Thursday, May 28, 2009

Blue Diamond fetches Record Price for Gem

26.58 carat rough
7.03 carat polished

A rare natural fancy vivid blue diamond sold for a world record price of almost US$9.5 million (AU$12.2 million) at auction in Geneva this month.

The internally flawless, cushion-shaped diamond weighing 7.03 carat was produced by Petra Diamonds’ historic Cullinan mine in South Africa, well-known for its production of blue diamonds, and for many of the most significant diamonds ever discovered. This record-breaking blue diamond was cut from a 26.58 carat rough diamond discovered in 2008. The final US$1.35 million per carat price established a new record for a fancy vivid blue diamond sold at auction, and has surpassed the world record per carat price for any gemstone sold at auction.

The grading of this diamond was performed by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), grading it as ‘fancy vivid blue’ in colour and ‘internally flawless’ in clarity – in terms of colour and clarity, this is the top grading that may be achieved for a blue diamond.

The diamond was purchased by a Hong Kong real estate investor, Joseph Lau Luen-Hung, said to be a collector and connoisseur. As the first owner of this diamond, he has exercised his right to name the diamond, known from now as the “Star of Josephine”
Commenting on the sale, Petra Diamonds CEO Johan Dippenaar remarked: “The price achieved at the Sotheby’s auction for this exquisite, internally flawless blue diamond is a world record by value per carat and the highest price to be achieved by a fancy vivid blue diamond, and reflects how incredibly rare and collectable such an important blue diamond is to the connoisseur.

The renowned Cullinan mine continues to captivate the world with spectacular diamonds, building on its legacy as the source of some of the world’s most famous gems. This has been a very successful partnership with Sotheby’s, one of the pre-eminent names in jewellery sales, and has provided the perfect platform to garner international recognition for a gem of this calibre.”
Also commenting was David Bennett, Chairman, Europe & the Middle East, Sotheby’s International Jewellery department: “We are absolutely thrilled with the price achieved for this exceptional stone, which ranks as the highest price ever established for a fancy vivid blue diamond. It has been a real privilege to offer a diamond of this importance as the centrepiece of our sale and we have seen it capture the imagination of collectors around the world – particularly in Hong Kong, New York, London and Geneva, where we have exhibited it over the last few weeks.

It has also been very exciting and rewarding to work so closely with Petra Diamonds and to follow the progress of this remarkable gem over the last few months; from its emergence in its initial rough state, through its various stages of cutting and polishing, to its auction success on the international stage this evening.”

This blue diamond is one of the rarest blue diamonds ever auctioned, and for Sotheby’s ranks among the most significant diamonds ever to be offered for sale.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Buying a diamond from an online seller with out seeing it first. Read this letter before you do.


As per conversion between my husband xxxxxx and you this morning, here is how and where I got the ring from.

I bought a 1.07 ct solitaire brilliant cut diamond engagement ring claw set from (ID143333) on 13/05/09.
All products on this website are sold as auction.
In product description, it clearly stated the diamond weight, colour, clarity and total weight. It also attached valuation certificate.
On the certificate, it provided photo, diamond weight, colour, clarity and weight as well as valuation. The certificate is provided by jewellery provider which is XXXXX hand crafted designs.

The bid finished at 4.30pm on 13/05/09 and I got a confirmation letter from XXXXXXXX on the same day, please find attached.
The winning bid was $2259 and the buyers premium is 15% of the winning bid (it was stated on the website), which was $338.85.
I also paid $60 for freight.

They took the money from my credit card and sent me paid invoice by email on the same day. Please find attached.

I got an email regarding delivery details on 14/05/09 and i got the ring on 15/05/09. But the ring was not what i expected at all and I did not believe the ring worth the value that on the certificate and the money I spent.

As the incorrect valuation and certificate I am going to return my product and ask for the money back. In order to avoid same thing happens on other customers, I strongly suggest some actions need to be done.
It will be very much appreciated if you can look into this case and protect this market.

Please contact me on xxxxxxxx or email to if you need more information.

