8 Tips for Buying Diamonds Online 0

About Diamonds

Diamonds have long been a symbol of man’s greatest hopes and dreams and a women’s best friend. The most aspirational and desired of all gemstones with an investment value that transcends time, place and currency. Diamonds are not volumetric or easy to transport.

Forged and hidden deep beneath the surface of the earth’s crust, up to 3.3 billion years ago, under conditions of extreme heat and pressure. diamond is the hardest natural substance known to man, the purest form of CARBON.

The word diamond evolved from the Greek word ‘adamas’ which was used to describe the hardest substance known to man.

Buying a diamond does not have to be an uncomfortable or scary experience for anybody. Lately consumers have more options than ever before when it comes to buying diamonds. In addition to jewellery retailers, you can shop at home or from work right on your computer, tablet or smartphone.


There are currently a large number of Diamond traders selling only loose certified Diamonds online, who are very reliable, trustworthy and extremely helpful should you require their help and assistance with your Diamond purchases. You don’t have to be an expert or Jeweller to buy or own a certified cut & polished diamond.

Many of the same considerations apply whether you’re buying a diamond in person or online. I will discuss a few additional tips for shopping online that will help you click the “Buy Now” button with confidence.


Reliable companies selling any Diamonds and Gems, like, have experienced people involved in their business who are highly qualified in their field. These individuals are available and able to give you the assistance and information you may require to make an educated decision and have the confidence to make your diamond purchases.

Every diamond is unique, and there are a variety of factors, which affect the price of a diamond. Focus on those factors most important to you, and choose a diamond that satisfies your individual standards for beauty and value, some one else with a similar budget might chose a very different diamond with different qualities.  At, we want to help find the best diamond for you.


8 Tips for buying a diamond online:

1. Research

It doesn’t matter how big or small your purchase, but like anything else you would buy, research your options. Educate yourself about the four C’s (more about this in the next tip) and decide which of the qualities are most important to you. This decision will help you spend your budget the best possible way.

2. Specific Detail

When shopping online, make sure you know exactly what you are buying. Again, as mentioned above, Companies selling Diamonds will give values of the four C’s:
Cut, Clarity, Colour and Caratge-weight.
To ensure you purchase the Diamond at the correct price, look at the Four C’s together to make the best choice.
3. Grading Report
Every Diamond sold to you should be accompanied with an independent grading report or a laboratory report.
The two mostly used and accepted certification institutions are the GIA and EGL. They will independently give the report on the four C’s of every Legal Diamond on the market.
Have a look at their websites for more info.
4. Verify the Report

GIA certified Diamonds can be checked and verified on the GIA secured database website under the “Report check” tab. This way you can check that the diamond is the actual diamond quoted to you.


5. Diamond Laser Inscription

For added security, find out if the diamond’s grading report number is laser-inscribed on its girdle. In some cases the diamond will be inscribed before it is offered for sale, or it can be requested at the time of purchase.
In addition to the diamond’s unique GIA report number, the inscription can be a personal message or symbol for identification. The microscopic inscription is viewable under 10X magnification or using a jeweller’s loupe, and because it’s noted on the diamond’s GIA report, it will help ensure that the diamond you receive matches the report issued for it.


6. Know your Seller

Once you’ve decided on the diamond you want to buy and if you don’t know the company, there are a few quick checks to do on the company you’re considering buying from. I have discussed Online shopping in my previous blog post and the same checks still apply no matter what you purchase.
Read my previous post here ->


Additionally you’ll want to know:
  • How long has the company been in business?
  • What kind of reviews has the company received?
  • Do they offer secure transactions?
  • Are the online representatives helpful?
  • Do they have a Diamond expert on board?
  • How will the diamond be shipped? Is the shipment insured? Is signature required for delivery?
  • In addition to the above, if you’re buying from online auction sites, you’ll also want to look into buyer feedback and ratings and determine if the seller is providing sufficient evidence of the quality of the diamond offered for sale, such as photographs, a grading report, or report number that can be verified.


