Diamond Jewellery


    The basic rule of economics is that supply and demand dictates price, and in the world of diamonds this is undoubtedly true where rarity equals value. Take for example, natural fancy coloured diamonds which account for less than 0.1% of the number of mined diamonds. Prices for these fancy coloured diamonds are determined by the rarity of the diamond’s colour and how hard it is to obtain it.  Whist coloured diamonds present in 12 different colour variations with more than 90 secondary hues, 9 intensity levels, and over 230 combinations of colour, natural fancy coloured diamonds can basically be divided into four main groups based on their prices, these are:

    Ultra-High - Red diamonds which are the rarest of the coloured diamonds and therefore the most expensive.

    High price range – Blue, Pink, Purple, Violet and Green diamonds.

    Mid-price range - Vivid and Intense Yellow Diamonds and Orange Diamonds.

    Relatively affordable - Grey, Brown and Fancy Yellow Diamonds.

    As can be seen, blue diamonds are amongst the rarest of the fancy coloured diamonds. They stand at the tip of the second rarest group and are rarer than pink diamonds but less than violet and purple diamonds.  Of course what must be borne in mind is that as with all coloured diamonds, not all blue diamonds are equally rare - the strongest the colour, the more rare the diamond.

    Blue diamonds are not only extremely attractive and highly desired, but they are also one of the most fascinating gemstones in existence.  This is due to their unusual chemical makeup and rich role in history and this is why there is more to blue diamonds than meets the eye.

    How blue diamonds are created

    Quite simply the colour blue is created by the presence of boron.  Whilst the diamond is forming in the earth’s crust, boron particles can become trapped inside the crystal lattice. It is this substance that absorbs yellow light, thus reflecting the stunning blue colour.  The more boron that is present within the diamond, then the deeper the colour of blue.   Like any other coloured diamond, blue diamonds can exhibit a wide range of hues, from pale shades to intense and the modifying colour will be referred to in their gemological grading reports. For example, one of these diamonds may be classified as gray-blue or greenish-blue. It is very common to see blue diamond’s referred to with names regarding their shade, such as midnight, navy, baby, or royal blue.

    It is estimated that less than one-tenth of a percent of all fancy coloured diamonds are rare blues - Type IIb blues.  Even rarer than these are the Type Ia blue diamond’s where the colour of blue is created by the presence of hydrogen within the gemstone which if present in in sufficient quantity creates  a blue-grey or grey-violet colour which is similar to that caused by boron.

    The colour of blue diamonds can also be influenced by exposure to radiation exposure and those that have been exposed are usually described as green-blue. There is another characteristic that sets natural blue diamonds apart for mother gemstones, and that is that they are the hardest conductors of both heat and electricity on Earth.

    Where do blue diamonds come from?

    As blue diamonds are a rarity they are found in very few mines. The Cullinan Mine near Pretoria in South Africa is the primary source of blue diamonds. Owned Petra Diamonds this mine has been the source for some of the most interesting discoveries and sales of blue diamonds. The Argyle mine in Australia, the Golconda mine in India and the Lesteng mine in Lesotho have also yielded blue diamonds but on a less common basis than The Cullinan Mine.

    The value of blue diamonds  

    Due to their inherent rarity natural blue diamonds are highly sought after by diamond collectors and as we said before, scarcity and demand pushes up value!  The NCDIA has reported that prices for natural blue diamonds have been consistently increasing at a rate of 12 to 17% during the last decade irrespective of the saturation level.  So whilst fancy vivid blue diamonds may be less commonly found and more highly sought-after, even fancy light blue diamonds are being sold for some quite astounding prices. In fact in recent years there have been many record-breaking sales of blue diamonds.  As only about two to four important blue diamonds come to market annually this has created a fervour amongst diamond collectors and investors that has inflated the prices achieved at auction.  Of course, as with any diamond, the carat weight, clarity and cut of a blue diamond will also have an impact on the value.

    Famous blue diamonds

    Undoubtedly the most famous blue diamond has to be The Blue Hope Diamond.  This stunning diamond was discovered in the Kollur mine in India by Jean Baptiste Tavernier. When found it weighed a very impressive 112 carats and was described as being a beautiful violet. The GIA have classified The Blue Hope Diamond as a rare fancy dark greyish blue.

