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FAQ

Questions about Museum Services:

What is the Museum of Named Diamonds and who operates it?

The Museum of Named Diamonds is a non-profit organization established by the jewelry industry to serve as a single Registry for the world’s named diamonds, and to preserve the stories of those diamonds.  A Board of Governors sets the policies of the Museum, and an Executive Director and staff manage day to day activities.  More details.

Can I register my diamond?

Yes, that is one of the primary purposes of the Museum, to preserve diamond stories.  To put your own diamond, and its story, into the Museum, simply register it, and pay the $100 registration fee.  You will be prompted to add the name, and any other information you'd like to include.  Click here to get started.

Do I need to send the diamond anywhere to have it appear in the Museum?

No, the Museum is entirely online so your diamond's story can be shared with the world without it ever having to leave your finger.  Certain optional extras (such as diamond engraving) do require the diamond to be sent to a gemological institute as part of the process.

What are the benefits of registering my diamond, naming it, and showcasing it in the Museum?

There are five main benefits—we call them “romantic benefits” that you will receive when you register your diamond.  We explain them here

When I register my diamond, what exactly do I receive from the Museum?

The diamond’s name is recorded officially and exclusively.
The diamond is displayed online in the museum.
The diamond’s story is included in the museum.
A frame-able certificate documents the diamond’s status.
The diamond and its story are preserved forever with blockchain technology.

But remember, these are simply the things the Museum does when you register.  The advantages, or benefits, of the process are explained here

What optional extras are available for my diamond, when it is registered?

There are a range of extras available that allow you to further personalize your diamond or add custom content to it's Museum page.

  1. Original art and verse. We commission original artwork to echo the diamond’s name, and which then is added to your diamond’s Museum page.  And we create a short poem (verse) to expand on the symbolism of the name.  Example. 
  2. Laser inscription of the name, onto the girdle (“edge”) of the diamond.
What are the minimum requirements for a diamond that is registered?

It must be a natural diamond, not a synthetic (sometimes called Cultured or Lab-Grown.)  It may be a loose stone, or part of a piece of jewelry.  Its size doesn’t matter.  Even a ring consisting of multiple diamonds, can be named and included in the Museum.  In that case the name is considered applied to the finished piece, or to the largest diamond in the piece, whichever is appropriate.  There are no other minimum requirements, in terms of size, quality, etc.  Remember, what makes the diamond special is its name, that name’s connection to your relationship, and the story or special memory which accompanies it. 

Can other items of jewelry (for example, rubies, sapphires, or any jewelry without a diamond) be registered, or is it restricted to diamonds?

Colored stones such as rubies, sapphires, or opals are indeed eligible for registration. Additionally the Museum may soon be adding additional “wings” that will allow the registration of other items of jewelry, possibly heirlooms, etc. If you are interested in this possibility, send us an email, and we’ll be sure to notify you when this is available.

Does the Museum sell gift cards for diamond registration?

Yes, they are available here.

How do I get started?

Register your diamond today, by going here.


Questions about Managing Your Diamond:

How do I choose a name for my diamond?

Registered diamonds are all given unique names from their owners that represent the diamonds' history or the relationships they symbolize. Here are our suggestions for choosing a name.

What additional information can I include with the diamond, when it is registered?

All that is required at the time of registration is the diamond’s name, a sentence or more explaining where the name came from (the story of the name), the name(s) of the owner (this is hidden, and not publicly displayed) and at least one uploaded photograph of either the diamond, or the owner, or any relevant memory that connects to the diamond.  Example.

Can I add, delete, or change information about my diamond, when it is in the Museum?

Yes. Yes, at the present time there is no limitation on this.  In addition, the name of the diamond itself may be changed within ninety days of registration. The Museum reserves the right, in the future, to charge time-and-materials fees, or other policies, as may be appropriate.

When I register my diamond, is it officially named?

Yes.  The Museum of Named Diamonds has been recognized by the World Diamond Mark unit of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (the governing association of the diamond industry) as the official registry of named diamonds in the world.  When your diamond is given a name, that name will thereafter only apply to that diamond.  This is actually a good reason to register your diamond quickly, so the name you want, and is special to you, is not taken by someone else.  Register now.

Does my own name, etc., appear in the Museum as the owner of the diamond?

Only if you want it to.  The Museum keeps track of the owner’s name, but it is your choice whether to have that name appear on the diamond’s Museum Page.  We suggest First Name/Last Initial, such as “John & Mary G.”  That way it will be clear to you and your friends that it is your diamond, but no confidential information needs to be shown.

What if ownership of the diamond changes?

When you register your diamond, the owner of the email address which accompanies the registration is considered by us to “control” that diamond’s information, including a change in ownership.  An email request to the Museum, notifying of an ownership change, and/or new email address that should henceforth be associated with that diamond, is all that’s needed.  If there are special circumstances, contact the Museum and we can provide more information.

Still Curious?

We'll be happy to help answer any further questions at our contact page or via support@nameddiamonds.org.