Rosecut diamonds from 1900 ~ This cut is typical for this era, each stone has a different shape, it makes them unique.
What are reclaimed stones?
Old jewelry is sold daily for gold and silver, also jewels with beautiful stones.
Reclaimed stones are gemstones that once have been cherished in a jewel. As I attach great importance to responsible production, I have found the opportunity to give some gems a second life, this of course after a check-up.
In collaboration with a recognized jeweler from Antwerp, I decided to create a way to re-use precious stones and gemstones. These stones can have some small defects, if needed, they will be repolished.
For diamonds of a certain size you will even receive a certificate from the HRD (High Council for Diamonds) with the necessary information about this stone.
This way, the impact on the environment and surrounding communities will be reduced. By combining these stones with recycled silver or gold you can have an entire eco-friendly jewel. Some recovered diamonds or gemstones even have an antique cut which offer a unique and vintage look.
What do you need to know about diamonds?
Diamond is the hardest material that occurs in nature. Without it, our world would be very different today. Industrial diamonds are used for the cutting and grinding of very hard materials, for optical devices, such as lasers, for heat dissipation, and for diamond coatings to produce enhanced wear resistance. We even use diamonds to slice and cut other gemstones.
Polished diamonds are the high quality diamonds we use in the jewelry industry.
The quality and value are determined by the four C’s.
A rough diamond looks like a pebble, you wouldn’t notice that it is a valuable stone. However, a craftsman can reveal the beauty while cutting. During polishing, a diamond loses about 50% of its original weight. The brilliance of a diamond derives from the reflection of the light. Only an expert can make them reach their full potential.
We express the weight of precious stones and therefore also diamonds in carats. The word carat is derived from a natural unit of weight: the seeds of the carob tree. In the past, these seeds were used as a unit of weight. Now one carat is set at 0.2 grams and subdivided into one hundred ‘dots’.
The color is measured by comparing a stone under controlled lighting and precise viewing conditions to masterstones of established color value. Many of these diamond color distinctions are so subtle that they are invisible to the untrained eye; however, these distinctions make a very big difference in diamond quality and price.
Nearly all diamonds contain traces of uncrystallized carbon or other minerals. Most impurities become visible under a magnifying glass and are called “inclusions”. Those are a bit like the fingerprints of the diamond, because they make each diamond completely unique. Down the line, the fewer inclusions, the rarer and more precious the diamond is.
Several codes categorize the purity:
• FL: Flawless, Loupe-clean, No inclusions and no blemishes visible under 10x magnification
• IF: Internally Flawless, No inclusions visible under 10x magnification
• VVS1, VVS2: Inclusions so slight they are difficult for a skilled grader to see under 10x magnification
• VS1, VS2: Inclusions are observed with effort under 10x magnification, but can be considered as minor
• SI1, SI2: Inclusions are noticeable under 10x magnification
• I1, I2, I3, P1, P2, P3: Piqué 1,2,3 Inclusions are obvious under 10x magnification