General Updates And News

GIA’s New Report Format And Diamond Certificate Layout

Starting from January 1st 2014, GIA will begin issuing reports for their services in a new format. I have to tell you I saw this coming when I first noticed GIA completely revamped their website in mid-2013. It seems like GIA finally decided to give their image a make-over in order to keep up with times.

Did many of you also noticed that the corporate colors for their website design had shifted primarily from blue towards a much more neutral appearance using colors like grey and white? Yep, that was a clear signal change was coming.

With the revamp, the GIA website also took on a modern outlook which utilizes a flat design concept. (more…)

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Singapore Jewellery And Gem Fair Review

singapore jewellery and gem fair

Did you know that one of Singapore’s largest jewelry trade fair usually take place in the month of October at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center? Organized by UBM Asia, a total of more than US$1 billion worth of precious gemstones and jewelry went on display this year.

In this 4 day event, more than 280 participants from 28 countries around the world took part in the fair, making the Singapore Jewellery And Gem Fair the biggest jewelry event to be held here locally.

In today’s blog post, I’ll share some of my personal experiences at the event. And for people who are shopping for engagement rings, I will also reveal insights to shopping for diamonds and whether you should make a purchase there… (more…)

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The L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace & Singapore JewelFest

The month of October is truly an exciting period of time for Singapore’s jewelry industry. If you haven’t heard of the news yet, the world’s most valuable necklace (Guinness World Records 2013) is on sale at the Singapore Jewel Fest 2013.

Created by US based international jeweler Mouawad, the L’Incomparable necklace is a masterpiece of art and exquisiteness. The center stone is the world’s largest internally flawless diamond at 407.48 carats. To put the size into perspective, this natural fancy deep yellow shield step-cut diamond is like the size of an egg.  (more…)

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10 Minutes of Work at the Crater of Diamond State Park

Mining for diamonds is probably a farfetched thought for most people. When it comes to diamond extraction, most of us probably associate miners with images of hot, sweaty men standing along the river banks of Africa under heavily guarded compounds.

Well, that kind of stereotype thinking is only true in certain parts of the world. In fact, the majority of modern mining is performed with sophisticated machinery and equipment. Now, did you know that you can actually try your hand in “diamond hunting” at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamond State Park?

That’s exactly what Michal Dettlaff and his family did when they visited the Arkansas’s famed state park while on a vacation. The 12 year old took a mere 10 minutes of ground searching when he discovered the honey brown rough lying in the surface of the soil.  (more…)

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My HK Travels And Places I Visited – A Well Deserved Break Away From Work And GIA’s Diploma Course

This is Part 4; the final installment of my Hong Kong travels and GIA’s on-campus diamond grading course.

As the saying goes “All work and no play makes Paul a dull boy”. A trip to Hong Kong isn’t complete without visiting the attractions it had to offer. Here are the highlights of the places I had been during my stay.

electric tram ding-ding

Getting around the city center in electric trams is easy and convenient.

Without fail, almost every tourist to Hong Kong will undertake a day trip to Lantau Island to explore some of the famous landmarks there. Interestingly, the world’s longest cable car ride is also located there at Lantau Island, Ngong Ping. From the base station, the length of the cable car ride is an astounding 5km ride towards the peak of the mountain.  (more…)

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