Matt Cacioppo

  1. 5 Tips To Help Your Business Succeed Using Recycled Diamonds

    5 Things You Need To Know About The Recycled Diamond Business

     

    1.Never Turn Anyone Away

    Increase your profitability and offer your customers a complete range of products and services. If a consumer wants to sell you a diamond or diamond jewelry item but you're unsure of the value, White Pine's experts can assist you in providing a fair offer. If a customer is interested in sustainable options, know that White Pine is in stock and ready to ship recycled, remanufactured stones. Never turn away business because you're unsure about the recycled diamond space. 

     

    2. Demand For Sustainable Products Is Strong

    Consumer demand for socially responsible and sustainable products is greater than ever and growing. Offering recycled diamonds not only allows your business to advertise as sustainable, but helps improve your margins so you stop paying larger premiums on new manufactured goods. 

     

    3.Designer Names Aren't Everything

    Buy gold and diamonds at commodity value. When buying with intent to recycle and re-purpose, look at the true value of the materials and diamonds rather than the name stamped on the piece. 

     

    4. Grade Conservatively

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  2. Using the Melee Market to your Advantage

    GETTING TO KNOW THE MELEE MARKET

    Diamonds have been ‘traded’ for hundreds of years. In the early days, transactions were informal and not influenced by anything other than the buyer’s desire for the stone. However, industry stakeholders quickly realized that there was money to be made as the buying and selling of diamonds became more formalized and frequent. This realization resulted in the formation of the global diamond market, as it’s known today. On a broad scale, the global diamond market accounts for the trade of all diamonds, everything from top top quality to industrial quality diamond material used to produce tools and equipment. This article will examine a specific sector of the diamond trade, known as the melee market. The term “melee” refers to diamonds less than 0.20ct in weight, typically seen in jewelry pieces such as engagement rings, wedding bands, tennis bracelets, and fashion jewelry. Any stones used in jewelry aside from the ‘center stone’ are known as ‘melee’. Below is an example of melee set in jewelry:

     

    Wedding bands & fashion necklace.        

     

    THE IMPORTANCE OF DEMAND

    As you already know, demand drives supply and supply determines demand. To understand the melee market one should monitor and track demand. Melee values can be volatile and are can be directly impacted by the following: supply, or lack there of, changing jewelry and consumer trends, manufacturing shifts, swings in the prices of larger single stones, and economic factors such as currency, economical and political changes.

    HOW TO RECOGNIZE/PREDICT A MELEE MARKET UPSWING

    Be aware of political and economical movements. These changes can often symbolize the rise or fall of wealth and interest in high-end luxury

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  3. Melee on Demand | The Alt-Bridal Trend

    With the rise of millennials came the rise of alternative and quirky bridal trends, jewelry included. Alternative bridal designs offer a certain uniqueness that is appealing to young consumers. These brides no longer want a 2 carat engagement ring. In fact, some don’t want a diamond at all! Wearing unique settings, diamond bands, or gemstone rings has become an option for those brides that either want to stand out from their peers or those that would rather spend that money elsewhere, like on a honeymoon or a home.

    In a time where being socially conscious and politically aware has become trendy, today’s brides have also begun to take a company’s sustainability and social responsibility practices into consideration when choosing a ring. We now see brands like Brilliant Earth, Do Amore, Bario-Neal, Stone & Strand, and so many more creating sustainable jewelry, and thanks to social media it has never been easier for these brands to target millenials.

    When it comes to jewelry there are several ways to get that “alt-bridal” look without moving out of the diamond category altogether. A lot of designers are using different cuts like rose cut, old miners, and transitional cuts. Some designers even use rough stones in their production. These more affordable diamond cuts paired with unique castings can make for some pretty fun styles!

    Rose Cut Diamonds

    Having emerged in Europe in the 1500’s, the rose cut is one of the oldest styles of diamond cutting. While these were popular in the Georgian and Victorian Eras, they all but disappeared when the round brilliant cut arrive in the mid 1700’s. Today this cut is making a resurgence because of its vintage-like appearance. With every bride wanting to be unique, it is the perfect way for them to still have a diamond ring, but one that looks different from more traditional styles. Another factor that is often enticing a

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