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Certified Diamonds in Houston

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Diamonds and Engagement rings is a second generation importer of loose diamonds and certified diamonds in Houston. We are a manufacturer of fine diamond jewelry with our manufacturing facilities being located in Israel, Belgium, and the diamond district of downtown Los Angeles. Because of this we are able to cut out the middle man and offer you GIA and EGL certified diamonds in Houston of all shapes and sizes at wholesale prices saving you 50-70% below retail price!

Choose from our large selection of certified diamonds in Houston for pre-made rings which include platinum, antique, hand graved, vintage, three-stone diamond rings, designer styles and contemporary style rings or be creative and build your own one of a kind ring. We offer white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, and two-tone. You can also choose from one our signature fancy yellow or canary diamond rings for that more unique look.

Forget purchasing your ring online, sight unseen, and call today to set an appointment with one of our diamond experts. Get your ring fast and conveniently, even if it needs to be ordered. Most importantly, feel at ease knowing you purchased your certified diamonds in Houston for the best value!

Diamond Laundry

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Gothamist friend and occasional Opinionist Andrew Bast has recently pulled off a nice relaunch of his site, The New York Inquirer (“We don’t break the news; we put it back together”) and in the process put back together some interesting stuff worth checking out.

This week, for instance, has focused pretty much exclusively on the diamond trade including a five-part series on the darker side of 47th Street, one of the many hearts of the diamond trade.

Diamond trading is an old and well-oiled machine which has had its fingers in nasty situations for quite some time (DeBeers, anyone?). The Government Accountability Office described the problem with those shiny rocks best when it reported while writing about terrorist financing that “Diamonds can be used in lieu of currency in arms deals, money laundering and other crimes. Diamonds are also easily smuggled because they have high value and low weight and are untraceable and odorless.” You’d think that would have made a the trade more closely watched by authorities, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

According to one 47th Street store owner who wouldn’t speak on the record as he said this was a subject for which he could be “crucified,” fencing is a “big time” problem. He said that people are working with the authorities to combat illegal operations in the Diamond District, but asked, “Where’s the FBI?” and said that they needed major sting operations to weed out the handful of bad businessmen who are ruining it for the rest of the industry.

Beyond just preaching of the inherent dangers of the diamond and jewelry industries, the Inquirer also digs up some informative stories on how exactly diamond and gold can launder money, how fences on 47th Street do their business and more. We’ll never look at that thoroughfare the same way again.