7. Safe and Secure Payment

I have discussed secure payment methods for online purchases in my previous blog post (which you can read here -> that also apply here. In addition buyers would also like to make use of EFT.  Each online retailer or auction site will specify how it will accept payment. If you paid with a credit card and if there is a problem with the purchase, most credit card companies provide recourse. Using a check or a money order for your purchase can reduce your options.


8. Unbelievable offers

As the saying goes “if it is too good to be true, it most probably is”. Be very careful of offers far below the market value. Specifically on high value items like Diamonds and Gems.


To equip you with information and a better understanding of what you want to buy, please read my next series of four blogs as I will discuss each of the four C’s of diamonds individually.


1. Carat Size
2. Clarity Chart
3. Colour Grading
4. Cut

This information is very important as the complete Diamond industry is based on the four C’s. This information is what will help the online shopper to be able to understand what Diamonds are all about, what to look for when doing your purchase, what to be careful of, why prices vary so much and why any of the four C’s have such an influence on determining the Diamond prices.


This will help you understand why, for the same price, you can buy a very big Diamond or a very small Diamond.

Like any other purchase, buying Diamonds is all about forming trust and relationship between the Buyer and the Seller.


If you still have any questions, our Diamonds and Gems Expert (Alan) will gladly assist. For any questions, please send a mail to


Happy Shopping!

Ben du Preez



8 tips for safe and secure online shopping for first time buyers 0


Every year billions of dollars are spent online, buying any product or service you can imagine. Worldwide daily online sales figures are increasing dramatically, as is online fraud and the initiatives criminals come up with to convince consumers to part with their money.

 Many people, especially those over 35, have great concern and are still largely resistant to shopping online. Consumers in this age group find it extremely uncomfortable to give their credit card details and personal information to websites.

The younger generation are naturals at online shopping because they were born in the technological era. They experience online fraud almost the same as we (the older generation) experienced normal robbery or theft.

This is just the modern version of it. Keeping up with the times…

By saying that fraud exists online, doesn’t mean we must run away from technology, but rather embrace it. Online shopping is the new kid on the block, but not for long, current figures show a daily increase in online revenue and customers. Very soon it will be the biggest kid on the block and possibly, in years to come, the only kid on the block. The greatest benefit to online shopping is the ability to purchase products from anywhere in the world and get them delivered to your door, no matter where you are, all with a few clicks of a button.

For all the old timers and anybody else still not completely comfortable to take the plungeand experience the wonders of online shopping, here are a few pointers that I (as an old timer myself) use as a guide for my online shopping, to make sure that my purchase is safe and secure, my product is what it must be and that my purchase is from a reputable merchant. 

