The market is not doing great, what’s the deal with colored diamonds? Should I invest in fancy colored diamonds?

fancy-color-diamondsI’ve spoken about this before but I thought it was worth a revisit especially since the stock market hasn’t been the best. Fancy colored diamonds is how we refer to the different natural color hues of diamonds. You can have yellow diamonds, pink, blue, orange, green and the most rare are red diamonds these come in various diamond cuts. These colored diamonds are a beautiful alternative to the white diamond although they do cost a bit more. As colored diamonds are very rare and the more rare a diamond is the higher the cost.
What makes a colored diamond so valuable?
The white diamonds are much more bountiful the colored diamond is about 1 in 10,000 of all the diamonds in the world. The production of colored diamonds has declined which makes it as mentioned earlier even more rare.
Where do Fancy colored diamonds come from?
Natural fancy color diamonds are completely created from nature and thus their worth stems from the fact that they are each a gift of the earth, each unique, each one of a kind. For the last 2.5 decades, the value of natural fancy color diamonds has only gone up. These prices are projected to continue to escalate.
The environmental conditions for a natural fancy color diamond have to be just perfect in order for nature to succeed in creating a stone full of such gorgeous color. While some investors may seek out certain colors to add to their portfolios there’s no doubt about it –prices for ALL colors of natural fancy diamonds are steadily rising. There are simply not enough colored diamonds to go around.
Recently, investors in commodities such as gold, silver oil and real estate have incurred incredible losses as the market has made a sharp economic downturn. Investors are looking for a better safeguard for their money. Fancy color diamonds are proving to be that safer solution.
Risk and Reward
Prices for natural color diamonds have only been increasing for the last 4 decades. Much has been written and predicted by financial analysts, industry experts and economic forecasters across the board regarding color diamonds and their future investment success. That in of itself speaks volumes about the small risk factors involved in investing in natural colored stones as long as investors purchase wisely and for the medium and long term.
High Reward
The rewards for investing in natural color diamonds are quite high. Industry experts agree these are safe and secure assets for an investor’s portfolio. Their extreme scarcity, distinctive beauty and great desirability only aid in making them wonderful investment opportunities. Not market shifts, nor interest rates, nor political upheaval can affect their value. Simply put, supply and demand are the main factors affecting the future values of natural colored stones, and these factors are only in the investor’s favor since low supply and high demand can only assist in producing profitable outcome.
If you are looking for a sound investment give Diamonds by Eyal in Boca Raton a call to discuss this investment further.

Platinum! For Better Or Worse?

Platinum wedding rings are purchased by brides and by grooms. This beautiful, tactile precious metal can be fashioned into almost every wedding band design imaginable. Platinum can be engraved, machined, set with diamonds, matte finished or polished.
Most brides are influenced by the metal of their engagement ring. Jewelers advocate keeping to the same metal choice to ensure consistency with both wear and color between both rings.
Buyers of Platinum wedding rings often base their choice on learning the following benefits of Platinum.

Platinum is NATURALLY WHITE
A key benefit of Platinum is the natural whiteness. By comparison, white gold is ever so slightly tinted – finished with a white Rhodium plating which can wear over time. Platinum requires no plating. You see the bare metal typically polished with a mirror surface.
Platinum can be refurbished.  Some metals don’t take kindly to being worked, repaired and re-finished. Owing to the natural density of Platinum, it can be re-furbished – returned to it’s as-new appearance, mirror polished and gleaming. Many antique pieces of Platinum jewelry remain in circulation – testament to the durability of Platinum. Less metal is lost during re-polishing. As a result Platinum wedding rings wear very well over many years. The natural patina that builds on the surface – accumulated scratches and wear are seen as a desirable characteristic of antique jewelry so buyers should never feel concerned when scratches first appear. They can be removed by simply re-polishing the ring, or by using non-abrasive Platinum cloths.

Platinum feels LUXURIOUS

Jewelry is not just about appearance. As you drop a Platinum wedding ring into the palm of your hand, it is the feel of luxury which is most striking. The first thing you will notice is the weight. Platinum has a weighty, substantial feel to it – weighing approximately a third heavier than 18ct white gold. It is around twice as heavy as Palladium.

Platinum is STRONG
Platinum is strong, making it a perfect metal for setting diamonds. The surface of Platinum is not extremely hard and it will scratch, but malleability is different. The fact that Platinum is less easily bent – less malleable makes it a great choice for holding diamonds with greater strength than many other metal choices.

