Every diamond we use is certified by one of the world’s top four leading diamond laboratories: GIA, IGI, HRD or Anchor. These organisations are recognised the world over for their superior expertise when it comes to diamond grading. Each certified diamond comes with a unique report detailing its grading on the four Cs (carat, colour, clarity and cut), along with information about its individual characteristics. This independent certification means you can rest assured that each Pragnell diamond meets the strictest industry guidelines.
At Pragnell, we believe that while certification is very important, a piece of paper could never tell a diamond’s whole story. Our graduate gemmologists are among the best in the business: they go beyond the information on certificates, and assess the distinctive attributes of each individual diamond. They look through thousands of stones but choose only the liveliest, most brilliant and most beautiful diamonds; those whose perceived colour and clarity outperforms what’s written on the report. Because when it comes to assessing a diamond’s beauty, nothing compares to the human eye.
Society as a whole is more aware than ever about the provenance of precious gemstones; over and above the beauty of a particular stone, we want to know that it has been sourced without causing harm. At Pragnell, you can put your mind at ease, because every diamond we have ever dealt with, and will ever deal with, is 100% conflict-free. Our gemmologists ensure that all the diamonds they buy adhere to the Kimberley Process, an international monitoring process that was set up to prevent conflict diamonds from entering the market. The process means that every diamond’s journey is carefully tracked, so you can rest assured that your diamond is natural, untreated and conflict-free.
Rough diamonds are formed deep within the earth’s crust: extracting these wonders of nature relies on evermore sophisticated mining techniques. There’s a careful balance to be struck between discovering and accessing these increasingly rare stones and preserving the natural environment for future generations to enjoy. Responsible mining companies take great measures to preserve and protect the environments in which they work: from offsetting carbon emissions, to returning a mine to its original, wild habitat after it has closed. At Pragnell, we work with mines and suppliers who share our long-term commitment to the environment.
Economic benefits of mining
The mining industry supports entire communities all over the world. The impact that diamond mining has had on the economies of developing nations cannot be underestimated. As well as providing a stable source of income and career opportunities, responsible mining companies provide professional development, as well as contributing significantly to the socio-economic infrastructure of the surrounding community. Women, many of whom may not have otherwise been given the chance to work, are encouraged to participate and advance as equals, while individuals learn skills such as farming that will sustain the local economy even after the mine has closed.