What kind of sparkle does she want this Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so if you haven’t grabbed your sweetheart a gift, it’s time to get moving!

Jewellery is one of those gifts that is near-guaranteed to put a smile on your partner’s face. Here are a few of our favourite picks for this love-filled holiday.

1. Two Toned Double Circle Necklace

Not sure if your partner prefers gold to silver? Why not get both? Gift your loved one this unique piece of jewellery and be confident that it takes their preference into account! Two toned pieces are versatile, unique and timeless, and this double circle necklace is a great example of that. Bonus: The connection of the two circles can symbolise the connection between you and your partner – sentimental and stylish.

2. Yellow Gold Diamond & Pink Sapphire Heart Earrings

Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like heart-shaped jewellery. These 9 carat earrings are sure to dazzle your partner this February 14. They provide a great statement piece to pair with a black dress for a romantic dinner for two!

3. White Gold Infinity Ring

Give your partner something that represents your everlasting love. This 9 carat Infinity ring is a timeless piece and the infinity symbol provides your sweetheart with that extra bit of meaning. This is the kind of piece that can become a tradition (try infinity earring next year and maybe a necklace the year after that!).

4. Two Toned Diamond Heart Circle Pendant

Two toned jewellery is versatile and exciting for any occasion but provides a one-of-a-kind piece for this lover’s holiday! A piece in two toned gold is truly a sophisticated keepsake for women and men at any age. This 9 carat necklace includes a dazzling heart-shaped centre and is sure to grab your partner’s attention.

Need a little more guidance?

Whether you plan on getting your sweetheart one of the options listed above or you’re looking for something a little more unique, we have you covered.

Every Showcase Jeweller is highly skilled in pinpointing the perfect gems, style and designs to create a truly memorable gift this Valentine’s Day. Locate a store near you today!

Choosing memorable jewellery for Christmas

It’s the Christmas season which means it’s time to pick out some truly memorable gifts for your loved ones! And what’s more special than a carefully selected piece of jewellery?

Jewellery is a timeless gift that’s always appreciated – who doesn’t love a shiny new ring to add to their collection?

There are a lot of different ways to customise jewellery as well so you can make it a more personal and memorable Christmas present.

So what exactly should you keep in mind when selecting the perfect Christmas present?

1. Do your research

Doing a little bit of spy work will go a long way when it comes to selecting the perfect jewellery piece this holiday season. Ask yourself a few key questions:

  1. What accessories do they wear on a regular basis?
  2. Do they have certain staple jewellery items? What are they?
  3. Do they seem to prefer gold or silver?
  4. Are their jewellery selections usually bold or minimalist?

All of this information will help you select a present they’ll truly enjoy. Obviously, there’s no point in buying someone a necklace when they never wear one. Do the research now, it’ll pay off later.

2. Make it personal

Nothing can be truly memorable if it’s not selected with the gift-receiver in mind. Sure a shiny diamond will make them smile but a gemstone similar to the one their great grandmother always wore is something they’ll never forget. Take the time to think about what would be meaningful for your loved one, it will make all the difference.

3. Determine what you’re trying to say

Jewellery holds meaning, it’s part of the reason it’s such a memorable gift. Different styles indicate certain types of symbolism. Gems can portray a meaning in themselves. Ring shapes take on a message of their own. Whatever you want to say can be said without words through your jewellery selection.

Jewellery holds meaning, it’s part of the reason it’s such a memorable gift.

For romance, consider an infinity piece, symbolising your everlasting love. For friends, try selecting charms or pendants with unique birthstones matched to them. No matter the message, jewellery is the most memorable medium.

4. Find your local Showcase Jewellers

Helping you find the perfect piece of jewellery is our passion. Every Showcase Jeweller is highly skilled in pinpointing the perfect gems, style and designs to create a truly memorable gift for your loved one.

To secure the perfect Christmas gift, locate your nearest Showcase Jewellers today!

Why should you choose two toned jewellery this Christmas?

Two toned jewellery, defined as the fusion of different coloured metals in the same piece, has been a popular choice among jewellery lovers for quite a while now.

It’s not difficult to see why. Two toned pieces are versatile, unique and timeless. When it comes to these jewellery staples, the sky is truly the limit. You can combine any type of metal you fancy, from a classic mix of yellow gold with platinum to a trendy rose gold and silver pairing.

