Category: Engagement Rings and Diamond Jewellery (page 2 of 3)

Who is your musical diamond muse?

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There is a whole world of inspiration to draw from when it comes to finding your own unique style. From the latest trends hitting the catwalk today, or the immaculately groomed cast of your favourite TV show, it’s easy to mix and match from different fashion movements as well as looking to the allure of the past. 

Music has a special place in the creative world, transporting us to another place, another time. Songs can also be strongly linked to memory, striking a chord in our minds of that glorious summer or a mellow evening under the stars. 

Choosing a diamond is a serious investment, whether you’re buying your own or looking to pop the question to the love of your life. To help guide you to the perfect fit, here is some musical inspiration for the modern girl. 

For the classic girl – “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” by Marilyn Monroe

“A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”

This enchanting tune came to us courtesy of the 1953 film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, starring the one and only Marilyn Monroe. For the girl who has everything, as well as a flair for timeless style, there is the classic white diamond and yellow 18 carat gold ring, with a bezel centre diamond nestled by brilliant round cut diamonds on either side. 

Together the Canadian Fire diamonds add up to one carat that catch the light as you move, so all heads will be on you, like Marilyn Monroe. 

For the modern muse – “Diamonds” by Rihanna

“So shine bright tonight, you and I we’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky.”

If you’re after an edgier approach to this timeless piece of jewellery, walk in the vanguard footsteps of pop music idol Rihanna. Never content with following the crowd, the Barbados beauty makes her own statements in both her fashion and artistic choices. 

For something a little out of the blue, there is the stunning 18 carat white gold aquamarine and diamond ring. The incredible clarity of the pale aquamarine highlights the brilliant diamonds surrounding it, for a truly unique, eye catching piece. 

For the diva – “Diamonds are Forever” by Shirley Bassey

“Diamonds are forever, they are all I need to please me”

A woman who knows her own mind like the great Dame Shirley Bassey will certainly know which diamond is right for her. She commands the attention of everyone in the room with her mere presence, any other adornment is simply to add to her natural magnetism. 

To emulate the elegance of this charismatic diva, look no further than the 18 carat white gold diamond ring by Je T’aime. A statement piece, this ring is made up of 78 diamonds in total, amounting in just over a carat weight – for when only the best will do. 

Taking inspiration from some of film’s most famous proposals

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When you think you’ve found the one and you’re ready to propose, there are so many different ways to go about it. If your friends are in on the plan, it’s likely you’ll have been bombarded with questions and ideas already. Do you play it cool, surprising your partner out of the blue on a casual night in? Or do you go all out, setting up a scene they’ll likely never forget? 

Only you can decide, knowing your other half better than anyone. With a new quirky marriage proposal video being uploaded to YouTube every other day, there’s a lot of pressure to be unique.

However, no one ever went wrong seeking a little pre-proposal inspiration, so we turn to the world of the silver screen to help you conjure up the perfect setting for your partner. 

The restaurant proposal – from “Love Actually” 

A restaurant proposal with a twist, the Colin Firth’s character delivers the ultimate surprise to his on-screen love, Aurelia in heart-breakingly stilted Portuguese in front of a restaurant full of unsuspecting diners. 

If you and your partner are in different cities, surprising them with a visit and a proposal has the potential to be desperately romantic if you plan it right. A beautiful engagement ring will just put things over the top, such as this beautiful 0.4 carat diamond ring by Canadian Fire.

The street proposal – from “The Proposal” 

Well maybe not the most conventional proposal scenes of all time, when Sandra Bullock’s character gets down on her knees in the middle of a busy New York Street it’s certainly an eye-catching moment. 

There’s no denying it takes guts to do things like this in public, but if you’re ready to take the plunge, find a part of the city you both enjoy, such as a park or lookout point. Whisk your loved one away from the office at lunch and go for gold with the city as your stage and slightly confused passers-by as your audience.