  1. The online shop:
    • Make sure the online shop has a secure connection. In order to do that, you will see a little closed lock in the status bar, followed by the website address or URL starting with the “https://“ abbreviation instead of “http://“. Make sure the “s” is followed after the “http” as the “s” confirms:
      • it has a certificate to verify it as a secure connection
      • that it is a legitimate website you are working on
      • and that your information is safe.
      • See the example: Never buy from a site not showing the lock and “https://“
  • In many cases the shop will be hosted on a recognised secure platform. Shopify is one of the larger platforms. You will see the wording “Powered by Shopify” or any other platform name at the bottom of the website page. Many online shops will also have the secure link logo included at the bottom of the online shop page. i.e is powered by Shopify. Go over the name with your cursor and see if the name link to the secure page. Bogus companies will do a copy and paste of these names and logos but will not be able to link to the secure sites.
  • Check the spelling and grammer. It is a known fact that most of the “bogus” sites are full of spelling and grammer mistakes.
  1. The Owners / Management
    • Take the time and read the “about us” page of the online shop. This page should give you information about the company and in many cases the business history of the principle people in the company along with their photos. These photos and information can be counter checked on their personal LinkedIn profiles and other social media networks. A lack of information on the “about us” page and no social network profiles are never a good sign.
  1. The Return policy
    • Any legitimate company with legitimate products will have a good return policy. I have seen return policies vary from 3 days to 120 days. A 30-day return policy is the norm, but I must stress that this depends on what products or services the company offers. There are some companies or product lines, i.e online programs, game downloads, some textile products, Food, etc. which do not carry a return policy or have a very short return period. That does not make it a bad company. It is purely the nature of the product they are selling which does not carry a return policy, or it requires a very short notice period for returns.
  1. Contact and Customer support
    • All companies running a legitimate business would want people to be able to contact them. The company should have accessible and acceptable contact details. You don’t want to have any trouble getting in touch with them if you have a problem or query. Look for the following:
      • A telephone contact number
      • A “Contact us” button on their online store. The shop owner will receive an email from you once you have completed this request form. They reply back to you via email.
      • An active email address.
      • Social media contacts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest).
      • A Facebook page to contact on private message. The Facebook page also indicates on the sidebar how quickly the company responds to messages.
      • A Postal Box address.
  • To put your mind at ease and before making your purchase, contact the company and see how fast and efficient they react to your request. It’s as simple as dropping them a mail asking if they deliver in your area or giving them a call to find out how long it will take before you have your product. This way you have a better idea who you are dealing with.
  • Be aware of a “Gmail” contact email instead of a proper company email address.
  1. Social media
    • Go have a look at the companies social media activit It will give you a very good indication on how they operate their business and how they handle their complaints, if any.
  • Facebook gives a very good indication on a companies operation. Look for the Following:
    • Daily posts give a very good indication on the companies activities, company image, products and their interaction with their clients.
    • Most Facebook pages have a “review” feature on the left side bar of their Facebook page. People can rate the company between 1 and 5 stars. 1 being the worst and 5 being the best. Read the reviews and see what people say about the company.
    • Is the Company accessible and contactable from their Company Facebook Page?
    • As mentioned above, see how responsive they are to their messages. This is allocated on the left side above the website address. Contact them and see for yourself.
    • You can also see the company activity on other social media platforms on their Company profiles like:
  1. Your private information
    • Any good online seller will explain how your personal information will be handled and protected on their security and privacy or FAQ section of their website.
    • Never give anybody your social security or ID number when shopping online, no matter how enticing the deal.
    • Some sites require you to create an account with a password. Make sure you pick a strong unique password that you never give out to anybody.
    • When a company use PayPal or any other 3rd party merchant for secure payment. All your Credit, Debit or bank details are with the Merchant payment company (PayPal) and not with the company selling you the goods.
  1. Payment
    • When selecting a payment method on checkout, you should give some thought to security. Most online sellers accept a variety of payment methods for their purchases, such as: credit cards, debit cards, bit coins, gift cards and EFT’
  • Some Online businesses accept payment through third-party companies like PayPal, 2Checkout, Google Wallet and Amazon Payments. Because the company owner had to register with these organizations as a vendor, these organizations take the seller through a very strict registration process, which includes the submission of proof of the companies documents and the legitimate registrations thereof, making it one of the safer payment methods for your purchases, giving you an added security value.
  • If you are taken to a third party Merchant site to complete payment, look for the lock and the “https://“ in the status bar as it is in the case of PayPal.
  • Never do any payment if it is not a secure site.
  • Never give anybody your credit card details via email or telephonically.
  1. Your bank Statements
    • Your statements for your credit cards, debit cards, PayPal and bank accounts are your best source of information regarding your online purchase history.
    • Don’t wait until you get your statement or until you hear from the bank. Log into your online banking regularly and by checking your statement on a regular basis you can detect any fraudulent or unauthorized transfers immediately. Report any such problem to the applicable institution immediately for them to take the necessary action.


I know there are a lot of different points discussing safety and security of online shopping. The points I have discussed are ones I find the most helpful and reliable to guide me into making the best decision. I have not discussed hardware and software security, which is a different subject for another day, because it will not influence on your decision whether to buy from a specific merchant or not.


Against popular belief, online shopping should not be impersonal and faceless. There is an actual person on the other side of that website, which in most cases would be too glad to hear from you, whether it is good or bad (I know I would like to hear from my customers). Talk to them, satisfy your doubts and discuss any questions or concerns you may have before your purchase.


