A Diamond’s brilliance and beauty is unsurpassed. Created millions of years ago, their rarity is what separates these gems from all the rest. Buying a diamond is a thrilling and intimate experience. A diamond is the most romantic of all gifts because it is an eternal symbol of true and lasting love.
Approximately 80% of the world’s diamonds pass through Antwerp Belgium, famous for the master craftsmen gem cutters, polishers and traders.
Diamond is a crystal made up of carbon atoms which exist deep in the ground. Over billions of years diamonds are exposed to intense heat and pressure to create the hardest and most beautiful natural substance on earth.
The first diamond deposits were brought to the surface by volcano like explosions more than two billion years ago and even the most recent deposits are at least 50 million years old. Diamonds found in their raw form are known as ‘rough’. It is from this rough state that the diamond is then cut and polished to produce a beautiful gemstone.
Once a diamond has been polished into a finished piece it can then be evaluated for its beauty based on some well known qualities that define a diamond that are notably termed as the ‘4Cs’: Colour, Clarity, Cut, Carat
Sapphire, with its Mohs hardness of 9, second only to diamond, is one of the most wearable of all gemstones.
Ruby is distinguished for its bright red color, being the most famed and fabled redgemstone.
The name emerald comes from the Greek ‘smaragdos’ via the Old French ‘
esmeralde’, and really just means ‘green gemstone’.
Amethyst is one of the most popular of the semi precious stones. It occurs in colors ranging from pale lilac to deep reddish purple.
From the light blue of the sky to the deep blue of the sea, aquamarines shine over an extraordinarily beautiful range of mainly light blue colours. Aquamarine is a fascinatingly beautiful gemstone.