DIAMONDS AND GEMSTONES
As bespoke goldsmiths and diamond setters with a wealth of experience we are well-equipped to help you source and choose a diamond or gemstone. We can guide you through all aspects of choosing a stone and advise on factors you should consider, such as durability, cut and quality. You may need advice on which gemstones are suitable for your design or durable enough for an engagement ring. If you are looking for a particular stone we can source a selection to match your required colour, size, cut or budget. You can also choose from a wide range of diamonds and coloured gems in our in-house stone collection, which includes everything from white and cognac diamonds to vividly coloured gems in all shapes, cuts and sizes. Find out more below.
QUALITY DIAMONDS AND GEMSTONES
All of our diamonds and gemstones are sourced from trusted suppliers, including some of Europe’s finest gemcutters. We only buy from suppliers who guarantee that their stones are ethically sourced. Our stones are carefully chosen for their quality and beauty. We are constantly adding to our collection, selecting stones for their vivid colour, unusual cut, rarity or sparkle.
The Kimberley Process is a voluntary international system of certification designed to regulate the trade in rough diamonds. It was developed to prevent the flow of conflict diamonds or ‘blood diamonds’ , which are rough diamonds used by rebel movements to finance armed conflicts that destabilise legitimate governments. The Kimberley Process works by ensuring that all transactions involving the sale and purchase of diamonds include clear statements guaranteeing that the diamonds are of ethical origin. All of the diamonds used in our jewellery are sourced from suppliers that comply with the Kimberly Process.
THE FOUR C’S
When choosing a white diamond always consider the four C’s: cut, colour, clarity and carat. These four factors determine a diamond’s quality, value, and to a certain extent it’s beauty.
Cut – Cut refers to the proportions of a diamond rather than its shape. A perfectly proportioned diamond will reflect light more efficiently, thus giving the brightest sparkle.
Colour – The colour of white diamonds is graded on a scale which ranges from D (completely colourless) to Z (light yellow or brown). The most valuable white diamonds are those without any colour, however it can be very difficult to discern a D color from an F or G with the naked eye unless the two stones are side by side. Slightly coloured diamonds can be equally beautiful and may offer better value for money.
Clarity – As diamonds are naturally formed deep within the earth under intense pressure they may include natural markings or inclusions. Clarity measures these on a scale from flawless (FL) to included (I1, I2 & I3). The most valuable stones are those without inclusions, however there are extremely rare and most stones will have tiny flaws that may or may not be visible to the naked eye.
Carat – The size of a diamond will greatly influence it’s value. However, big is not always best. Diamonds with ideal statistics may not always be the most beautiful and we always advise our clients to choose the stones that they are drawn to the most.
Our Gem-A training in diamond grading and identification means we can guide customers through the process of choosing diamonds and advise on the merits of each stone. We are trained to recognise natural diamonds versus simulated substitutes such as cubic zirzonia and moissanite and to identify the signs of any enhancements such as fracture filling.