Choosing the Right Diamond
Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend but did you know they could also be an investor’s best friend thanks to a global decline in the production of quality gems and rising demand.
Diamonds have consistently gone up over the last 40 years. In this video, Christie's Head of Jewelry, explains how you can concentrate great wealth in the palm of your hand. Diamonds are not only a symbol of bestowing your love but make a great investment due to their store of wealth, low volatility, privacy, portability and worldwide value.
Diamond Price Index
Investment Performance Based on Initial Buy-In of $1,000 in 2004*
This chart highlights the comparative performance of gold, 5 and 3 carat white diamonds and the Dow Jones. If one were to have invested a $1,000 in gold at the beginning of 2004, a return of $1,918 was earned. Not far behind, the profits collected for 5 carat diamonds were $1,555 over almost a 10 year period and 3 carat diamonds yielded a return of $1,223. A dismal profit of $576 was earned on the Dow Jones for the same period. All statistics were quoted from the Rapaport 2013 Diamond Price Statistics Annual Report.
*Source: Chart figures provided by the Rapaport Diamond Price Statistics 2013 Annual Report. Diamond figures are based on the RDI (Rapaport Diamond Index). The full report is available at diamonds.net/Report.
The 4Cs of Diamond Quality
Becoming An Expert Investor in Diamonds
There is no other object quite like a diamond. It is found in the most remote places on earth, and the fact that it forms at all is something of a miracle. It takes about one ton of rock to recover less than half a carat, making diamonds one of the rarest and most desired gemstones in the world. A diamond is a testament of endurance and strength – and not surprisingly, the ultimate symbol of love. But it doesn’t stop there, thanks to a global decline in the production of quality gems and rising demand, diamonds are fast-becoming a great vehicle for investors. But before investing, it’s important to understand the characteristics that distinguish diamonds, the 4Cs. Click on the blocks below to learn more.
Fancy Color Investment Grade Diamonds
Fancy Color Investment Grade Diamonds are graded differently than white bullion diamonds. The 4Cs are used but the color, including intensity of color and hues, is considered the diamond’s most important attribute. Naturally colored diamonds are found in 12 different colors with more than 90 secondary hues and nine intensity levels within the 234 color combinations. According to Forbes, their rarity and beauty makes some of these diamonds worth well into the millions of dollars.
Fancy color diamonds have a longer shelf life and do not get worn out as easily as white bullion diamonds, thus making them the optimal choice when investing in diamonds for their store-of-value. The greatest thing about a Fancy Color Diamond is that it never fades and the value of these diamonds have grown far greater than most other investments. A diamond can be stored for years, and other than simply wiping the diamond clean it will sparkle as much as it did the day it was first polished. These diamonds truly are forever and are considered the ultimate choice when investing in diamonds.