Q: Why should I buy a real diamond and not an artificial diamond?
A: The reason is very simple. Artificial diamonds can be replicated within a laboratory and their value does not increase over time when compared with natural diamonds. A print of a masterpiece by a famous artist isn't as valuable as the original.
Q: Why should I buy a real diamond instead of investing in a diamond mining company?
A: Great care is needed here because of the 170 listed diamond mining companies, only 20 to 25 of which are actually producing diamonds. Also, these companies are linked to market sentiment and so can be volatile, as can be seen with recent disasters such as the Gulf Of Mexico oil spill and the Chilean and New Zealand mining disasters. Share prices of any given diamond mine can diminish while the commodity price of the diamonds increases or remains stable.
Q: How do I know my diamonds from Anglo Dutch Diamond Group are not from a conflict region ("blood diamonds")?
A: All the stones we handle have been through the Kimberly process (introduced by the United Nations in 2000 as a means of certifying the origin of rough diamonds is from an area free from conflict, where diamond proceeds s are often used to fund rebellions) and have all been certified by one of the leading gemological institutes (Gemological Institute of America or the International Gemological Institute).
Q: Can I order any colored diamond that I can afford?
A: No, there is only a tiny number of stones available, compared to white diamonds, at any given time. Availability is how most people buy, except for collectors – who are always waiting for the availability of some specific stone to add to their collection. Some colors, such as fancy and fancy intense yellow, are usually available in small numbers to jewelery buyers and investors. However, collectors sometimes wait years to get a particular, special stone. For example, at any given time there may be zero to only five fine natural blue diamonds available in the world market. Many collectors and investors let their dealers know what they want so the dealer can keep an eye out for that type of stone.
Q: Why should I use Anglo Dutch Diamonds and not a jeweler?
A: The difference between us and a jeweler is that we only deal with the top 1-2% of the diamond market and we offer full brokerage services, aiding from the buying of the stones to the sell-through and valuations. We are the first point of contact for our clients about movements within the diamond industry. Even though the diamonds can be used as jewelery, they are predominantly for investment use.
Q: How do I know I’m buying at a fair price?
A: Like very precious art, some colored diamonds (pinkish purple, purplish red) are essentially one-of-a kind pieces and are impossible to put a market value on. Anglo Dutch Diamond Group, based on private sales and auction results, will provide our clients with an estimate of historical and current market prices for colored diamonds in areas that provide enough data (such as intense yellows, pinks and blues). However, a collector must recognize that very few blue and pink diamonds change hands each year. This is solely based on the lack of supply, for if it was up to the buyers, the volume would increase many times over.
Q: Can I use the diamond as jewelery?
A: Of course you can: it's your diamond and your take full ownership/control of it. It does not diminish the value and in some cases an add to it. If you wish to have a diamond set, we can help you.
Q: What are my options should I decide to sell my diamonds?
A: With many tens of thousands of colored diamonds changing hands each year and with fewer carats coming out of the ground, any shortfall can be made up from only one source – and that is from existing owners. There are a number of avenues available in the event that a collector would like to liquidate their colored diamond position. Retail jewelers occasionally buy colored diamonds; but, they have a limited budget and few specialize in this segment of market. Retailers also have a limited clientele to market these pieces, too. Auctions generally bring the highest per carat prices. In the auction market patience is essential, for positioning your colored diamonds at the right time and in the correct geographic market can mean the difference between thousands of dollars. Specialty dealers have a reputation for selling at fair market value, and because of their diverse client base, they can usually sell on a client’s behalf in a relatively short period of time. If you are looking to maximize your returns, an auction is better suited to your needs; whereas, a specialty dealer has the client base and the marketing to liquidate your position in a more timely fashion.
Q:What is the largest diamond ever found?
A: The largest diamond ever found is the Cullinan diamond (3, 106 carats)