    The Blue Hope Diamond was sold to King Louis XVI in 1668, and was recut for the King to wear on a neck ribbon for ceremonial occasions. It was then named ‘Le bleu de France’ (the French blue). In 1830 this incredible was bought by Henry Phillip Hope and was recut and acquired its name as The Blue Hope Diamond.  After numerous other owners The Blue Hope Diamond was purchased in 1949 by New York gem merchant Harry Winston who donated it to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington where it remains on permanent exhibition and is insured for a staggering $250 million!

    Other impressive blue diamonds include The Star of Josephine a 7.0-carat cushion-cut fancy vivid blue and internally flawless diamond that was found in 2008. This diamond sold at a Sotheby's auction in 2009 for $9.49 million, the equivalent of $1.35 million per carat setting a world record at the time for the highest price per carat for any gemstone at auction.

    The Tereschenko diamond a 42.92-carat pear-shaped stone is the second largest fancy blue stone in the world after the Hope.

    Blue diamonds can’t be discussed without mention of the famous Wittelsbach-Graff, which was discovered sometime in the mid-1600s. After being bought, recut and repolished by Laurence Graff, it weighed an impressive 31.06 carats and fetched $24.3 million in 2011.

    More recently, a blue diamond called ‘The Blue Moon’ broke the world record as being the world’s most expensive diamond. It was auctioned at the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction in November 2015 for $48.5 Million Dollars the equivalent of over $4 Million Dollars per carat!  This diamond is an internally flawless 12.03 carat fancy vivid blue and is the highest colour grading and of the highest clarity.  It was discovered by Petra Diamonds in the South African Cullinan mine and was sold to Cora International for $25.6 Million dollars as a rough diamond.


    Valentine’s Day is less than a month away so it’s time to start thinking of the perfect gift to give your special someone. Officially the most romantic day of the year this is the perfect opportunity to show the person that you care the most about just how special they are to you with a thoughtful gift that marks your adoration and love.

    St Valentine’s Day originates back to 270 A.D. and has always been on the 14th February as this was the date on which Saint Priest Valentine was executed in Rome.  Saint Valentine was a deeply religious man and wholly believed in the sanctity of marriage. He was imprisoned when Emperor Claudius found out that he was performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. It is said that during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell.

    The first time that St Valentine’s Day became romantically associated was in the 14th century when courtly love was in abundance. During the 18th century gifts began to be sent on  this special day  such as flowers, sweets and greeting cards which in these times were called ‘valentines’ , and this was the beginning of ‘Valentine’s Day’ as we know it today.

    Here at Reve Diamonds we have a superb selection of gift ideas that are just perfect to give to your loved one on Valentine’s Day. Here are some of our suggestions:

     The ultimate Valentine’s Day gift – a diamond engagement ring

    With Valentine’s Day being the most romantic day of the year if you are ready to pop the question then why not use this opportunity to create some memorable moments and present your beloved with a diamond engagement ring.  As diamonds are the ultimate symbol of love this is the perfect choice of gemstone for a Valentine’s day proposal.  Whatever your style of engagement ring we have a superb selection of stunning engagement rings for you to choose from in both contemporary and traditional styles, and we also offer a bespoke service.  Of course, with the very recent ‘royal’ engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the trilogy setting is VERY popular right now and is very apt for giving on St Valentines as the three stones are said to symbolise friendship, love and fidelity.  We offer a selection of stunning handcrafted trilogy setting diamond engagement rings using certificated diamonds ranging from 0.50ct up to 10.00ct in various cuts and crafted in either 18k white gold, 18k yellow gold or platinum.