Although there was no ring on hand for this moment, if you’re proposing to your man, have a read up on our recent men’s engagement rings article

Pick the ring proposal – “Sweet Home Alabama” 

Feeling the pressure to find the perfect engagement ring? No worries, you can allow your partner to do the choosing for you, like Reece Witherspoon’s character’s on screen fiance, Andrew Hennings. 

Set in the Fifth Avenue Tiffany & Co store in New York, this dreamy proposal would be sure to make many a lucky lady swoon. 

Men’s engagement rings: Yea or nay?

Traditionally, it’s the lucky ladies who get to wear a gorgeous engagement ring after the proposal, to symbolise their engagement and commitment made, while the man gets nothing. Why should it just be the ladies who get to have all the fun with a new piece of jewellery. These days, some couples are choosing to have a men’s engagement ring too. 

So what are they wearing? 

Men’s wedding rings are typically fairly simple bands, perhaps with a small diamond or an inlay in the design. On the other hand (but still on the left, in most cases), the beauty of a mangagement ring is that it can be anything you want it to be. 

It could be a simple and affordable band that the soon-to-be hubby simply likes, and could perhaps keep and wear on another finger after the wedding. Others will prefer a more ‘engagement ring’ style, complete with a row of diamonds. 

Johnny Depp took this trend a step further when he donned fiancee Amber Heard’s engagement ring because “it was too big for her”, he said. 

Why are other guys wearing them?

It might be 2014, but there are still plenty of Romeos out there who are not afraid to wear their heart on their sleeve and show off their love to the world. It’s quite often the case that men who want a physical reminder of their engagement and impending nuptials will wear a placeholder ring of some sort during this time. 

In some cases, a couple may not know when the wedding will take place. Engagements can stretch out for years and years, so in the meantime, both parties can wear a ring on the wedding finger to feel that connection until the actual ceremony takes place.

Would you consider either wearing an engagement ring as a male, or talk to your partner about the possibility of wearing one?

Anniversary planning – Part 2: Unique date ideas

In part one of our anniversary planning series, we looked at planning in advance for a special day to treat your loved one. So, if you’re reading this in preparation for an anniversary in a few weeks, or even a few months’ time, first of all, bravo! Second of all, now is the time to start getting the ideas flowing.

Is your partner one of those people who says “please don’t go to too much trouble”, but in their heart know know they’d secretly love for you to surprise them with something special?

Show your true romantic colours with a thoughtful piece of jewellery on the unique anniversary date you’ve dreamed up – we’ve got three ideas to start you out.

Idea # 1 – Go thrill seeking

This is a great idea if you or your other half usually spends most of their days working away in an office, and you want to do something really out of the ordinary. Get the adrenaline pumping with an action packed day of activities such as river rafting, go-karting and mountain biking.

For the ultimate leap of love, you could even throw yourselves out of a plane (attached to a skydiving instructor, of course) for an experience neither of you will ever forget.

Idea # 2 – Make the most of your day 

For a sweet memento of your anniversary, why not roll up your sleeves making something you can both enjoy. Pottery classes, cooking classes or even a cocktail-making course are a fun way to relax and not take things too seriously.

You can also capture the moment with a photograph tour, exploring the area with a guide who will help you to snap the best panoramas and selfies of your lives.

Idea # 3 – Proposing on your anniversary 

While springing an engagement ring may not be the most original idea, it is none the less still an idea with merit – according to a survey by UK company Chillisauce, about 20 per cent of women say that they’d like to get engaged on the day of their anniversary.

If you’re wanting to pop the question as a surprise, it’s definitely worth taking the time to plan in advance. However, your partner may be suspicious if this is the first time you’ve made a big deal out of your anniversary – keep those poker faces at the ready.

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Oct 12, 2014 at 2:14pm PDT

How Are Diamonds Formed?

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Diamonds are highly sought after for their shimmering beauty, and over time have – perhaps paradoxically – become a symbol for love and power. 

Where are diamonds found?

