The Forevermark Journey
Selected by hand, less than 1% of the world's diamonds are eligible to become a Forevermark diamond. Every step of its journey adheres to strict criteria, calling on master craftsmen and the most experienced of experts to ensure that only the most beautiful diamonds are chosen to be inscribed as Forevermark.
The Diamond Experts
Forevermark brings you the most carefully selected diamonds in the world. Each one is responsibly sourced, and then meticulously cut, polished and graded before it can be inscribed with proprietary technology that makes it uniquely yours.
Forevermark is one of the leaders in the industry with innovative technology and employs practices to ensure high quality and authenticity.
Strong and pure, as old as the earth
A diamond is precious – a natural miracle over 3 billion years in the making. It is slowly forged into character by the shifts deep beneath the Earth, waiting to be discovered and brought to light.
Diamonds are nearly as old as the earth itself. They were formed billions of years ago from carbon, which crystallised under enormous pressure and high temperature below the earth’s surface.
• KIMBERLITE DEFINITION: A heavy, dark coloured, igneous rock that is known to sometimes contain rough diamonds. Kimberlite is found in vertical structures, termed 'pipes'. It gets its name from the town of Kimberley, South Africa, where diamonds are still mined today.
• 104 CARAT FOREVERMARK DIAMOND: The largest diamond to meet Forevermark’s exacting standards of beauty, rarity and responsible sourcing took three years to cut and polish. The diamond was given a bespoke inscription number, 20090950755, chosen to signify the recovery date (200909) and the carat weight (507.55) of the rough diamond.
Forevermark brings you the most carefully selected diamonds in the world. Each one is responsibly sourced, and then meticulously cut, polished and graded before it can be inscribed with proprietary technology that makes it uniquely yours. Forevermark is one of the leaders in the industry with innovative technology and employs practices to ensure high quality and authenticity.
An ancient mineral, the rough diamond is liberated from carefully selected mines around the world in countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Canada. Forevermark diamonds are mined deep below ground, from the ocean and even beneath an Arctic lake. Each mine is required to uphold high business, social and environmental standards.
The same criteria is to be met throughout the journey of the diamond itself to ensure that each Forevermark diamond that is worn, has benefitted the community where it originated. Our commitment to responsible sourcing is built upon integrity, opportunity for women and environmental stewardship. These are the values that underpin the inscription on every Forevermark diamond.
In its rough form, the diamond is carefully selected by experienced diamond sorters, amongst a sea of colour and an expanse of shapes and sizes. Drawing on vast experience, diamond sorters masterfully assess the distinct characteristics of each rough diamond to ascertain those of potential Forevermark quality. Here the diamond is separated from lesser gems, where it continues on its journey to become Forevermark.
Once the rough diamonds have been liberated from their host rock (kimberlite), diamond sorters assess each diamond according to their natural characteristics, looking at their colour, size and shape. This takes great skill and years of training.
A select group of Diamantaires purchase specific allocations of rough diamonds from various sources, including from the De Beers Group of Companies.
Cutting & Polishing
Forevermark demands only the very highest in cut criteria. Master craftsmen must devote consummate artistry and precise expertise to producing a diamond of Forevermark calibre. By combining a legacy of craftsmanship and technological innovation, the diamond is brought to life. Here, the diamond’s true beauty is unleashed. Forevermark demands that each diamond is cut and polished to the highest standard, sculpting a masterpiece every time.
Having chosen the rough diamonds, these master craftsmen begin the process of cutting and polishing. Here is where the brilliance, fire and scintillation of a diamond are unleashed. Experience, time and patience are essential. As each and every facet is carefully extracted, even one mistake could reduce the diamond's light and beauty.
Once the diamond has been polished, it is evaluated and graded against a set of standards and can be classified among other diamonds.
Masters in the art of selection, experts at a Forevermark Diamond Institute scrupulously verify that each diamond meets Forevermark’s exacting quality criteria.
A polished diamond is then sent to one of the Forevermark Diamond Institutes. Here, expert graders draw on proprietary, state-of-the-art technologies and years of experience to examine each diamond, going beyond the technical 4C’s criteria to hand-select only the most beautiful to become Forevermark.
A diamond will go through, at minimum, a seventeen-step process. The diamond will be thoroughly checked and rigorously examined by expert graders for any flaws or imperfections that will impact its beauty. The diamonds are also scanned by industry-leading proprietary machines to check for their authenticity, carat weight and symmetry, and then hand examined once again for colour categorisation and inclusions, or flaws visible to the naked eye.
Forevermark diamonds must be completely natural, and must have close to perfectly polished tables - this is where the inscription will be placed. Out of all of the diamonds in the world, less than 1% qualify to become Forevermark diamonds.
A Forevermark Grading Report, produced by expert gemmologists, can be requested with your inscribed diamond. The report features the unique identification number inscribed on the diamond, a bespoke security hologram, and an accurate blueprint of the Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat of each diamond.
Using proprietary technology, each Forevermark diamond is inscribed with a unique number - proof that it is of exceptional quality and utmost integrity.
Every Forevermark diamond is given an inscription that represents a three-fold promise: that the diamond is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced. Invisible to the naked eye, this inscription includes the Forevermark icon and the diamond's own, unique number. The inscription is 1/20th of a micron deep – 1/5,000th the depth of a human hair – and is placed on the table facet of the diamond, using confidential, proprietary technology developed by the De Beers Group of Companies.
The Forevermark inscription has been developed so it does not affect the internal quality of the diamond. Smaller diamonds, those of less than 14 points, cannot accommodate the inscription, and therefore are not inscribed by Forevermark. The inscription can only be seen with a Forevermark Viewer which offers superb magnification and clarity.
All Forevermark Diamonds can be registered on Forevermark.com to store your unique identification number and diamond details, providing reassurance that your diamond is uniquely yours.
Design & Innovation
The Forevermark Design and Innovation Centre is a creative hub which develops Forevermark jewellery designs. Located in Milan, a city of high fashion, fine art and design, the FD&I consists of a group of designers that conceptualise and create jewellery which celebrate the beauty of Forevermark diamonds.
You can obtain a Forevermark diamond as a loose diamond to place in the setting of your choice; within a piece of jewellery designed by Forevermark; or in a piece of jewellery crafted by one of our select design partners, who distribute their jewellery to our Authorised Forevermark Jewellers.