Since taking over the business of Coomber Bros Jewellers in 2007, Gary and Carol have imported Diamonds from all over the world. A regular yearly trip to Antwerp, Belgium the Diamond capital of the world has helped Gary & Carol to become known as sellers of fine Diamonds, they have established contacts both in Australia and around the world and have had the chance to meet and deal with some of the best known Diamond cutters and brokers in the world.
Gary & Carol were honoured when in March 2007, Coomber Bros Jewellers was recognised and appointed an Antwerp Diamond Broker. This allows Gary the use of a designated office in Antwerp to sort and purchase Diamonds direct from the cutters of Belgium.
"Its not easy or quick to pick the right Diamond for the customer." says Gary. "I have to take into consideration colour, clarity, cut and the size". This may mean that one Diamond may be a better colour than another but the cut is not as good so doesn't sparkle as nicely as the lower coloured Diamond". "By having direct access to the cutters themselves and a far larger range to choose from, ensures I can choose the best Diamond at the best price.
Gary and Carol also attend some the worlds largest jewellery fairs searching for diamonds, gems and other jewellery. Many of their diamond houses from Belgium are also at these fairs so they can still access the fantastic prices here as well as in Antwerp. There are 100's of other diamond brokers attending these fairs also from Belgium plus also India, America, England, Israel so Gary has millions of diamonds to choose from. With his knowledge and expertise you can be assured that he will search until he finds the right one for you.
The Four C's
Before you go looking at diamonds it is handy to do a little research before hand so you don't get all confused with the sales persons technical talk. In the jewellery industry we teach our staff the four C's. Cut, colour, clarity, carat.
The cut of the diamonds does not refer to the shape but how the diamond has been cut by the diamond cutter. A diamond that is perfectly cut will give you the most light or sparkle. If a diamond has not been cut it doesn't matter about its colour it will still appear dull and lifeless.
A diamonds colour is determined on a colour scale from the D (colourless) to Z (yellow/brown). The most sought after diamonds have no colour. Whilst most diamonds appear to have no colour, in actual fact they have tints of colour as shown on the colour scale
Clarity refers to the amount and size of natural imperfections in the diamond. This may be internal (inclusions) or external (blemishes). The fewer inclusions in a diamond, the rarer and more valuable the gem. No two diamonds are alike and these inclusions are sometimes like their fingerprint.
Carat - A diamonds weight is measured in carats, abbreviated ct. One carat can be divided into 100 points. Therefore, a diamond weighing one quarter of a carat can also be referred to as being 25 points. Or if it weighs half a carat it is refered to as .50points.