    Heart shaped diamond pendant 

    If you and not yet ready to propose but nevertheless want to show you partner that she means the world to you and has your heart, then a beautiful heart shaped diamond pendant will send that message and more.  The heart is a traditional symbol of love which makes this stunning piece of jewellery the ideal gift for Valentine’s Day to really show that you care. It is the perfect accessory for any occasion and will undoubtedly be treasured forever with a special place in her heart.  The heart shaped diamond pendant has a 0.3carat SI1 princess cut diamond and hangs from a 16-inch curb chain which is 0.8mm wide.  Dependent on your partner’s individual tastes you can choose from platinum, 18k white go or 18k yellow gold.  We also offer a bespoke service whereby you can order this heart shape diamond pendant with a 0.50ct up to 5.0ct certificated heart shape diamond if you are looking for something a little different.

    Diamond stud earrings 

    What women could fail to fall in love with a pair of classical white diamond stud earrings which are truly one of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for several reasons.  Not only are they one of the most versatile of jewellery gifts but one size fits all so you do not have to worry about factors such as ring sizing or wrist size etc. Also, earrings are worn by the vast majority of women and diamond stud earrings will suit almost all tastes and personalities taking the guesswork out of your choice of present.

    Nothing says classical beauty quite like 18k white gold diamond stud earrings and we find this to be the most popular choice of metal for the setting of our diamond stud earrings.   We offer a wide selection of exquisite white diamond stud earrings in both classic and contemporary designs with styles ranging from traditional four-claw settings to a diamond halo surround. Our diamond stud earrings are the very epitome of sophistication and will be a timeless gift that will be admired each time they are worn.

    Diamond eternity ring 

    If you are in a long-term relationship but not yet ready to propose or have decided not to get married, or you are already married, the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your other half is a diamond eternity ring. A diamond eternity ring is the accepted symbol of everlasting love and commitment and has to be the ultimate gift of love – a gift that isn’t just for one romantic day of the year, but one that will be worn every day of the year, for the rest of your loved one’s life.

    We offer a stunning range of beautifully handcrafted diamond eternity rings to suit all tastes, styles and budgets including channel settings, pave settings, micro settings, claw and rub-over settings.  Whether your partner loves the timeless elegance of a single row of diamonds, or loves a bit of bling with maximum sparkle and shimmer, we have a design to please every eye.  Or for something more special, take advantage of our bespoke service where our master craftsmen will make your design and vision become a reality for Valentine’s Day.


    Whether you love to be up to date with the latest trends, prefer timeless classic elegance did you know that the shape of the diamond within your engagement ring may reveal something about your personality and tastes?  Here we take a fun look at what some of the most popular cuts and shapes of diamond might say about you! 

    Round Brilliant Cut Diamond  

    This classical shape is possibly the most popular choice for engagement rings, and it is not hard to see why. A round brilliant cut diamond has a sparkle to rival many other cuts. This is due to its 58 facets and 360-degree symmetrical shape which reflect and radiate light to produce a fire and brilliance that is very eye catching. The circular shape of the cut is also said to symbolise never ending love which makes it the perfect choice for an engagement ring which celebrates your love for one another. 

    Women who favour the shape of a round brilliant cut diamond are usually traditionalists at heart, they are drawn to the dream of traditional romance, of hearts and flowers and a happy ever after.  These women are somewhat conservative and like simple elegance, they  hold in high esteem the values of honesty, faithfulness, and loyalty but can also be a little reluctant to accept change. 

    Princess Cut Diamond  

    Second in popularity for brides-to-be is the princess cut diamond. The princess-cut diamond is the ‘hopeless romantic’ of the shapes. It is a favourite among brides who love a combination of a classic traditionally shaped engagement ring, with the added touch of modernism.  Its square cut with clean chic angles produce a sparkle which is much admired.  

    The lady who chooses a princess cut diamond engagement ring loves traditional values but accepts change of modern times embracing all different cultural  influences to have a well-rounded view of her world. As the extravagant sparkle of a princess cut diamond demands attention, so the woman who chooses to wear this cut for her engagement ring may not be afraid to be centre stage and will not shrink from the spotlight. She is happy to take risks in life and act as a leader bringing life, vitality and energy to all that she does.  

