Diamonds

Diamonds are not the only thing to sparkle here at The Diamond Trust

We have recently taken delivery of a substantial quantity of Champagne, just in time for Christmas celebrations. Our own label makes these bottles rather special and they could become collectors’ items one day. Champagne Fred Legras is produced from grapes from the same vineyard as those which are used in the prestigious Dom Perignon brand. […]

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A Rather Unusual Diamond Anniversary

60 years ago, this month, on 10th November, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington acquired the Hope Diamond. The 45.52 carat Hope Diamond is one of the most famous jewels in the world, with ownership records dating back nearly four centuries The jewel is believed to have originated in India, where the original (larger) stone was purchased in […]

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Whatever happened to Hatton Garden?

This year marks the thirteenth anniversary of our move to Berkhamsted from Hatton Garden. For many people the name ‘Hatton Garden’ immediately creates an image of diamonds, jewellery, precious metals and gem stones. For over a hundred and fifty years valuableitems have been traded by its many dealers and merchants. The JAK cartoon from the […]

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A very special day in 2017

One of the most memorable events of last year was undoubtedly a surprise party to mark Vivian Watson’s retirement from our sister company, PJ Watson Ltd. Cleverly organised by John and Tracey, an invitation was sent out to past and present staff, family and friends to be at The King’s Head in Ivinghoe for a […]

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We brought the sparkle to our Christmas Party!

All the right ingredients for a successful celebration were evident at our Christmas Party last weekend. A warm welcome in front of a glowing log fire, gentle background seasonal music from Jeanette Cordery, our harpist, Christmas decorations and a huge tree enhancing the atmosphere and a constant supply of sparkling wine were just the beginning. […]

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Peace Hospice Care Hidden Gem Charity Dinner

On Friday 6th October, over 100 guests from national and international businesses, including Warner Bros. Studios, Veale Wasbrough Vizards and Myers Clark helped raise £20,000 by attending Peace Hospice Care’s annual charity dinner, at Ashridge House, Berkhamsted and we were very proud sponsors of the event. Ashridge House opened its doors for the Hidden Gem […]

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The Secret Garden Ball

The Hospice of St Francis is a charity that provides free, expert care for people living with life-limiting illnesses in West Herts and South Bucks, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or socio-economic background. The Hospice relies on voluntary donations from the local community to raise 80% of over £5 million needed annually to fund their free care. The Diamond Trust is one of the founding corporate partners of […]

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Vivian Celebrates Golden Anniversary

In September 1967, you could buy an ounce of gold for $35. Today the same ounce would cost you $1290. Fifty years have made a huge difference. It was in September 1967 that Vivian Watson joined his father in the family business, then located in London’s Hatton Garden. Now 50 years on it is an […]

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The 4 C’s of Diamonds

Thanks to a masterpiece of marketing and advertising by DeBeers in 1947 where it was declared worldwide that “A diamond is forever”, diamonds are now the most popular choice for engagement rings and other jewellery. However, until the middle of the twentieth century, there was no agreed-upon standard by which diamonds could be judged. The […]

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Seems that diamonds really are a girls best friend

A recent article in the Telegraph reported that shoppers in the US and Europe are increasingly buying diamond gifts for themselves.  Gift-giving is still the foundation of sales, but more and more financially independent women are treating themselves to diamond jewellery. According to De Beers the split is across younger, “millennial” shoppers – those born […]

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