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Glossary

Laser Drilling

Treatment to enhance the apparent clarity of a diamond by reducing the visibility of dark inclusions. A precise laser beam drills a small tunnel from the surface of the diamond to the dark inclusion; the black in the inclusion either dissipates from the laser beam itself, or else it is bleached out with acid. Click here to learn more about laser drilling and clarity enhancement.

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Life

Liveliness and beauty seen in a particular diamond, taking into consideration the amount and quality of brilliance, dispersion, and scintillation.

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Loose Diamond

Diamond that is not mounted in jewellery. Diamond certification is not possible when the diamond is set in jewellery, as none of the four c’s can be accurately assessed - only estimates are achievable.

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Loupe

Hand held magnifying lens. Diamond clarity must be graded with a 10x loupe that is corrected for spherical and chromatic aberration.

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Lower-Girdle Facets

Triangle shaped facets adjacent to the girdle on the pavilion.

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latest news

Tuesday 25 April, 2017

CHRISTIE’S TO OFFER 92CT. PENDANT

A 92.15 carat diamond pendant worth up to $20 million will lead Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva next month.

Thursday 20 April, 2017

GRAFF UNVEILS 105-CARAT D-FLAWLESS DIAMOND

Graff Diamonds has unveiled the 105.07 carat D flawless pear shaped diamond, it has named the Graff Vendôme after its new retail outlet at Place Vendôme in Paris.

Monday 10 April, 2017

LETSENG MINE YIELDS 114CT. DIAMOND

Gem Diamonds has found a 114-carat rough diamond at its Letšeng mine in Lesotho, the miner reported Friday.

Tuesday 4 April, 2017

SOTHEBY'S SELLS 59.6 CARAT PINK FOR $94.2 MILLION AUD

Steinmetz Diamonds owned by Israeli billionaire Benny Steinmetz, spent two years cutting and polishing the Rough diamond. Which was mined by De Beers in Botswana, Southern Africa.

Thursday 30 March, 2017

DE BEERS, LUK FOOK TO CO-BRAND GRADING REPORTS

Tuesday 21 March, 2017

59.6 CARAT VIVID PINK DIAMOND

Sotheby's plans to auction the famous "Pink Star" diamond an internally flawless, fancy vivid pink stone at its sale in Hong Kong on April 4.

Wednesday 8 March, 2017

GIA FINDS SIGNIFICANT UNDISCLOSED SYNTHETICS

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) recently uncovered an unusually large number of undisclosed synthetic diamonds mixed in with natural melee diamonds, the lab confirmed with Rapaport News on Monday.