Below is the contact detail for xxxxxxx.
From Shelley

To Add insult to injury the diamond which was then checked by the DCLA was treated and the treatment was not disclosed as seen on the FGAA qualified valuer on his Valuation Certificate.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Learn About Diamonds & Diamond Buying on Sat May 30th 9:00am

DCLA teaches about diamond grading and diamond buying at a hands-on Diamond Workshop; register now for a 2-3 hour course before buying your diamond.

DCLA diamond experts will walk participants through the steps of grading a diamond for quality, and how to buy a diamond, during a 2-3 hour in-house workshop located at the actual DCLA Laboratory.

Next workshop:Saturday May 30 9:00am Call DCLA on 1300 66 3252(DCLA) to reserve your place. Spacing is very limited.

Diamond Buying workshop topics include:

•Detailed explanation and hands-on evaluation of the 4C’s of diamond grading. Participants will take part in the grading process to learn how the quality and value of a diamond are established.

•Choosing the diamond shape, size, and quality right for you

•How to shop for a diamond and questions to ask jewellers

•How to read, understand, and compare Diamond Grading Certificates when shopping

•Explanation and identification of diamond treatments, and how they affect value

•Explanation and identification of synthetic diamonds, and how they affect value

Participants will have ample opportunity to ask questions throughout the workshop.Again, contact DCLA on 1300 66 3252(DCLA) to register and reserve your place.

Cost of workshop: $88 incl GST****Credited against any diamond purchased on the DCLA Diamond Exchange

Buying a Diamond? Introducing the DCLA Diamond Exchange

It is with great pleasure that the DCLA announces the launch of the DCLA Diamond Exchange, a new company and diamond trading floor that gives all diamond buyers direct access to DCLA certified and guaranteed diamonds.

The mission of the DCLA has always been to protect diamond buyers and maintain consumer confidence in diamonds. In the continuing pursuit of this mission, the DCLA has had overwhelming demand to provide the public with access to DCLA certified and guaranteed diamonds. If you cannot find a DCLA diamond at your jeweller, DCLA Diamond Exchange is happy to assist.

The DCLA Diamond Exchange is the first and only diamond exchange where consumers buy diamonds with the greatest confidence that all diamonds are guaranteed to be correctly graded, providing you with the right diamond at the right price. Every diamond listed on the DCLA Diamond Exchange is backed by the DCLA Laboratory Consumer Grading Guarantee. This guarantee assures buyers that every diamond listed on the site is independently graded and verified, and is protected by a full-replacement guarantee.

Through the DCLA Diamond Exchange, leading Australian diamond merchants list their DCLA certified diamonds directly to you on the Diamond Exchange trading floor, while DCLA diamond experts guide you through the buying process from beginning to end.Consumers view and compare diamonds with the personal assistance of a diamond expert in a professional laboratory setting. DCLA Diamond Buying Workshops offer consumers succinct and comprehensive diamond knowledge. Select diamond advisors provide full analyses and explanation of the diamonds being viewed, for complete confidence, understanding, and peace of mind.

This means that the DCLA now provides the first ‘one-stop-shop’ for all diamond consumer needs. Consumers can depend on reliable expert advice and diamond buying information to ensure they make a smart purchase, regardless of where they decide to buy.

Buy your diamond from the diamond experts, and select a jeweller whose designs and work you like. For more information, or to find a diamond, go to the DCLA Diamond Exchange.

Why buy from the DCLA Diamond Exchange?

• DCLA are experts in diamonds and determining diamond quality, with vast knowledge and experience in diamonds.• DCLA Diamond Exchange draws on the thousands of DCLA diamonds available right here in Australia, which guarantees you the right diamond at the right price.• DCLA gives you all the information you need to make a smart purchase, even if you buy elsewhere.• DCLA certifies, guarantees and cold laser inscribes every diamond for your protection.• The DCLA Diamond Exchange will have the largest selected variety of DCLA Laboratory certified, approved, and quality guaranteed diamonds available in Australia.



Diamonds Online - Savings or Scam?

Does buying diamonds on the internet offer huge savings? Is it safe? Why does it appear so much cheaper?

The internet has become saturated with online diamond retailers promising unparalleled quality, selection and low prices. But has this been a positive development for consumers and the diamond industry in general? Opinions are clearly divided.

