The anatomy of a diamond

Most people know that diamonds come in many different shapes. Whilst the round brilliant cut is the most common and most popular cut, other shapes are known as “fancy cuts” and include shapes like ovals, cushions, princess cuts and pear cuts. But despite their differing shapes, they all have a number of common physical characteristics, [...]

The anatomy of a diamond2020-09-14T20:24:16+02:00

Platinum vs white gold. Which is better for your engagement ring?

A common question we get from clients is "Platinum vs white gold for my ring? What should I choose?" At Katannuta Diamonds we always like to strike a balance between aesthetics, practicality, durability and affordability when we design and manufacture our engagement and wedding rings. Depending on the design of a ring, a significant amount [...]

Platinum vs white gold. Which is better for your engagement ring?2020-09-14T19:38:23+02:00

Moissanite vs Diamond: A guide for South Africa

At the beginning of 2020, nobody could have foreseen the economic devastation that Covid-19 would wreak. In South Africa, a weak rand-dollar exchange rate has seen local customers looking to stretch their buying power, and one example of this in the jewellery industry is the growing popularity of moissanite. Over the last few months we’ve [...]

Moissanite vs Diamond: A guide for South Africa2020-09-14T19:38:24+02:00

Is your birthday in May? Emerald is your birthstone.

Emerald is, without a doubt, the best known of the green gemstones, and the only green gemstone that is  considered “precious". It is the birthstone for May and has grown in popularity over the past few years as jewellery trends have moved towards coloured gemstones. Peridot, tourmaline and tsavorite are all other varieties of green [...]

Is your birthday in May? Emerald is your birthstone.2020-09-14T19:38:24+02:00

Captivated by Colour, Part III: Blue diamonds

Welcome to the third chapter of Captivated by Colour and this time, blue diamonds are in the spotlight. Considered one of the rarest colours, blue diamonds have an enigma and appeal that very few other colours hold. It’s still April, so diamonds are still the birthstone for the rest of the month. It’s only a [...]

Captivated by Colour, Part III: Blue diamonds2020-09-14T19:38:25+02:00

Captivated by Colour, Part II: Pink diamonds

Welcome to our second installment of Captivated by Colour and this time, we’re looking at pink diamonds. Pink diamonds are one of the rarest colours of diamonds and one of the most prized and valued. Many people will ask about coloured diamonds, but very few people know how rare they are, or how expensive they [...]

Captivated by Colour, Part II: Pink diamonds2020-09-14T19:38:25+02:00

Captivated by Colour, Part I: Yellow diamonds

April’s birthstone is diamond and many people are surprised to know that diamonds can come in virtually all colours of the rainbow. This post will be the first of a series entitled “Captivated by Colour” where we explore each of the fancy diamond colours in turn, together with what gives the diamonds their colours, where [...]

Captivated by Colour, Part I: Yellow diamonds2020-09-14T19:38:25+02:00

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?]2020-09-14T19:38:26+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]2020-09-14T19:38:27+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 20192020-09-14T19:38:31+02:00
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