We entered the Diamond Show in the lovely, light-filled Markthalle in Basel, with a mission to find the perfect three carat Pear Shape diamond for a special client’s engagement ring. The diamonds were breathtaking. Every shape was in evidence, up to 10 ct and above, in white and every natural colour. Many of the diamond sellers were second, third or fourth generation of their family business.
We chatted with diamond sellers from Israel, Switzerland, Hong Kong and the US. We were treated to delicacies and cappuccino as we examined potential stones and got to know the people. It was exciting to be able to photograph a number of serious contenders for pride of place on the finger of the bride-to-be. We sent the images for client comment and approval before we settled on the final beauty: almost 3 ½ carats.
Buying diamonds isn't just about looking for a pretty stone with good specs. Each diamond must be examined with a loupe to reveal its character before we know that "this is the one" for our client. The trust relationship with the diamond seller is very important to develop. It is a process and it takes time.
Watch for the companion Blog: The Engagement Ring Design Process.