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Eight Cut

Diamond cut or shaped in an old-style cut with only sixteen facets plus the table - eight on the crown and eight on the pavilion. This simple diamond cut is still used at times today for extremely small diamonds. Also known as a 'single-cut' diamond.

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Emerald Cut

Diamond cut or shaped into a rectangle with the corners cut off, and rows or steps of elongated facets running parallel to the girdle on both the crown and the pavilion.

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Equivalent Colour Grade (ECG)

Occasionally ‘colourless’, or cape series diamonds will have a tint of brown or grey that is not visible face-up. These diamonds are graded on the same scale of color saturation as cape series diamonds, but are graded ‘ECG’ for hue. Diamonds with ECG grading are of lower value than those with no hue. Click here to see where to find hue on a diamond Certificate.

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Extra Facet

Facets added or remaining on a polished diamond in excess of the number usually found on a particular cutting style. Extra facets are added to remove surface imperfections, and inclusions located near the surface, without losing sizeable carat weight. Extra facets affect the polish grade of a diamond.

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Eye-Clean

Refers to the clarity of a diamond that has no inclusions visible to the naked eye - magnification is needed to see any inclusions that may be present.

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Eye-Visible

Refers to clarity of a diamond with inclusions that are visible to the naked eye, without magnification.

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latest news

Monday 12 June, 2017

GEM DIAMONDS FINDS TWO LARGE ROCKS AT FLAGSHIP MINE IN LESOTHO

Africa focused Gem Diamonds has discovered two diamonds bigger than 100 carats at its Letšeng mine in Lesotho, which should help the company boost revenue and investors confidence.

Tuesday 6 June, 2017

KIMBERLEY DIAMONDS CLOSES ITS LAST MINE

Controversial Australia-based miner Kimberley Diamonds has put its last remaining diamond mine into administration after it failed to secure fresh funding.

Monday 5 June, 2017

DE BEERS GOES TO COURT OVER SOUTH AFRICA EXPORT LEVY

De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) is reportedly appealing to the Pretoria High Court in South Africa to set aside a decision by the South African Minister of Minerals Mosebenzi Zwane requiring DBCM to pay a levy on diamonds exported from South Africa to Botswana for the purpose of aggregation.

Thursday 18 May, 2017

DE BEERS TAPS INTO POLISHED DIAMONDS MARKET WITH FIRST-TIME AUCTION

Anglo American’s De Beers, the world’s largest rough diamond producer by value, has decided to begin selling its own polished diamonds in auctions for the first time in its history.

Wednesday 17 May, 2017

SOTHEBY'S SELLS THE APOLLO AND ARTEMIS DIAMONDS FOR £44.9 MILLION

Wednesday 10 May, 2017

US WOBBLE TAKES SHINE OFF PANDORA SALES

Pandora reported strong growth in the first quarter, but US store closures and sluggish mall traffic dented its performance stateside.

Sunday 7 May, 2017

IMPORTANT ADVICE ON HOW TO SELL YOUR DIAMONDS

If you are you considering selling your diamond, but feel as though you have no idea how or where to begin with the process?