Not only do they look superb when set in a lustrous engagement ring or fancy evening necklace, but they’re also incredibly durable. In fact, diamonds are one of the hardest naturally occurring substances on the planet, which is why they’re often used as drill-tips in many industries.

Diamonds can be found in many countries around the world, most notably in Belgium, South Africa, Russia, Botswana, Zaire and right here in Australia. It might surprise you to learn that the Argyle mine, located in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia, is one of the world’s largest supplier of diamonds. It has been in operation for more than 30 years and has produced more than 800 million carats of raw diamonds.

Although only 5 per cent of the diamonds found in the Argyle mine are of gem quality (40 per cent are considered “near gem” and 55 per cent are rated “industrial”) this one mine produces nearly double the amount of diamonds of any other country, according to Geoscience Australia.

How are diamonds formed?

Most of us have a vague notion that diamonds are extracted from the ground, but how do they get there in the first place? Around 150-200 kilometres deep beneath the Earth’s surface, in a layer known as the mantle, conditions are perfect for the formation of diamonds. Here, a combination of temperatures of about 1200 C and pressure of approximately 50 kilobars causes carbon atoms to bond incredibly strongly to one another, which is what gives diamonds their tough, durable properties.

How are diamonds extracted from the ground?

Of course, current technology is not possible of getting anywhere near those extreme depths. Luckily for all us diamond lovers, Mother Nature lends a helping hand here, by pushing molten rock up through the layers of the Earth. During this journey, diamond is caught up in the magma, and is eventually brought to a rest near the Earth’s surface, where the colder climate cools the diamonds and locks them into their hardened structures. Once the diamond deposits have been identified, there are a number of mining methods humans can use to extract the precious stones from the ground.

Although those in the industry have a good insight into the conditions that create diamonds, much of the process is still unknown. Artificial diamonds can be grown in laboratories in controlled environments, but we may never be able to fully replicate the mysterious events that occur in the centre of the earth to create this majestic gem.

A Quick Guide To Coloured Diamonds

When we think of diamonds, many of us conjure up images of brilliant, colourless gems set in stunning engagement rings and dazzling feature-piece necklaces.

Public perception of coloured diamonds

While these imaginings are certainly true, they don’t take into account the myriad coloured diamonds that are out there in the world. Some people have the idea that coloured diamonds are made artificially or have somehow had their pigment manipulated during the formation process. However, the truth is that coloured diamonds are formed in the same way as their colourless cousins – they’re both the result of carbon atoms being forced together in extreme conditions deep beneath the surface of the Earth.

What causes the presence of colour in these diamonds?

If all natural diamonds are created the same way, why do some contain colour? Well, during formation, external particles can enter the crystallisation process. Over time, these foreign bodies can have a significant effect on the chemical process, and over time cause the diamond to develop a unique and distinct colour. Let’s take a look at which factors result in the creation of each colour of diamond.

-Pink

The undisputed colour of love and romance, pink diamond jewellery is the perfect gift to show that special someone how much they mean to you. It’s thought that pink diamonds are created due to above average levels of intense pressure and heat, which results in a process known as ‘plastic deformation.’ The Argyle mine in western Australia, the largest producer of coloured diamonds in the world, is home to many of these gorgeous stones.

-Green

Green diamonds are exceedingly rare. Ranging from a mild tone to a deep verdant, these diamonds obtain their unusual colour from absorbing the radiation that naturally exists in the rocks and soil near the surface of the planet.

– Yellow

Yellow diamond rings are steadily gaining popularity in Hollywood as people come to appreciate the warm, gentle hues of the mesmerising gem. The colouration comes from the presence of nitrogen atoms during the formation process.

-Blue

Sophisticated and regal, blue diamonds are typically a result of the presence of the chemical boron. The exact tone of blue depends on the boron content of the diamond.

-Red

The rarest  – and most expensive – colour of all diamonds is red. The jury is still out on how these unique gemstones are exactly formed, though it’s thought to be a similar process to that involved in the creation of pink diamonds.

