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January – Garnet Garnet traces its roots to the Nile Delta in 3100 B.C., where Egyptian artisans would craft the gemstone into beads or inlay them into hand-wrought jewellery. Noah used garnet as a lamp on his bow as he cast about on the ocean. Garnet received its name from the ancient Greeks because the colour reminded them of the “granatum,” or pomegranate seed. The versatile garnet comes in a... Continue Reading
The 4 C’s of Diamond Quality CUT Of all the 4 C’s, cut has the greatest effect on a diamond’s beauty. In determining the quality of the cut, the grader evaluates the cutter’s skill in the fashioning of the diamond; technology assesses the diamond’s light performance. COLOUR Gem-quality diamonds occur in many hues. In the range from colourless to light yellow or light brown, diamonds are compared... Continue Reading
So, you’re thinking about buying some jewellery. Maybe it’s an engagement ring. Maybe it’s a birthday or anniversary gift that has to be special. You can shop better by shopping smarter. Here are a few explanations to help you understand the wonderful world of fine jewellery. What are natural gemstones? Natural gemstones are found in nature. They are created in and mined from the earth. Pearl is... Continue Reading
For centuries pearls have been a symbol of beauty and purity. Today, they are regarded as both classic and contemporary, coming in many more fashionable styles than your mother’s traditional strand of pearls. Pearls, natural or cultured, are formed when a mollusk produces layers of nacre (pronounced NAY-kur) around some type of irritant inside its shell. In natural pearls, the irritant may be... Continue Reading
According to folklore and stories throughout history, many gemstones are thought to offer mystic healing to its wearer.  So whether shopping for a gift of fine jewellery, or considering a gift for yourself along the way, consider the healing properties of these fine gemstones. Birthday gemstones may not bake your cookies and wrap your gifts for you, but they will make you feel better while doing... Continue Reading