It was a year after I had my daughter and the idea of going back to work in the Finance industry did not appeal at all. I was looking for a side project, almost a hobby and due to my families history in the diamond trade this seemed like a good place to start. I started slowly and began selling diamonds to friends and the referrals picked up from there.
When my daughter hit kindy I knew it was time to expand out to an office space and so I moved into London Court, opening only two days a week. I had a few good years there before moving to where I am now in St Georges Tce.
What I wasn’t expecting was that I would enjoy it so much. It is such a treat working with people to create amazing pieces of jewellery and family heirlooms. I get to be involved in some very special moments with people and I have met some lovely clients who have become friends along the way.
I also absolutely love sourcing stones and when new stock arrives I am like a kid in a candy store. Diamonds and Coloured Gems are all so unique and fabulous and I love seeing new things.
I like to think we are a little different to the average jewellery store. We try to say yes more often and look for the most affordable way to make jewellery for people. The service we give is very personal and we ensure that we keep the waste down by producing small batch jewellery - no mass produced items.
In 2007 Hope Diamonds was born.
We consider a collectable diamond to be one that is sought after for its rarity and unique features. This may be a diamond with a large carat weight or one that scores on the top end of the 4 C’s, such as a D Colour, Internally Flawless, Excellent Cut Diamond. However at Hope Diamonds we have chosen to specialise in Collectable coloured diamonds.
A great reason is simply because you like them. Some people love fine Art and others prefer gemstones – it is helpful if you are keen to learn a bit about the diamonds and how rare and unique they are and also just be able to appreciate the beauty that nature has produced.
There are also practical reasons to choose coloured diamonds such as the remarkable stability of the coloured diamond marketplace. Facts show that coloured diamonds have not gone down in value at the dealer level for more than 40 years. Prices have doubled on average every 5-7 years. They have weathered the financial storm of 3 major recessionary periods including the current crisis, and investors have seen increases in value of 180%-300% between 2001 and 2011.
The value of coloured diamonds are based on rarity of colour; followed by colour intensity. The more intense the colour, the more valuable the natural coloured diamond is. It is often difficult to set a price for a Rare Coloured Diamond and it often will come down to what another collector is willing to pay.
We are a small family business with over 20 years’ experience specialising in Coloured Diamonds. We have a great network of suppliers as well as an extensive network to sell these diamonds. Because we deal with these diamonds every day we have a good feel for the trends and also keep up to date with information on the mines and mine closures as well as auction results around the world. We are excited about Coloured Diamonds and we also have a great range that can be viewed at our Perth showroom.
If you have any more questions regarding coloured diamonds please call or make an appointment to come in and see us.