How To Look After Your Engagement Ring

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As far as jewellery goes, you will expect to wear your engagement ring far more than any other. These particular pieces are crafted to last a lifetime, spending the best part of fifty-plus years on your finger. With such extensive wear, it’s important to give your ring the love and attention that it deserves. This will ensure that it retains its sparkle and shine from the very first day that it was slid onto your finger.

Intimately understand your ring

It’s important to know precisely which metals and gemstone your ring is constructed from before you embark upon cleaning it. This will prevent you using any damaging products that could ruin certain aspects of your piece.

Diamonds, for example, are among the hardest substances on Earth, but that doesn’t mean that they are completely immune from damage. Luckily, caring for diamonds is easy once you know how, but you should still take extra care when working around any gemstone or precious metal.

With this in mind, gemstones other than diamonds will require a certain degree of extra care, as they lack the high durability of the said stones. Pearls and turquoise, for example, are particularly soft, so keep all chemicals away from those little guys. On the other hand, sapphires and rubies are not too far behind diamonds in the durability league.

Is your ring already hurt?  

If it is, don’t attempt to clean it just yet, as you could exacerbate the problem and cause even greater damage. Common ring imperfections include scratches, loose or missing gems, or a bent shape. If this is the case, it’s probably best that you bring your ring into a Showcase Jewellers store. We can clean it up and repair it for you, so that you can then start looking after it as you would any other piece.

Plug the gap

One of the biggest problems with cleaning jewellery isn’t the actual act itself, but the fact that jewels can get washed down that pesky hole in the sink! There are two easy solutions here: Check, double check and thrice check that you have put a sturdy plug in place, or use a clean washing up bowl.

Make a simple solution

There is no need to run out and buy an expensive cleaning solution for your jewellery. Often, home is best, and all you really need is warm water and a reputable detergent, such as mild washing up liquid. The more bubbles, the better! Have a soft toothbrush to hand as well, but make sure that it’s both new and used only for cleaning your ring, as contact with other chemicals could have a detrimental effect on your piece’s materials.

Using the detergent and warm water solution is not only effective, but it will also safeguard your precious ring from the detrimental effects of other, shop-bought jewellery cleaning products.

Some of these can actually do more harm than good, so what exactly are the products that you should avoid?

Cleaning products to swerve

Toothpaste may seem soft and gentle on your ring, and it is indeed great for ridding it of gunk and grime, but it is, in fact, pretty abrasive. Therefore, it has a tendency to scratch some of the softer metals, and is better avoided.

Other cleaning solutions to give a miss are ones that contain overly harsh chemicals, such as bleach and ammonia. Keep it simple and stick with detergent and warm water.

Soak to sparkle

With your bowl or sink half full with the solution, it’s now time to start the cleandown in earnest. Firstly, submerge your ring in the bowl for five or so minutes before you get down to business, as this will help loosen old, solidified grime and makes your coming work a little easier. The oily residue that excretes naturally from your hands can also find a home somewhere on your ring, and soaking will help dissolve it.

Brush up on your cleaning skills  

Using the tooth brush, gently sweep away at your ring, targeting visible dirt and grime but also working your way into crevices, getting under the jewels and other hard-to-reach places. Work over all sides of the piece, but ensure that you pay a certain attention to the ring’s underside – a lot of dirt finds its home here!

Rinsing it

Don’t use your cleaning solution to rinse your ring, as this may leave residue spots when the ring dries. Running water from a tap works much better, as you’ll have a constant stream of fresh water to wash away any remaining product. Ensure, of course, that you plug the sink, and hold your ring tightly!

Dry it out

Use a lint-free or specialist jewellery cloth to polish and dry your ring. Don’t use tissues or paper towels, as the lint contained within them can scratch your piece.

Even though you can clean your engagement ring at home, it’s good practice to have it professionally maintained at least once a year. At Showcase Jewellers, we’ll check your piece over thoroughly, making sure that the stones are secure and set to sparkle for years to come!

