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WHICH DIAMOND CERTIFICATE IS BEST?

I am always asked this question mostly from people who are going to buy diamonds abroad.  There are many different laboratories that issue diamond certificates around the world.  There are the major ones like GIA, HRD, IGI and others like EGL and GAA.  As a GIA gemmologist myself I am slightly biased as I know […]

FREE CLEANING

Now, I most certainly am not an advocate of the “free cleaning service” which I do not offer and for good reason.  Firstly, before any piece of jewellery is professionally cleaned it must be fully checked by a gemstone setter to make sure that it is suitable for professional cleaning.  By “professional cleaning” I mean […]

WARNING ABOUT BUYING A DIAMOND RING IN ANTWERP

It is very fashionable to travel to Antwerp to buy an engagement ring as it is perceived as being “a lot cheaper” than buying in Ireland. As a jewellery valuer I do not believe it is “a lot cheaper”. If one adds up all the cost involved and then what happens when it all goes […]

THE SCOURGE OF THE MICRO SET RINGS

Well you may ask what is a micro set ring?.  I am sure you all know that the word “micro” is short for microscopic which means very small among other things.  So micro set rings are rings set with small stones which have extremely small pieces of metal on each stone and so, there lies […]

HAS THE ROMANCE GONE OUT OF BUYING AN ENGAGEMENT RING?

Antique Ring Valuations I have numerous calls from people about to buy an engagement ring and get asked various different questions regarding the same.  However, last week I had a call from a young couple who wanted to know if the percentages of the star facet in relation to the width of the table would […]

Real advice on buying a diamond

Diamond Engagement Ring Valuation I am forever being asked “where is the best place to buy a diamond ring?” from many couples that have just purchased a diamond engagement ring abroad.  Well of course I would have to say that I think my shop is the best place to buy a diamond ring for obvious […]

Diamonds are forever.

  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 […]