Whilst there are some genuine online retailers providing real value, regrettably the net has become the perfect avenue for selling the “leftovers”. What does this mean?

Through the traditional distribution channel in the trade, reputable diamond merchants and jewellers scrutinise, select and buy the diamonds they sell. This process ensures you as the ultimate buyer get a correctly graded diamond. With most internet retailers, a list of diamonds is received from overseas suppliers and listed on the site. These retailers do not sight the diamonds until you have bought and paid for them. Buying from these online retailers, you are not seeing and buying the diamond, you are relying on the information and advice provided by online-sellers commonly referred to as drop shippers, who haven’t seen the diamonds themselves much less paid for them.

While the internet has brought convenience, increased selection and greater competition, it has also provided the perfect vehicle for selling these “leftovers” - over graded and therefore over valued as well as treated diamonds, some with overseas certificates to lend credibility, that cannot be sold through the accountable traditional channels. Although these diamonds are listed for sale at seemingly fantastically low prices, generally one fact remains true: you get what you pay for. There have been many instances where consumers who have bought diamonds online come in to the lab for verification, only to find they have not received the quality represented.
Remember: Low price doesn’t necessarily mean a good deal.

Both the Government and the Industry bodies are aware of, and looking into these issues, but do not know how to, or even if it is possible to police.

Tips for Safely Buying a Diamond Online

1. Buy from an Australian-based website that has a clear money-back return policy. Buying locally, you have recourse if anything is wrong or if you are not happy with your purchase.
2. In Australia only buy a DCLA-certified diamond. DCLA is the only internationally recognised lab inAustralia, and the only lab worldwide guaranteeing that the stated quality of a DCLA certified diamond is accurate, with a third-party full-replacement Diamond Grading Guarantee. Since the grading is guaranteed, you know you’re comparing apples with apples when comparing DCLA certified diamonds to buy – you can decide on your desired quality then shop around for the best price.

Common Online Buying Issues to be Aware of


Thousands of diamonds listed, little or no diamonds physically in stock or available. We call these “ghost diamonds”. Too often when an enquiry is made, that particular diamond is not available and an alternative is offered.This is an old trick - a diamond is listed at a great price, making real jewellers look expensive, but when you want to buy it it’s not available. You will often see terms like “subject to availability” and “Your money will be refunded if we happen to miss the diamond”. “If you wish, we will find a suitable replacement.”

What should you do? Ask if the diamond is in stock and available for you to view. If not, shop elsewhere.


Many online sellers simply list diamonds from overseas suppliers that they have never seen before. Once you, the customer, buy and pay for the diamond, it is then imported intoAustralia.

What should you do? Ask. Is the diamond available to view before you buy it? If not, shop elsewhere.


Many diamonds listed on the net are either not certified or have “in house” reports or valuations allowing grades to be exaggerated and treatments to be hidden.
What should you do? Only accept a certificate from a respected independent diamond grading lab and make sure the diamond is laser inscribed for identification. This helps ensure that you receive the diamond you bought and paid for. Only compare prices of diamonds with proper certificates. Don’t be fooled by official-looking certificates or valuations from local "gemmologists". They are probably not independent and exaggerate the grades to make the prices look good.

If you would like help finding your diamond, or have further questions, please contact us on 1300 66 3252 (DCLA) and we will be happy to assist.

Growing Incidence of Undisclosed Treated Diamonds in Australia

DCLA has seen an alarming increase in the number of treated diamonds being submitted as natural diamonds to the laboratory for certification.

It should first be said that diamond treatments are neither good, nor intrinsically bad in and of themselves. There is nothing wrong with buying a treated diamond, provided that the treatment is fully disclosed and that you pay the appropriate price for the diamond. Because of their lower cost and value, treated diamonds can allow a person to buy a diamond that appears to be of a higher quality than it truly is.

However, too often the presence of such diamond treatments is concealed. Whether this deception is by intent or negligence, such concealment is tantamount to fraud.

