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

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

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

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

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