RJC and WDC join forces on Sustainability and Sourcing
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RJC and WDC join forces on Sustainability and Sourcing

The Responsible Jewellery Council and World Diamond Council have signed mutual codes of conduct, entering a partnership to advance and strengthen key United Nations' initiatives on responsible practices and sustainability.

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What is Diamond ‘Quality?’

How do you define diamond quality? We value diamonds according to the 4Cs but the sticker price doesn't necessarily reflect quality. What are the fundamental reasons people cherish diamonds? What makes diamonds "great"?

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Practically Prioritizing the Diamond 4Cs
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Practically Prioritizing the Diamond 4Cs

If you know anything about diamonds it's probably the 4 Cs - Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat Weight. There's plenty of information about the 4Cs which can be found online and learned in conversations with professionals and enthusiasts, but prioritizing them is not always easy. Here are my suggestions.

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IGI President appointed to the Board of Diamonds Do Good
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IGI President appointed to the Board of Diamonds Do Good

IGI North America President Avi Levy is one of 10 new members appointed. Founded Diamonds in 2007, Diamonds Do Good's mission is supporting programs that develop and empower people in countries with significant economic dependence on the natural diamond trade.

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Same Carat Weight – Visible Size Differences

Different 1.00 carat diamonds can look different sizes. This is because we typically view diamonds from a single direction: Above. Imagine cooking a 1 pound meatball and a 1 pound pancake. On your scale they weigh the same. But the meatball's weight is distributed in a deeper geometry.

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Lulo Pink cut into 15.2 carat Heart Shape
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Lulo Pink cut into 15.2 carat Heart Shape

The enormous 46.7 carat pink rough diamond recovered at the Lulo Diamond Project in Angola earlier this year has been cut and polished into three diamonds, the largest of which is a Fancy Intense Orangy Pink heart-shape.

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‘Spirit of the Rose’ dances to auction Nov 11
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‘Spirit of the Rose’ dances to auction Nov 11

In just 20 days this 14.83 carat Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink diamond will find a new home, when it's offered via live auction by Sotheby's Geneva. The auction house estimates this incredibly rare find could command up to $38 million.

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What are ‘Hearts & Arrows’ diamonds?

Hearts & Arrows (H&A) diamonds are precisely cut to show kaleidoscopic patterns when seen in a special reflective viewer. Typically associated with Excellent-Ideal cuts of superior quality, fashioning the highest levels of H&A optical precision when working with the world's hardest substance is an exacting process.

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10 Graff diamond jewelry pieces compiled in video
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10 Graff diamond jewelry pieces compiled in video

A well-organized compilation of 10 beautiful Graff creations, splendidly set to music. Settle in for 13 minutes and 13 seconds of glorious, uplifting creations from the masters at Graff.

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Tiffany ‘Full Craftsmanship Journey’ traces diamonds from mine to market
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Tiffany ‘Full Craftsmanship Journey’ traces diamonds from mine to market

Tiffany & Co. has announced a program detailing the provenance of the diamonds they sell, beginning with country and mine of origin. The New-York based jeweler plans to share this "Full Craftsmanship Journey" for every newly-sourced diamond of 0.18 carats or more.

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