Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals/Caribe Diamonds

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Maurice Jewelry Design wrote at 2006-07-25 16:12:32
We just appraised a Caribe Diamond. It is a Zircon (not a CZ). It was sold at a military base.

It seems like a sales gimmick to sell as if it was a diamond without legal repercutions. Customer bought in 1958 $638.75 and always thought it was a diamond, the cartificate does not say it is a diamond. It is not valuable. For more info you can contact Maurice Jewelry Design in Dunedin Florida.  


anne wrote at 2006-09-07 00:16:53
I did have a Caribe diamond engagement ring given to me in 1965. It was purchased at Ramey AFB in PR. It was of excellent quality and flawless clarity. It came with a Lifetime warranty. Unfortunately while I was a guest at someone's house the ring "disappeared".

Check Wikipedia for an interesting explanation for Caribe diamonds.


HELPER wrote at 2008-11-16 22:25:41
PATTI, I TOO HAVE A CARIBE DIAMOND CERTIFICATE, ..31CRTS TOTAL, AND FROM 1960'S..SO THERE MUST BE CARIBE DIAMONDS OUT THERE..GRANDPARENTS WERE IN CENTRAL AMERICA FOR A TIME..WILL CHECK W JEWELERS IN CALIFORNIA & AD TO THIS ANSWER..


Georgia Gal wrote at 2009-07-16 03:46:51
Hello Patti,



I, too, had a Caribe diamond (wedding) ring with 5 'fifths'.  It was lovely.  (Wish I still had it and wonder where I could obtain another...I do not see on the Web!)



I believe the Caribe diamond rings were sold through the BX (Base Exchange) (or PX (Post Exchange) depending on which branch of service people were in!).  This was about 1968 (Dover, DE)



Hope this helps.




Rick wrote at 2009-11-10 06:36:42
Patti..............I too bought a Caribe  diamond engagement and wedding ring for my wife at the PX while stationed in the  Philippines, in 1968, we still have the original certificate for it  and they said they would gladly upgrade it toward a larger stone for lifetime.   i feel any PX / BX should honor this as  they sold them in the military exchanges during that era.


Dora wrote at 2009-12-18 21:52:28
I have a Caribe diamond .63 caret and was appraised for over $3,000 quite some years ago.  It is at the jeweler getting appraised again.


LovintheNW wrote at 2010-03-14 04:02:29
I just received my mother's wedding ring.  It is a Caribe Diamond that was bought on the military base in Korea in 1963.  I do have the certificate and it states that it is .65 carets. It will be interesting to see when I get it appraised.


justmovedhere wrote at 2010-06-09 18:25:10
I also own a Caribe engagement ring purchased at the PX in Germany. It has been appraised - in the 1970s at $3000, in the 1980s at $3800 and I'm awaiting another appraisal right now.

It was appraised as a diamond of .52 (1/2carat)


Mary Kathryn Straub wrote at 2010-10-10 18:09:30
I have a Caribe Diamonds certificate for a diamond watch that was purchased at the BX at Lajes Field in the Azores in 1955. The 14KT white gold 21 diamonds Hamilton watch is from Caribe Diamonds Santurce, Puerto Rico.


sunshine wrote at 2011-03-28 21:20:50
I just had my Caribe diamond tested today at a local jeweler. And YES it is a real diaomond and not just a natural Zircon.


Barbara wrote at 2011-11-12 01:59:14
I too have a Caribe Diamond which was purchased in 1959 at an Air Force base in Ankara, Turkey.  The certificate states it is in AAA-1 quality, white and clean.  The price was $163.60.  I plan on giving this to my granddaughter but want to know what I am giving her before I send it.  Will be looking for more comments.


Rob LaPray wrote at 2012-11-06 05:12:47
I recently took my jewelry to a jeweler at a reputable jeweler here in It was a caribe wedding set circa 1960 that had been given to my mother...It was purchased in Puerto Rico at an Air Force base in 1960. My mother new I always admired it and after her funeral my  father purchased it for my mother and it has the original paperwork, I did not share that information with the jeweler, he showed no interest in the diamond and offered me $115 dollars the gold which is solid fourteen carat (both the ring and the Diamond Band were solid 14 carat) I did not give in...I am going to get it reappraised...the name of the Jeweler is "king's Jewelers" on main street in columbia south carolina the diamond was a little over half a carat. Needless to say I will never do business with them again, I suggest you do the same...especially when I see that a caribe diamond (at .60 carats was appraised for $3000 that was just the stone. Any suggestions?


Brunilda Diaz wrote at 2013-10-14 18:13:36
    I too have a Caribe Diamond which was purchased in 1970.  I still have the original certificate for it.  The ring was purchased at the PX in Fort McClellan, AL. Style S73 and 73A.  


RonDon wrote at 2015-09-16 00:44:01
I bought a .27 Caribe diamond ring at Eielson AFB, Near Fairbanks, Alaska in 1964, for $125.00.  The ring was appraised by a reputable jeweler 20 years ago for $1500.00.  We still have the certificate. And the ring is still almost as beautiful as my wife of 50 years.  

Ron in western PA.


Claire wrote at 2015-10-27 18:52:43
I inherited my Mom's Caribe diamond, 1.12 carets, appraised last week for $11,190


Nana's ring wrote at 2015-10-30 19:53:34
I inherited a caribe diamond with 1.75 crt. in plat. setting.  It was purchased in 1964 on military base exchange.  I have all payment receipts and certificate.  Purchase price was $1235.  It was appraised twice since then.  The last appraisal was in 1979 giving it a value of $7050.  I plan on having it appraised again soon.  Any suggestions?


Pablo wrote at 2016-08-19 20:20:14
I bought a .45 kt Caribe diamond solitaire engagement ring at the Ramstein AB, Germany BX in July 1971. The guarantee I received said it was white, clean and AAA-1 quality. Today I upgraded the diamond with a jeweler from Los Angeles. He had an electronic device, a diamond tester, that he shined on the diamonds and others we had in settings that supposedly showed quality. The device showed it to be synthetic. He also said that the stone was rounded at the bottom - this cannot be done with a real diamond. When I told him I had a certificate at home, he said he could be wrong but it was obvious he didn't think so. My certificate says it came from Reinhold Brothers in NYC. They appear to still be in business as Reinhold-Caribe. No answer first time I called.  


Gary wrote at 2016-08-30 09:06:14
Yes .. Caribe Diamonds are of excellent quality .. I should know I was their operations manager for all their stores in Asia for about 6 years, including Vietnam I have many, many answers. Caribe diamonds was located around the world in Navy Exchanges, Army & Air Force PX's and several United States Embassy "Gift Stores". .... We sold diamonds, 14K wedding bands, and many high quality 14k Swiss watches made by several different Swiss Manufactories. Diamonds were cut in Puerto Rico. Diamonds were bought and sorted in the main offices in New York City.  Any questions contact we at gtjljane@icloud.com


Gary wrote at 2016-08-30 09:07:19
Yes .. Caribe Diamonds are of excellent quality .. I should know I was their operations manager for all their stores in Asia for about 6 years, including Vietnam I have many, many answers. Caribe diamonds was located around the world in Navy Exchanges, Army & Air Force PX's and several United States Embassy "Gift Stores". .... We sold diamonds, 14K wedding bands, and many high quality 14k Swiss watches made by several different Swiss Manufactories. Diamonds were cut in Puerto Rico. Diamonds were bought and sorted in the main offices in New York City.  Any questions contact we at gtjljane@icloud.com


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