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Industry Update: Diamonds May Surpass Gold for Investing

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According to David Parkinson of The Globe and Mail , there’s a sly little gemstone sneaking up stealthily behind gold to become the big-ticket investment grab of the year. While gold can’t seem to stay out of the headlines, diamonds have been steadily gaining Wall Street-cred in their own right.

Traditionally, diamonds and gold move in the same direction on the charts, but since the 2008 financial crisis, gold has skyrocketed thanks to its reputation as a solid way to store wealth. Diamonds, meanwhile, experienced “a recession-driven drop-off in jewellery sales” that weighed heavily on their market value. But over the course of the last year, diamonds are again trending upward as investors start to realize that diamonds may just be an even better investment than gold.

“Diamond companies look underpriced versus gold, [platinum group metals] and silver (SI-FT) stocks on a [price-to-net-present-value] basis,” wrote Edward Sterck, diamond-producer equity analyst for BMO Nesbitt Burns in London, in a recent research report.

Whether diamonds are actually a sounder investment than gold is debatable, but according to analysts “the outlook for gems looks strong on a good old fashioned supply-and-demand basis.”

Since 2006, the mining and production of diamonds has dropped off significantly. Diamond producers aren’t actively seeking new mines, or even doing much with those they’ve already established. Rather, they’re depleting the existing supply of diamonds, while a new demand lurks on the Eastern horizon.

China and India are producing a surge of new consumers eager to buy jewelry, which is viewed as a long-lasting investment especially in their cultures. According to the Globe and Mail, “Last year, diamond demand jumped 31 per cent in India and 25 per cent in China.”

Meanwhile, in the U.S., the diamond demand jumped 7% in 2010 – solidifying diamonds as a sound investment for wealth and not just the jewelry box.

To read more, visit The Globe and Mail’s website.

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your trusted source for jewelry industry updates, news and trends.

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Feature Friday: September’s Sapphires

Welcome to September, readers. This month ushers in fall, football, and a new birthstone: sapphire. From the Greek word sappheiros, meaning “blue stone” sapphires are a precious gem that come in many colors. In fact, when a sapphire is deep rep, it is considered to be a ruby, which has an identical composition to that of sapphires.

Depending on the color of a sapphire, it is believed to bring the wearer full creative potential, inspiration, luck, and clarity. We think that while these are all desirable, a piece of sapphire jewelry is even likelier to bring you compliments en masse. Check out some of Raymond Lee Jewelers’ picks for September’s birth stone.

Poiray 18K Yellow Gold and Pink Sapphire Pave Ball Ring

This fun and bright pink sapphire ring is a stunning addition to any jewelry collection.

18K White Gold and Multi Colored Sapphire Line Bracelet

 This brightly-hued bracelet showcases sapphires in a variety of colorways and complements nearly every outfit.

Valente 18kt White Gold Sapphire and Diamond Ring

 Pink, green and sky blue sapphires stud this white gold ring and surround a wave of diamonds. The gradation of the stones creates one of Fall’s biggest trends, ombre, in a beautiful palette.

18kt White Gold Diamond and Sapphire Bracelet

This updated take on the classic tennis bracelet features stunning blue sapphires and diamonds accenting dual bands with funky geometric shapes. It’s the perfect combination of modern and vintage that makes this piece completely unique.

18K White Gold Diamond and Sapphire Men's ID Bracelet

Last but not least, this piece is for the September-born gents in your life. Crisp, white gold bars bracket clean lines of sapphire and diamond rows to create a luxurious and masculine work of art for his wrist.

So, September babies, what is your favorite color variation of sapphire? Are you pining for any of these pieces? If so, you’re in luck – all sapphire jewelry is 10% off for the month of September. Consider it your birthday gift from us!

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your source for pre-owned sapphire jewelry.

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Icon Award Winner Neil Diamond Performs to a Standing Ovation at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, Plus Fashion Highlights!

2011 Billboard Music Awards

With spirited, audience singalong versions of “Sweet Caroline” and a choir-assisted “America,” Neil Diamond closed the 2011 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night (May 22) by accepting his 2011 Billboard Icon Award.

