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Nailhead

Unattractive black shadow under the center of a round brilliant cut diamond that has too deep of a pavilion. The shadow is caused by the reflection of the table. Diamonds with a nailhead look dark, lacking brilliance and life.

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National Diamond Colour Master Set

Set of certified and registered diamonds, with known colours from which other master sets may be derived. 

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Natural

Part of the original “skin” of a rough diamond that has been left on the polished diamond. Naturals affect the polish grade of a diamond, but do not have a significant impact if confined to the girdle area where they are usually located.

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Natural Diamond

Diamond mined from the earth, unlike a synthetic diamond, formed completely by nature without any human intervention or treatments.

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Needle

Type of diamond crystal inclusion where a mineral deposit, or sometimes another diamond, is trapped inside the diamond. Needles look like elongated bubbles of various shapes and sizes.

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Nick

Type of diamond blemish that that appears as a tiny break out of the edge of a diamond, not large enough to be a called a chip and usually confined to the girdle. Nicks affect the polish grade of a diamond.

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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.