Platinum is RARE
If you placed all of the World’s mined Platinum in an Olympic sized swimming pool, it would barely cover the depth of your ankles. Platinum is a rare metal – the cost of extraction and the amount of Platinum available, make this metal rare and therefore more expensive with a much higher intrinsic value than other precious metals. There is a significant for demand for Platinum, and the use actually stretches much further than most people know. Most of us carry some Platinum in our pockets – small quantities are found in the circuitry of our mobile phones.

Platinum is NATURALLY HYPO-ALLERGENIC
Platinum wedding rings are perfect for allergy sufferers or for people with sensitive skin. Provided rings are kept clean, Platinum remains a perfect choice for wedding rings worn every day.
If you want to find Platinum wedding rings, in a variety of designs, call us today to set an appointment with Eyal the Diamond expert (561) 999-8878 and visit us online at www.diamondsbyeyal.com

The Brilliance Of Diamonds Is All In Their Color!

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Tis’ the season for DIAMONDS! If there is a holiday gift almost guaranteed to make a recipient swoon with joy, it is a diamond. But while such stones remain appealing as jewelry, the value of certain colored diamonds has increased while traditional white diamonds have unfortunately fallen.

Diamond dealers these days are talking about pink, blue and red diamonds as investments, citing a recent track record of double-digit returns. This new interest in such rare gemstones can make a holiday gift 10 to 20 times more expensive than a similar, high-quality white diamond. However, there are others in the trade who question whether these stones will pay the dividends people imagine in the Christmases to come.

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“Fancy colored diamonds are the flavor of the year – they’re hot, they’re sexy, they’re great,” said Martin Rapaport, chairman of the Rapaport Group, which is considered to be a primary source of diamond pricing information.

“If someone said, ‘I want to buy something great for my wife,’ I’d say, great, buy fancy colored diamonds; you’re a billionaire,” he added. “But anyone who wants to invest in the flavor of the month shouldn’t do it.”

Understanding the lust for colored diamonds begins with understanding the broader forces pushing and pulling diamond prices.  The white diamonds that adorn engagement rings and will dangle from ears and wrap around bracelets this holiday season have fallen in value over the last year. Prices for one-carat diamonds have dropped 7.15 percent as of Dec. 1, according to an index Mr. Rapaport developed.

Mr. Rapaport said demand for white diamonds has dropped globally because of a slowing Chinese economy, currency devaluation in Russia and low oil prices in the Middle East. Yet on the supply side, the cost of rough, white diamonds has stayed high, which has hurt the rest of the diamond trade’s ability to make a profit.

During the same time, colored diamonds have surged in value. Buyers have sought them out for their beauty, extreme rarity and investment potential.

The best-known pink diamonds, for example, are from the Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia. That mine, which supplies 90 to 95 percent of the world’s pink diamonds, will be exhausted by 2020, and the scarcity has driven up prices.

“Argyle pink diamonds outperform any other,” said Leibish Polnauer, president of Leibish & Company, a colored-diamond dealer. “They’re less and less available and more and more in demand. Fifteen years ago we bought Argyle pink diamonds for $10,000 a carat. Today it’s $150,000, $200,000, $250,000 a carat.”

Dealers say wealthy buyers in volatile economies view rare, colored diamonds as a hedge against economic uncertainty. A diamond can also be a discreet way to put a tremendous amount of money into something smaller than an aspirin tablet.

“You can buy a large house for $1 million, or 1/16 ounce — or less than half a carat — of a red diamond,” said Yaniv Marcus, founder of the Diamond Investment and Intelligence Center. “A one-carat red diamond could be valued at $2.5 million.”

At the highest end, colored diamond prices have reached a level that rival rare art works like Amedeo Modigliani’s “Nu Couché,” which sold for $170.4 million at the fall auctions.

“It’s all about rarity,” said Frank Everett, vice president and sales director in the jewelry department at Sotheby’s. “The best ones stand out like a great piece of art.”

In the last year, Sotheby’s has sold two well-known blue diamonds for record-setting prices. A 9.75-carat blue diamond that belonged to the socialite Bunny Mellon sold in November 2014 for $32.6 million – or $3.3 million a carat. Last month, the auction house sold the 12-carat Blue Moon for $48.5 million – or just over $4 million a carat.