When Flowers Don’t Work, Say It With Diamonds

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they need to apologise to a special someone, and flowers just won’t cut the mustard. When you’ve done something you really, really want to make up for – such as forgetting an important anniversary or forgetting to pick the kids up from school for the fifth time in a row – say it with diamonds. Why? We’ll tell you why.

They last longer

A vase of cut fresh flowers lasts, on average, from four to ten days, with some squeezing out more time with the proper care and conditions. Let’s say you get your loved one a bunch of flowers that makes it to two weeks. How does that compare with a diamond?

Like the James Bond film said, Diamonds are forever. Whether nestled in a stunning ring or strung upon a necklace, as long as your loved one doesn’t lose them, they’ll last until the end of time.

They’re stronger

Flowers are exceptionally pretty, but strong they are not. Drop them on the floor and you’ll get pollen stains, roll them around between your fingers and you’ll crush them completely. The same can’t be said for diamonds – in fact, these bad boys the hardest material found anywhere on earth.

If the person you’re apologising to is perhaps a little more careless than your average person, don’t tempt fate with a delicate crystal vase full of chrysanthemums or roses. They’ll end up broken on the floor in no time. Give them a diamond that they can stomp on, scratch and drop to their heart’s desire and see the glee on their face when they realise this is one gift that can’t be broken.

They’re shinier

There are very few flowers that glisten and shimmer quite the way that diamonds do – it’s just the a fact of nature. If your loved one has magpie tendencies, give them something that will attract their eye time and time again.

Showcase Jewellers’ Autumn Catalogue

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The colours of the landscape begin to change as autumn arrives and the first cold whispers of winter approach. Tie the knot this season and add some colour to your loved one’s life with one of these gorgeous pieces from Showcase Jewellers’ autumn catalogue.

Engagement rings

With the leaves falling to the floor, autumn is the perfect time for you to fall to one knee. We’re proud to offer an extensive range of beautiful engagement rings that are sure to delight and surprise your partner. A traditional yellow gold diamond ring is always a great choice, or bring out her inner shine with a white gold diamond ring, such as this stunning 1.00 carat diamond bridal set.

Anniversary gifts

Whether it’s been one year or 20, jewellery is an ideal gift to show your love and appreciation for your significant other. Necklaces and pendants are always a great choice, such as this 0.05 ct natural pink diamond heart pendant from Forever Pink.

Mother’s Day ideas

It can be so hard deciding what to get mum for Mother’s Day. Don’t despair – we’ve got some excellent ideas. Make your mum feel like a million bucks with this lovely 9 ct gold silver-filled heart pendant, or take her out to a fancy restaurant for lunch and give her an excuse to wear these pretty freshwater pearl and cubic zirconia drop earrings.

Perl’eco South Sea pearls

Pearl jewellery is sophisticated and timeless, and can be worn comfortably year round both at work and social events. Here at Showcase Jewellers, we’re delighted to provide you with an exclusive selection of perl’eco South Sea pearls. Add this 9 ct gold South Sea pearl teardrop pendant to any outfit to create an elegant look and accentuate your neckline, or pick up a pair of pearl stud earrings to bring some subtle class to your ensemble.

Canadian Fire 

Brilliant and 100 per cent natural and untreated, Canadian Fire diamonds are renowned for their lustre and high level of quality. This autumn, show your partner how much they mean to you with a Canadian Fire diamond engagement ring from Showcase Jewellers. This luxurious 18 ct white gold ring featuring a single 0.40 ct Canadian Fire diamond is guaranteed to have your loved one saying ‘yes!’

Dreamtime

Rare, beautiful and as creative as you are, Dreamtime diamonds come straight out of local soil via the Argyle diamond mine in western Australia. Pieces from the Dreamtime rose gold range are perfect in the coming months, their earthy glow reflecting the tones of the autumn landscape and radiating a sense of warmth in these cooler months.

