Archive for the ‘DIAMONDS’ Category

Being in a financial bind, out of work, or having a loved one in need of expensive medical care is a tough place to be. What do you do? Well, of course, the preferred choice is to get a loan from a financial institution or a friend. But what if you can’t? That’s when you turn to Diamond Buyers of Idaho. We are located in Ketchum, Idaho and we buy diamonds, diamond jewelry, estate jewelry, gold and silver coin collections and prestige watches like Rolex and Cartier from people just like you all over this great country of ours.

We know you want to sell your items for as much as possible and we feel you should get it! We have been satisfying customers for over 45 years. We are members of the Better Business Bureau and the local chamber of commerce. We are GIA-trained gemologists and we have the expertise to properly evaluate any diamond or diamond jewelry you might wish to sell.  We buy all sizes, shapes, and price ranges. The bigger and more valuable the better.

Contact us today at Diamond Buyers to get a free estimate of the value of your diamond ring or estate jewelry. Or call 208-450-9014. Your inquiry will be received and responded to in an informative, kind and compassionate manner.



Memories can be a wonderful thing… something we cherish them for a lifetime. Or, there may be memories we choose to forget. At times in our life, if given the chance to do it all over again, we would have done it differently. A broken engagement or a failed marriage often times leaves us with bad memories. A diamond engagement ring or a diamond wedding ring set may be a symbol of that bad memory. A memory you’d rather forget.

If it is time to move on and sell that symbol of unhappiness, perhaps we can help. Diamond Buyers LLC located in Ketchum, Idaho buys diamonds. That’s our business. We buy all sizes, all shapes, and all price ranges. We know you will want to sell your diamond for as much as possible and we feel you should get it! We have been satisfying customers for over 45 years. We are GIA-trained gemologists, and members of the Better Business Bureau and the local chamber of commerce. Visit our guide to the 5 things you should know before selling a diamond, fill out our web questionnaire to get a free assessment of what your diamond is worth, or call 208-450-9014.

Have you inherited a diamond from a loved one but it is simply not you? Do you have an engagement ring from a broken engagement or a diamond wedding ring set from a failed marriage? Regardless of your situation, if you have a diamond you wish to sell then you are in luck. Buying diamonds “That’s Our Business”.

Diamond Buyers of Idaho is located in Ketchum, Idaho. We have been satisfying customers for over 45 years. We are members of the Better Business Bureau and the local chamber of commerce. We buy all sizes, all shapes, and all price ranges. The bigger and more valuable the better. We buy diamonds from people just like you from all over this great country of ours.

We know you want to sell your diamond for as much as possible and we feel you should get it! So check out our guide on 5 things to know before selling your diamond ring, contact us today via our web from to find out what your diamond is worth, or call 208-450-9014. Your inquiry will be received and responded to in an informative, kind and compassionate manner.



Diamond as Symbols of Mystical Power

Throughout the continents and the centuries, diamonds have been believed to convey magical, mystical and medicinal properties.  For the better part of the past two millennia, mental illness was considered the work of the devil, so naturally diamonds, formally the lachrymal by-product of the gods, could serve to cure them.  Throughout Europe diamonds were believed to calm the mentally ill and ward off devils, phantoms, and nightmares.  In China, diamonds were carried on one’s person in the belief that they could thwart evil spirits, serving as a symbol of strength, courage and invincibility. Ancient Indians believed that the human soul could reincarnate as a plant, animal, and, as a gemstone or diamond.  The Greek philosopher Plato believed diamonds were living beings, home to celestial spirits.   And Greek philosophers after Plato categorized precious stones as either male or female and believed they could “marry” and reproduce. Diamonds as Medicinal Agents

Minerals were among the earliest curatives.  In the Middle Ages, people believed that a sick person would be healed if he slept with a diamond, warmed it with his body, breathed upon it while fasting or wore it close to the skin.  Another convention held that by placing a diamond in someone’s mouth they would be cured of the habit of lying.  And, if one suspected they might be poisoned, they might wear a diamond talisman, which was believed would prevent the poison from its intended effect. Ironically, ingested diamond powder was a sure-fire way to kill an enemy, a truism that was tested by the Turkish Sultan Bajazet’s (1447 – 1513) son who attempted to do away with him by slipping large quantities of diamond powder into his food.  Two decades later, in l532, Pope Clement VII died as a result of an overdose of pulverized gems, including diamond.  Later that century, Catherine de Medici became infamous for resolving disputes by diamond poisoning. Diamonds and Wealth: the First Hard Currency

In their earliest use, ancient man used the raw, uncut diamond to create tools and carvings.  Later, when tribes in Africa and the Middle East expanded their trade with one another, these rare stones were their currency of choice.  Throughout the intervening centuries, the largest known diamond deposits were in India.  After centuries of depletion of India’s reserves, and Brazil’s (the second largest known depository) supply rapidly declining, the discovery of diamonds near Hopetown, South Africa, gave birth to the modern diamond industry. The sudden glut of diamonds on the market dropped their value, which led members of the upper classes to replace these now “common stones” with emeralds, rubies, and sapphires in their engagement rings.

