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Rhodium Plating01-06-2013

Rhodium plating of white gold rings is a worldwide, industry-recognised practice in order to create the whitest possible appearance. The plating does wear away gradually; its lifetime is determined by the lifestyle of the wearer but also by the thickness of the plating applied by the manufacturer. Unfortunately some white gold jewellery sold in this country - predominantly imported items - is of a very yellow colour due to the cheap alloys used. This is not apparent when new if the item has been rhodium-plated. However, again in order to cut costs, the layer of rhodium-plating applied is often extremely thin, so it wears off within a very short time. In some cases yellow gold jewellery is rhodium plated on specific parts of a piece of jewellery such as the settings. This lowers the cost of the finished item markedly but is not good practice (two-tone rings should be made in two parts!) and the plating will wear off very quickly. That type of jewellery is inferior, and it saddens us to know that such a poor product is being sold in NZ. We pride ourselves on producing a top quality product, and on educating our customers so they can make an informed choice.


Emeralds01-05-2013

The gemstone associated with May is the emerald, a magnificent gem with a beautiful, intense and radiant green colour. In top quality, fine emeralds are even more valuable than diamonds. As with all gemstones, a great percentage of emeralds mined are tiny and of low quality. The smaller they are, the harder it is to trace their origin. Unfortunately, many such stones originate from mines seized by the Taleban who use the profits to fund their operations. The jewellery industry worldwide has united to shun tainted gems and has just finalised a code of practice for gem mining. We will not buy or sell any gem from an unknown source or one that is in any way involved in funding conflicts. There are many other beautiful and less costly green gemstones available, ie tzavorite, green tourmaline, green sapphire and peridot. If you are interested, please contact us.

Diamonds01-04-2013

The diamond is April’s birthstone and it is considered the king of gems as the optical properties of gem diamonds are exceptional. Their valuation requires expertise and experience, and takes into account the colour, clarity, cut and weight (carat). These “4 C’s” make up the value of a diamond. The colour scale is graded from a “colourless” D down; the clarity grades refer to the amount and size of natural imperfections found in all diamonds; the term “cut” refers to the quality of the cutting, rather than to the overall shape of the diamond, and is the single most important aspect of any diamond. The proportion, finish and symmetry of the external facets of a diamond are what creates its fire and brilliance. We like to spend time educating our customers about diamonds in order for them to make an informed choice, and we welcome the opportunity to do so.

Conflict Diamonds01-03-2013

“Conflict Diamonds” are rough diamonds used by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments. Countries such as Sierra Leone, Angola, Liberia, Guinea and Congo produce less than 5% of the world’s diamonds, and that 5% is predominantly industrial and “near gem” quality, ie they are unsuitable for jewellery. The Kimberley Process (to which NZ is a signatory) is a joint governments, industry and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds. It ensures that every legally imported diamond will be from a verified and controlled source. The diamonds we supply are purchased from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict.

What is a Goldsmith?01-02-2013

Despite common usage, the definition of a “jeweller” is “a person who deals in or sells jewellery”. The term “goldsmith” goes right back to the 14th century when the Goldsmiths Hall was established in London, and by definition is “a person who is skilled in the art of crafting jewellery in gold and other precious metals”. The term “silversmith” was later used for those who fabricated large ornaments, cups, chalices etc, but not used for those who made jewellery in silver. Brian’s apprenticeship in Britain was as a “Goldsmith and Diamond Mounter”. He is Chairman of the Goldsmiths Guild of New Zealand and is passionate about improving skills and giving recognition to high achievement within the trade.

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