June 2016

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SPECTRUM – Voices from the Diamond Industry

From the obscure to the enchanting, our new SPECTRUM blog aims to highlight some of the best and most interesting content about diamonds and diamond technology published each week. If you would like to feature a piece in our blog, email us to marketing@sarine.com. In this week’s SPECTRUM we feature Geologypage.com on the 4Cs of Diamond Quality; Sean Kane from Techinsider.io on raining diamonds in space; our Diamond of the Week, the beautiful Oppenheimer Blue, and more…

Lightning storms make it rain diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter

By Sean Kane – Techinsider.io

This news is bound to get more women vying for a trip to space. As wacky as it sounds scientists believe that it rains diamonds in the clouds of Saturn and Jupiter. Diamonds are made from highly compressed and heated carbon and in the dense atmospheres of planets like Jupiter and Saturn, whose massive size generates enormous amounts of gravity, crazy amounts of pressure and heat can squeeze carbon in mid-air — and make it rain diamonds.

4Cs of Diamond Quality: What’s the Most Important C?

By Geologypage.com

While there is no doubt that the 4Cs of Diamond Quality are all important, it’s light performance, which is fast becoming the key factor in determining a diamond’s true appearance and beauty. Have a quick read of this very informative blog from Geologypage on which C is the most important of the four, and then head over to our recent blog post on “Light Performance and It’s Effect on a Diamond’s Beauty.”

Hydraulic Press Continues Its Reign Of Terror, Shatters A 1.2 Carat Diamond

Published on Digg.com

Subtitled, “Diamonds are not forever.” This video shows the crazy Hydraulic Press Channel, yes yes that is a thing, using a hydraulic press to… Pause for a big breath… Crush a diamond. Why? Well it would seem that with over 7 million views, it is quite a popular past-time to see if the supposedly unbreakable strongest mineral in the world is, well… Breakable. If you must, watch it here.

What’s the Deal with Diamond Dust in Beauty Products?

By Alexandra Perron – Editor Yahoo.com/Beauty

You can’t blame Alexandra Perron from being a little skeptical when faced with products boasting diamond powder or dust as a standout ingredient. Is this just another case of tried and tested and really beneficial or just some more good marketing hype? In this fascinating piece, Perron asks if there really are any benefits to diamonds in your beauty products?


DIAMOND OF THE WEEK – Brought to you by BBC.co.uk/news

Everyone is talking about the diamond we have chosen as this week’s Diamond of the week. We mean the Oppenheimer Blue, named after the late Sir Phillip Oppenheimer, the darkest and most saturated blue a jewel can be. At 14.62 Carats it was estimated to be worth more than £30M and sold last week at a Christie’s Geneva auction to a telephone bidder for the mere sum of £34.7M ($50.6M). Check out this short video of the diamond to get just a small appreciation of its beauty.

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World Famous Jewelers Series Part 6: Chopard

Once Upon a Time in Switzerland… Our tale begins in the village of Sonvilier, Switzerland where we find Louis-Ulysse Chopard, the second son of Félicien and Henriette Chopard. Félicien was a farmer but he encouraged his sons to enter the watchmaking trade. Louis Chopard had a talent for the craft and quickly built a reputation […]

World Famous Jewelers Series Part 5: Graff

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World Famous Jewelers Series Part 4: Boucheron

The Jeweler of Place Vendôme: How Frédéric Boucheron Got His Start Frédéric Boucheron always knew he wanted to be a jeweler. He was born in 1830 to a family of French clothiers, and at a young age he apprenticed himself under jeweler Jules Chaise. By the age of 14, he had completed his apprenticeship and […]

World Famous Jewelers Series Part 3: Faberge

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World Famous Jewelers Series Part 2: Tiffany & Co

The name Tiffany & Co. evokes thoughts of little blue boxes, glass lamp shades, and for those who know, the Super Bowl’s Vince Lombardi Trophy. The store is famous for its Tiffany setting engagement rings, chain bracelets with an engraved heart charm, and delicate pendant necklaces. Where did this legacy start? Who is the man […]

World Famous Jewelers: The Names Behind the Designs.

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Rough diamond planning

Cloud Planning: Make Your Rough Planning Up to 10 Times Faster

Planning rough diamonds with Advisor™ software is a complex process that uses loads of computer processing power. Today, with Galaxy™ inclusion mapping technology, the number of rough polishing plans created by Advisor is essentially infinite. With various advanced options to choose from, such as triple planning, Best Value™, CAP and more, the rough planning software […]

Tension Viewer: Reducing the Risks of Rough Diamond Sawing

In addition to all types of inclusions and flaws, rough diamonds have internal tension or stress that occurs naturally as part of their structure. Developed over millions of years during the diamond’s unique formation process, the level and location of tension within a rough diamond varies from stone to stone. When cutting a rough diamond […]

New Software Release: Sarine Advisor™ 7.0 Rough Planning

Advisor™ rough planning software is used by manufacturers worldwide to effectively plan polished diamonds and maximize the achievable yield. Sarine recently released the latest version of the industry-leading software, Advisor 7.0. The release is packed with dozens of new, advanced features, the result of user feedback received from diamond planners working with Advisor all over […]

Advisor 6.0 New Feature: Scoop Planning

Advisor™ is Sarine’s flagship rough planning software product, and the most widely used program of its type. Since its initial development and launch in 1995, the Advisor program, together with the Galaxy™ inclusion mapping system, has become a staple software for diamond manufacturers worldwide. We’re launching the first product post of the Diamond Tech blog […]