With the “Mad Men” savvy of a leading advertising agency, the “A diamond is forever” campaign was launched to restore the luster of undying love to the once royal symbol of prestige.  And by a stroke of luck the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, indelibly linked diamonds with the ultimate symbol of glamour – Marilyn Monroe.  As the saying goes, sex sells.  Just under a century ago, the value of diamonds had dropped by 50%, but today, more than 78% of engagement rings contain diamonds. The diamond has risen back to its former place of glory and remains supreme among gemstones as the symbol of mystical, divine, unconquerable, love. This is the second of a two-part series on the history of diamonds. Sources:



“I tame” or “I subdue”, is what the original Greek word (adamao) for diamond meant.  Later, the term, “adamas”, used by the ancient Greeks to describe the hardest substance known, became synonymous with the word diamond.  The adjective adamas, translates as unconquerable. As Old as Time

Diamonds are 3 billion years old and the hardest gemstone discovered thus far, but from a mineralogical perspective, diamonds are not much different from common carbon, the graphite in a pencil.  What has imbued them with a centuries-old mystique, has a more human explanation. Diamonds as Symbols of Divine Devotion

The ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were the tears of their gods and that the light they reflected was a symbol of the constant flame of love.  The first use of rings as symbols of commitment dates back to the betrothal rings of the Romans, which were often formed from twisted copper or braided hair (the tradition of giving one’s beloved a lock of hair).  The ring was worn on the third finger of the left hand.  As with many other cultural acquisitions acquired through Roman conquests, the placement of the ring on this finger was taken from the ancient Egyptian tradition which held that a vein in the third finger (Vena Amors or vein of love) ran directly to the heart.  These rings were not exclusive to betrothals; they were also bestowed as tokens of affection or friendship. The engagement ring was introduced in 1215, when Pope Innocent III, decreed that there needed to be a “waiting period” between betrothal and a marriage ceremony.  These first engagement rings symbolized the couples’ commitment during that waiting period. Diamonds as Symbols of Status

Although engagement rings were commonplace, diamonds remained rare for many centuries, and as such they were reserved for the royalty and high elites, the only groups permitted to wear ornate rings or rings with jewels. Throughout the Middle Ages, diamonds, which had been associated with mystical powers as far back as Plato, continued to be used for mystical purposes. Kings wore them into battle as amulets against evil, talismans that they believed conferred fearlessness and invincibility, a sentiment expressed in Louis IX’s (1214-1270) establishment of a sumptuary law which reserved diamonds for the king alone, cementing their association with the highest level of social rank.   One hundred years later, diamonds made their way through the ranks of lesser royals throughout European aristocracy.  The first diamond engagement ring is recorded as the one given by Archduke Maximilian of Austria to Mary of Burgundy in 1477. This is the first of a two-part series on the history of diamonds. Sources:

Happy New Year from your friends at Diamond Buyers!!!!!!

Saying good-bye to an old year and welcoming in a new one is always a bittersweet event.  We all like to hang on to fond memories from the past….while looking forward to creating new ones in the future.  A New Year is also a time for all of us to get a fresh start and to make promises and resolutions for the coming year.  Out with the old and in with the new, as they say!!!

At Diamond Buyers we think that the start of a new year is THE PERFECT TIME to sort through your jewelry box and take a serious look at your jewelry…what you have, what you cherish and want to keep and what you might want to sell.  Every day at Diamond Buyers our customers bring or send to us items of jewelry…gold or platinum, diamonds (1 carat or larger…the bigger the better), or prestige watches that they no longer want or need.  In addition to buying jewelry, we are also generous buyers of sterling silver flatware and hollow ware.  We also buy AND sell gold and silver coins and bullion.

So, as you consider what New Year’s resolutions make sense to you…please think about letting Diamond Buyers take part in your New Year’s plans.  We are here to help you start the New Year off on the right foot!!!!

Thank you and we wish you a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year from all of us at Diamond Buyers!

Do you own a diamond?  Do you know what your diamond actually is?

Diamonds were formed very early in the earth’s history, over three billion years ago, as pure carbon crystals.  These crystals, under the force of intense heat and pressure, become embedded in kimberlite, a form of igneous rock.  Amazingly, it takes over 250 tons of kimberlite ore, which must be mined and processed, to produce a 1-carat gemstone!  When diamonds are mined, they look like clear or colored crystal rocks which are referred to as “rough.”  First mined in India over 3,000 years ago, today Africa, Australia, Russia, Brazil and Canada are the greatest sources of commercial deposits of diamonds.  For many centuries, diamonds have held a certain allure and have been a source of great fascination.

The diamond is the hardest natural substance known to man, and the only gem that consists of a single element.  In fact, the word “diamond” comes from the Greek word “adamas” which means “unconquerable.”  A diamond is thousands of times harder than corundum, the next hardest substance, from which rubies and sapphires are formed.  Even after many years of wear, a diamond will preserve its’ sharp edges and corners when most other stones have become worn and chipped.

As our name implies, Diamond Buyers is in the business of buying diamonds, 1 carat or larger, from our customers.  It takes a trained, educated eye to recognize the value of a diamond and to fully understand the diamonds’ nuances.  Every diamond is different and only a professional can grade a diamond based on its’ cut, clarity and carat weight.  Mike Menser, Diamond Buyers owner, is a registered jeweler with over 40 years of experience in the jewelry business.  When you contact us to sell your diamond, you can enjoy the confidence in knowing that you are working with professionals who care about YOU.  We pride ourselves on our putting integrity and trust before profit.  You can always depend on Diamond Buyers to make you a generous offer for your diamond.