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

The world’s largest star sapphire

Every so often, the gem world hears some news that makes it sit up and go “Wow”. Hearing about the discovery of the world’s biggest star sapphire was one such item of news. Discovered in Sri Lanka and weighing in at a massive 1,404, the sapphire bears more of a resemblance to a fancy paper-weight [...]

The world’s largest star sapphire2017-11-27T13:14:43+00:00

Become the envy of your friends with Tsavorite

If you had to ask most people to name a green gemstone, emerald would probably be the first gem that comes to mind. Some may mention tourmaline, some may even mention peridot. Very few, however, would name “Tsavorite”, a great pity as it ranks as one of the most spectacular green gemstones around. Tsavorite is [...]

Become the envy of your friends with Tsavorite2017-11-27T13:11:53+00:00

An appetite for Apatite

Even if you consider yourself a gem aficionado, chances are you probably haven’t heard of Apatite. Not to be confused in spelling with the feeling of hunger, Apatite is starting to gain some attention in the jewellery world, and we’re delighted to be able to introduce it to you, our Katannuta Diamond clients. But what [...]

An appetite for Apatite2017-11-27T13:08:06+00:00