    Emerald Cut Diamond 

    Being a step cut with rectangular facets that are arranged parallel to each edge of the diamond, the emerald cut diamond is designed to draw attention to a diamond's shine with its clean cut rectangular top and chiselled corners. The Emerald cut is currently enjoying a huge revival in diamond jewellery and is now the third most popular choice of diamond for engagement rings, after the round brilliant cut and princess cut.  

    Confidence is a must when wearing an Emerald cut diamond ring as fewer facets make this cut susceptible to revealing any flaws that the diamond may have, therefore it is a confident woman that choses this shape of diamond.   

    Brides-to-be who favour this retro-inspired design are open to taking risks and embrace the unexpected. Some of the most glamorous of Hollywood movie stars including Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly have chosen Emerald cut diamonds as this cut is classy, sophisticated and catches attention at every turn. Modern day women who choose an Emerald cut diamond engagement ring may have a yearning towards glamour and glitz of retro times as this cut perfectly combines contemporary lines with vintage flair.  

    Cushion Cut Diamond 

    A Cushion cut diamond takes its name from the rounded corners and curved sides that make it appear softer than a princess-cut diamond but not as circular as a round brilliant cut diamond, hence the shape of a cushion.  This cut is feminine and subtle in design but is also very stylish and on trend and is the perfect cut when looking for an engagement ring that has a soft look but exudes a lot of sparkle. 

    The lady who chooses a Cushion cut diamond engagement ring is not afraid to show her soft romantic side and her love for her partner.  She craves adventure and seeks romance in all that she does, is modern yet has traditional values and is bold enough to show that to the world. 

    Asscher Cut Diamond  

    The Asscher cut (referred to as a Square Emerald) is a vintage-inspired unique shape with prismatic brilliance and a rectangular-faceted pavilion in the same style as the emerald cut. The standard number of main facets on an Asscher cut is usually 58 and it has a deep pavilion, faceted culet, high crown and small table which allows for tremendous sparkle lustre and creates a fascinating optical illusion known as the “Hall of Mirrors” effect. 

    In recent years the Asscher cut has become very popular among the fashion-conscious crowd following Carrie Bradshaw modelling an Asscher cut engagement ring during her brief engagement  to Aidan Shaw on the worldwide hit television show ‘Sex and the City’.  

    Women who choose an Asscher cut engagement ring are usually very self-confident and outgoing with many friends and a hectic social life. They are not afraid to both follow and define fashion trends, are sophisticated yet relaxed, and are always impeccably dressed, charming and muchg admired.  

    Marquise Cut Diamond  

    The Marquise cut diamond is named after the legend that King Louis XIV of France (the Sun King) was in search of a stone polished into the shape of the mouth of his mistress, the Marquise of Pompadour.  Marquise cut diamonds are not currently one of the most fashionable of styles, but have the very big benefit that because of their shape, these diamonds often appear larger than life.  This cut is therefore perfect for accentuating long, slender fingers. The shape of the stone is made to maximize carat weight, which can appeal to brides with a flair for drama.   

    Brides-to-be that choose Marquise cut diamonds are seen as determined and strong and not afraid to ooze sex appeal.  Extroverted women chose Marquise cut diamonds that have a love for life and all things vintage and glamorous.  

    Diamonds come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s up to you to find a cut that fits you and our personality best. Think of it this way: what do you want to wear on that left hand of yours? Because it’s going to be there for a long time.


    If you care and treat your precious jewellery well it will bring you pleasure for many years to come.  We recommend that you have your jewellery professionally cleaned and inspected at least once a year but are also some simple things that you can do at home to help your precious jewellery look its very best for even longer.  Here ae our top tips for caring for your jewellery:  

    1. Always store pieces of jewellery separately 

    Different gemstones have different hardness and can easily scratch or knock each other if stored together so think about how you store items of jewellery.    

    Keeping your pieces of jewellery in separate soft-lined compartments is the ideal method of storage so try to keep the boxes and packaging that it came in as this is the easiest and often the best way to protect your jewellery from dust and damage.  This will not prevent silver from oxidising, so possibly consider storing items in airtight bags to minimise this, while silica gel packs will absorb moisture and sulphur in the air that can cause jewellery to lose its shine. All Jewellery should always be stored away from direct sunlight, damp, and extremes of heat or cold. 

