Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has responded to Russia’s invasion of his country by giving talks around the world to rally support to the Ukrainian cause. On Thursday he addressed Belgium’s parliament and declared that “peace is worth more than diamonds”. He was referring to Antwerp’s gem industry, which has continued to source diamonds from Russia.… Read More »
It always blows our mind when a company sends in a shipment of overstock jewelry with the largest diamonds taken out but the majority of the other, smaller diamonds are left in. We make a phone call, to ask if the customer would like us to process their stones. Many times they say “no thanks,… Read More »
Whether you are new to the diamond trade or are becoming more experienced with diamond sales, you may be somewhat curious about just how diamonds are priced. You probably know about the four Cs — cut, clarity, color and carat — which are the basic factors that determine pricing. What do these terms actually mean,… Read More »
I just read an interesting article about internet searches for engagement rings and I thought I would share. We don’t see too many rings like this come through the refinery. I would say these are the type of heirlooms that are passed from one generation to the next.
Our headline is actually a comment made by our Lab Manager, Olga Yankov. Our customer sent in a ring they assumed was platinum as part of a lot scheduled to undergo our Premium Stone Removal Process.
As a precious metals refiner who also specializes in stone removal, we can attest it has been increasingly hard to segregate real diamonds from the man-made. Advances in synthetics have made it impossible to identify fakes and it is because of this many synthetics are being sold into the market as the real thing. In fact, in 2015 a package containing 110 man-made… Read More »
Over the years we have come across many who are unsure exactly what a refiner does and the differences between refiners. We won’t complicate it …here are 5 questions that will quickly narrow down your choices and ensure you are getting the most for your money.
Year after year the fakes are getting harder to distinguish. At Pease & Curren, although we do not claim to be gemologists, we continually upgrade our testing equipment to keep in step with the fast growing synthetic diamond market. It used to be we could “frost” the stones. Frosting is a chemical process during which… Read More »
Recently we have had an influx of synthetic stones coming into our lab for stone removal. The challenge is properly identifying these stones.
Being a precious metals refiner we see many diamonds come through our factory to be processed. Although we do not work with mined diamonds, we do process diamonds though our stone removal, sorting and appraisal services. We all know about the four “C’s” of valuing a diamond but we have come across some things you may… Read More »