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Never mind the price, feel the value

Never mind the price, feel the value

When it comes to one of the most significant investments you’ll ever make, it’s less about price and more about value. Listen, there are plenty of places to buy an engagement ring for not a lot of money. You’ll find them on every High Street and, if you really don’t care about the quality, they litter the internet like confetti. Buying a cheap engagement ring is not difficult. Buying one that represents great value is another matter entirely. Let me illustrate for you. When you buy a house, do y...

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Buying a diamond? Make sure you buy the stone and not the paper!

Buying a diamond? Make sure you buy the stone and not the paper!

The internet is a wonderful thing. It has massive advantages and it's becoming the only way for people to do their shopping. Loaded with information, it has revolutionised the way we're able to research big ticket items before we commit to purchasing. In this instance, of course, I'm talking about diamonds. It's increasingly easier to purchase diamonds online, but why you would ever do that is beyond me. In fact, I recently wrote about why hunting for the perfect engagement ring online is a lost...

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Insurance valuations: Why it’s important to have an up-to-date jewellery valuation

Insurance valuations: Why it’s important to have an up-to-date jewellery valuation

Now more than ever it’s crucial that your jewellery is up-to-date with your insurance company. It seems that more and more people are sadly being robbed of their personal possessions. Insurance valuations that were written out perhaps a few years ago, need to be updated, so should something happen, you know that you will be able to get back an amount of money that will enable you to replace what was lost or stolen. The most common of all questions posed by clients are the ones asking why they s...

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Rolex watches – are they really a good investment?

Rolex watches – are they really a good investment?

There’s a tendency for people to refer to expensive purchases as investments.  “I’m going to invest in a new car,” someone might say. Yet new cars hold their value about as well as a chocolate teapot. Cars are not investments. Neither is a phone or a television, unless it’s a rare vintage car that will be kept in a garage and never touched. Clearly, pretty much anything with a technological expiration date is a bad financial investment. This is why many skeptics have voiced concerns about the pr...

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Lewis Malka meets Alexis Conran and discusses diamond scams on TalkRadio

Lewis Malka meets Alexis Conran and discusses diamond scams on TalkRadio

It was a pleasure to be invited along to TalkRadio Towers to speak with Alexis Conran about diamond scams. Lewis Malka meets Alexis Conran and discusses diamond scams on TalkRadio. It was a pleasure to go along to TalkRadio Towers and have a chat with Alexis, on his show The Radio Hustle, all about diamond scams and the actual price of diamonds. One of the main questions asked was "Why are diamonds so expensive?" One other main question was "Are diamonds as rare as we are led to believe?" It's o...

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How to choose the perfect engagement ring and get it right first time – The Book

How to choose the perfect engagement ring and get it right first time – The Book

Yes! Finally someone has written a comprehensive guide to picking the perfect engagement ring and that person is me! To be honest it was a long time coming. Having been in the industry for over 25 years now, the most common question I am being asked by clients is "What makes the perfect engagement ring" and "How do I get the best value for money when deciding on what engagement ring to buy?" I've written plenty of blogs over the years and you can probably spend day looking through them and colla...

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Understanding the 4C’s of diamonds

Understanding the 4C’s of diamonds

Knowing that buying an engagement ring is likely to be the third highest single purchase most people make, behind a car and a home, it's crucial that we understand the 4C's of diamond grading before deciding which stone to buy. It wasn't all that long ago that diamonds themselves became universally accepted and used as tokens of love. After all we've only been mining diamonds for around 100 years and it's only since the late 1940's that diamonds themselves were suggested as the main stone with w...

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Diamond Investing – Don’t Be Dazzled

Diamond Investing – Don’t Be Dazzled

World record prices running into the hundreds of millions have highlighted the dazzling return potential of precious stones, but there are several important rules investors should follow. Earlier this month, a Sotheby’s auction in Geneva saw previous world record prices smashed for certain gems. The sums fetched by these pieces were truly incredible and will have many investors wondering if they could allocate some of their portfolio to fine jewels. The Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auctio...

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Have you ever wondered why grading a diamond colour starts with the letter ‘D’? Wonder no more.

Have you ever wondered why grading a diamond colour starts with the letter ‘D’? Wonder no more.

Just recently, the President of the London Diamond Bourse, Mr Harry Levy, gave an interview to the World Diamond Magazine. In it he recalls how grading came about. Now being in the industry for coming on 25 years, I often get asked why the grading a diamond starts at the letter 'D' and not 'A'. I'm pleased to say that I give the same answer as Harry. Below is an extract from that article for you to enjoy. "Gemological laboratories were first set up as places to identify gemstones of natural orig...

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My Guide to Hatton Garden – Video

My Guide to Hatton Garden – Video

Hatton Garden is the epicentre of the diamond and jewellery industry here in the UK. With over 80 retail shops showcasing diamond engagement rings, and the history and stories this street has to offer, where do you start? Well it’s where I have been working for more than 25 years and in this short video I am going to give you some advice on how you can get the best out of your Hatton Garden experience. If you would like an appointment, then please do call for a free consultation in our cent...

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