Personal Diamond Shopping

Twice a year, Charles Beaudet travels to the "Diamond Capital of the World," Antwerp, Belgium to personally select from the world's finest diamonds for his customers. Customers who are in the market to purchase a diamond can call Charles or come in to discuss what they are looking for. Antwerp is the distribution center of more than 70% of the world's diamonds, so the options are endless. As always for Beaudet Jewelry, it is all about the quality.

Choosing Beaudet Jewelry as your personal diamond shopper in Antwerp has many benefits. Among these are:

Charles will search for diamonds based on your specific criterion.
No order is too small or large, and no special request is beyond the reach of our Antwerp suppliers.

Diamonds are personally hand-picked by Charles.
This guarantees that our customers receive the best of the best.

Beaudet Jewelry is a member of the Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO).
The IJO is the largest jewelry-buying group in the world with over $900 million in sales. IJO members are welcomed onto Antwerp's cutting floors with open arms.

How I Pick a Diamond in Antwerp

First I take the package of diamonds and pour them on the sorting paper. I turn them all on their table. I remove stones where the girdle appears too thick and where the crown is too high or too shallow. Also I use my UV light and remove strongly fluorescent stones or those that fluoresce a color other than blue. Then I check the tables. Too large and those that show a reflection of the girdle under the table go next. Then I check the remaining stones with the Heart and Arrow viewer for hearts. Perfect hearts go in one pile and those that could be ideal cut go in another. The rest are removed.

At this point from a package of 100 I'm down to about seven. I color grade the stones and remove those below what I'm looking for and check the clarity with a loupe applying Bonnano's finger movement routine to help see the finer inclusions. Any crystals or knots too close to any surface no matter what the grade or size is cause to be removed. Clouds near the culet no matter how faint, are another reason to remove the stone. Then with the final three or four stones I look at each facet in reflected light under 10x. I'm looking for problems such as graining and twinning. I also may see a knot or natural. Then I'll check the top of the stone in the Hearts and Arrows viewer to make sure the arrows are sharp, and are not flowers, which would indicate a higher than ideal crown. Once I'm down to two or three stones I'll try to have a sarin report done.

From the sarin report I'll choose the stones with very tight tolerances for the beauty,durability and how the stone will look when it's dirty. If there are any stones left I'll choose the best. If none are left, I'll go to another cutter and start again.

"Talking to the actual diamond cutters in Antwerp gives me a perspective and education unmatched in any other format. What I learn about durability issues alone make the trip worth it for me. The other important issues are beauty and heritage. Since each stone has its own story, I want to know where the diamonds are mined, as well as how finely cut they are. My goal is to pick the best and most durable of gems from this large selection. My customers deserve the highest quality for the best price. Diamonds are an important touchstone that represents our deepest emotions. I want to preserve those memories for you and your children."

Charles M. Beaudet

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