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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 prised for their superior hardness (they are the hardest of all the gemstones making them the most durable of them all) and sparkle. Other uses for diamonds include the drill bits for many hand tools, 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 $XXXX?” or “How much does a 1ct diamond ring cost?”. Let me tell you one thing: I hate 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 and as such, it should be treated accordingly. Here are some simple and helpful 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 in. Keeping your jewellery separated will prevent rubbing which can cause scratches and chips in gem stones.

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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 has been largely due to technology, allowing for new designs, new manufacturing techniques and new materials. Purchasing a diamond is no longer what it used to be. There are so many options available (shapes, sizes, certificates, brands etc) – this can be very confusing for consumers to navigate through this minefield of different information. This article aims to...

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Top 5 tips for buying a diamond engagement ring

Proposing to your partner is a scary, exciting and confusing time. With all the pressures one will face surrounding this momentous time, allow me to share with you my top 5 tips when it comes to confidently buying a diamond engagement ring. We have been in the industry for over 30 years and have come across many situations that you want to avoid. Here are my top tips: Do your homework: Find out what the Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat are (the 4C’s). Also, take the time to...

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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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