond before purchase.  Their professional diamond specialists are always on hand to provide information and answers to queries.  My Diamonds will guide you to the diamond of your dreams, whether in a superb pre-designed ring, or an exquisite diamond in a diamond engagement ring of your own design.

  • A Warm Welcome From Monroe Yorke Diamonds



    GIA 18k 1.35 Carats

    Welcome to the MONROE YORKE DIAMONDS blog. This is the first post on our brand new website launched today. We hope that it will be informative, interesting to read and help you on your journey to purchasing a fabulous piece of diamond jewellery – from diamond engagement rings to wedding bands, exquisite diamond pendants to diamond stud earrings. We've developed our site because we want to showcase the stunning diamond jewellery designs from the artisan craftsmen at Monroe Yorke Diamonds. These exquisite designs are now ready and waiting for you to choose for your wedding jewellery or gift for a loved one. Your engagement ring should be the stuff of dreams. At Monroe Yorke Diamonds we are very aware of just how much this love token means to you. Our Pre Designed Diamond Engagement Ring collection is discerning and beautifully crafted. We're confident we have something to please everyone. From exquisitely intricate vintage designs with a multitude of diamonds to the very cutting edge contemporary designs - perhaps a solitaire diamond in an unadorned platinum band. We know your imagination will take you to the diamond engagement ring you have always dreamed of. For those of you who desire to wear your own designs the Monroe Yorke Diamonds custom service create rings as extraordinary as they are exquisite. We're constantly bowled over by the vision of our customers – most of whom know exactly what they desire - and Monroe Yorke Diamonds always delivers. In all our years as artisan jewellery designers we have never had a complaint, either about our exquisite diamond jewellery or our customer service. We constantly strive to please you. If you are unsure of what you're looking for we will advise you – taking into consideration your unique personal style and busy lifestyle. We do whatever it takes to ensure your delight with your diamond engagement ring.

    Diamond Education

    Before you purchase your diamond jewellery, we would urge you to read some of the articles on the Monroe Yorke Diamonds site. We recommend our FAQ section, which will hopefully answer some of the questions you have about purchasing online and the guarantees that we offer. Of course if you prefer, we are always on hand to provide the personal touch on 1300 66 55 20. Our Knowledge articles are well worth a read. We always advise our customers to educate themselves in the world of diamonds before they purchase. Apart from eliminating any doubts you may have, the world of diamonds is as interesting as it is exciting. Do you know how long it takes for a diamond to be formed? Would you know how a diamond is cut and how long it takes? Are you aware of the cuts of diamonds available to you from the Monroe Yorke Diamonds loose diamond collection? Go to our Knowledge section. The information is there to educate you before you make that all important choice.

    Thank you for reading this post. Please come back and read our posts on Diamond History, Celebrity Jewellery and much much more. At Monroe Yorke Diamonds our customers become friends. We would love you to be one of them.

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