Let’s have a look at just why two toned jewellery should be your choice this Christmas.

1. It goes with everything

Arguably the best thing about two toned jewellery is that it goes with almost everything. Whether you’re heading off to your office Christmas party or a brunch with your best friends, these pieces are the perfect addition to your outfit. It doesn’t matter what other accessories you’re wearing, a two toned piece will blend effortlessly!

2. It highlights ring jewellery design

It might surprise you just how well the combination of white and yellow gold or white and rose gold can highlight the shape and design of your ring! In other words, it simply adds an interesting twist to any piece of jewellery.

We’ve all seen single toned rings with lots of small stones where the shapes and designs seems to be lost. Two toned can be used to combat this by distinguishing separate parts of any ring or simply accenting curves and halos.

3. It covers your bases

Not sure if your partner prefers gold to silver? Or rose gold to white platinum? Just get both! You can gift your loved one with a unique piece of jewellery and be confident that the piece takes their preference into account!

4. It never goes out of style

This is more than a trend, it’s a timeless choice for any of your jewellery. Two toned jewellery is not only one-of-a-kind and flattering, it is versatile and exciting! A piece in two toned gold is truly a sophisticated keepsake for women and men at any age.

Two toned jewellery is not only one-of-a-kind and flattering, it is versatile and exciting!

Ready to purchase two toned jewellery?

Two toned jewellery retains a perfect balance of wearability and classiness. This style is sure to remain a classic for years to come.

Whatever tone combination your prefer, Showcase Jewellers has you covered. With such an extensive and exquisite range at all of our independent stores, you can be sure that your next two toned purchase won’t disappoint.

How often should you get your jewellery professionally checked?

Beautiful jewellery is an investment designed to last a lifetime, so it’s important to keep it in good shape and care for it appropriately.

Let’s have a look at when you should take it for some professional tender loving care.

When should you have a maintenance check?

To keep your jewellery in good condition it’s important to take it in for professional maintenance once a year, at a stretch every year and a half. This ensures that any damage or wear from use and age is caught before it’s too late. This is particularly important for rings containing precious jewels where it is essential that prongs are kept strong and tight.

Well trained jewellers are able to tighten any loose fittings as well as file out any dents or deep scratches. This will help to protect the surface of your pieces over their lifetime.

It is advisable to take your jewellery for a check up after getting it first professionally cleaned. This allows jewellers to have an unhindered view of the piece and makes it easier to spot any potential areas of damage and wear.

Even diamonds can get chipped in the bustle of daily life.

When should you have jewellery professionally cleaned?

Fine jewellery should be something worn with pride, whenever and wherever you like – so it’s important to keep them sparkling.

While quite a lot of cleaning can be done at home, for your finest pieces we recommend taking them for a thorough professional clean every six months to a year. This can usually be done at your local jewellers for a very reasonable cost.

Jewellery care tips

A lot of your jewellery will be made of the highest quality metals, diamonds and gemstones – but this does not make them indestructible. Even diamonds can be chipped and worn in the rough and tumble of daily life. To keep your jewellery intact here are a few of our top tips:

  1. Avoid wearing while swimming. Not only is it easy for rings and bracelets to slip off unnoticed, chlorine can tarnish metals and even some gemstones.
  2. Don’t wear your pieces to the gym. It’s not worth exposing them to the risk of getting caught and damaged in moving machinery. Also they will become very dirty from sweat.
  3. Rings especially should not be worn for any physical activities that involve your hands. This includes chores like washing the dishes, gardening or lifting heavy weights. Gemstones can easily be chipped when banged and the ring can become scratched.

Visit us in one of our Showcase stores to shop get your jewellery checked and looking beautiful.

3 Reasons To Have Jewellery Engraved

Buying jewellery is an exciting time, especially if you are buying a piece for a beloved relative or partner – or yourself – to mark a special occasion. To make the jewellery you select really stand out and ensure the owner enjoys wearing their sparkling gift, consider engraving for a truly unique and personalised addition to any jewellery collection. 

Seeing your name or a favourite quote adorned forever onto a ring, bangle or other glittering accessory is a surefire way to capture a memory or other special time in your lives. Discover what the different possible reasons for engraving are, along with the range of options available to you.