Not only does artificially treating a diamond significantly reduce its value, but most diamond treatments are unstable and reversible. For this reason, all internationally accepted rules for diamond grading forbid the certification of treated diamonds. An extremely disturbing discovery just recently in the DCLA Laboratory was that of a coated diamond accompanied by a certificate from a supposedly legitimate Australian ‘laboratory’.

Members of the diamond industry have a responsibility to consumers to convey accurate and transparent information, and each individual that handles a diamond as it moves down the diamond pipeline from the mines should be held accountable for making known any treatments that a diamond has undergone.

It is deceptive and unfair to fail to disclose treatment of a diamond when it has a significant effect on a diamond’s value. In its pursuit of consumer protection, DCLA is offering a ‘Diamond Amnesty’ for diamond owners Australia-wide – any diamond brought in with its matching diamond grading certificate will be verified for grading accuracy and tested to ensure that it is natural and free of treatments. This service will be provided free of charge.

Next DCLA Diamond Buying Workshop Saturday 19 April

Buying a diamond? Register now for a 2-3 hour hands-on workshop covering diamonds and diamond buying.

DCLA diamond experts will walk participants through How to Buy a Diamond during a 2-3 hour in-house workshop located at the actual DCLA Laboratory.Diamond Buying workshop topics include:

•Detailed explanation and hands-on evaluation of the 4C’s of diamond grading. Participants will take part in the grading process to learn how the quality and value of a diamond is established.
•Choosing the diamond shape, size, and quality right for you
•How to shop for a diamond and questions to ask jewellers
•How to read, understand, and compare Diamond Grading Certificates when shopping
•Explanation and identification of diamond treatments, and how they affect value
•Explanation and identification of synthetic diamonds, and how they affect value

Participants will have ample opportunity to ask questions throughout the workshop.Spacing is limited, contact DCLA on 1300 66 3252(DCLA) to register and reserve your place.

Cost of workshop: $88 incl GST

DCLA identifies Treated Pink Diamond

Recently, a pink coloured diamond weighing 0.70ct was submitted to DCLA laboratory for certification and colour authentication. The colour was described as 3 PP on a diamond report issued by another Australian-based laboratory.

After routine examination however, DCLA discovered that when the diamond is viewed under high magnification with reflected diffused light, a patchy iridescent coating is visible on the surface. This coating is also easily visible on the pavilion facets of the diamond when viewed through the table.

However, when the diamond is observed under magnification with regular diffused light, the pink coloration appears evenly distributed, particularly when viewed face up.

The pink colour is the result of a coating rather than from natural lattice defects in natural pink diamonds. Surface coating is the process of adding a thin layer of coloured foreign material to all or part of a gemstone's surface, with the intent of either masking the underlying body colour or enhancing a desirable colour. Most often, this coating is applied to the pavilion and/or girdle of the diamond; the way that light refracts as it passes through a diamond creates the illusion of uniform colour distribution.

The durability of diamond coatings vary considerably, depending on materials used and methods of coating applied. Most recent advances in technology employ a very thin optical or chemical film which is more durable than older methods, but still readily worn away by heat, scratching, abrasion, polishing, and just everyday wear.

Coating is a deceptive practice; we do not know the number of coated pink diamonds which have entered the marketplace, but the DCLA has seen a number of treated stones of late. Of particular concern is when such treated diamonds are accompanied by seemingly legitimate reports or paperwork.

DCLA screens every diamond submitted to the laboratory for all known treatments, and will not issue a diamond certificate for treated or synthetic diamonds.

'How to Buy a Diamond' Workshop Registration Open

DCLA’s in-laboratory workshop on ‘How to Buy a Diamond’ commencesSaturday February 28th at 10:00am.

DCLA diamond experts will walk participants through How to Buy a Diamond during a 2-3 hour in-house workshop located at the actual DCLA Laboratory.

Diamond Buying workshop topics include:

•Detailed explanation and hands-on evaluation of the 4C’s of diamond grading. Participants will take part in the grading process to learn how the quality and value of a diamond is established.

•Choosing the diamond shape, size, and quality right for you

•How to shop for a diamond and questions to ask jewellers

•How to read, understand, and compare Diamond Grading Certificates when shopping

•Explanation and identification of diamond treatments, and how they affect value

•Explanation and identification of synthetic diamonds, and how they affect valueParticipants will have ample opportunity to ask questions throughout the workshop.

