Hi everyone, welcome back to our site! August is here; that’s the last month without an “R” in it. In Michigan any month with an “R” in it is likely to have suspect weather, so let’s enjoy this warmth while we can!
Last month I noted that we are at the very early stages of planning our annual trip to Antwerp, Belgium. Antwerp is known as The Diamond Capital of the World; more than half of all diamonds sold in the world pass through the four block diamond district there. We have been travelling to Antwerp for nearly 20 years now, because there we can look at more diamonds in one day than we normally would otherwise see in one year. As I said last month, when you look at that many diamonds, you find certain stones that “speak” to you. You find diamonds that look better than the other diamonds in the same parcel (and for sale at the same price). It is that hard work with a keen eye for bargains that lead to the incredible values we are able to find.
I also talked about Davy Lapa and Overseas Diamonds; this month let me tell you about some of the other diamond dealers we have worked with while in Antwerp. Backes and Strauss is the world’s oldest diamond dealer; formed in 1789 (think of the changes in business THEY have encountered)! K. Einhorn is a large firm and a DeBeers siteholder. Diamstones has our dear friend Eddy Katz who I have known for over twenty years and from whom I purchased the diamond I wear proudly every day. Windiam specializes in Russian diamonds – excellent quality and cut, and a firm that is known for giving back to communities with great socially conscious programs. Royal Gems; creator of the Royal Diamond program (see our Diamond and Fair Trade pages for more information on this). Finally, Fischler Diamonds; this is a well-respected family company quite involved in high-level diamond trade associations and one of the real stand-up “good guys” in the industry (and where some key former employees of Overseas now work).
There are still more offices we will visit, but these represent the lion share of our Antwerp contacts. People ask us if we still get excited about going to Antwerp to buy diamonds after this many trips and I’ll respond, yes, but in a different way. Now, it is more like going to see old friends or family that you get to see too infrequently. As I mentioned, we have a twenty year history with many of these folks!
If you have any interest in an important diamond in the near future, talk to us. We are happy to act as your diamond broker, selecting a diamond just for you, and selling it at our cost plus a small commission. We do this because we can pass along savings if we know for sure a diamond is sold before we buy it (no overhead to consider), and because it makes our total purchases more important in the buying offices abroad. We feel that this is positively the best way you can possibly buy the diamond of your dreams!
Also, our regular Fall (YES, FALL!) merchandise is pouring in now. Purchases made at the Fall IJO buying show and with our regular salesmen will be arriving on an almost daily basis. Stop in early and often for the best selection!
Thanks once again for checking in with us, and we’ll look for you in our store soon!