    Wrap gold, silver, precious and semi-precious items in acid-free tissue or cotton to keep them away from dust and moisture. Take extra care with pearls, which are soft and vulnerable to scratches and other damage. Always ensure that any fastenings are closed so items do not tangle or catch each other. 

    1. Wear with care 

    When getting dressed always put your jewellery on last so that your clothes do not catch on it. Apply makeup and hairspray first so that these do not contaminate your jewels, making sure to let everything dry before adding the finishing touches. When your hair is being styled, remove earrings so that they are not caught on combs or brushes and avoid pearl earrings or necklaces if you are having hair coloured, as the chemicals can cause discolouration; remove rings and bangles when having your nails manicured. 

    Be especially careful to remove jewellery before doing any manual work, including housework, as it can be damaged by knocks and household cleaners. Diamond rings in particular may be chipped by a hard blow. 

    1. Beware contamination 

    Some chemical agents and even water can cause discoloration and tarnishing of jewellery. Soap, cosmetics, cooking grease, and natural skin oils can dull any jewellery and should also be avoided. If your jewellery does come into contact with water, or any chemicals, use a dry soft tissue or towel to gently pat them dry.  Household cleaners, chemicals in makeup, hair products and perfumes can all tarnish or damage jewellery. 

    When handling diamonds, other gemstones and pearls touch them with your fingers as little as possible, as this will avoid the natural oils from your skin dulling and damaging them.  In addition, water can damage the threading or setting of jewellery; so avoid getting threaded pearls or beaded jewellery wet, and never wet antique items without getting specialist advice first.  

    1. Gentle cleaning 

    We highly recommend that you occasionally gently clean your jewellery to remove any oils, dust or contamination.  If you are not sure how fragile a piece is, always err on the side of caution and use simple, non-abrasive materials like soap and water, with a soft toothbrush. 

    Be careful not to rub or to over-handle your jewellery. Silver-dip type cleaners should only be used to clean silver jewellery, which must be rinsed and dried thoroughly afterwards. Gold, platinum and gemstone jewellery can be cleaned using specialist jewellery cleaners, as appropriate. 

    1. Make sure that  your jewellery is insured 

    The future cannot be predicted and no matter how well you care for your jewellery like any item it can be liable to damage, theft or accidental loss.  Ensuring that your jewellery is insured not only protects you from the financial repercussions of having to replace or repair that beautiful diamond engagement ring, it gives you peace of mind.   

    1. Visit a professional jeweller at least once a year 

    If in doubt, seek professional advice rather than experimenting. We offer an expert jewellery cleaning service, and suggest that you bring your jewellery to us at least once a year as some pieces of jewellery can be especially delicate or require a specialist’s touch.  We believe that all jewellery benefits from being cleaned and inspected professionally; dirt, marks, blemishes or scratches acquired through age or everyday wear can easily be removed to return a treasured piece to its former glory. It also gives us the chance to check your precious jewellery for any damage that you may not have noticed. 


    With Christmas 2017 getting ever nearer it is time to start deciding upon the perfect gifts for the leading lady in your life, and what better gift to give at Christmas time than the sparkle of beautiful  diamond jewellery.  The gift of a piece of exquisite diamond jewellery will not only show that you have put real thought into choosing your present,  but will be a gift that will last a lifetime and certainly be appreciated as every lady loves to receive diamond jewellery.   

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    If you are looking for inspiration but have yet to make your choice then don't panic as here at Rêve Diamonds we have some suggestions that will be just perfect for the leading lady in your life. Whether she is your wife, girlfriend, mother, sister or a best friend we can offer you the perfect gift this Christmas from our stunning range of diamond necklaces, diamond rings, diamond earrings, and bracelets, and if you should you wish to propose to your loved one this Christmas we also offer a range of stunning diamond engagement rings. So with Rêve Diamonds you can make this the best Christmas ever, with diamond jewellery gifts. 