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Those prices far outstrip the 100-carat white diamond Sotheby’s sold in April for $22 million — or $2.2 million a carat.

More broadly, a one-carat fancy pink diamond in a cushion cut is 11.50 times more expensive than a one-carat cushion-cut white diamond that has been judged to be internally flawless and carries the highest color rating, said Eden Rachminov, head of the advisory board of the Fancy Color Resource Foundation. A blue diamond is 20.8 times more expensive than a similar white diamond.

But it is not so simple to jump into the trade just based on the soaring prices. Investors also need to understand the very different ways white and colored diamonds are judged.

With white diamonds, it is the widely known measures of color, cut, clarity and carat weight that drive prices. But investing in white diamonds is a lot like picking quality stocks. There are established measures of quality, relatively transparent pricing, knowable transaction costs and liquidity, at least in smaller carat sizes.

Mr. Rapaport views investments in white diamonds as a way to capitalize on the growth of the global middle class who will buy them as gifts and drive prices back up.

In the world of colored diamonds, what determines value is more subjective. The range of prices for any given colored diamond can range wildly, corresponding not only to the rarity of their colors but also to the vividness of the color itself. (The so-called chocolate diamonds that mall jewelers are advertising are not considered investments; until fairly recently, they were used for industrial purposes because they are so common.)

“It’s the strength of the color,” said Jordan Fine, president of JFine Inc., a dealer that specializes in colored diamonds. “A light yellow could be $3,000 a carat and a vivid yellow could be $15,000 a carat. A one-carat light pink could be $75,000 to $700,000 a carat for a vivid pink.”

He added, “It’s hard to fathom how expensive and rare that little stone is.”

Yet discerning the vividness of a colored diamond can be more art than science. If white diamonds are likened to stocks, colored diamonds are private equity investments, with all the risk and reward such forays entail.

“Colored diamonds don’t have a price list or somebody managing the value,” Mr. Marcus said. “It’s a true supply-and-demand free trade. It’s like real estate. Its value is what someone will pay for it.”

Mr. Rachminov said the prices of yellows have been stable, tending to track the stock market, but the pinks and blues have soared in value, which has made some industry experts like Mr. Rapaport skeptical. (Red diamonds are at the top but they are exceedingly rare.) “There’s more interest from high-net-worth individuals, just like there’s more demand for art and wine and luxury items in general,” Mr. Rachminov said.

Colored-diamond dealers talk of the stones as a store of value, and they have shown to be over decades. But they are not the easiest investments to sell.

“The approach should be long term,” Mr. Marcus said. “It’s not a trading commodity first of all because of liquidity. The return is exponential over time.”

He also divides colored diamonds into two categories: jewelry and investments. This is by quality but also by the color itself. He said there are not enough orange, green, violet, and purple diamonds to create the liquidity for an investment market. Therefore, most investors focus on blue, pink and red diamonds.

What’s on your Man’s Mind?


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      A majority of the time, woman have no idea what is on their man’s mind. Whether it be work, his friends and family or even YOU! Ladies if you have a good man, give him time. Just when you think things might be getting rocky in your relationship or if he has been “out” a few questionable times, (because women have that intuition when something’s “off”) he might just be out looking for the perfect diamond for you.
Time after time we see so many men come in with some idea of what they are looking for, sometimes they have no idea, but we are here to help! It is critical for men to work with someone they trust when making such a large purchase. This is especially important when picking out a diamond because there are many factors that come into play; working within respect to the parameters of a man’s budget and wishes for size, color, clarity, cut, certification type, as well as the time it takes to choose the best setting for the diamond.
When the trust is built with our clients, they know they are getting only the best service, education and experience.
It is truly a beautiful process from beginning to end to see the men finally walk out confident with their choice of an engagement ring. Personally we really look forward to that e-mail or phone call we receive when we know she said yes and loves her custom ring.
So much effort is put into choosing the perfect diamond just for you ladies so please recognize your man for the time and effort he has put forth to make you his happily wedded wife forever!

 

Written by:

Lindsay Greatorex
Lindsay Greatorex
Director of Social Media and Marketing

 

My Grandmother: My Jewelry Icon

Jaclyn NYC

 

Guest Blogger

Jaclyn Gross, Professional Organizer in South Florida

 www.TipTopOrganizing.com

Age 27

 

 

As I’ve grown through the years, my style has evolved.  I always loved dressing up with my “pretty, pretty, princess” kit as a child and covering myself with loads of “jewels.”  The feeling of dripping in earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings makes you feel better.  Makes you feel royal, makes you feel confident.  Or at least it did for me. 

