Knowledge & Advice

The Art of Jewellery

The study of ancient civilisations has shown the importance of jewellery through time. Ancient Egyptians are a perfect example, with their lavish use of ornaments such as elbow bracelets and rings. Jewellery has been a changing and growing art. Its movements can be tracked and followed through time and between countries, from ancient burial tombs, to artistic Greek and Roman jewellery through to today. Although jewellery styles share common traits, the unique variations of each region and time have shone through.

Jewellery from the Renaissance period became more importantly connected to fashion. With growing technology and finer tools, more specific intricate designs were made accessible to a wider audience, albeit only the society elite. Diamonds became more popular following this, in the 17th and 18th centuries, in response to changing fashion.

To date, the art of jewellery is still changing, and we are creating history today with our new and unique styles. Jewellery continues to excite and amaze and will continue to do so into the future.

Jewellery is a long lasting symbolic token for something much greater. Love and romance is celebrated by jewellery today, and will continue to for generations to come. Other gifts such as flowers or chocolates only last a short period and then get thrown away, or used up. The long lasting nature of jewellery is a symbol of the importance of the relationship it celebrates.

The process of creating a quality jewellery piece is awe inspiring. Just picture the incredible way that gems are formed deep under the earth’s surface in tremendous pressure and temperature. Also consider the tremendous effort and dedication that it takes to find, collect and process these precious resources. Finally you can also appreciate the creativity and skill that the jewellery designer invests into making you that special piece.

Jewellery reflects personality and is a beautiful expression of your commitment. Not only does jewellery make a special gift for now, but it gives that special someone a chance to pass on their piece as a family heirloom from generation to generation.

Caring for Jewellery

There is nothing more precious than your jewellery. A little extra attention can go a long way in preserving the lasting quality of your pieces. If treated well, jewellery can last many lifetimes. Here are some simple but effective tips to keep in mind:

  • Check your jewellery regularly for loose or missing stones.
  • A quick check-up by a jeweller can easily solve long term problems.
  • Consider getting necklaces or bracelets restrung to prevent damage or breakage.
  • Keep a close eye on delicate clasps.
  • Keep jewellery separate in soft pouches or containers, to prevent scratching.
  • Remember that gold and some other metals are very soft and are easily scratched if treated roughly.
  • Even a little dirt will cause noticeable scratches if left for a long period.

Diamonds

Only the best craftsmen can create a true masterpiece with diamonds. Cutting to precise dimensions requires state of the art technology. Selection of the best diamonds and creation into a piece that truly stands out requires experience and skill.

Diamonds were first found in India around 500 years B.C. As the traditional symbol of love, they are perfect as a gift of love at any time. However they are most commonly used as the anniversary stone for 10th wedding and 60th wedding anniversaries.

Diamonds can come in many shapes. These include round brilliant, pear, oval, marquise, heart and emerald. Diamonds are the hardest substance known to humankind, composed of crystallized carbon. To help ensure that your diamond piece is of the best quality, we invite you to consider these criteria.

The 4 Cs

Cut

The cut of the diamond mainly relies on the skill of the diamond cutter creating the ring. An excellent cut should bring out the lighting and hidden fire of the diamond. A poorly cut diamond may seem dull or lifeless. A quality diamond has brilliance and a strong sparkle.

Colour

Put a range of diamonds together and you will come to appreciate the subtle yet important variety of colours. While most appear white on first glance, most have a subtle hint of colour such as yellow. Colour is rated on a scale of ‘D’ (colourless) to ‘Z’ (brown). Diamonds can also appear naturally in pink, blue, green or red. While colour is often a matter of personal choice, the best quality diamonds have a strong, pure, consistent colour or no colour at all.

Clarity

As a natural creation, tiny imperfections or marks inside the diamond are a normal part of diamonds. Most of these small imperfections are invisible to the human eye. However, internal marks, known as inclusions can affect the brilliance and sparkle of a diamond if too many or too large. External marks, known as blemishes can also affect clarity. Perfect clarity diamonds are extremely rare and expensive.

Carat Weight

Diamond weight is measured in carats, which is the equivalent of 200 milligrams. Each carat unit is divided into 100 points. A diamond weighing a quarter of a carat weighs 25 points. The larger the carat size the more valuable the diamond.

Pearls

Myth says that pearls were first created from water rolling off the body of Venus, goddess of love, and back into the sea. Pearls are symbols of luxury and grace and are commonly associated with celebrities of high standing.

Pearls come in many varieties, with their colour ranging from cream to white to silver. The colour of a pearl’s overtone shine also adds to the great diversity. The shine or lustre of a pearl is a good sign of quality. The brighter and clearer the shine of the organic gem, the less minute blemishes exist.

It is extremely rare to find a perfectly round pearl, just as it is uncommon to find a pearl with no blemishes on its surface.

Venus Pearls

Pearls are delicate biological creations. Inappropriate treatment could lead to degrading the beauty and quality of your pearls. Use the tips below to help preserve their quality for years to come.

Try to avoid

  • Scratching, abrading or rough handling
  • Excessive heat, direct lights or exposure to strong sunlight
  • Exposure to any acids, alkalis or cleaning agents
  • Exposure to perfumes, cosmetics or sweat
  • Dehydration by locking in airtight containers

Tips to remember

  • Wipe pearls with a soft slightly wet cloth to remove any body residue, before long term storage
  • Don’t wear pearls while swimming or bathing
  • Put on your pearls after you have applied makeup, hairspray and perfume
  • Only wash in warm soapy water, and do not use detergent. Rinse in clean water and dry with a soft towel
  • Remember to get your pearls checked regularly by an expert

Gold

Gold is one of the most revered and respected mediums, with its roots at the beginning of recorded history. It does not tarnish, and brings out the beauty of other gem settings. For the jeweller, it is a flexible working metal that can be integrated into a range of designs. Gold is a sign of wealth, honour and prestige.

Gold is respected more for its beauty than its rarity. There are many other resources more rare, yet gold is still revered as one of the most appreciated of precious settings.

Gold most commonly comes it two forms, white and yellow. For some, the more neutral white gold is flexible, blending in well regardless of colours or shades. Some others prefer the stronger more outstanding nature of yellow gold.

Pure gold (100%) is usually too soft for most purposes, and thus other metals such as silver, zinc and nickel are mixed in to form a stronger alloy. The nature of the other metals used in combination with gold can have a subtle yet important effect on the colour and shine of gold.

24 carat gold – 100% gold
18 carat gold – 75% gold
14 carat gold – 58.5% gold
9 carat gold – 37.5% gold

Birthstones

Birthstones originate long ago from the days of astrologers and magicians. As an ancient part of civilisation, they still remain an important part of many modern people’s lives. Birthstones are believed to contain special protective qualities, as well as bringing good luck and fortune.

Month Stone
January Garnet
February Amethyst
March Aquamarine, Bloodstone
April Diamond
May Emerald
June Pearl, Moonstone
July Ruby
August Peridot
September Sapphire
October Opal, Tourmaline
November Yellow Topaz, Citrine
December Turquoise, Blue Topaz
Star Sign Stone
Aquarius Sapphire
Pisces Coral
Aries Amethyst
Taurus Emerald
Gemini Aquamarine
Cancer Jade
Leo Ruby
Virgo Cornelian
Libra Diamond
Scorpio Topaz
Sagittarius Tuquoise
Capricorn Agate

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