Unique

Adding an engraving to a piece of jewellery is a fantastic way to present a special someone with a gift that is truly made for them. Perhaps you will choose to engrave your names around a ring, stamp a memorable date onto a pendant necklace or wrap a meaningful quote around a bracelet – whichever you pick, you can be sure that engraved jewellery will always be an extremely personal, thoughtful gift.

Functional

An increasing number of people are choosing to wear jewellery for medical purposes. Silver chain bracelets can be easily adapted and are a popular choice for those that require special medical attention, or have particular allergies, in the case of an accident or other event in which it’s vital for this information to be communicated. While highly practical in its primary purposes, engraved medical jewellery can also add a touch of shine to your everyday look as well.

Creative

When deciding to engrave jewellery, you can really make an item into a one-off accessory. Let your imagination (and creativity) run wild to think of engraving possibilities that are out of the norm. Consider different textures, metals as well as methods of engraving, such as laser or traditional engraving, to ensure that the jewellery piece you adorn with your idea is exclusive

Where to keep your diamonds when you’re not wearing them

Sometimes, intentions with regards to caring for a piece of jewellery can be similar to caring for a new car. In the first few weeks or even months, you carefully wash your new car and dry it to avoid watermarks. You vacuum out any remnants of dirt or dust and even your closest friends and family aren’t allowed to eat or drink in it. But after a few months the car becomes a place to store things that you don’t want to bring into the house and any thought of soapy water touching the paintwork becomes a pipe dream, or distant memory.

Jewellery, as with cars, maintenance and care is of critical importance. Perhaps most crucial is storage – the right garage, or the best way to store your new diamond to make sure it’s as safe as possible.

Diamonds Can Be Destroyed.

Anyone who has been in a high school science class, or read an article about diamonds knows that they are incredibly tough. In fact, they are the hardest natural minerals on earth, the word, “diamond” actually comes from the Greek word, “adamas” which means “indestructible.”
But the thing is, diamonds can be damaged and even destroyed; they just can’t be scratched, except by another diamond.

To avoid chipping, breaking or cracking your diamond (yes, these things are very possible) make sure that you remove your jewellery when undertaking physically intensive tasks, or activities that may put them in harm’s way such as gardening, sport or washing the dishes.

Remember, There’s More to Diamond Jewellery Than the Diamond.

Unless you’re going to rub your diamond against other diamonds, it cannot be scratched, but the same is not true of the other components that make up your jewellery. If you are just carrying around a single diamond, then you wouldn’t have to worry about scratching at all, but your piece also has metal, and perhaps other stones that can be scratched or shattered through carelessness.

Treat your jewellery as if it was made entirely out of its softest part. An incredible diamond won’t look as good if a formally stunning white gold band is scratched and dulled through lack of care.

Simple Is Better.

Your jewellery came in a box or a pouch, or something that was designed to keep it safe. You don’t need to spend a fortune on fancy storage boxes, just put the ring back in the bag – separately to everything else – and then place it gently in a drawer or somewhere else it won’t get knocked around. The critical element is routine – don’t commit to cleaning your jewellery every night and placing it in a box if it’s unlikely you will consistently follow through with it. It only takes a couple of careless, “I’ll just throw it in the drawer tonight” episodes to take your stunning piece and turn it into a shadow of its former self.

Caring for diamonds and making sure they maintain their looks is a discipline. Take the entire piece of jewellery into account, and create consistent and simple habits. Your jewellery will thank you, especially in 15 or 20 years.

Uniquely You – Custom and Bespoke Pieces

The design and creation of bespoke jewellery is about more than creating a statement piece; it should be the process of defining something that is representative of your individuality.

A great custom piece should demonstrate quality workmanship, a design that has been perfected for you, and as a result, it should be more than unique. It should have a quality about it that transcends other pieces of jewellery. Whether it has a subtlety all of its own or stands out as a bold challenge to the world, nobody should be able to deny that when they describe your bespoke piece, they are describing you.

Jewellery can be unique without being of a high quality. Bespoke design doesn’t necessarily mean a good or aesthetically pleasing design. Therefore, before work begins you should give consideration to the process you are about to go through, and how to make sure the end result is perfect
Remember, you are an expert on what you like, and how you live. Your jeweller is an expert on stones, precious metals and how they can best interact. The design process is most effective when you both allow each other to lead the way in your areas of expertise. Your jeweller should not try to define your taste or dictate what is in fashion at the expense of your preferences. Their job is to help you understand what is practical and possible, and work with you to define and realise your vision. Likewise, your job is not to relentlessly pursue avenues that are impractical or impossible. Jewellers work with tangible materials that adhere to the laws of science – some things simply cannot be done.