 

But then something happened.  I turned 6.  And on my 6th birthday, my Oma gave me a pearl necklace.  It was a gold chain that had just a few tiny perfect pearls in the middle.  I loved feeling how smooth and cold they were.  It made me feel different.  Every year for Christmas, she would take my necklace and place a few more pearls on it.  She did this for my cousin Jillian and I who are just one year apart.  So when we would get it back in time for the yearly Christmas party, we would have our new pearls on our necklaces.  Every year it would grow just a little bit more and did this for about 10 years until it was fully covered.  That was very special to me and it was also the first time I had ever had a “real” piece of jewelry.  It changed how I felt.  No more plastic for me; I had graduated onto the real thing.  I felt like once I felt the feeling of a “real” piece of jewelry, I could just never go back.

 

My grandma always wore the most stylish and exquisite pieces.  I always wanted to be like her.  Right now as I am writing this, I am wearing a tiffany silver ball necklace and matching bracelet that I inherited from her.  She was a main influencer in my jewelry choices.   She had a safe where she kept her really expensive pieces, but the rest were all tucked away perfectly in their original boxes and pouches in one of her dresser drawers.  She was so organized.  I loved that about her, too.  She maintained the sparkle of her jewels.  They never tarnished or dulled.  They were cleaned, repaired if broken, insured and never out of place.  She took care of her belongings.  Anything that was hers, whether it was her diamond ring, her child, grandchild or home was taken care of fully 1000%. 

 

I always adored her choices from her broaches to earrings, rings, bracelets, ankle bracelets, and necklaces.  She always looked like a celebrity.  I should have taken more pictures of her.  Her style was just impeccable; perfectly put together everyday.  And the jewelry was what tied it all together.  I just loved all of her choices in style because her style was timeless.  It influenced me then and still does today, and will forever.  This is what I pass on to my clients, too.  When I take them shopping for a new wardrobe and when I weed out their old items- we focus on timeless classic foundational pieces instead of hip and trendy for just 1 season. 

 

I wanted my Oma’s collection of jewelry (and clothes- but I couldn’t fit in them since she was a size 0 her entire life, and I’m definitely not!)  And the funny thing is that her collection of jewelry, even after all the decades that have passed would mean nothing to the jewelry because they will still be just as magnificent as they were on the first day.  She had mesmerizing yellow diamonds, white diamonds, pink diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and of course white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, platinum and silver.  I was hypnotized every time I saw her brilliant collection.   I couldn’t wait to build my own collection; to have my own treasure chest of fine jewelry.  So far my collection does not involve many diamonds (yet!) but I’m working on it. 

 

Over the years, as I was with her in her room helping her get ready before parties (my dad lived with her for a few years after my parents divorced) I watched as her outfit transformed from already stunning to just over the top magnificent stand-out with the help of a few classic, timeless classic pieces of jewelry.  It made the entire outfit pop.  I helped her as we went through her selection and picked the right pieces. 

 

This was eye-opening to me as a child to see this transformation.  With just a little (or not so little!) perfect sparkling well-placed diamond or jewel can make all the difference. 

 

I recently discovered Diamonds by Eyal in Boca Raton, Florida.  The store is run by Elise & Eyal Cohen.  They are the nicest couple ever.  They pay so much attention to you and make you feel like royalty.  Even though I wasn’t purchasing anything extravagant, they treat you like you are.  It doesn’t matter to them whether you are purchasing something for $500 or $250,000, because either way, they want you to enjoy the experience and educate you.  They sit down with you and explain everything.  It is by appointment only so you don’t have to worry about people coming in and distracting you. 

 

The time you have with them is your time only.   They make you feel so special and this customer service is so rare to find these days.  I truly appreciated them spending their time and energy on me.  I was able to leave there feeling confident in my purchase and knowing that this will be the place that I will be buying all future jewelry pieces from, and telling my friends and family to come, too.  The prices truly can’t be beat (as I went to many different places and compared!) and the quality is the best.  They also don’t do any advertising, so that speaks volumes!  It’s all by referrals.  I love that!  I recommend this business whole-heartedly to anyone who has a special occasion (or any occasion!) coming up.  The gift of jewelry is something that will be truly treasured for their entire life… at any age! 

