Category Archives: Industry News

JVC Valuers close dates

JVC Valuers will be closed 23.12.15 and opening again 11.01.16. We wish you all the best for the holiday season.

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GIA database hacked to alter diamond reports

1042 diamond grading reports have been invalidated after the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) had its database hacked.  It appears the hackers were based in India and the affected reports were altered to improve the gradings of diamonds held by ten companies. The GIA are urging those holding any of the affected diamonds to contact them […]

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Friday Links

Coverage of this years Las Vegas Antique Jewellery Show. Take a look at that white opal necklace. According to Bonhams, there is around £60m worth of high value jewellery in the UK that its owners are entirely unaware of. Why green diamonds can be a big risk. Bridal trends in the US are very much […]

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Friday Links

1. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has been stumped by a new way of treating diamonds to appear up to three grades above their true colour grade. Some 500 stones have had to be recalled for re-grading after one diamond owner noticed their stone had dropped in colour since the original grading. The GIA […]

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Friday Links

A round up of what’s been happening in jewellery news this week: 1. Platinum sales are up. 2. Highlights from the latest Christie’s Auction. 3. An attempted robbery in the UK was stopped by a brave staff member. 4. A million Americans managed to pre-order the Apple watch on April tenth. 5. Antiques Roadshow fun. Can […]

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Friday Links

A round up of what’s been happening in jewellery news this week: 1. Lotus Gemology’s write up on how oil filled rubies, sapphires and spinels are a threat to the industry. 2. A discussion surrounding whether or not mineable gold will run out in the next 20 years. 3.  An estimated £200m stolen from safety deposit […]

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On blue diamonds: One of the rarest gemstones in the world

Incredibly rare, natural blue diamonds cannot be found commonly in the New Zealand market. In fact, they are so rare that they account for less than 0.1% of all diamonds produced. In a recent article from the Jewellery Editor, Andrew Coxon of the De Beers Institute of Diamonds stated: “Only a few diamond mines produce […]

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Can the size of your engagement ring be the key to a long marriage?

A study has been released by Emory University in Atlanta that examines the link between wedding spending and divorce rates. The study collected data from over 3000 US citizens and found that what you spend on your engagement ring can have a noticeable impact on your likelihood of divorce. Before World War I only 10% of […]

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An update on EGL certificates

In possibly the most important news in the diamond industry this year, RapNet the largest wholesale diamond trading network is refusing to list for sale diamonds with European Gemmological Laboratories (EGL) certificates from 1st October 2014. This is important news for us, as we commonly get diamonds from EGL to value. It has been our […]

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Do all carats look the same?

Most people think of a carat as a measurement of size. It’s easy to assume that most one carat diamonds look roughly the same. However, carats are a unit of measurement based on weight, not size. This can lead to a large variation in appearance, as the pictures below show. Both of these diamonds weigh […]

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