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Interview with Ron Kiven




Ron Kiven has worked in the coloured diamond industry for many years, developing a wealth of experience, particularly when it comes to pink and yellow stones.

It’s no surprise then, that when it came to establishing his new business Blue Star & Kiven – an Australian joint venture with leading global diamond company Blue Star Diamonds – Kiven decided he would continue down the coloured path.

“The first time I ever saw a colored diamond was from Argyle production in the 80s,” Kiven says. “I've seen a whole spectrum of changes since coloured diamonds were first introduced into the market – the cutting, the improvement in light performance and the changes in marketing.”

While Kiven’s interest in pink and yellow diamonds has carried across into Blue Star & Kiven, the business specialises in cognac coloured stones as well. Majority of the supplier’s pink and cognac diamonds are sourced from Australia’s Argyle mine, while its yellow stones come from various locations around the world. 

But the offering doesn’t stop there. In addition to coloured stones, Blue Star & Kiven has a wide selection of white diamonds, including fancy cut and brilliant cut.

The business also has a manufacturing division that offers “the whole gamut of finished jewellery”, including semi-mounts, wedders and studs. 

So what are the hot jewellery trends right now? According to Kiven, “halo” designs are very popular for jewellery pieces that incorporate coloured diamonds.

“People are using the halo designs, with small diamonds arranged around a bigger stone,” Kiven explains. “With pinks and yellows – pinks especially – you also often see little three-stone rings. So you'll have a white centre with two pinks as shoulders.”

Interesting fact …
Although production of pink diamonds at the Argyle mine in Western Australia is likely to increase in the next couple of years due to the mine going underground, supply will remain very lean – the mine will never produce massive volumes of pink diamonds.
 

Coloured diamond report
Part 1: Coloured diamonds offer retailers a new frontier
Part 2: New trends increase demand

 

 



Further interviews with...

WOLSKI'S WITOLD WOLSKI

KL DIAMONDS' KALLEH LEVONIAN

LOST RIVER DIAMONDS' JAMES LEHMAN

BOLTON GEMS' BRETT BOLTON

WORLD SHINER'S MAULIN SHAH

SOKLICH & CO'S CHRIS SOKLICH

BLUE STAR & KIVEN DIAMONDS' RON KIVEN

SAMS GROUP AUSTRALIA'S STEVE DER BEDROSSIAN

 











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