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Diamonds are Forever...

What is a diamond? A diamond is a mineral consisting of at least 99.5% pure carbon. Carbon atoms arrange in a particular lattice structure to give diamonds their strength. Diamonds are most commonly used in jewellery and are prized for their superior hardness and sparkle. They are the hardest of all the gemstones, thus making them the most durable. Other fascinating uses for diamonds include the drill bits for many medical and dental tools. How are they...

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How to get the most value when buying a diamond?

As a jeweller specialising in diamond engagement rings, I am constantly being asked by customers, family and friends, “What can I get for $10,000?” or “How much does a 1ct diamond ring cost?” Let me tell you one thing: I really dislike these questions! Most people are not aware of the thousands of potential combinations that you can have when it comes to selecting a diamond and ring setting. Selecting the right diamond is a careful balancing act between the different quality...

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Jewellery Care Tips

Congratulations! You have just purchased something very precious for yourself or a loved-one, so it of course should be treated accordingly. Here are some simple tips to help you care for your jewellery and keep it in pristine condition: Store your jewellery securely when it is not being worn. Keep each item in the box or pouch that it came...

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The modern-day diamond market.

Like almost every other industry, the jewellery trade is a vastly different landscape to what it was 20 years ago. This is largely due to technological advancements, allowing for new designs, new manufacturing techniques and new materials to come into play. Purchasing a diamond is no longer what it used to be. There are so many options available (shapes, sizes, certificates, brands etc) which makes it very confusing for consumers to navigate through this minefield of information. This...

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Top 5 tips for buying a diamond engagement ring

We have been in the jewellery industry for over 30 years and have learned that proposing to your partner is certainly an exciting but often confusing and daunting time. With all the pressures one will face surrounding this momentous occasion, allow me to share with you my top 5 tips for confidently buying a diamond engagement ring. Do your homework: Find out what the Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat are (the 4C’s). Also, take the time to visit a few different jewellery stores...

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Why are round diamonds more expensive?

We get asked this question every day. When all other factors are equal (weight, colour and clarity), there are a few key reasons why round diamonds are more expensive than their fancy-shape counterparts, and here is why: Demand: there has always been much stronger demand for round diamonds as opposed to any other shape. The old saying of “a circle has no beginning and no end” is often linked to romance and jewellery – people like to symbolise their love and commitment...

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