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De Beers strategy of selling lab grown, seems to be paying off…

The latest news from the Reuters news desk shows that De Beers' move to sell lab grown diamonds was a wise one.  The Chinese have been getting involved too, which has added to the market's complexity.  Currently, with De Beers aiming to control matters, they've manage to keep lab grown prices low, steering them well away from the market of naturals.  So it seems the strategy was prescient, for now anyhow; controlling…

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There IS humanity in our business

Every so often a story breaks that raises a smile and renews our faith in humanity; it's linked to our business that, all too often, hits the news for all the wrong reasons.A couple on a romantic holiday in New York, soon after he proposed, were looking at the ring (which was too big for her finger) in the street, when it fell into a drain through a drain guard.  For you and…

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Natural vs Lab Grown - what’s the beef?

This is increasingly becoming a contentious issue.  So to be clear:Henig have not, and will not, sell or supply lab grown, injected, drilled or otherwise similarly artificially enhanced diamonds. Period.That's not to say that we have our heads buried in the diamond sand.My personal view, is that natural beauty can't be reproduced.  Purchasing a diamond is an emotive experience and only natural beautifully cut diamonds can tug the heart strings…

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5,665 carat Emerald for sale

As reported in City AM (Tue 30 Oct 2018) A massive emerald found in a Zambian mine earlier this month will go on sale in Singapore in November.The 5,655 carat Inkalamu Emerald, named after the Bemba word for lion, will be sold to a group of 45 hand-picked potential bidders in a Singapore auction. It was discovered at Kagem, the world’s largest emerald mine which is owned by Gemfields and the Zambian government. Gemfields gemmologist Elena…

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The most important things in life aren’t things!

Here are some things to bear in mind as we head into the fourth quarter of 2018.  I am going to refer to some extracts taken from Professional Jeweller October 2018  a) Our industry is competing with the purchase of experiences rather than things.  b) Black Friday is a thing, so prepare for it whether you like it or not!  c) Make sure you know what your thing is. And work it. Hard…

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