Happy New Year everyone! We are super excited to be beginning a new year of making beautiful jewellery for our special customers. It was a very busy race to the finish line leading up to Christmas - and having all of our rings ready in time for holiday proposals, but we did it! And, to help to get us there, Jason very generously took us all to Sydney for our Christmas party, to check out the, now complete, fit out of the new office at George St, and a gorgeous dinner at Cafe Sydney. We had a wonderful night to celebrate the end of a great year for Original Diamonds.
Debbie's pick of the month
As I've always said, there is something extra special about making rings for good friends - and the new owners of this beauty don't come any better. Congratulations to the lovely Jo and Andy. It's a wonderful thing to part of your story, and to see this absolutely stunning ring on a dear friend's finger!
Jo is a perfectionist in every sense of the word, with an immaculate sense of style - so designing the right ring for her was always going to be a tall order. But the look on her face when she received it is one that I will always cherish - and one that confirmed I had met her high standards and been up to the task! I couldn't be happier. This Princess Cluster is Jo to a tee, bright, beautiful and a real dazzler.
Pictured: 1 x 18ct white gold custom designed engagement ring featuring millgrain detailing. Set with 1 x 2.10ct, EGL certified, Princess cut diamond F colour, VS2 clarity and 0.41ct of halo and shoulder RBC diamonds (E/F VS).
Emily's pick of the month
This very special Trilogy ring is set with D colour, INTERNALLY FLAWLESS round brilliant cut diamonds. A lovely addition is the 'hidden' ruby on the inside of the band, a very personal touch that marks it out as utterly unique. Anyone can see that a lot of thought went into the design of this ring.
1 x 18k white gold engagement ring set with 1 x 0.75ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond; D colour, IF clarity, (Ex/Ex/Ex), and 2 x 0.25ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds; D colour, IF Clarity, (Ex/Ex/Ex) and 1 x 0.01ct top red RBC ruby on the inside of the band.
White diamond sold for $30.6 million at Sotheby's Hong Kong auction
A white diamond the size of a small egg has fetched a record $30.6 million (£19.3m) at a Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong on Monday night.
The 118.28 carat oval white diamond is the largest and most significant such stone graded by the Gemological Institute of America.
Sotheby's, who held the auction as part of their Autumn art and collectibles sales, said the gem was discovered in South Africa and weighed 299 carats before cutting, but refused to specify the country because the seller wished to remain anonymous.
Two phone bidders battled to win the precious gem in a six minute bidding war, until one dropped out.
The “flawless” white oval diamond, mined and cut two years ago, was hammered down to $27.3m (£16.98m), just under the low end of the $28 million to $35 million estimate range set by Sotheby's. Total price including commission came to $30.6m. The sale price beats the previous record of $26.7m (£16.6m) for a white diamond set in May this year.
The auction's other highlight, a 7.6 carat flawless, round, vivid blue diamond which had an estimate of $19m (£11.8m) failed to reach its reserve price.
The two gems were among 330 lots of rare jewellery on auction sold for a total of $95 million (£59.1m) - $15 million less than expected.
But this record could still be beaten when Sotheby's puts the pink 59.60-carat diamond we featured in last month's newsletter, on auction in November, which is expected to fetch more than 60 million dollars (£37 million) in Geneva.
Photo: The Independent
See our triple excellent diamonds section on our website to view rare and stunning diamond opportunities to purchase for yourself!
In Focus: What to look for when buying a diamond
Eighty-five per cent of the world’s diamonds change hands in Antwerp's Hoveniersstraat.
In 1500 diamond offices, eight thousand people, representing 160 nationalities, handle diamonds worth £85 million every day. That is pretty amazing!
Inside their safes are uncut, cut and polished gems worth hundreds of millions more. Indirectly away from the scene, 25000 insurers, bankers, security guards and drivers take part in a business that is worth five per cent of Belgium’s exports.
The Telegraph was last week granted unique and rare access to the trading rooms that lie behind the unprepossessing 1980s facades of four buildings on Antwerp’s Hoveniersstraat.
Vashi Dominguez, a Spanish-Indian entrepreneur and owner of Diamond Manufacturers Ltd, explains how the rough diamonds are turned into the glittering stones that adorn engagement rings, and what to look for when buying a diamond.
We love seeing educational and insightful clips like this. This is the level of understanding we should all expect from diamond experts.
You can read the original article at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/10502688/A-diamonds-journey-from-rough-cut-to-dazzling-jewel.html
And the winner is... Tom McQuarrie
We are excited to announce the winner of our Google review competition... Tom McQuarrie
Thank you for your lovely review, Tom. We are very pleased to be giving you our beautiful topaz earring and necklace set. Congratulations!
And thanks to everyone who entered, your positive word of mouth about our business means the world to us, we are very appreciative of you taking the time to support us in this way.
These massive gems, measuring 19.2mm x 12.55mm on the necklace and 15.74mm x 10.00mm on the earrings are complimented by beautiful small diamonds and set in 14K white gold.
Coming up in January
February and March are the big months of love!! Now is the time to be ordering if you have been planning a Valentine's proposal, or surprising your loved one with a special gift for this romantic day.
As always, we are here to help with whatever it is you wish to create. Please make an appointment to see just how easy giving a custom designed and made piece to the one you love, can really be.
Until next time!
The Team at Jason Withers.