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Pre-Auction Analysis: July 19th, 2022, Sotheby’s Hong Kong – Important Jewels
Our Sotheby’s Hong Kong Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that are not always visible to the untrained eye. We discuss characteristics such as Inner-Grade, Color Dispersion, and Undertone – collectively termed IDU. Professionals use the IDU method intuitively when analyzing a Fancy Color Diamond. The acronym we use makes these elements easier to remember.  Members […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: June 16, 2022, Sotheby’s New York – Magnificent Jewels
Our Sotheby’s New York Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that aren’t visible to the untrained eye. We describe important visual elements for those who cannot attend the preview. We discuss characteristics such as: Inner-Grade, Color Dispersion, and Undertone – collectively termed IDU. These visual assets are explained in detail at the bottom of this article. […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: June 08, 2022, Christie’s New York – Magnificent Jewels
Our Christie’s New York Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that aren’t visible to the untrained eye. We describe important visual elements for those who cannot attend the preview. We discuss characteristics such as: Inner-Grade, Color Dispersion, and Undertone – collectively termed IDU. These visual assets are explained in detail at the bottom of this article. […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: May 25, 2022, Christie’s Hong Kong – Magnificent Jewels
Our Christie’s Hong Kong Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that aren’t visible to the untrained eye. We describe important visual elements for those who cannot attend the preview. We discuss characteristics such as: Inner-Grade, Color Dispersion, and Undertone – collectively termed IDU. These visual assets are explained in detail at the bottom of this article. […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: May 11, 2022, Christie’s Geneva – Magnificent Jewels
Our Christie’s Geneva Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that aren’t visible to the untrained eye. We describe important visual elements for those who cannot attend the preview. We discuss characteristics such as: Undertone, Color Dispersion, and Inner-Grade, collectively termed IDU. These visual assets are explained in detail at the end of this article. It is […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: May 10, 2022, Sotheby’s Geneva – Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels
Our Sotheby’s Geneva Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that aren’t visible to the untrained eye. We are describing  important visual elements for those who cannot attend the preview. We discuss characteristics such as: Undertone, Color Dispersion, and Inner-Grade IDU. These visual assets are explained in detail at the bottom of this article. It is important […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: April 29, 2022, Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels
As most of the industry has been unable to travel during this challenging period, this Auction Analysis could help those who would like to bid without physically inspecting the goods.                                                  Our Sotheby’s Hong Kong Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that aren’t visible to the untrained eye. We will describe the important visual elements for those […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: April 27, 2022, Sotheby’s Hong Kong, The De Beers Cullinan Blue
As most of the industry has been prevented from traveling to Hong Kong during this challenging period, this auction analysis can help those who would like to bid without physically inspecting the goods. For your convenience, we have added a direct link to the GIA report. Lot: 1800 Description: 15.10 ct, Fancy Vivid Blue, Emerald, […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: April 13, 2022, Christie’s New York, Magnificent Jewels Including the Fuchsia Rose Diamond
Our Christie’s New York Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that aren’t visible to the untrained eye. We will describe the important visual elements for those who cannot attend the preview and discuss characteristics such as Undertone, Color Dispersion, and Inner-Grade. These factors, collectively termed IDU, are explained in detail at the end of this article. […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: March 9, 2022, Sotheby’s New York, Important Jewels
We are happy to bring  you our Sotheby’s Pre-Auction Analysis. We hope it will help those who would like to participate in the auction without physically inspecting the goods.                                                  Our Sotheby’s New York Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that aren’t visible to the untrained eye. We will describe the important visual elements for those unable […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: February 18, 2022, Sotheby’s Hong Kong, Important Jewels
As most of the industry has been unable to travel to Hong Kong during this challenging period, this auction analysis can help those who wish to bid without physically inspecting the goods. Our Sotheby’s Hong Kong Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that aren’t visible to the untrained eye. We will describe the important visual elements […]
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END CLIENTS BEFORE WHOLESALE – The Alrosa New Strategy
Investment banks serving as a link in the diamond trade-chain between a diamond wholesale source and private clients is not a new practice. However, connecting a mining company directly to private clients has never been done before. Alrosa recently forged a groundbreaking partnership with an investment bank ###truncate### to develop a new platform to benefit […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: December 07th, 2021, Sotheby’s New York, Magnificent Jewels
As most of the industry has been prevented from traveling to New York during this challenging period, this Auction Analysis could help those who would like to bid without physically inspecting the goods.                                                  Our Sotheby’s New York Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that aren’t visible to the untrained eye. We will describe the important visual […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: December 8th, 2021, Christie’s New York, Magnificent Jewels
As most of the industry has been prevented from traveling to New York during this challenging period, this Auction Analysis could help those who would like to bid without physically inspecting the goods. Our Christie’s New York Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that aren’t visible to the untrained eye. We will describe the important visual […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: November 28th, 2021, Christie’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels
Due to COVID restrictions, Hong-Kong is still closed to visitors.  This Auction Analysis could help those who would like to bid in the upcoming auction without physically inspecting the goods.                                                  Our Christie’s Hong Kong Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that are hidden from the unprofessional eye. We will describe the important visual elements for those […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: November 27th, 2021, PHILLIPS Hong Kong
This is our first Phillips Pre-Auction Analysis, and we hope you find it useful. Due to COVID restrictions, Hong-Kong is still closed to visitors. This Auction Analysis could help those who would like to bid in the upcoming Phillips auction without physically inspecting the goods.                                                  Our Phillips Hong Kong Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: November 10th 2021, Sotheby’s Geneva, Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels
As some parts of the industry have been prevented from traveling to Geneva during this challenging period, this Auction Analysis could help those who would like to bid without physically inspecting the goods.                                                  Our Sotheby’s Geneva Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that are hidden from the unprofessional eye. We will describe the important visual elements […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: November 9th, 2021, Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels
Some parts of the industry are prevented from traveling to Geneva during this challenging period, this Auction Analysis could help those who would like to bid without physically inspecting the goods.                                                  Our Christie’s Geneva Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that are hidden from the unprofessional eye. We will describe the important visual […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: October 20th, 2021, Sotheby’s New York, Important Jewels
As most of the industry has been prevented from traveling to New York during this challenging period, this Auction Analysis could help those who would like to bid without physically inspecting the goods.                                              […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: October 12th, 2021 Sotheby’s Hong Kong, Magnificent Jewels
As most of the industry has been prevented from traveling to Hong Kong during this challenging period, this Auction Analysis could help those who would like to bid without physically inspecting the goods.              Our Sotheby’s Hong Kong Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that are hidden from the unprofessional eye. […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: July 09th 2021, Sotheby’s Hong Kong, Important Jewels
As most of the industry has been prevented from traveling to Hong Kong during this challenging period, this Auction Analysis could help those who would like to bid without physically inspecting the goods.                                                  Our Sotheby’s Hong Kong Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that are hidden from the unprofessional eye. We will describe the important visual […]
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8 Things Your Client Needs to Know Before Buying a Fancy Color Diamond
Don’t Do 1. Don’t put too much emphasis on Polish, Symmetry and Clarity. These parameters were made first and foremost for colorless diamonds. The value of a fancy color diamond is determined above all by its beauty, quality of color and rarity. Color retention is a top priority when polishing a Fancy Color Diamond while […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: June 9th, 2021, Sotheby’s New York, Magnificent Jewels
As most of the industry has been prevented from traveling to New York during this challenging period, this Auction Analysis could help those who would like to bid without physically inspecting the goods.                                                  Our Sotheby’s New York Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that are hidden from the unprofessional eye. We will describe the important visual […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: June 8th, 2021, Christie’s New York, Magnificent Jewels
As most of the industry has been prevented from traveling to New York during this challenging period, this Auction Analysis could help those who would like to bid without physically inspecting the goods.                                                  Our Christie’s New York Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that are hidden from the unprofessional eye. We will describe the important visual […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: May 23rd 2021, Christie’s Hong Kong, Magnificent Jewels
As most of the industry has been prevented from traveling to Hong Kong during this challenging period, this Auction Analysis could help those who would like to bid without physically inspecting the goods.                                                  Our Christie’s Hong Kong Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that are hidden from the unprofessional eye. We will describe the important visual […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: May 11th, Sotheby’s Geneva, Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels
As most of the industry has been prevented from traveling during this challenging period, this Auction Analysis could help those who would like to bid without physically inspecting the goods.                                                  Our Sotheby’s Geneva Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that are hidden from the unprofessional eye. We will describe the important visual elements for those who […]
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Pre-Auction Analysis: April 20th, 2021 Sotheby’s Hong Kong, Magnificent Jewels
As most of the industry has been prevented from traveling to Hong Kong during this challenging period, this Auction Analysis could help those who would like to bid without physically inspecting the goods.                                                  Our Sotheby’s Hong Kong Pre-Auction Analysis focuses on elements that are hidden from the unprofessional eye. We will describe the important visual […]
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Fancy Color Diamonds, A Guardian Angel for the Next Generations
The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it unprecedented chaos. Angry mobs looting Fifth Avenue stores and a complete lack of clear governmental policy has left many high-net-worth individuals with a feeling of uncertainty, tempting investors to seek out portable forms of wealth. During this period of upheaval, and in light of the attention the Fancy Color […]
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The Last Diamond Unearthed: The Countdown is On!
