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The Fun of Melees

Anyone who is or has been a diamond buyer knows very well the following scenario.

It's just after a successful busy season, stocks are low and thoughts are into replacing merchandise and whipping up new sales with promotional ideas that border on fantasy. You are suddenly interrupted by a phone call from someone that needs for his romantic journey in life a unique diamond piece of jewelry, but he does warn you that he has been in contact with other retailers and purveyors of gem stones. He makes a suggestion of natural fancy colored diamonds. Enter into the world of dilemma, suppliers of this request are slightly limited and you know other people are most likely also to see anything suitable. A customer like this is important because he will come back as well as recommend you to others, the pressure is on.

My patio was covered with the most enticing pink rose flower petals. This mass of seductive color would never be achieved with single flowers from where they all came. Immediately my thoughts and plans turned to "melees" in particular fancy yellow diamond melees and fancy pink diamond melees.

Melee diamonds are commonly sold in parcels of stones that can contain hundreds of carats and can often be broken up into smaller parcels. Although the parcel because of its quantity can have a high price, the individual carat can be extremely attractive. There are some suppliers, such as Denir Diamonds that will sell in relatively smaller quantities and from these any buyer can select the color he requires, wherever it is a canary diamond or a pink diamond, the right shade and hue can be chosen.

Sieve Plate Name

Or Combinations

Hole Size

in mm

Diamond Weight

in carats






















To achieve the size that you require, the stones can be sieved. There is a standard sieve set manufactured by several companies. This set usually in stainless steel is a series of plates with precision-drilled holes of a fixed size. The holes allow diamonds to pass through and by a combination of several sieving with different plates, the parcel of melee diamonds can sorted into specific sizes that correspond to weights. The chart below shows a few examples of drilled hole-size to their corresponding diamond weights.

Once the diamonds have been sized, they can be graded. A fancy pink lot or fancy yellow melee diamonds can now be sorted into their various shades and hues and regular white diamonds can be graded into different qualities of color and clarity.

As the whole parcel of diamonds consists of a large number of stones in various classifications, almost all of the diamonds can be used to create a piece of jewelry with an effect that goes beyond one center stone of the same price.
Our scenario has now a different ending, the retailer can be confident that with melee diamonds, he has created a jewel according to his client's requirements and aspirations and he can be reassured and confident that he has no competition.
By sourcing with Denir Diamonds and the service that they offer with regard to wholesale melee diamonds, the formidable task becomes a pleasure of leisure.

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