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

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

Why Tanzanite engagement rings are a terrible idea

At Katannuta Diamonds, our main priorities are honesty, integrity and consumer education. We’re not afraid to call a spade a spade and we’ll happily cut through the marketing blurb that the jewellery industry is famous for. It might make us unpopular, it might seem to go against the grain of the rest of the industry, [...]

Why Tanzanite engagement rings are a terrible idea2018-05-14T13:15:14+00:00

Mad about Morganite

There’s a new gemstone taking the world by storm. It’s pink, it’s pretty and, if you’re on Pinterest, you’ll have seen thousands of antique rose-gold designs featuring this gem. Morganite is a relatively new addition to the list of recognized gemstones and as more and more retail jewelers start promoting it, it’s only natural that [...]

Mad about Morganite2018-07-02T16:49:19+00:00

August’s birthstone is Peridot

August’s birthstone, peridot, is the gem quality variety of the common mineral olivine. In geological terms, olivine is a mantle-mineral, brought to the surface of the earth by volcanic eruptions. In Hawaiian folklore, peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the volcano goddess of fire who controls the flow of lava on the islands. Peridot has [...]

August’s birthstone is Peridot2017-11-27T12:57:03+00:00

Kyanite – the gem that looks like sapphire

When you think of blue gemstones, the first one that springs to mind for most people is sapphire. Tanzanite is a popular blue gemstone (albeit with a violet tint) and semi-precious gems such as topaz, apatite, lapis lazuli and turquoise are all relatively well known. But what of Kyanite, a gem that you may perhaps have never heard [...]

Kyanite – the gem that looks like sapphire2017-11-27T12:55:32+00:00