Seeming just as moved by but more coherent than his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in March, a leather-jacketed Diamond hushed the standing ovation from crowd at Las VegasMGM Grand Arena by saying, “I’m gonna get spoiled. Don’t do that.” Diamond also joked, “I would’ve settled for a Top 10 record; you didn’t have to do the whole award thing. I love it. I don’t know exactly what it means to be an icon, but I always wanted to be one. Now I guess I am…I’m gonna Google it right after the show and find out exactly how an icon is supposed to handle himself. But this is absolutely wonderful…What can I say? It’s too much.” -Source:

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A humble and gracious Neil Diamond thanked his Wife, Children, Supporters and Record Label, Columbia. The 2011 Billboard Icon Award was presented to Neil by   “Glee” star Matthew Morrison. The Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand grew loud with applause on Sunday to a nearly blushing Diamond, who was receiving a standing ovation from one of the Billboard’s Big Winner,  Justin Beiber and Girlfriend, Selena Gomez .

Diamond performed his legendary hits “Sweet Caroline” and “America,” backed by a full gospel choir on the second song.

Reinforcing his staying power, Diamond scored his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 — after 45 prior chart visits — just three years ago, when “Home Before Dark” opened atop the chart in 2008. Diamond is the only artist to score a top 20 hit in each decade since Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart launched in 1961, with his first hit, “Sweet Caroline,” in 1969. With 17 top 10 albums on the Billboard 200, he ranks among the top four male singers with the most such hit collections, and is one of just four men to scale the Billboard 200’s top 10 in each decade since the 1960’s. Among men in the chart’s five-decade history, Diamond has the 10th most Billboard Hot 100 hits, with 53.  -Source:

Congratulations, Neil! I still wear the “I’m a Diamond Girl” tee shirt from your late 90’s tour. Thank you for providing so many incredible hits, for so many years! My Mother has been smitten over you since somewhere around 1976, and will I’m sure always remain so. Can’t say I blame her… There’s just something about you, Neil Diamond. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who has somehow managed to maintain his style, career and family with gratitude and humility… I’ll steal your words, Neil Diamond. To you, I sing.. “You’ve got the way to groove me!”

“Ladies… Start your engines!”

Fashion Notation:

Forget spring colors — it was all about black at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards.

Plenty of stars rocked basic black on the red carpet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, including Lady Antebellum, Fergie, Kylie Minogue and even Neil Diamond. Who’d have thought he could be so on trend? Joining in the fun were Taio Cruz, Michelle Williams and Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, as well.

Neil’s classy black tuxedo was appropriately distinguished for such an occasion as receiving the Icon Award from the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas yesterday. This daringly fashionable gentlemen is easily remembered as the confident rocking guitarist with feathered hair other men could only dream of, the man in the sequin jacket. Unsurpassed in every way, ‘Neil Diamond Fashion’!

Neil Diamond Fashion

Neil Diamond: The Jacket

2011 Billboard Music Awards Fashion Highlights:

Selena Gomez showed some skin in her Dolce & Gabbana black gown.

Selena Gomez in Dolce & Gabbana

Justin Bieber 2011 Billboard Music Awards

Beyonce at 2011 Billboard Music Awards: LBD by Lanvin

Our Jeweler Featured in the Sun-Sentinel!- Florida Diamond

Florida Jewlery

Richard Resnick

Raymond Lee Jewelers has had a run of employees being featured in local Florida newspapers this year! We have always recognized the extraordinary talent and skill our employees possess; we are extremely proud that the rest of the world is finally starting to take notice.  In early February our amazing watchmaker, Igor Polotsky had a piece written about him in the Orlando Sentinel and this week our leading gemologist, Richard Resnick, was featured in the Sun-Senintel.

The original article was in Wednesday’s paper, February 23rd and was entitled Local Jeweler Predicts Oscar Red Carpet Will Be Ballerinas and Bombshells. In it Richard lends his expansive knowledge on the jewelry industry to comment and rate Hollywood’s top actress’ taste in jewelry at this year’s Oscars. Natalie Portman was given four out of four diamonds for her exquisite taste in simple yet elegant jewelry. Heidi Klum on the other hand received zero diamonds for substituting diamond and gold for an dismaying array of African styled wooden bangles.  “The ears took center stage as hair was swept off the neck in a simple bun or chignon showcasing a gorgeous diamond stud, creating a ‘ballerina’ effect, a la Natalie Portman,” Richard said, summing up the jewelry trends found on the red carpet. Florida Diamond.

Richard Resnick has been with Raymond Lee Jewelers for many years and in that time has garnered a reputation for excellence. As our leading gemologist Richard is responsible for evaluating all precious stones that come into our store and doing appraisals needed for insurance.  His keen eye ensures that only the highest quality diamonds and other precious gems make their way into our showroom. You can follow Richard on Twitter at jewelryguruus. If you need a certain item evaluated or appraised come into our store make Richard your number one choice.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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