At the core of this is the relationship. Don’t underestimate the importance of each of you being able to communicate your expertise. A bespoke design appointment should never be rushed and the conversation should be one of openness and honesty rather than one of either of you trying to make a point. Come to your designer with examples ripped from magazines, drawings on napkins and pictures of stones that you love. Tell them your perfect scenario so that they can work with you to make it happen. Most importantly, don’t assume that they can read your mind and that something is, “common sense.” There is a time and a place for assumption and custom jewellery design is not one of those times.
Unique jewellery is hard work for everyone. Unlike traditional pieces which are destined for display cabinets and locked boxes, a bespoke piece is made with a person in mind. There is a level of accountability and an awareness of the trust that has been placed on the jeweller’s shoulders. Likewise, the prospect of trying to take an image in your head and communicate it to, even the best designer, is a confronting and exhausting one.

But when you try on a piece of jewellery that no one else in the world has ever worn before, you discovered that custom jewellery is a reminder that you are unique, and anything unique is worth the effort.

Balancing Price and Quality When Buying Jewellery

It’s the age-old challenge, and not unique to buying jewellery. How do I get the highest quality for the lowest price? But this is the wrong question to ask, after all, you don’t want to buy a bargain necklace that you will never wear.

Here are our thoughts on how to create some semblance of balance with regards to price and quality.

Expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better.

If you’ve ever visited a top clothing designer boutique, you will likely have had the experience of seeing an item that was astronomically expensive, and incredibly ugly. You probably started to doubt your own taste, because the person who made this is, apparently, a genius.
Here’s some good news – you were right, it was atrocious.
Because jewellery and fashion are a matter of taste, and sometimes high prices can give you the unfair sense that a certain piece is better or worse than another.
When choosing jewellery, try not to look at the prices which create a mental bias for all the wrong reasons. Look for what you love, and then check the prices afterwards – you may be pleasantly surprised to find that what you consider to be perfect for you, isn’t the priciest piece in the store.

Don’t overspend, or underspend.

The biggest mistake you can make is spending so much that it makes you feel negatively about what you have just purchased. But you already knew that.
The second biggest mistake you can make is to buy something that’s, “okay,” because the piece that you love is just that little bit more. When you are investing in a piece of jewellery, you will most likely spend a lot of time with it over many years. You will be forced to look at your mistake, and even defend it should be circumstance arise.
We all have a friend like that.
Choose a piece that you can be proud of, and will look forward to putting on. There is a simple test to ensure you have made the right decision. If you were to buy it now, would you be wearing it before you left the store? You are buying jewellery after all; it’s supposed to be exciting and fun, there are plenty of practical things you can buy without getting that feeling – don’t miss out on it.

Ask yourself if it matters.

The word, “quality,” means different things to different people. It also means different things in different industries and jewellery is no different. When you are shown something of a, “high-quality,” ask the person showing you what the implication of that quality is, and then ask yourself if it matters.
For example, if you are shown a bracelet that is inlaid with a precious stone, and then a similar bracelet with a larger stone, ask the jeweller if there are any other major differences between the bracelets, and what those differences mean.
Does the larger stone have more clarity? Will that mean it will catch the sunlight better?
Does the bracelet with the larger stone have a thicker band, and will that look better on your wrist?
Regardless of what the answer is, ask yourself if those advantages matter to you. You are probably not a jeweller and so may not have any interest at all as to whether a certain stone has certain properties, but maybe it is of the utmost importance to you.
Through critical analysis, finding what you want rather than what’s most expensive, and having a lot of fun, you can (hopefully) strike a balance between price and quality.

3 Steps to Finding the Perfect Ring

Finding the perfect ring for that someone special is an overwhelming prospect if you have a limited understanding of what you should be looking for. There are so many questions, and as you learn more, it only becomes more confusing.

What’s a carat?
What type of band?
Why does clarity matter?
If you’re buying a diamond, you may want to start with our diamond guide (link-http://showcasejewellers.com.au/diamond-buying-guide/) but regardless of what stone you’re considering, here are our three most important steps to finding the perfect ring.