What I have discussed here is by no means a fail proof method, but will definitely guide you into making an educated decision.

The most important is to always trust your gut. If you go through these points I have discussed and you feel something is wrong, there most probably is.

Like the saying goes, “If it looks to good to be true, it most probably is.”


Happy shopping.


Canvas Prints from 0

Canvas Prints from

Your Two Options:

  1. Unstretched: Is when we print the canvas and we give you the canvas rolled as a sheet. You get only the printed canvas, no frame. We leave a 100 mm border around the image. You can then either Stretch the canvas onto a wooden frame or you can place it in a picture frame and hang it on the wall.
  2. Stretched: Is when the canvas is stretched or tensioned over a wooden frame.
    this option is ready to be hung directly onto your wall.


The Material:

Our prints are produced on 550 gsm/m2 Picasso artist canvas. This is the same canvas fabric that is available in art shops, which artists use to paint on.

Printing on these canvases are far more superior, as the colours stand out very clearly due to the gloss finish of the canvas. Unlike cheaper canvas, Picasso Artist Canvas gives you very high picture quality. The rough texture of the canvas gives it a very unique look.

If Stretched, the canvas is mounted on a 44 x 22mm Meranti wooden frame.

On sizes of A2 canvasses and smaller we use a combination of Pine and Meranti wood. Because Pine tends to bend, we don't use it on big canvases.
Canvas orders take approximately 2-3 working days to be completed before it is ready for shipment.
Stretched canvases mounted on a wooden frame will take about 7 working days to produce before the shipment is ready.


Printed Canvas is a great way to display works of arts and add some elegant and exclusive Décor to your home.

To look at our range of pictures available go to and follow us on Instagram @goodieshub

Why should you buy Ostrich Leather Products from 0

Ostrich Leather is probably one of the most distinctive and unmistakable types of Leather – due to the raised bump pattern created from the quilled follicles in the Leather. No other leather has a three dimensional Texture.


The bumps vary in Density and Size, thus creating a Unique pattern along the Leather with a smooth area in-between. The portion of the skin where these bumps occur is located at the back of the Ostrich, where the Neck meets the Body, known as the “Crown”.


As this is a relatively small area of the Ostrich Skin, Ostrich products are not made entirely from the “Crown” leather.  The “full quill skin” is the most sought after leather of the Ostrich and also considered to be the most Exotic, sharing the status with Crocodile, Snake, Lizard, Emu and Camel Leather.

Ostrich Leather is treated in a very particular way and needs to be processed several times. This manual process and intense effort adds to the value of the leather.

Each and every Hide will differ in colour. The shade of the Colour can be either Lighter, or Darker than displayed on our Colour chart.

View our Range of Ostrich Leather Products Here -> Klein Karoo Ostrich Leather

The leather is very durable and scuff resistant Developing a unique Patina with long term use, making it grow in beauty as it ages.

Klein Karoo Ostrich Leather sold by has graced the runway in Haute Couture designs, to Cowboy boots and even featured on sneakers. Creators using Ostrich are very Design driven as it is celebrated globally as Distinctive, Commercially strong, yet Luxurious leather, lending itself to be higher priced than Bovine leather.

Ostrich Leather is an Established Exotic leather, that Graces and Uplifts any creation.

It is a Status symbol showing the Luxury and Exclusivity for the Wearer.

Where Luxury and Exclusivity Meet

The Big 5 0

"How did these five animals – the lion, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard – come to be called the Big Five?

It was originally a hunting term used by the so-called ‘great white hunters’ in the hunting heyday of the 19th and early 20thcenturies, when professional hunters bagged as many trophies as possible in as short a time as possible.

Considered a rite of passage for seasoned travellers, everybody from American presidents to European royalty and heads of state came to Africa to shoot a large, dangerous animal.

The Big Five quickly became known as the most dangerous animals to hunt on foot, and the name stuck – although now ‘shooting’ is done through a camera lens."


  • Greg du Preez