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Parti Sapphires are a hit in South Africa

Sapphires have always been an engagement ring favourite in South Africa and now, we’re seeing a soaring demand for parti sapphires. For the last 3 years we’ve struggled to keep up with the demand for peacock sapphires to set in our bespoke engagement rings. Customers love the unique blue-green colour combinations and with the hardness [...]

Parti Sapphires are a hit in South Africa2023-12-04T10:55:54+02:00

Buying a diamond? Why you can’t only trust the 4C’s.

If you’re interested in buying a diamond in South Africa, there are a few things you need to be aware of and know about. Buying a diamond can be an incredibly complicated process and sometimes, diamond dealers and jewellery stores will bombard you with industry terms that are designed to confuse you. If a diamond [...]

Buying a diamond? Why you can’t only trust the 4C’s.2023-12-04T10:55:56+02:00

What are cognac diamonds? (and how much do they cost in South Africa?)

Cognac diamonds have been around for several years, but like many jewellery trends, we’re seeing a boom in popularity thanks to some scroll-stopping rings on Instagram and Pinterest. Many of the enquiries we get at Katannuta Diamonds come from South Africans wanting to know what cognac diamonds are, whether they’re real diamonds or not and, [...]

What are cognac diamonds? (and how much do they cost in South Africa?)2023-12-04T10:55:57+02:00

9ct gold vs 18ct gold: What’s the difference? [And which is better?]

Picture this: you’re shopping for the perfect engagement ring and the salesperson asks you if you’re looking for a 9ct gold ring or an 18ct gold ring. You ask them which option is better and they answer, “Why, 18ct gold of course”. Then you ask which is cheaper (because, like most people, you have a [...]

9ct gold vs 18ct gold: What’s the difference? [And which is better?]2023-12-04T10:55:58+02:00

Want to buy an engagement ring? Avoid these 7 big mistakes.

If you want to buy an engagement ring, you'll find that it can be an intimidating, confusing and costly business. Walk through any shopping mall in South Africa and you’ll see jewellery stores with sparkling, glamorous window displays, enticing you in with posters such as: “Now 35% Off!” “Wholesale diamonds straight to the public!” “Engagement [...]

Want to buy an engagement ring? Avoid these 7 big mistakes.2023-12-04T10:56:00+02:00

AAA grade tanzanite and sapphire: South Africa, we have a problem

If, like many people, you are shopping for AAA grade sapphires or tanzanites in South Africa right now, you must read this article. These blue gemstones are popular in South Africa, particularly when it comes to engagement rings (although you should never consider tanzanite for an engagement ring, ever!) but there is a huge amount [...]

AAA grade tanzanite and sapphire: South Africa, we have a problem2023-12-04T10:56:01+02:00

South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho: Home of BIG diamonds!

If you’re looking for big diamonds, there’s one particular area where the world’s biggest diamonds come from – Southern Africa, incorporating South Africa, Botswana and Lesotho. Ever since the world’s biggest ever diamond, the Cullinan diamond, was found in South Africa in 1905, this area of Africa has continued to produce the biggest and best [...]

South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho: Home of BIG diamonds!2023-12-04T10:56:03+02:00

The KZN diamond rush – and how we knew they weren’t real diamonds

In mid-June 2021, news broke of the discovery of a new diamond deposit in KZN (Kwa-Zulu Natal), South Africa, causing a massive diamond rush. South Africa has a long and famous diamond history, dating back over 150 years. The world’s biggest diamond ever was discovered here in 1905 so, in theory, a diamond discovery and [...]

The KZN diamond rush – and how we knew they weren’t real diamonds2023-12-04T10:56:04+02:00

Half-truths you’ll hear in retail jewellery stores

We can all agree that most retail jewellery stores in South Africa do a great job in the industry. There are some reputable chain stores that you’ll find in all regular shopping malls, and there are many great independent jewellers too. Often, customers love being able to go into a store, see and try rings [...]

Half-truths you’ll hear in retail jewellery stores2023-12-04T10:56:05+02:00

Oval diamonds: The most popular diamond shape in South Africa

If you were to ask any jeweller in South Africa what the most popular fancy cut diamond shape is right now (“now” being May 2021), their answer is going to be “oval diamonds”. Across South Africa, and the world, diamond cutters, traders and manufacturing jewellers are struggling to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for [...]

Oval diamonds: The most popular diamond shape in South Africa2023-12-04T10:56:07+02:00
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