Pink Star pink diamond

Pink Diamond Sale Sets A Record

April 5, 2017

The jewellery world is abuzz today with the news that a 59.60 carat Internally Flawless, Fancy Vivid Pink diamond sold at auction yesterday. It is the largest diamond of this grade that the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has ever graded. The auction, by Sotheby’s, attracted three telephone bidders. After five minutes of intense bidding,
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Great diamonds: This one is a whopping 706 carats!

Great Diamonds: A Whopping 706 Carat Find in Sierra Leone

March 25, 2017

Great diamonds are not commonly found by small, independent fossickers. Usually we expect the big diamond finds to be coming from large mining companies. After, all, they have all the tools and equipment. And they can pay for all the expert know how that is part of any big mining venture. But this week there
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Aquamarine ring, 6.90ct. and 40 x round brilliant cut diamondsd

Aquamarine is the Birthstone for March

March 7, 2017

Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. It is also the gemstone for your 19th wedding anniversary. Aquamarine is a beautiful, transparent blue. It sometimes has a slight greenish blue tinge. The name “aquamarine” comes from the Latin word for seawater. Like the sea, it can be light to dark blue and has a vitreous (glass
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1 carat diamond, round brilliant cut, set in a four claw 18ct. white gold ring

What is the Cost of a 1 Carat Diamond?

March 1, 2017

Many couples start looking for an engagement ring with an idea that they would like a one carat diamond in their engagement ring. This seems to be the magic weight that for many is a “must have” for their dream engagement ring. But what is the cost of a 1 carat diamond, they ask? The
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Amethyst crystal before it is cut into gemstones for jewellery

Amethyst: The Birthstone for February

February 18, 2017

I can’t believe it but January is over and already we are half way through February! Like most other years this one is flying by. This blog is one of a series providing info about the different birthstones for each month of the year. The birthstone for February is the beautiful gemstone amethyst. My apologies
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Engagement Ring Insurance protects against loss from theft

Engagement Ring Insurance: A Really, Really Good Idea

January 27, 2017

So you have popped the question and become engaged! Congratulations! Many couples spend a great deal of time researching to find the best jeweller to make their dream engagement ring. For others, it can be quite spontaneous and the engagement ring purchase takes no time at all. Regardless of which path you go down, engagement
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Rare pineapple opal unique to White Cliffs

Opal Fossicking: Finding A Gemstone

January 18, 2017

What an interesting country we live in! Australia has a rich history of mining for gold, diamonds and for other gemstones too of course. Although large scale mining for many top quality gemstones is nearing the end of its life here in Australia, it is still possible to find some great gems. Fossicking is a
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Birthstone for January: garnet

What is the Birthstone for January?

January 10, 2017

With the beginning of a new year, many of us like to take stock of the year that was and make fresh plans for the start of a new year. And of course we are all working on those New Year’s resolutions too, aren’t we?? In the world of jewellery, different birthstones are associated with
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What Should You Spend on an Engagement Ring?

What Should You Spend on an Engagement Ring?

December 8, 2016

This is a question that is often asked of us – “what should you spend on an engagement ring?” Or, commonly, “What is the average cost of an engagement ring?”. It is a question that is hard to answer, as for everyone, the answer is different, depending on their circumstances. The issue was brought up
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