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

How much should I spend on an engagement ring?

Even at the best of times, jewellery and gemstones are a total mystery to your average man. Add in the pressure of the jewellery in question being a South African engagement ring, and the poor man can’t help but feel over-whelmed. “Do I need permission from her father? What’s her ring size? What does she [...]

How much should I spend on an engagement ring?2018-07-31T13:14:45+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

Synthetic vs simulant diamonds

Everything You Need to Know About Synthetic and Simulant Diamonds [This article originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of JCK Magazine. Published online by Rob Bates, Senior Editor] People in the jewelry trade understand the difference between a diamond simulant and a synthetic diamond. But many consumers do not—and that’s a growing problem. In [...]

Synthetic vs simulant diamonds2017-11-28T14:26:43+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

Harrod’s to shine brightly this Christmas

Harrods is well-known as one of London, and the world’s, most prestigious department stores. Situated in the affluent suburb of Knightsbridge and owned by the State of Qatar, the store has 330 departments and is well known for its seasonal Christmas department and lavish food halls. As a home to jewellery brands as luxurious as [...]

Harrod’s to shine brightly this Christmas2017-11-27T13:06:59+00:00

887ct rough emerald to be auctioned

New York City based auction house Guernsey’s has announced the auction of the Marcial de Gomar Collection of rare emeralds on April 25th, 2017. Included in the auction will be the “la Gloria”, an 887ct piece of rough emerald, said to be of “museum quality”. Believed to be the largest rough emerald in the United [...]

887ct rough emerald to be auctioned2017-11-27T13:05:14+00:00

If you are a May baby, Emerald is your birthstone

Emerald is, without a doubt, the best known of the green gemstones, and the only green gemstone considered “precious”. Peridot, tourmaline and tsavorite are all green too, but are considered semi-precious gems and emerald is, of course, May’s birthstone. What makes emerald special? And what should you look out for if you’re buying emeralds? Emeralds are [...]

If you are a May baby, Emerald is your birthstone2017-11-27T13:01:17+00:00

Ruby is July’s birthstone

As we move into the second half of 2017, we welcome Ruby as the birthstone of July. Not only is ruby a perfect birthday gift for July babies, it also features twice as an anniversary gem, for both the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. Although a popular and familiar gemstone, few people know that ruby [...]

Ruby is July’s birthstone2017-11-27T12:58:07+00:00

Sapphire, the birthstone for September

When most people think about sapphire, blue is the colour that automatically comes to mind. But did you know that sapphire can be found in virtually every colour of the rainbow? Yes, September’s birthstone truly is a rainbow gemstone. Mineralogically, sapphire is known as corundum (as is ruby) and as the second hardest gemstone on Moh’s Hardness [...]

Sapphire, the birthstone for September2018-05-14T11:47:52+00:00