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Is diamond fluorescence bad, or good? [and does it matter?]

Until relatively recently, fluorescence in a diamond was something that only gemologists and geologists paid attention to. For most of the jewellery buying public, the traditional 4C’s, as defined by the GIA (cut, colour, clarity and carat) were enough to decide whether a diamond was of an acceptable quality or not. In 1997, the GIA [...]

Is diamond fluorescence bad, or good? [and does it matter?]2020-03-15T22:34:05+02:00

How much is a diamond in South Africa?

As a leading independent engagement ring manufacturing jeweller, we frequently get asked a number of  questions, the most common being an what a diamond actually costs. Whilst this seems like a simple question, the answer is far from simple. In fact, there is no answer to the question. Instead, the answer is in fact more [...]

How much is a diamond in South Africa?2020-03-02T14:28:14+02:00

11 Valentine’s Day gift ideas for 2020 [South Africa edition]

For over 500 years, the 14th of February has been celebrated around the world as Valentine’s Day. Despite its origins as a Christian feast day (it is still observed in Anglican and Lutheran calendars), it’s hard to ignore the commercial celebration of romance and romantic love that the day has become. Commercial or not, jewellery always [...]

11 Valentine’s Day gift ideas for 2020 [South Africa edition]2020-02-04T08:45:54+02:00

We want to be the best jeweller in South Africa [not the cheapest]

We’re not trying to be the cheapest manufacturing jeweller in South Africa. We’re trying to be the best manufacturing jeweller in South Africa. There’s a lot of competition in the diamond, gemstone and manufacturing jeweller arena in South Africa. A quick search online will bring up hundreds of private jewellers (like Katannuta Diamonds) in addition [...]

We want to be the best jeweller in South Africa [not the cheapest]2020-01-22T07:34:28+02:00

Tempting tourmaline, October’s second birthstone.

If opal doesn’t take your fancy, why not consider tourmaline? It's the newer version of October's birthstone and is available in a wide variety of colours. Considered a semi-precious gemstone, tourmaline is a semi-occurs in various shades of almost every hue. Tourmaline is mined in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Mozambique, Madagascar, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the U.S.A. Paraíba [...]

Tempting tourmaline, October’s second birthstone.2019-10-29T08:39:44+02:00

An obsession with opal (October’s birthstone)

If you’re lucky enough to be an October baby, you have two birthstones to choose from – opal and tourmaline. Both are equally gorgeous but they’re radically different to each other and require different levels of care. Let's start with opal.... Perhaps one of the most beautiful gemstones around, opal is a hydrous silicate mineral [...]

An obsession with opal (October’s birthstone)2019-10-29T08:10:28+02:00

Peacock sapphires steal the spotlight

Sapphires are September’s birthstone and as far as our clients and friends are concerned, right now there’s only one type of sapphire on people’s lips – peacock sapphires. But what are these gems that everybody is currently obsessed with? As we’ve mentioned before, sapphires come in a large variety of colours; every colour of the [...]

Peacock sapphires steal the spotlight2019-09-19T09:04:48+02:00

Why buying a diamond engagement ring still makes sense in 2019

“'Cause if you like it, then you shoulda put a ring on it If you like it, then you shoulda put a ring on it” sings Beyoncé in her hit “Single Ladies (Put a ring on it)”. We can trace the history of the diamond engagement ring back to 1477, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria [...]

Why buying a diamond engagement ring still makes sense in 20192019-09-09T09:52:22+02:00

Looking for same-sex wedding rings in South Africa? [No discrimination here]

At Katannuta Diamonds, we’re a firm believer in the concept that all love is equal and that #lovealwayswins. Whether your love crosses religious or colour boundaries, or is a same-sex love, we're here to help you celebrate it with the perfect engagement and wedding rings. We recently became aware of an instance in Cape Town, [...]

Looking for same-sex wedding rings in South Africa? [No discrimination here]2019-08-27T14:24:50+02:00