Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 - Polished Diamonds
The 22nd February is a day that Dan Joines CEO of Polished Diamonds will never forget. When a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch's central business district, he was forced to evacuate his fifth storey headquarters with just his wallet and cellphone in hand. Eight weeks on, Dan's building is still uninhabitable, his plans to open a new flag-ship jewellery store in the city centre and employ more staff have gone on hold.

For the first few weeks after the quake Dan, 37 worked out of his living room to get his eight-year old business back on track. It was not easy with limited water, fuel and power, a young family to look after as well as Dan's father whose own house was ruined. Nonetheless within a month, Polished Diamonds relocated to new offices 12km from the CBD devastation and business couldn't be better. A new website www.polisheddiamonds.com.au has been launched and sales are expected to triple.

Polished Diamonds custom-makes diamond rings, wedding rings, pendants, earrings and diamond bracelets. Clients preview their jewellery via a computer aided design file (CAD). This enables actual measurements to be used so clients can view how their diamond jewellery will look before it is made. Designs can be made to any budget and all pieces are handset, hand polished and finished to perfection. Polished Diamonds sells GIA certified diamonds to ensure trust and quality. The Polished Diamonds website offers clients a choice from over 75,000 GIA certified diamonds for their jewellery worth over US$120 million.

Dan's vision to market his diamond business globally has finally been achieved. Dan has overcome setbacks inflicted on his business by powers beyond anyone's control or imagination. From his temporary workspaces, Dan put the finishing touches to his website (www.polisheddiamonds.com.au) and launched into thirteen international territories servicing over 3 billion people. Not only has Polished Diamonds survived a devastating earthquake, but Dan turned adversity into a success story.

Dan remains philosophical about his earthquake experience. Whilst it may be years before Christchurch fully recovers, his online business is up and running at full strength. “I am one of the lucky ones. Having my business online means I can still design and sell beautiful diamond jewellery to clients anywhere in the world.”

Dan's determination to get business back on track is an inspiration for all Christchurch businesses affected by the September and February earthquakes. Hopes remain that the Central Business District in Christchurch's city centre will be rebuilt within a few years.

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Polished Diamonds custom-makes diamond rings, wedding rings, pendants, earrings and diamond bracelets. Clients preview their jewellery via a computer aided design file (CAD). This enables actual measurements to be used so clients can view how their diamond jewellery will look before it is made. Designs can be made to any budget and all pieces are handset, hand polished and finished to perfection.
Dan Joines
P: 00 64 3 3792334
W: www.polisheddiamonds.com.au/

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