2013 Engagement Ring Trends

Wedding season is in full affect and we can already feel that your girlfriends are pushing for the big question. Men — we know the difficulties of walking into a diamond store and getting bamboozled with the 4 c’s. This post is dedicated to you males out there who are lost in translation when it comes to picking the perfect engagement ring for her. There are so many different options so we have narrowed it down to what’s classic, beautiful, and modern. Diamonds By Eyal is here to help! And if this post hasn’t made you feel completely comfortable and informed, come into our showroom TODAY for a complimentary sit down and educational session with our EXPERT. We would be more than happy to assist you with your choice — after all, we love diamonds over here!!!!

STONES: EMERALD CUT.

Displays a specific je ne sais quoi that simply screams elegance. While still remaining vintage and very ‘art deco’ esque, the sleek lines radiate modernity and remain one of this year’s hottest trends. An emerald cut ring gives an illusion that the carat weight is larger then it is in reality because of the elongation.

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STONES: CUSHION CUT.

Yet another stone with an antique aura. The cushion cut illuminates fire and brilliance due to its large facets. Known as one of the most alive and brightest of the cuts, it has been a female favorite for decades.

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STONES: PEAR CUT.

There is no telling that a pear shaped diamond defines originality and uniqueness. Displaying a very feminine and chic look, the pear shape is naturally classy. It also embodies that taste of vintage we all know and love. The pear cut trend is finally coming back.

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SETTINGS: DOUBLE HALO.

The single halo has forever been the most wanted setting amongst the rest. Since two is always better then one, this year we’re doing a double take on the trend — not one, BUT TWO halos! The double halo setting conquers the epitome of luxury and has been a huge success in 2013. Having more then one halo creates an illusion of a bigger solitaire, who wouldn’t love that!? Sign me up!

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SETTINGS: TWISTED.

Swooping and sensual, with an architecture that catches everyone’s eye, these intricate settings offer as much excitement as the stone itself. Taking a more artistic view on an engagement ring, a twisted settings is intriguing and enticing.

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Investor’s Best Friend: Fancy Colored Diamonds

Investing in fancy colored diamonds has gained popularity over the past three decades. Fancy colored diamonds have significantly increased in value over the past years. Even the most conservative investors are investing in these colored beauties.

Fancy diamonds are ageless and never loose their brilliance & sparkle. A fancy colored diamond is durable and transportable. It is also rare which makes it extremely valuable. For every 10,000 carats of white diamonds there is 1 carat of fancy diamonds. Investing in colored diamonds is considered a “long term investment” because it creates long-term prosperity for the investor. These rare diamonds maintain their value but appreciate greatly. Researchers are expecting fancy colored diamonds to triple in price in the future.

The most common fancy color is yellow, while the rarest is red. Other fancy colors include blue, green, pink and orange. All fancy colored diamonds, whether yellow or red, are predicted to increase in price tremendously over the next 30 years.Investing in fancy colored diamonds is a great way to preserve your wealth.If you decide to invest in fancy colored diamonds make sure the certificate has the word “natural” on it.

We Do Business Differently

To keep our overhead, and more importantly your prices low, we serve you by appointment. The appointment will be focused on you and your needs only. We want your experience at Diamonds by Eyal to be memorable and worth your time and money. We give you a chance to relax and examine your diamond and jewelry up close. You can ask questions without having to compete for the attention of a salesperson. At Diamonds By Eyal you will get straight answers and expert advice. We understand the significance of your purchase, whether your looking at $50 earrings or $15,000 studs you can be assured that we will treat your like first-class. During your visit you can also expect a few laughs. We really get to know our customers through our appointments; we have established long-term relationships with many clients. It’s the kind of  experience you won’t find at the mall or the mega-stores. Visit us for a jewelry shopping experience like no other store. Call us today at 561.999.8878 or make an appointment online.

 

What is a certificate?

A diamond certificate, also called a diamond grading report, diamond dossier®, or diamond quality document. It is a report created by a team of gemologists. The diamond is evaluated, measured, and scrutinized using trained eyes, a jeweler’s loupe, a microscope, and other industry tools.

A completed certificate includes an analysis of the diamond’s dimensions, clarity, color, polish, symmetry, and other characteristics. Many round diamonds will also include a cut grade on the report.

The most known certificates are from the Gemological Institute of America and the European Gemological Laboratory.