Mauritius doesn’t mine diamonds, but its close neighbour South Africa has one of the world’s largest reserves. Since the 1970s several diamond-polishing houses have been established on the island and jewellery has become big business, with the rough diamonds arriving direct from the diamond auction houses and being transformed into brilliant gems.
You can buy loose stones in a variety of cuts and finished jewellery pieces, or you could have a custom piece made within days.
Diamonds are priced according to the balance of four main criteria – colour, clarity, cut and size – so a bigger stone with flaws may cost less than a smaller but ‘cleaner’ stone. When buying diamonds you should be given detailed information about the quality of the stone you are buying and a certificate of authenticity to accompany any purchase.
Cledor was the first diamond polishing company on the island, followed closely by Adamas. Both companies focus on fine gem jewellery.