With the recent controversy over the source of some diamonds we felt the need to give our view on this subject. Diamonds we supply, are from gem merchants we have confidently purchased from for the last ten years or more. This insures we, and you the customer get consistency in price and quality. These suppliers sell gemstones that comply with the,"Kimberley Process Certification Scheme" that was established in 2002 by the diamond industry, to avoid the incidence of so called "Blood diamonds" entering the gem market.
The "Kimberly process" is a system that covers the mine to the market, distribution of diamonds. But like all such schemes, will not be perfect. We believe by keeping to suppliers that we trust, we are doing our best within a system that is not perfect. In the end it will come down to a personal decision. There are alternatives that can replace diamonds and other gemstones, that represent excellent quality,wear ability and brilliance and are indistinguishable from the real thing.
Created, or man made gems such as Moissonite, Byron or Chattam created gems can be a beautiful and conscience free, alternative. These gems are manufactured in laboratories using the same elements and materials that the natural gems posses. Their quality is often better than the naturally occurring stone and cheaper. We are happy to supply you with more specific details, if this is an option you would consider.
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Moissanite is a man made created gem. It does occurred naturally but is extremely rare, originally discovered by Dr. Henri Moissan in 1893 while examining a meteorite deposit, he found tiny amounts of what turned out to be deposits of silicon carbide.
Crystals are grown in a hi tech laboratory, which creates gem quality stones that have many attributes of naturally occurring diamonds, but at a fraction of the price.
Moissanite has refraction and light dispersion qualities that match or excelle natural diamond, with a hardness value of 9.25 compared to diamond at 10.
Moissanite is graded to a similar standard as diamonds are graded, and represents great value if your looking for a diamond substitute.
Should you require more specific information or have other queries, we are always happy to help.................
Rick and Jenny Bromhead, design and make beautiful jewellery. Based in Northland New Zealand.
With our many years of experience within the jewellery trade, we have made many friends and satisfied many customers. Traditional, antique or the latest styles, we can take the time to create a piece of quality Jewellery Art for you.