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

Opal is October’s first birthstone

If you’re lucky enough to be an October baby, you have two birthstones to choose from – opal and tourmaline. Both are equally gorgeous but they’re radically different to each other and require different levels of care. Let's start with opal.... Perhaps one of the most beautiful gemstones around, opal is a hydrous silicate mineral [...]

Opal is October’s first birthstone2017-11-27T12:52:20+00:00

Tourmaline, October’s second birthstone

If opal doesn’t take your fancy, why not consider tourmaline? Available in a wide variety of colours, tourmaline is a semi-precious gem occurring in various shades of almost every hue. Tourmaline is mined in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Mozambique, Madagascar, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the U.S.A. Paraíba tourmaline is a vividly colored purplish or greenish blue variety found in [...]

Tourmaline, October’s second birthstone2017-11-27T12:50:25+00:00