Whether you are a collector of bright shiny things or you are looking for a forever centre piece for a family heirloom, is it safe to buy a loose diamond or gemstone online, sight unseen? We strongly believe it is, if you take note of these guidelines:
So you’re thinking about proposing to that person who makes your heart skip a beat and pushes your buttons like no one else. You’re searching
Diamonds have for years been the go-to gemstone for engagement rings in Australia. While designs have changed over the decades, so too have the choice of shape for the main stone. Join us on a journey through time as we explore the most sought-after diamond shapes in Australia, decade by decade.
Did you know that the human eye can distinguish more shades of green than any other colour? Green has long been associated with abundance, comfort and security, so this coupled with the fact our eyes can appreciate all the subtle shade variations that emeralds offer is perhaps why they have maintained their popularity for centuries.
A gem that is a “remedy against drunkenness”? That’s just one benefit attributed to Amethyst, the birthstone for February. It was also believed to keep the wearer clear headed, focused and quick witted in battle or business affairs, or calm lovers overrun by passion. Read on for more about amethyst.
Tennis bracelets are having a moment right now. The simple but elegant and infinitely wearable accessory has seen rises in popularity through the years and is not necessarily the budget breaker you might think – although there’s plenty of options for those with deep pockets!
Blue is the theme of this month’s birthstones and those born in December are lucky enough to choose from three different gemstones – turquoise, tanzanite or zircon. Read on for a little run down on each.
Those born in October get to enjoy a choice of birthstone. Opals have traditionally been the birthstone for this month, but recently Tourmalines have been added meaning October babies get a spectacular colour range of gemstones to choose from. We’re going to explore a little of both in this article.
Diamond clarity involves the assessment for small imperfections or birthmarks either on the surface or within the diamond. Surface imperfections are known as blemishes while internal imperfections are known as inclusions. Almost all diamonds have some form of imperfection – which is understandable as they are formed by nature over millions of years. One thing worth noting is the inclusions within a diamond have no impact on the sparkle of the diamond.
Easily identified by it’s iconic yellowy-grass green, the Peridot is an extreme gem. Found deep within the Earth’s mantle, formed in high temperatures and brought to the surface by volcanic activity, it’s known as the stone of compassion and is associated with harmony, good health and peacefulness.
For the last few years, Oval Cut Diamonds have definitely been the most requested when it comes to bespoke diamond engagement rings. There are many reasons why an Oval Shaped Diamond makes a great choice, not limited to the fact that the elongated shape gives any design an elegant look.
Hope Diamonds is a small local neighbourhood business. We are a two-person team and our small business in turn supports a number of other local small businesses. Our jeweller, our stone setter, the CAD drafter just to name a few. We try to support small and local wherever we can.
The rise of labgrown diamonds in the marketplace over the last 5 years has been quite rapid and to me quite surprising. Having had family in the diamond business for over 25 years I was a bit of a purist and couldn’t quite get my head around the lab grown phenomenon. Over time however, I have come to appreciate that lab grown diamonds have a place in the market.
For centuries spinel, the great imposter, masqueraded as ruby in Europe’s crown jewels. It wasn’t until in 1783 that mineralist Jean Baptiste Louis Rome De Lisle identified Spinel as a different material to Ruby. This act is said to be the birth of the science of gemology.
Choosing an engagement ring can be stressful enough but if you are also aiming for a surprise proposal, this can make things extra tricky. I have put together a few tips to make things a little easier while still trying to maintain an element of surprise.