Spacing is limited, contact DCLA on 1300 66 3252(DCLA) to register and reserve your place.
Cost of workshop: $88 incl GST

Special Valentine Diamond Laser Inscription

Cold Laser Inscription adds a timeless message to your diamond, as an expression of your love.

Laser inscription is the use of a very fine, precise laser beam to write a grading report number or customised personal message on the girdle (outside perimeter) of a diamond, which can be done even if the diamond is set in a ring or other piece of diamond jewellery. The laser inscription on the diamond is totally invisible to the naked eye and can only be seen with a magnifying loupe. It does not change the colour or clarity grade of a diamond and is considered permanent as it can only be removed by a professional diamond cutter.

The DCLA uses the latest cold laser technology that allows excellent control during inscription without damaging the diamond (unlike a hot laser).

The inscription takes only five minutes, and the message lasts a lifetime. Both loose diamonds, and most diamonds set in diamond rings may be be laser inscribed.

Sample messages:

Certification of the diamond is not required for inscribing a personal message, any diamond may be inscribed. Several fonts are available, and a special Valentine offer is valid from now until the end of February.

For more information, please contact the DCLA at

DCLA Trustmark Jeweller Listing

DCLA has established the DCLA Trustmark Initiative to help diamond consumers locate reputable Australian diamond jewellers who sell DCLA-certified and guaranteed diamonds.*

Selected reputable jewellers providing DCLA-certified diamonds are listed as DCLA Trustmark Jewellers, identifying themselves as stockists of diamond certificates which offer complete protection to the consumer, pursuant to the DCLA Diamond Grading Guarantee.

Australian diamond jewellers are celebrated as some of the finest in the world. DCLA Trustmark Jewellers specialise in diamonds and diamond jewellery, in addition to demonstrating commitment to a high standard of customer service, integrity, quality and innovation of design.
The DCLA Trustmark is a definitive image distinguishing diamonds guaranteed to be accurately and independently graded to the highest internationally recognised standards the (IDC and Cibjo).

Consumers searching for DCLA-certified diamonds can now Find a DCLA Trustmark Jeweller here.

Jewellers wishing to be listed may apply at Become a DCLA Trustmark Jeweller.

For general information, please call the DCLA Trustline telephone hotline on 1 300 66 DCLA (3252).

Pre-Registration for DCLA Diamond Buying Seminars Now Open

'Introduction to Diamond Buying' for consumers is now open for end-of-summer pre-registration, dates throughout February and March to be confirmed.

'Introduction to Diamond Buying' is an affordable, small group in-laboratory diamond seminar aimed at teaching the diamond consumer how to buy the best diamond with confidence, providing information needed to make a smart purchase.

'Introduction to Diamond Buying' covers everything the consumer needs to know before buying a diamond, including a detailed hands-on approach to the 5C’s of grading diamond quality, an overview of diamond treatments, questions to ask your diamond jeweller, and more.

With the overload of information on the internet, it is difficult for the diamond buying consumer to know what is and isn’t important - DCLA diamond experts will outline the essential knowledge a consumer must have in order to make an informed diamond purchase.

To register, or for more information, please Contact DCLA.

DCLA issues Diamond Grading Guarantee Cards for Consumers

The Diamond Certification Laboratory of Australia (DCLA) announces the launch of a full-replacement guarantee to stand behind all DCLA Diamond Grading Certificates, providing complete and unsurpassed confidence for diamond consumers.

Australian diamond consumers can be 100% secure that every DCLA-certified diamond is of the quality stated on the accompanying DCLA Diamond Grading Certificate. DCLA warrants that every diamond certified by the Laboratory is a natural diamond, accurately graded in accordance with the International Diamond Council (IDC) and World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) standards for grading polished diamonds.

This is a first for diamond grading in Australia, and is the only guarantee of its kind in the world.It is vital that consumers are secure in a diamond purchase, knowing that they are getting what they pay for. Accuracy and consistency in grading at DCLA provides the Laboratory with the ability and confidence to offer this Guarantee.