    For the perfect present for that special lady this Christmas, you cannot go wrong with Diamond Stud Earrings.  We have a superb selection of Diamond Stud Earrings to perfectly suit your recipient’s individual style and taste.  Diamond Stud Earrings are the perfect choice this Christmas for a lady whose style is chic and classic yet stunning.  These earrings are fashionably beautiful but not loud yet are a symbol of the power of femininity.  

    We offer a variety of settings to suit every face shape and style from classic four-claw settings to a diamond halo surround in a variety of classic and contemporary designs. All our Diamond Stud Earrings are made bespoke hand-crafted in your choice of metal. Giving Diamond Stud Earrings from Rêve Diamonds is a timeless gift that will always remind the lady in your life of your thoughtful Christmas gift.  

    If you want to give something special but aren’t sure that a pair of Diamond Stud Earrings is the answer, then we would like to suggest choosing one of stunning Diamond Pendant Necklaces.  This is a classic piece of jewellery that will add instant sophistication to any woman’s wardrobe and will not disappoint when opened as a gift on Christmas Day.  We offer a wide choice of Diamond Pendant Necklaces in Pear, Princess, Round and Heart cut with a three or four claw setting available in Platinum, 18k White, Yellow or Rose Gold and different chain styles and lengths. Our wide choice of made to order Diamond Pendant Necklaces will allow you to choose the design that you feel will create the perfect gift for your special female to suit her style and taste.    

    Should you be looking for a diamond jewellery gift for a modern lady then the perfectly fashionable yet classical choice has to be a beautiful Diamond Tennis Bracelet which is the ideal piece to wear with any style from casual to evening glitz.  Our Diamond Tennis Bracelets are designed to sit delicately on the wrist of the lady to whom this gift is given and are available in several widths to suit differing wrist sizes and preferences. We offer simple styles for the lady who prefers a more casual look or a more elaborate design that is perfect to be worn on special occasions.  

    If a proposal of marriage isn’t on the cards (or has already taken place), a Diamond Eternity Ring makes a fantastic Christmas gift as the ring will symbolise your everlasting love at Christmas time and forever more.  So if you want to buy a gift that exceeds all expectations for your girlfriend or wife then why not splash out on one of our exquisite Diamond Eternity Rings. Receiving a Rêve Diamonds eternity ring will be a gift that your special lady will never forget and will treasure for always.  We offer a wide selection of high quality Diamond Eternity Rings available in claw, channel, micro, pave or grain set designs and have a design to suit every taste and budget.  Whether your lady prefers the elegant simplicity of a single row of stones or the more ornate design of a fully encrusted ring that shimmers and sparkles on the finger, we will have the perfect Diamond Eternity Ring for your gift.  We also offer a bespoke design service if you wish to design your own Diamond Eternity Ring and our highly experienced designers and master craftsmen jewellers are happy to advise on your design style and settings to create the perfect Christmas present that will bring your leading lady the ultimate Christmas happiness.  

    While the most important day of the festive period may often pass by at super-fast speed, the gift of a piece of diamond jewellery from Rêve Diamonds will last forever, and let’s face it few Christmas gifts really do stand the test of time  - what did you do with that Christmas jumper you were given last year? 


    Fancy yellows are the most popular of all natural coloured diamonds. They are also the most commonly produced fancy coloured diamonds. It is estimated that around 60% of all natural coloured diamonds belong to the fancy yellow category. There are many misconceptions regarding fancy yellow diamonds and they have often been mistaken as a ''common'' coloured diamond or as a rare gem. This has led to a lot of confusion and misconceptions in terms of categorization.

    The majority of yellows are located just below the centre of the value scale. At the upper end of this scale are some exquisite vivid diamonds that have reached up to 6 figures or more per carat in actions.

    What makes a diamond yellow?

    The yellow colour of a diamond is the result of nitrogen molecules absorbing blue light, making the diamond appear yellow (yellow is the complement of the colour blue). While in rough form a natural yellow crystal is usually cut into a large and a small stone. Larger stones feature a much more intense yellow than smaller cuts. Faint, very light and light yellows are not considered fancy colour diamonds. They are graded on the D-Z color grading scale, generally at the lower end of the scale.
    Light yellow diamonds originated in South Africa's Cape Province.


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