By the time your grandchildren buy their first diamond, most mines will have reached the end of their life cycle and most diamonds will be sourced from the second-hand market. These circumstances will make the pre-owned diamond arena the largest “mine” in the world. The vast majority of the world’s unearthed diamonds are located 150-750 […]
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Green Color in Diamonds: The Natural ‘Treatment’
Of all the fancy colours that diamonds can exhibit, green is the only one that can be naturally created once the diamond
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A day at the Argyle mine
In the year 2021 the last Argyle pink diamond will be unearthed, right before the underground crushers, conveyors, and trucks shutdown for the last time.
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Why are Zimmi Vivid Yellow Diamonds So Special?
The FCRF continually brings members the highest quality data in order to add more talking points to the fancy color diamond sales process. As part of these efforts, we have asked a preeminent diamond expert to shed light on one of the most desirable items in the fancy color world: The exceptional Vivid Yellow diamonds that are mined next to a small village by the name of Zimmi in Sierra Leone. This article explains why these stones have unique saturation that fetches extremely high prices.
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Using the Right ‘Tool Box’
Whether you are a diamond dealer or a sales person in a jewelry store, the 4C’s system is the first and only methodology used for classifying colorless diamonds. Efficient and easy to employ, each category in the system has its own hierarchy. Once its basic principles are understood, anyone can evaluate a colorless diamond accompanied with a report.
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‘Bubbles’ in Diamonds?
Although this article does not discuss fancy color diamonds it is a relevant topic for all diamond industry professionals, as this phenomenon is very common in fancy color, particularly in pink diamonds.
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Not My ‘Type’: Common Misconceptions About Type IIa Pink Diamonds
The romance around Type IIa diamonds first began when scientists found a link between diamonds sourced from the legendary Golconda mine in India and the fact that stones hailing from this area were commonly Type IIa. As we all know by now, the collective assumption is that Type IIa diamonds – which are distinguished for their absence of nitrogen – are known to be more ‘white’ than most D color diamonds.
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Fancy Color Newcomers
In recent years, the fancy color community witnessed a shift that altered every part of its territory and slowly became familiar to the entire industry: the migration of white diamond companies’ capital toward fancy color diamonds. Newcomers to this segment disrupted the balance of power, a sector that was dominated by veteran fancy color hegemony for decades.
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The Geographic Cutting Fingerprint for Fancy Color Diamonds
Traditions, rituals and cultural identities are inherent within the cut of a fancy color diamond.
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Chromism in pink diamonds
Pink diamonds from Argyle have been known by polishers, laboratories and traders to exhibit a phenomenon of photochromism whereby their colour can be influenced by illumination of different lights and intensities. These influences are relatively short-lived and most conspicuous after illumination by short wavelength light of high intensity. This effect is particularly noticeable when using instruments to observe fluorescence, such as a DiamondView, which after use with Argyle pink diamonds results in a distinctively bleached or pale colouration.
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Fancy Color Price Index™ 101: A User’s Guide
Using data collected since 2005, the Fancy Color Research Foundation unveiled the Fancy Color Diamond Index™ (FCDI) in 2014.
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Overview of the Fancy Color Diamond Market (2005-2014)
The alternative asset class of Fancy Color Diamonds (FCDs) has exhibited strong growth between 2005 and 2014. FCDs, across pink, yellow and blue colors have increased in value by 167% on average between January 2005 and September 2014.
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About the Fancy Color Research Foundation
The Fancy Color Research Foundation (FCRF) promotes fair-trade, ethics and transparency in Fancy Color Diamonds.
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Fancy Color Diamond Undertones
Preference for a color’s undertone is definitely a matter of personal taste. Notable preferences for certain undertones within each color category do appear in…

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