We have access to over 1.5 million different loose diamonds worldwide. Loose diamonds as the term infers means that the diamond is not in a setting.
There are a great many reasons to buy a loose diamond. Some people like to give loose diamonds as a present so that the recipient can build a ring around the diamond. Loose diamonds can like any other diamond be certified or uncertified but we at International prefer to sell certified stones.
One might ask is there anything wrong with an uncertified loose diamond. The answer is sometimes no as the diamond can look on the face of it as good as any other diamond but often the mine will have decided that it is not going to make certain criteria and that these stones will be sold off at a discount. Sometimes an uncertified loose diamond can be available at a very substantial discount so do not rule them out. Most reputable dealers offering loose diamonds will offer to upgrade them to loose diamond later on when the finances improve.
Some people prefer to sacrifice quality for size and the trick is to find a happy medium when buying your loose diamond certified or not.
In the modern world diamonds can be transported quickly and we can get a diamond from most parts of the earth within days! Once a loose diamond has been found we can build a setting to fit around it and this is done by creating a CAD. CADS or Computer aided designs often look unattractive because of their sheer size. Do not let this put you off the designs have to be of scale in order for the cad operator to be able to see them properly.
Good luck with finding your loose diamond. We supply both loose diamonds and the complete ring and are happy to supply either.
People often think that diamond mines must make a fortune from the loose diamonds they mine. They think that the profits from uncut diamonds must be massive. The reality is more different.
Did you know that 85 per cent of the diamonds that are mined are only suitable for Industry. This leaves us with 15 per cent available for the jewellery industry and imagine refining that into colour grades cut grades and clarity and you will have an idea as to how imperfect the average diamond is. It is only the really good quality stones that make it into the top dealers and suppliers and this is a tiny percentage.
Only one diamond in a million is a carat or more. A one carat diamond can often cost 3-5 times the price of a half carat diamond. The average mine costs about 1 billion to identify and a further 1 billion to develop. Some of the stones are up to 5 miles below the earth’s surface.
The young diamonds are 100 million years old and some of the older ones up to 200 million years old-so the next time you see a diamond show some respect! Your diamond will significantly in your new bespoke ring – wouldn’t you, having been in the dark for 100 million years or more!
We thought you might be interested in some of the following facts about diamonds:
- It takes approximately 250 tonnes of earth to obtain a 1 carat diamond!
- Only 1 diamond in a million is a weighs a carat or more.
- 85 per cent of diamonds mined are not suitable to be used in jewellery.
- Only a diamond can scratch or polish another diamond.
- Most diamonds are over three billion years old-some of the youngsters are 100 million years old!
- Most diamonds are formed more than 100 miles beneath the earth’s surface.
- At one time diamond colours were referred to only as A and B. As cutting equipment got better and it became easier to grade diamonds the range was expanded. In order to avoid any confusion with the old scale colours were started with D being the best are running all the way to Z.
We hope you enjoy some of these facts!