The Diamond Blog

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October 2019

Blog Series: What the 4Cs Mean in 2019: Part 4: Clarity Grading

A perfectly flawless diamond is extremely rare. So rare, in fact that flawless diamonds are highlyprized and very expensive. Most diamonds naturally develop “birthmarks” during the longformation process that occurs over millions or even billions of years, deep in the earth. Whenthe birthmark occurs on the surface of the diamond,[…]

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September 2019

How Technology Adds Value to Small Diamond Manufacturers

When people think of diamonds, they like to think big. Every celebrity engagement is drowning in news items about the size of the diamond. Not to mention diamonds such as the 146-carat Koh-i-Noor, one of the largest in the world, steeped in mystique and part of the British Crown Jewels since Queen Victoria’s reign.

Although large[…]

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September 2019

Blog Series: What the 4Cs Mean in 2019 - Part 3: Color Grading

Natural diamonds occur in many different colors, from pink and yellow, to brown, blue and even black. But that’s not what is meant by diamond color.

Color, one of the traditional 4Cs gradings, refers to the natural hue that occurs in white diamonds. White diamonds are not really white. Rather, they are colorless. Pure colorless[…]

02
September 2019

SPECTRUM - Diamond Industry News #31

In this month’s SPECTRUM round up of what’s new in the diamond industry, we are going deep - super deep. That’s because scientists in Brazil have found evidence of diamonds that lay undisturbed deep in the earth for 4.5 billion years. That’s older than the moon! Closer to earth, we look at the top 10 diamond shapes for diamond[…]

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August 2019

Blockchain And Tracing Diamonds: Where Do We Stand Today?

Today’s diamond market contains stones of many different types and provenances. Given the market’s long supply chain, it can be difficult to establish whether a given stone is a natural mined diamond or a synthetic lab-grown diamond. The diamond industry requires a method to authenticate the origin of each diamond and its path to[…]

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August 2019

Blog Series: What the 4Cs Mean in 2019 - Part 2: Cut Grading

This year, the diamond industry is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the “Brilliant Cut Diamond”. The round brilliant, which remains the most popular, classic diamond cut until today, was developed by a young engineer and diamond cutter called Marcel Tolkowsky, when he was just 19 years old.

The brilliant cut was the first[…]

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August 2019

Tracing Diamonds: AI-Powered Certification from Mine to Store

New generations of diamond buyers are more socially aware and care about where the stones that they are purchasing are sourced from. This concern is particularly pronounced among Millennials, with many consumers shunning diamonds altogether in favor of more ethically-produced jewelry. This is why tracing diamonds back to their[…]

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July 2019

Blog Series: What the 4Cs Mean in 2019 - Part 1: Intro

In an interview with The New Jeweller magazine, David Block, CEO of Sarine Technologies, said, “When we look at grading reports, we see that the 4Cs does not provide sufficient information for customers today. There can be a 20-40% spread in the reports that similar diamonds receive.”

 

The issue of inconsistency in diamond[…]

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July 2019

The Diamond Journey: What It Means for Consumers

Let’s talk about the humble coffee bean. There is so much about it that today’s consumers want to know. Where was it made? Was it ethically sourced?  What variety is it? Does the brand support fair trade? What is the story of this coffee bean?

Whether buying coffee, cosmetics or a diamond, the product’s origin and history[…]

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July 2019

BLOCKCHAIN = TRACEABILITY?

by David Block, CEO of Sarine

 

I am going to ruin the suspense and start right off by answering the question – categorically NOT! Contrary to what blockchain advocates would have you believe, a blockchain database by itself is not and cannot be a complete and reliable traceability solution. Now that we have that issue resolved[…]