April’s birthstone: 15 fun facts about diamonds

If you’re celebrating your birthday this April, count yourself lucky – your birthstone is diamond, perhaps the most well-known and popular of all gemstones. With a history that dates back thousands of years, diamonds are unique in many ways. To celebrate diamonds as April’s birthstone, we’re bringing you 15 fascinating diamond facts that you probably [...]

April’s birthstone: 15 fun facts about diamonds2019-04-17T16:39:44+02:00

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+02:00

Large pink diamond sells for $8.8million

Gem Diamonds, owner of the world’s highest diamond mine, Letseng, has announced the sale of their most recently discovered pink diamond. Unearthed only a few weeks ago, in February, the 13.33ct pink diamond was the largest pink diamond discovered at Letseng since 2011. Photo: Gem Diamonds The diamond was sold via tender in [...]

Large pink diamond sells for $8.8million2019-03-15T15:37:43+02:00

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+02:00

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+02:00

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+02:00

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+02:00

Sale of “Peace Diamond” to benefit local community

It is an oft-noted fact that some of the world’s most expensive diamonds have been mined in some of the world’s poorest countries. When these diamonds sell for millions of dollars on the international market a very valid question would be “Has the local community benefitted from the recovery of this diamond?” and if not, [...]

Sale of “Peace Diamond” to benefit local community2017-11-28T15:11:08+02:00

Is this diamond too big to sell?

When is a big diamond too big to sell? The diamond industry is a funny one. For the most part, bigger diamonds are always better (in consumers eyes at least) and the stock price of mining companies generally increases upon the discovery of a new, large diamond. It seems however, that there is an upper [...]

Is this diamond too big to sell?2017-11-28T15:07:42+02:00