We love a classic around here, but we can't deny that coloured engagement rings are having their moment. Thanks to some of our favorite celebs--Blake Lively, Olivia Wilde, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Carrie Underwood, Jessica Simpson and of course, Kate Middleton— those coloured gemstones long are back in the spotlight.
Royal sapphires (just like Kate), morganite, ruby gems, emeralds and canary diamonds are just a few coloured stones worth turning our attention to. Aside from saving your future fiancé a few bucks, choosing a gemstone can make your engagement ring truly unique. Whether you’re inclined to incorporate your favourite colour or birthstone or opt for an heirloom piece of jewellery, a coloured stone can ensure your engagement ring stands out from the crowd. It's a great opportunity to make this meaningful occasion even more sentimental.
This doesn't mean shunning the whole "diamonds are forever" thing. Set your sapphire in diamonds (sigh Kate Middleton) with a bauble encrusted halo, look for a style with diamond side stones, or consider a pavé diamond band if you don't want to completely forgo the classic.
More the unconventional type? We’ve rounded up a variety of styles that show the endless beauty of coloured stone engagement rings!
We have a wide variety of gemstones that you can choose for your dream engagement ring right here at Metal & Stone Jewellers. To book your personalised consultation click here or phone us on 08 8536 3653
Your wedding ring is that one piece of jewellery that will adorn your hand for a lifetime! So when choosing your wedding ring there are 5 things we recommend considering to help you select the perfect piece.
1. START YOUR WEDDING RING SEARCH EARLY
Give yourselves at least two to three months before the wedding date to ring shop. You'll need this time to browse, research prices and revisit rings that catch your eye. If you have your heart set on a custom ring, you'll probably need even more time. Keep in mind: extras, like engraving, can take up to one month.
2. WHAT IS IT MADE OF?
One of the first things to consider is the metal of your wedding bands. Gold is a classic choice, and are available in various tones like yellow, white and rose. Many contemporary designs combine different gold colours too. Opt for 18k gold or 14k gold, as these are the best alloys to stand up to everyday wear. Platinum is another popular choice. While still not scratch-proof, the lustrous white metal is more resistant to wear than gold is.
3. PLAIN, OR WITH GEMSTONES?
Diamond-studded wedding bands can be stunning, and classic designs like the eternity band have stood the test of time. Many wedding band designs offer matching sets with the bride’s ring accented in diamonds, although grooms need not shy of gemstones. A subtle sparkle in a chunky or flat-profile ring looks very masculine.
The quality of your wedding rings is of the utmost importance. Questions to ask your jeweller is how have they been made? Are they handcrafted? If they come from a supplier - how have they been manufactured? Your wedding ring will be worn daily and subject to lots of wear and tear. Check the thickness of the band. Investing in a well-made wedding ring will save you money in the long-run! If you are wanting a ring set with diamonds or other stones - ask your jeweller to ensure stones have been set securely to prevent loss.
Your wedding ring needs to feel comfortable. There are a number of different fits available for your chosen style. 'Comfort Fit' is a great option. Comfort fit refers to the inside of the ring. Where a non-comfort ring is either flat or concave on the inside, a comfort fit ring is convex . This makes the ring a lot more comfortable to take on and off, and for daily wear. A wedding ring is worn every day, so don’t underestimate how much you’ll appreciate this extra luxury.
Our Goldsmith and Diamond Setter at Metal & Stone Jewellers can help you make the right choice when it comes to your wedding rings. You can book a personalised consultation with us by calling 08 85363653 or emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to helping you choose the perfect wedding ring!
Proper care and handling of your jewellery can help it maintain its beauty and sparkle for years to come. When you have purchased your precious jewellery, it is important to take proper care to ensure it lasts and maintains its sparkle.The hardness of a gem is based on a gem trade standard called Moh’s Scale, developed in the 19th century. The scale rates the hardness of a material out of 10 and at each higher number it can be abrasive to a material with a lower number. Diamonds are rated at the highest of 10; rubies and sapphires are 9; emeralds and topaz are 8; garnets, tourmalines and quartz are 7. Those materials below 7 can be scratched or chipped easily if not worn with care. These gemstones include including opal, turquoise, lapis lazuli, coral and pearl. Gold, silver and platinum metals are only rated at between 2.5 and 4 on Moh’s scale of hardness which means they require special care, cleaning and storage.
Please read the following info for some jewellery DO'S AND DON'Ts
Information Courtesy of Jewellers Association of Australia https://www.jaa.com.au/
We did an interview recently with Maurice Lorenz, Co-Owner and Manufacturing Jeweller at Metal & Stone. Maurice talks a bit about his journey as a skilled craftsperson.
1. When did you start your journey to become a manufacturing jeweller?
One evening in December 1980 at 16 years of age I was having a serious think about how much I didn’t want to go back to school the following year. This was mainly due to the fact that I wasn’t academically inclined at all. I remember getting down on my knees on the kitchen floor pleading with my dad to take me on as his apprentice! He was reluctant at first, but eventually he came around with some persuasive words from my mum! So I began my apprenticeship in the family business February 1981 in our upstairs jewellery manufacturing workshop on the corner of Peel street and Hindley Street in Adelaide City.
2. Who has been your primary influence/inspiration in your journey?
Definitely my father has been my primary influence and inspiration in my journey. Not just in Jewellery but as an incredible mentor and life coach. He is hardworking, honest and was an absolutely amazing craftsman and very highly regarded in the industry. He was one of the original founding members of the Goldsmiths Guild of South Australia.
3. Why did you decide to open Metal & Stone Jewellers?
I get a lot of joy from being approachable, sharing my knowledge and experience with others and satisfaction from providing the kind of service and attention to detail that is becoming rare nowadays. This is what has inspired me to create a shop that is warm and inviting that enables people to get a real taste of what happens in a manufacturing jewellery workshop and deal directly with the jeweller himself!
4. What technical aspect of jewellery manufacture do you enjoy the most?
The technical aspect of my work that I enjoy the most is optical diamond setting! My passion for setting diamonds began in 2001. In 2016 I had the amazing opportunity to further my training in optical diamond setting in Antwerp, Belgium under the tutelage of Master diamond setter Alexander Siderov.
5. What has been the most amazing experience in your journey?
The most amazing experience in my journey would have to be my time living in our underground home in Coober Pedy!
6. What is the most satisfying aspect of your work?
When a customer entrusts me with an item for repair or restoration that is of great sentimental value, and I see the joyful emotional response it brings them when they see the completed piece for the first time, that is definitely the most satisfying aspect of my work!