Aquamarine is March’s Birthstone

Aquamarine is a timeless gemstone, and with its palette of blue hues, the colour of water and sky, is believed to embody eternal life. Symbolising youth, hope, health and fidelity, aquamarine’s soothing influence on married couples has made it a popular anniversary gift. Often, aquamarine is light in colour, and tones can range from greenish-blue [...]

Aquamarine is March’s Birthstone2019-04-02T13:32:09+00:00

Amethyst, the regal birthstone for February

With Valentine’s Day falling in the middle of this month, February is traditionally celebrated as the month of love. And, with rich, velvety purple hues, amethyst is the perfect birthstone for February. Purple is considered the most regal of colours and so, over time, amethyst has appeared frequently in royal and religious jewellery. Indeed, the [...]

Amethyst, the regal birthstone for February2019-02-15T12:30:46+00:00

Garnet is January’s birthstone

“Garnets are such a boring birthstone”, lamented my January-born cousin, Amy, recently. Thinking I knew what she had in mind, I asked “What colour is garnet?”. “Dirty red-brown”, replied Amy, saying exactly what I’d expected her to say. Like most people, Amy had no idea that garnet was available in a wide range of colours, [...]

Garnet is January’s birthstone2019-01-08T16:09:17+00:00

November’s birthstones are citrine & topaz

November babies are lucky enough to have two gemstones to choose from as their birthstone. Citrine and topaz are both November birthstones and are both equally beautiful and unique. Let’s take a closer look at each of these gems and find out what makes them special. November birthstone 1: Citrine Citrine is a variety of [...]

November’s birthstones are citrine & topaz2018-11-02T16:26:47+00:00

More flash for your cash: Maximising your engagement ring budget

We’re bombarded with bad news daily. The rand is weakening, the fuel price is sky-rocketing, the economy is shrinking and now, we’re on the brink of a recession. As a result, in 2018 your average South African has less disposable income than before, something that can certainly pose a serious challenge when you’re shopping for [...]

More flash for your cash: Maximising your engagement ring budget2018-10-20T15:51:05+00:00

10 things you didn’t know about September’s birthstone, Sapphire

September is officially considered the start of spring in South Africa. Birds are singing, flowers are blooming and love is certainly in the air as peak engagement and wedding season starts. September's birthstone, sapphire, is a well known gem, but here are 10 things you might not know about this gorgeous gemstone: What is sapphire? [...]

10 things you didn’t know about September’s birthstone, Sapphire2018-08-31T15:47:38+00:00

Ruby, a most royal July birthstone

Love, success, passion and energy – all are positive qualities associated with the colour red and the gemstone ruby, the most royal of all gems and July's birthstone. Ruby is the most prized gem of them all; after all, in ancient Sanskrit, ruby translated to “Ratnaraj”, which meant “king of precious stones" and, in addition [...]

Ruby, a most royal July birthstone2018-07-02T15:38:50+00:00

10 inspired Morganite engagement ring ideas

There’s no doubt that in South Africa right now, morganite rings are certainly the flavour of the moment. Big brand retail stores like American Swiss and Browns are promoting morganite on a significant scale and, as the South African economy weakens (again), the consumer-friendly price point of morganite makes it a popular choice for couples [...]

10 inspired Morganite engagement ring ideas2018-06-28T16:59:49+00:00

Ruby nets $18million at Hong Kong auction

In the words of Vickie Sek, deputy chairman and director of Christie’s Asia jewelry department, “It’s the year of the ruby at Christie’s Hong Kong,”. Following a record-breaking ruby necklace sale in July, the exceptional Crimson Flame ruby sold for well-over the pre-sale estimates ($10 - $15million) by reaching a record-price of $18million. At a [...]

Ruby nets $18million at Hong Kong auction2017-11-27T13:17:06+00:00