For more on our season’s range, check out the Showcase Jewellers autumn catalogue, soon to be available on our website, or visit your local Showcase Jewellers.

How To Buy An Engagement Ring

So, you’ve found the person you’d like to spend the rest of your life with and you’ve come up with the perfect way to propose – but you’re unsure of how to go about purchasing the engagement ring. We’re here to help!

Here are four steps to help you pick out the right engagement ring for the love of your life.

1. Plan your budget

Traditionally, men were expected to spend three months’ salary on an engagement ring. The Cost of Love Survey from Bride To Be Magazine found the average engagement ring spend is $6,394. These days, however, those rules are out the window, and it’s all about how much is a reasonable amount to spend for the couple in question.

Instead of sticking to rules around how much you spend, focus on searching for the perfect ring and buy within your means. Remember, getting engaged is all about the depth of your feelings, not the depth of your pockets.

2. Find out their ring size

There a few sneaky ways of achieving this. Try borrowing one of your partner’s rings from their jewellery box while they sleep and have your local Showcase Jeweller measure it for you. If this is a little too tricky to pull off, you could measure it in the comfort of your own home yourself with a piece of string and take that to the jeweller – your significant other will never know!

Showcase Jewellers offers another crafty way of working out your partner’s ring size without having to step foot outside. Just place a driver’s licence-sized card on your computer screen and calibrate the image. After this is completed, hold one of your partner’s rings on the screen and find the circle that best matches its size.

Alternatively, download the Showcase Jewellers app for Androids or iPhones and use the ‘ring size selector’. Simply place the ring on the circle and scroll through the sizes until you find the perfect fit.

3. Discover their preference

Most individuals have thought about what they’d like their engagement ring to look like and, although it’s certainly the sentiment behind the ring that’s most important, try provoking comments about preference from your loved one to ensure you are on the right track in terms of the aesthetic of the ring. Would they prefer yellow or white gold? A square, circular or oval diamond? With so many variations to choose from, it may pay to get a few hints from your other half, if you feel you can be subtle enough.

4. The purchase

The most agonising, gut-wrenching part of the process (besides getting down on one knee) is the actual purchase of the engagement ring. You’ve done all the hard work, saving money and slyly gathering information about your loved one’s preferred style of jewellery. You’re as prepared as you’ll ever be, but what will you actually buy?

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You’ll want to hunt around carefully for that perfect piece. Showcase Jewellers has a stunning selection of beautiful engagement rings that are sure to dazzle your partner. We proudly offer a collection of rings in 18-carat yellow and white gold, 9-carat yellow, white and rose gold, as well as in platinum.

-Customise

For a one-of-a-kind engagement ring, you might want to consider a custom design. Having your engagement ring custom designed means that it will be completely unique. If your partner likes a certain shape, colour or style, Showcase Jewellers can work these elements into the design to create a truly original ring.

Platinum or gold, diamonds or sapphires – whatever metal and gemstone combination you prefer, we can turn it into a work of art. By discussing your tastes with us, you are providing creative input into the manufacturing process, meaning that your betrothed’s ring will forever be intrinsically linked to you.

-Remodel

An alternative way to create a custom engagement ring is to have one of your existing pieces of jewellery remodelled. Perhaps you have a beloved heirloom that has been passed down through the generations that is packed with sentimental value but not quite in line with current fashion. Showcase Jewellers can refashion your jewellery, melting it down and redesigning it into a stunning and timeless engagement ring. Remodelling your precious jewellery provides your loved one with an engagement ring that’s simply overflowing with meaning.

Whichever ring you decide on, your partner is sure to love it. The engagement ring you choose will stand as a gleaming symbol of the strength of your relationship and the passion you share.
You know what you have to do now, so get out there and find the ring of her dreams. Good luck!

Handy guide to help you choose the perfect engagement ring

Use Showcase Jewellers’ handy guide to help you choose the perfect engagement ring, and take the stress out of planning for that special moment.

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