The Allure of Alexandrite

Of all the birthstones, June’s birthstone is perhaps the rarest of all. To many, alexandrite is an enigma; a gem they have heard of, but never seen. A gemstone chameleon, alexandrite has been described as “emerald by day; ruby by night”. Alexandrite is a unique and rare colour-changing variety of the mineral chrysoberyl, and was [...]

The Allure of Alexandrite2019-06-21T16:29:19+02:00

What’s the deal with lab-grown diamonds? [And should you buy them?]

Lab-grown diamonds are not a new phenomenon, despite what the media may have you believe. Since the 1950’s, both De Beers and General Electric have been manufacturing synthetic diamonds, purely for industrial applications (for example drill bits, cutting saws & polishing wheels). These synthetic diamonds, mostly tiny (2mm in size) bright yellow cubo-octahedral crystals, were [...]

What’s the deal with lab-grown diamonds? [And should you buy them?]2019-06-21T16:15:40+02:00

Clare Appleyard speaks to Lionesses of Africa

Recently, Katannuta Diamonds co-founder Clare Appleyard was invited to speak at the August Lionesses of Africa Lean In event, held in Sandton, Johannesburg. Founded by Melanie Hawken, Lionesses of Africa is a 700,000-strong network of women entrepreneurs spanning over 40 African countries. Melanie Hawken, CEO & Found of Lionesses of Africa. Melanie believes [...]

Clare Appleyard speaks to Lionesses of Africa2019-02-04T21:23:53+02:00