Effective December 1 2008, every DCLA Diamond Grading Certificate will be accompanied by a Diamond Grading Guarantee Card, to be issued to a consumer at the time of purchase.

NEWS UPDATE: DIAMOND GRADING GUARANTEE CARDS AVAILABLE NOW, EFFECTIVE NOVEMEBER 20 2008For full details, please see the DCLA Diamond Grading Guarantee Policy or Contact the DCLA directly.

DCLA Offers New Damage Assessment and Recut Service

DCLA now offers a precise recut assessment service on poorly finished, chipped, broken, and otherwise damaged diamonds.

The popular belief is that diamonds are indestructable, but the fact is that diamonds can, and do in fact break, chip, or endure other such damage like abrasions and bruising. In most cases, the damage is repairable; DCLA has advanced equipment and specialised software to provide a comprehensive damage assessment report, and recut analysis, on damaged diamonds.

On request, DCLA will have the diamond recut or polished. This service is available to the trade, members of the public, and insurers requiring salvage assessment.

New! DCLA Transparency Grading System

After analysing thousands of diamonds, DCLA has developed a new Transparency grading system, independent of other quality grades listed on the traditional diamond certificate.
Transparency is the degree to which a material transmits light, directly relevant to the cloudiness or haziness of the material.

Diamonds of any clarity, fluorescence and cut can in fact have Very Good or Excellent Transparency, making them attractive stones. Diamonds of any clarity, fluorescence and cut can also have Good or Medium Transparency - light return can be interrupted by multiple features of a given diamond.

The DCLA Transparency Grading System will now take all of these features into account to provide an even more comprehensive assessment of a diamond.

DCLA Transparency Scale:

Excellent - Completely transparent, no light interruption, no haze or cloud

Very Good - Transparent, minimal light interruption, very light haze or cloud, difficult to detectGood - Transparent, slight visible haze or cloud, detectable

Medium - Semi-Transparent, marked light interruption, moderate haze or cloud, easy to detect

Poor - Semi-Transparent, very little light passes through, heavy haze or cloud

Effective September 15 2008, all DCLA Diamond Certificates will include the diamond transparency.

In addition, the DCLA has also split the traditional Finish grade on our Diamond Certificate into the dual features of Polish and Symmetry. This will provide a fuller, more detailed expression of the overall diamond make to both consumers and the trade.

RapNet to list DCLA graded diamonds

The Diamond Certification Laboratory of Australia (DCLA) is proud to announce that RapNet, the World's largest diamond trading network, will now include DCLA certified diamonds in its global listings.

From the 1st July 2008, Australian RapNet members can upload DCLA certificates onto the Network. This cooperation allows Australian merchants and retailers, for the first time, the ability to use RapNet to trade DCLA certified diamonds.

RapNet is an exclusive professional trading community giving members direct access to thousands of the best Diamond Suppliers and Buyers around the world. RapNet is a member only Network and is not open to the public.

DCLA welcomes new Director

After seven years at the helm, the outgoing directors are handing over control of the DCLA. The appointment of Ms Anna Wojcieszek as the new Laboratory Director marks the next phase in the laboratory's growth.

Ms Wojcieszek has extensive diamond grading experience and spent several years in Gemmology and Client Development through the E.G.L USA Group in Canada. Holding a degree from the University of British Columbia, and studies at the Canadian Institute of Gemmology within the International Accredited Gemmologist (CIG) Diploma program which earned her the designated title of Diamond Expert (CIG), Ms Wojcieszek assumes responsibility for the DCLA.

The DCLA looks forward to continuing to provide unparalleled service as Australia's foremost diamond grading laboratory.

DCLA buys second PhotoScribe Cold Laser machine

Demand for branding in the Australian diamond market is the reason the DCLA ordered a second of the PhotoScribe cold laser systems. This will ensure fast turnaround time for certified and laser inscribed diamonds.

DCLA continues to be the only laboratory in Australia applying Cold Laser technology, the only laser guaranteed to not damage your diamond.

