11 March 2014


Well I don’t really know where to begin.  I have been asked many times about doing a jewellery blog but have never really had the time to do it!.  This is my first blog so I have decided to keep it simple and maybe something in it might be of some use to somebody reading it.

 I have been valuing jewellery for over twenty years from my shop in Royal Hibernian Way.  Over that time I think I have seen everything and repaired everything too!.  I think that one thing that has stood out in my mind over all that time is people’s concept of diamonds and their ideas around diamonds.  Twenty seven years ago when I started there was no interest so the public had to rely on what they were told by their trusted jeweller about the diamond they were about to buy.  I hate to say but most jewellers were not gemmologists and knew little about diamonds and so most people did not really seem to know what they were buying – except for the fact that they were buying a diamond!.  Most people would not have a clue about what clarity, colour or even weight that they had purchased.  Today however, everything is different – there is so much information that they seem to have become confused and mixed up as they read bits from here and there and try to piece it altogether.  Too much information can become confusing as well as educational.  I do not want to dispel everyone’s idea about diamonds but, I would like people to know about diamonds that they may not have been told about or may not have read on the net unless they were searching for it but yes diamonds do crack, chip, break and get damaged!.  It never ceases to amaze me how shocked people look when I tell them this fact maybe after they have taken a chuck out of the side of their diamond because they wore their ring while washing the pots!.  Diamonds are a product of nature and for that reason they are not perfect.  Even though they’re made of compressed carbon this does not make them “break proof”.  The construction of bonding and forces of nature make them vulnerable to breaking if they are hit hard or at the right angle.  So therefore take care of your diamonds treat them with the love and care that they deserve as they are expensive and rare items of nature.

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