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Where Is My Diamond From?

June 22, 2017

“Where is my diamond from?” This is a question that clients often ask us. Knowing the mine that your diamond is from, has, until now, been virtually impossible. (Unless you dug it out of the ground yourself!). Unlike some sapphires, there is nothing in the way a diamond looks or its structure that helps us
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Colour sapphires in this blue green hue are rare

Sapphire colours: Unusual Particoloured Gemstones

May 20, 2017

Sapphires are one of the most beautiful gemstones nature has given us. Many people are surprised to learn that sapphires are found in a multitude of colours. Sapphire colours can be almost anything from blues to pinks to greens, purples, orange yellows, apricot, violet, orange and many shades in between. Sapphires can also even be
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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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