DCLA acquires the official Registered Cibjo Diamond Master set for Australia, the C2 Au Set

DCLA, the official CIBJO laboratory for Australia, received the C2 Au Registered National Diamond Master set for Australia. Cibjo, also known as the World Jewellery Confederation, is as a decision-making body whose main purpose is to create and maintain standards and promote cooperation among interconnected jewellery organisations. Among its other functions, Cibjo sets diamond grading policies for its member laboratories, including inspection and registration of diamond master sets.

CIBJO Recognizes DCLA as Registered Laboratory

The Diamond Certification Laboratory of Australia (DCLA) was recently recognized as a CIBJO Registered Laboratory.

This is significant for Australia as it is the first diamond grading laboratory to achieve this recognition, DCLA reported in a statement. The DCLA was established in 2001 to address the standards of diamond grading in Australia.

Australia has a developed retail market and now has a laboratory which is recognized by both the IDC and CIBJO.

DCLA offers first Cold Laser System for Australia

PhotoScribe cold laser system is now available in Australia. The DCLA has received the first of its kind in Australia, the latest cold laser technology that allows excellent control during inscription without damaging the diamond.

The service will be offered with all DCLA certificates and as a branding option. This system can perform complex images and two dimensional bar-coding.

DCLA granted International Diamond Council Rules for Grading Polished Diamonds

The Diamond Certification Laboratory of Australia (DCLA), Sydney, Australia is proud to announce that it has become only the fifth diamond certification laboratory worldwide to be accepted as grading to IDC Rules.

After a strict and lengthy auditing procedure, DCLA was granted the Rules by Mr. Les Milner of the SAJC.

The IDC Rules are the diamond grading guidelines devised by the International Diamond Council (IDC), which was set up in 1978 by the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA). There are currently five gemmological laboratories worldwide that apply the IDC Rule Book. They are:

The Certificates Department of the Antwerp Diamond High Council (HRD), Belgium
The Swedish Testing Institute (SSEF), Sweden
The Jewellery Council of South Africa Laboratory (SAJC), South Africa
The Diamant Prueflabor, Idar Oberstein, Germany
The Diamond Certification Laboratory of Australia (DCLA), Australia

Diamond Certification Laboratory of Australia (DCLA)

The DCLA Difference

The Diamond Certification Laboratory of Australia (DCLA) is an independent diamond grading and certification laboratory, providing diamond grading certificates, or diamond grading reports, for natural diamonds. The DCLA is one of a growing number of diamond grading laboratories worldwide grading to the International Diamond Council (IDC) rules, (WorldFed Newsletter, Edition 6, August 2003, Page 8). The IDC is the governing body established by the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA). These two bodies are the worlds highest Authorities in Diamonds.
DCLA is the only CIBJO Diamond Grading laboratory for Australia and holds the only official registered National Diamond Masterset for Australia, the C2Au set.

Protecting Diamond Buyers

The DCLA Diamond Grading Laboratory Certificate sets the standard for technical ability. The laboratory is equipped with the most advanced equipment in Australia. All diamonds graded are checked and tested to ensure that they have not been treated and are of natural origin. Therefore the DCLA Diamond Grading Certificate assures the owner that the diamond is free of all known diamond treatments and enhancements. It also confirms that the diamond is natural and not a synthetic diamond. DCLA cold laser inscription links the diamond to the certificate providing added confidence.

Independence means that the DCLA Diamond Grading and Certification Laboratory is autonomous from all diamond and jewellery businesses. The DCLA Laboratory receives no grants or funding from the diamond or jewellery trade, it is completely self funded.

In 1975, The World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (lDMA), appointed a Joint Committee to create an international standard for rules, working methods and nomenclature.

A comprehensive system of rules and methods was built up, combining the practical experience of professional diamond people with scientific facts and figures.

The Committee later changed its name to the International Diamond Council (IDC). In May 1978 the "International Rules For Grading Polished Diamonds" were unanimously approved at the 19th Congress of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses and International Diamond Manufacturers Association. All the major diamonds laboratories have since adopted the system. DCLA is proud to offer a diamond certificate with such pedigree.

The diamond trading floor that gives all diamond buyers direct access to DCLA guaranteed diamonds from Australian diamond dealers.