1. Begin with the Hand

For the ring to be loved, it has to be more than just beautiful and suit the wearer; it needs to be comfortable. Pay close attention to the hand you are purchasing for and take note of its features –
– are the fingers long and slender?
– Is the hand small or large?
– Are the knuckles pronounced?
Now, you probably think that pronounced knuckles have very little to do with what type of ring will look good and feel comfortable, but you don’t want to be drawing the eye to a body part that your loved one doesn’t like. Also, remember to take into account any scars or marks that they are sensitive about because certain rings accentuate different parts of the hand. A ring will never feel comfortable when it doesn’t make the person wearing it feel good.

2. What They Love vs What They Actually Wear

One of the first things most jewellers will ask a customer when buying a ring for someone else is,
“what type of jewellery do they wear at the moment?”
While this obviously helps the jeweller understand more about a person they don’t know, the importance of the question goes much deeper.
There’s often a big difference between what someone likes and what they will actually wear.
Just because your partner says they like a certain style, or even that they would love to own “something like that” one day, doesn’t mean that when that day comes they will feel the same way. Their ideal style of ring should reflect their established taste, along with their personal aspirations. For example, if your partner has, “always wanted a large statement piece,” doesn’t mean that it’s something they will feel comfortable wearing on a day-to-day basis.

3. Consider Lifestyle

If the ring is to be a permanent fixture on your partner’s finger, then consider their day-to-day activities and habits. Do they tend to take care of their possessions? Do they work in a job that is physically demanding? Are they likely to take the ring off during certain activities, or leave it on?
These are important questions to ask because the type of band you choose may be different when durability is considered. The setting for the stone may need to be something less decorative, and the type of stones (or stones) may need to be revisited.

Once you have an understanding of the type of ring that will look good, make your partner feel good and will also be practical and fit with their lifestyle, you can start making big decisions. Good luck!

Alternative engagement rings to give to your partner

Australia is home to nearly 25 million people according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It also appears that we’re all one big, loved up bunch! There are just under 120,000 weddings each year across Australia, according to McCrindle –  that’s a lot of big questions popped!

With so many weddings and a lot of different preferences, here at Showcase, we appreciate that a diamond-adorned engagement ring isn’t always going to be everyone’s best friend. Therefore, we’ve made sure we cater for those seeking out non-traditional styles, while still offering just as much showstopping sparkle.

Ready to pop the question? Check out some of our fabulous and favourite alternative engagement rings.

1. Pearl

Coveted for centuries, pearls are timeless and classic; a jewellery fixture that truly stands the test of time. With a rich history and recognised as the ‘Queen of Gems’, a pearl engagement ring is the perfect way to showcase your love for the everlasting beauty in your life. Therefore, we’ve taken this time-honoured style and given it a subtle and modern makeover. Our understated, yet beautiful 9ct yellow gold 13.5mm mabe bezel ring places full focus on the precious pearl while exuding sophistication and elegance.

Pearls are recognised as ‘Queen of Gems’ due their timeless beauty

2. Morganite

Morganite was discovered in 1910 and can be found in various parts of the world such as South America, South Asia and Africa. Over one hundred years later, it remains just as beautiful. Subtle in colour, morganite takes on pale and pastel-like hues of peach, pink and salmon orange, due to traces of manganese within. To accentuate this petal-pink stone, we have created the glowing and gorgeous morganite cushion halo ring. Surrounded by diamonds that tail off onto the rose gold band, this ring is delicate, pretty and exudes romance, making for a divine yet alternative engagement ring.

morganite-jewellery

3. Tanzanite

Although you may be familiar with the blue gems of sapphires, there’s a rarer alternative that is equally, if not more striking. Tanzanite is a pleochroic gem, which means that it showcases different blue shades when viewed from different perspectives . With a plethora of blue hues available in each gem, the wearer will have no trouble matching it to clothing choices.

Tanzanite was only discovered in the 1960s after being unearthed in – you guessed it – Tanzania! Sparking global interest, it’s no surprise that we decided to create a sparkling tanzanite engagement ring. Fall in love with our 9ct white gold diamond and tanzanite cushion halo ring that brings together both stones for a complete match made in heaven and divine alternative engagement ring.

Whatever style you prefer, with such an extensive and exquisite range at Showcase Jewellers, you can be sure that your choice of engagement ring will be brimming with love no matter what. 

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