Finding melee diamonds for sale is just the first step. The second step is understanding the process that melee diamond supplier goes through before selling you those diamonds. This second step is vital, as it helps ensure the melee stones you receive are not fake. When vetting melee diamonds suppliers, ask the following questions.
1) Do you work directly with sight holders?
Melee diamonds suppliers who do direct business with sight holders will know exactly where their melee diamonds are mined and manufactured. This direct line of contact adds another level of reassurance that the diamond melee parcel you receive is natural.
2) Are your melee diamonds screened for authenticity?
For example, before K. Rosengart lists any melee diamonds for sale, the stones have gone through the M-screening process to guarantee there are no CVD or HPHT stones mixed in. A diamond melee supplier who screens its diamonds for authenticity is providing an additional measure of quality assurance, giving you peace of mind that any melee parcel you purchase contains real stones.
3) Do you provide diamonds on memo?
Melee diamonds suppliers who allow you to work with their diamonds, and then return the stones not used, offer distinct advantages. Manufacturers and jewelers sometimes need to work with multiple sizes of melee diamonds before a piece of jewelry is finalized and finished. Having various melee stones on hand during the creation of a jewelry piece can save precious time and headache.
However, if a diamond melee supplier does in fact offer diamonds on memo, be sure to follow up with one very important question: how do you confirm that the stones returned to you are 100% real? When melee diamond stones that are out on memo come back to the supplier, they should be carefully tested to make certain nothing has been mixed in. (Note: The retesting of melee diamonds on memo is standard protocol at K. Rosengart.)
4) Do you carry synthetic diamonds?
Choose a supplier, like K. Rosengart, who does not sell synthetics. That way, there is no chance of ever having any synthetic inventory mixed into your real diamond melee parcels. Not only does K. Rosengart NOT carry any synthetic diamonds, but we also test all our diamonds with the M-screening process (as mentioned above) as well as the Yehuda Sherlock Holmes Detector.
5) Are your diamonds conflict free?
Conflict free diamonds are diamonds that have been ethically mined and sold with no association to Opposition groups. Suppliers who adhere to the Kimberly Process provide conflict free diamonds.
The Kimberly Process was established in 2003 to prevent “conflict diamonds” from entering the mainstream rough market by the United Nations. This process was set up to ensure that diamond purchases were not financing violence by rebel movements and their allies seeking to undermine legitimate governments.
At K. Rosengart, we have a wealth of knowledge about from where our diamonds come (mining, cutting, distribution, etc.), and we go through many steps to make sure our melee diamonds are natural.
6) What is your shipping policy?
At K. Rosengart, we ship on the same day your order is placed, and we communicate the details with you so you can be sure you are getting your order when expected. With tight deadlines and just-in-time delivery services, we answer all questions about the availability of the diamonds you are ordering and tell you exactly when you can expect your shipment.
K. Rosengart prides itself on being able to deliver consistent quality on a regular basis with impeccable service.
In fact, we recently had a client ask if we could test some diamonds she had in stock that she had purchased some time ago from another source. We said, "Absolutely!" However, we also asked from whom she bought the diamonds and about what was her concern.
She explained that she is a designer selling jewelry in high-end retailers. She is currently taking jewelry classes in NYC, and her teacher sells her diamonds as well as other students.
She described the teacher as kind, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. She spoke highly of him, but we could sense some apprehension... so we started to ask some simple questions. She was unable to answer any of them, but she definitely wanted to know the answers once we started to inquire about the following:
- From where does he source his diamonds?
- Does he adhere to the Kimberley Process?
- How does he guarantee that his clients are buying only natural diamonds?
- Are his diamonds ethically sourced?
- What steps does he take to ensure all of the above ?
From our perspective, these questions seem only natural to ask... but you do need to know that you have to ask. There is so much information out there about how diamonds are sourced, mined, tested, and distributed. Be sure to ask your source all the above and more! They should be completely transparent about everything. If not, you may want to revisit from whom you are buying.