You’ve asked… we’ve answered! Check out some of the most frequently asked questions about our Antwerp program below:
Where is Antwerp, and what makes it so special?
Antwerp is located in Northern Belgium, and it is the diamond cutting capital of the world. Talented cutters work very hard to take a diamond from being just a rock from the ground to being the beautiful and brilliant jewel you and I know and love. Over 60% of the worlds rough diamonds pass through Antwerp to be cut!
How does your trip to Antwerp affect me?
The primary purpose of our trip to work directly with the cutters as your diamond broker. We go specifically to pick diamonds for our clients. While we may pick out a few things for our inventory while we are there, that is NOT the reason we go. We go for YOU.
Why would I want a diamond from Antwerp?
When we select your diamond directly from the cutters in Antwerp, it truly is bringing the diamond from the mine, to the cutter, to you. It doesn’t get more direct than that. No one else is getting the opportunity to buy this diamond. The only people seeing it before you are the cutters and “Mr. Picky”. It is a very cool experience to be able to say your diamond went directly from the cutters to being set into your ring (or earrings, necklace, etc). We sometimes wonder… what happens to the diamonds we don’t pick?
How does getting a diamond from Antwerp save me money?
First, the normal supply chain goes like this… Diamond cutters sell to manufacturers, manufacturers sell to wholesalers, wholesalers sell to retailers, retailers sell to you. In this case, we are cutting everyone out of the picture! The diamond doesn’t even see a manufacturer or wholesaler, and really, as a retailer, we are cutting ourselves out, too. The diamond we pick for you never goes into the inventory at our retail store. We truly are just your broker. By cutting essentially 3 of the 4 people who the diamond would normally go through out of the picture, we save you money!
How does this process work?
First we will sit down and have a fairly in-depth conversation with you about what exactly you are looking for. If you’re not sure what you want, we will give you as much or as little education into diamonds as you want and show you examples of what different diamonds look like. This process helps both of us get a very clear idea of what you are looking for. Then we set parameters for what you would deem to be acceptable color, clarity, cut, and carat weight (the 4 C’s). Lastly, we will talk about how much you want to spend. Then, we head over to Antwerp and “Mr. Picky” will sit down with 4 different cutters. At each cutter, he will search through literally hundreds of diamonds that all meet your criteria and select the one that he thinks is the best diamond — at the best price — for you! Sometimes, we will even call you from Antwerp and discuss what we have found so that together we can make the best decision for what you’re looking for and choose your diamond!
What happens if I don’t like the diamond you picked for me?
The answer to this one is pretty simple… if you don’t like it, you don’t buy it! The most important thing throughout this whole process is that you end up with the perfect diamond for you! That being said, we’ve helped a LOT of people get diamonds from Antwerp, and we have never had a client dissatisfied with the diamond “Mr. Picky” chose.
Can I only get a single diamond?
Absolutely not! We can pick diamonds for any type of diamond need you may have while we are in Antwerp. Whether it be a single stone for an engagement ring, a pair of matching diamonds for earrings, or a whole parcel of diamonds for a tennis bracelet or eternity band, we do it all!
What kind of deposit do you require?
While we do require some sort of a deposit before we go, we are very flexible and will always work with you and what you’re most comfortable with financially. Because of that, we don’t have a hard and fast rule that you have to put a certain percentage down.
When do you leave?
This year we will be in Antwerp October 16th-23rd. Our local store will remain open for business while we are gone, so if you would like to place an order after we have left, the information will be relayed to us!