Archive for July, 2010

Why Diamonds are a Good Investment

Posted on July 19th, 2010

Diamonds are a Strong Investment | Mark BroumandDiamonds are a terrific form of alternative investment
Today, with the world economy on shaky ground, a few standout investments have been gaining popularity. Art, for example has remained a fairly stable investment.
One of the most seriously underutilized alternative investments is diamonds.
Reasons you should consider investing in diamonds:

♦  Since 1934 DIAMOND prices have increased more than the rate of inflation thereby protecting the real value of capital. In recent years diamond prices increased during a benign inflationary period, thereby offering solid capital protection in addition to capital growth.
♦  Diamonds are the most concentrated form of storing wealth. They also offer you financial privacy not available elsewhere.Unlike other financial investments a diamond investor has 100 percent direct ownership of a portable tangible asset of proven value.
♦  Diamonds require no ongoing management or up keep. They do not incur property taxes or require liability insurance.  Unlike commodities and other investments, diamonds are insulated from the daily fluctuations of the markets and are not as likely to reflect sharp price changes. The international demand for collectible diamonds greatly exceeds the supply.

Diamonds have performed consistently well throughout economic downturns and today continue to be a top choice among investors. Diamonds, unlike many other alternative investments, retain their value even when the rest of the economy bottoms out. The value of diamonds has been climbing even higher in the last decade. Just five years ago, the average retail per-carat price of a ten-carat colorless diamond was $70,000. Today, it is more than $200,000 per carat.

Additional reasons that Diamonds are such a great investment choice is their almost-guaranteed rarity. Diamonds are rare and grow scarcer every year. An investment in diamonds will grow in value as the world’s supply of diamonds decreases. There is an almost universal belief that diamonds have enduring value. When asked by outsiders about “investing” in diamonds, I always said to invest in a beautiful stone or piece of diamond jewelry like you would in a beautiful piece of art or fine furniture: because you love it and it will bring you pleasure to look at it and use it.

A Guide to Cushion Cut Diamonds

Posted on July 13th, 2010

The cushion cut (or pillow cut) diamond is one of the most beautiful cuts available in the market today. Popular close to a century ago, the diamond shape is once again enjoying a surge of popularity recently, and no wonder, cushions have a subtle and romantic sparkle that many find irresistible. This article will discuss some facts about the history of the cushion cut and also provide some tips on buying the perfect diamond.

Fancy Yellow CUSHION CUT DIAMOND | Mark Broumand

The Allnat Diamond

History of the cushion cut diamond

The cushion enjoyed a tremendous amount of popularity throughout most of the nineteenth century and well into the early twentieth century. It was based on what is now referred to as an “old mine cut”, a diamond with 33 crown facets and 25 pavilion facets. The cushion has a similar depth, but features 64 instead of 58 facets; a square shape and rounded corners.

The charm of the cushion cut was not it’s fiery sparkle but rather in it’s glistening luster. A deep shine that shimmers much like the wind rippled surface of a lake during sunset. It’s this unique shine that gives the stone a romantic appeal.

Overtime the cushion cut as evolved to maximize both that romantic luster while adding more fire and sparkle. The result is a unique checkerboard faceting that gives modern cushion cuts a unique and remarkable brilliance.

Some of the most famous gem stones in the world were shaped into cushion cuts, the Allnat Diamond (101.29 carats) an intense yellow gem from De Beers premier diamond mine, the blue Hope Diamond (45.52 carats) and the yellow Tiffany Diamond (128.54 carats).

Tips on buying cushion cut diamonds

Due to the large open facets on a cushion, it’s a good idea to shop more for a higher diamond clarity and color than carat size. We recommend buying a stone that is at least an H color and SI1 clarity. Also it’s important to note that cushions come in a variety of shapes ranging from perfectly symmetrical squares to longer rectangles and the prices range based on the symmetry of the cut with equal faceting on all sides.

As popular as the cushion cut diamond is today, it’s still difficult to find in the market. At Mark Broumand, we search out the some of the highest quality and best values available in the diamond market directly from the cutters.

A few of our favorite cushion cut diamond rings:

 4.02ct Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring | Mark Broumand 4.02ct Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring
 3.91ct Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring | Mark Broumand 3.91ct Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring
 3.07ct Fancy Yellow Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Anniversary Ring | Mark Broumand 3.07ct Fancy Yellow Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement or Anniversary Ring