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5 Ways to Celebrate Mum this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a special opportunity to show Mum that little bit of extra appreciation for all she’s done and will do for you. Here are five ways to make Mum’s special day just a little more memorable this year:

1. Treat her to her favourite food

Some say food is the language of love, and we agree! This tip is beautifully versatile – take Mum out to her favourite café or restaurant and treat her to a meal for breakky, lunch or dinner (don’t forget dessert!); or create a home-cooked meal that’s a labour of love while Mum kicks back with her beverage of choice.

2. Gift her something personal

Whether it’s a handmade card or something tailored to her unique style, something personal is what almost every mother wants most on Mother’s Day. To really step outside of the box with your gift-giving, step into your nearest Showcase Jewellers store and ask about their engraving services to add a personal touch to any jewellery piece; or ask to see their range of gemstone pieces for Mum’s birth month.

3. Plan a fun activity into the day

Planning a special activity is a surefire way to not only treat Mum to something fun and different, but also spend time with her. Paint and Sip classes are taking off in popularity, which involve bringing your favourite drinks and snacks to a painting class, and bringing your masterpiece home with you afterward. If she’s not a fan of painting or wine, try a scavenger hunt, virtual cooking class or at-home spa day.

4. Have a night out

Tickets to a live comedy, theatre, movie or music show are the perfect way to not only have a unique gift ready on Mother’s Day, but also continue the celebration beyond the day. Just make sure to snap up enough tickets for the whole family, because the best memories are made together!

5. Have a night in

Sometimes the comforts of home and good company are better than anything else. Plan a night in with a cosy makeshift home cinema setup, popcorn and a movie the whole family can enjoy to really soak up the quality time with Mum this Mother’s Day.

Leave a comment below and tell us how you plan to make this Mother’s Day special.

5 Tips to Make This Valentine’s Day Special

Whether you’re wanting to celebrate your new relationship or treat your long-term partner to a special day, choosing from (or all of) these 5 handy tips can help make this Valentine’s Day one to remember:

Tip #1 – Write a note

Whether it’s a sticky note, handwritten letter or a text, leaving your partner an affectionate note to start off their Valentine’s Day is a thoughtful way to show your affection. Can’t think of something sweet to say? Keep it simple – an “I love you” goes a long way on Love Day.

Tip #2 – Hide their favourite snacks

Hide your partner’s favourite sweet or savoury treats for a lovely surprise throughout their day. Be sure to pick common places they’re likely to come across them, e.g. in their favourite coffee mug, beside their car keys or in their bag/wallet.

Tip #3 – Cook together

Skip the busy restaurant crowds and indulge in an intimate night in. Cooking together is a great opportunity to make the most of each other’s company this Valentine’s Day, not to mention tailoring your meals to your tastes down to the tiniest details.

Tip #4 – Gift something special (for her)

If you haven’t found a thoughtful gift for your special someone yet – don’t panic. Your local Showcase Jewellers store has a wide range of classic and unique jewellery pieces and gifts for her to suit any tastes.

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When in doubt, go for something you could see ‘fitting’ across her day-to-night wardrobe.

Tip #5 – Gift something special (for him)

When you’re not sure where to start when it comes to gifting something he’ll truly appreciate, head to your local Showcase Jewellers store to view their range of men’s jewellery, watches and accessories.

Choose a striking ring, stylish cufflinks or a timeless watch to surprise him with this Valentine’s Day.

Christmas Gift Guide: Jewellery and Accessories

Find the perfect gift for each and every special person in your life at your local Showcase Jewellers store.

Gifting can be tricky at Christmas. With so many loved ones to buy for, it can be all too easy to be lost for what to buy who – and more importantly – where to buy it.

Each Showcase Jewellers store is independently owned and operated, which means you can find a wide array of different gifting solutions across different Showcase Stores near you.

Here are our picks for the best gifts for everyone you have to buy for this Christmas:

For Your Significant Other

For Her: A Mixed Metal Ring

Mixed metal rings combine the aesthetic qualities of different metals, creating a stunningly different piece for day-to-night wear. Choose a rose and yellow gold ring for a classic warm-toned look, or reach for white and rose gold to make a statement.

The experienced staff at your nearest Showcase Jewellers store are always happy to walk you through their range of mixed metal pieces, ensuring that you and your partner are delighted by the end result of a uniquely beautiful piece.

For Him: A Tungsten Ring

Tungsten is a sleek, sturdy metal with no small degree of character, which makes it the perfect material for a stunning men’s ring. Choose from a range of Tungsten rings for a unique touch at your local Showcase Jewellers store this Christmas.

For Mum

Gold Bangle

Bangles are a must-have accessory for any occasion, and the versatility of patterns and colours makes them a lovely gift for Mum this Christmas. While yellow gold bangles are the classic choice, you can also reach for rose or white gold to suit Mum’s personal style.

For Dad

Analogue Wristwatch

Timelessly stylish, an analogue watch is the perfect day-to-night accessory for Dad this Christmas. A wide choice of different watch faces and band combinations make this gift choice wonderfully personal.

For Your Work Friends

Stud Earrings

Stud earrings are a crowd-pleaser you can’t go wrong with, from classic sterling silver bead studs to gemstone studs, there’s something to perfectly fit the ‘just a little something’ gift mark at work this Christmas at your local Showcase Jeweller.

Your Guide to Choosing the Perfect Pearl

Whether they’re natural or cultured, pearls are a beautifully versatile and timeless gem with a wealth of beauty to offer a wide range of jewellery settings. It can be easy to get lost on where to begin when it comes to finding the perfect pearls for gifting or yourself.

Here are our top five factors to consider when choosing the perfect pearl:

1. Lustre & Orient

A pearl’s ability to reflect and refract light is known as ‘lustre.’

Lustre creates an underlying play of colours within the pearl known as ‘orient’, which gives a pearl its unique inner glow.

The higher the lustre and orient, the finer the pearl is considered. The best way to judge the lustre and the orient of a pearl is to assess how bright the “reflections” are from the surface of the pearl, then review how the strong the “rainbow colours” surrounding the reflection appear. If both of these boxes are passed with flying colours, you can consider your pearl a keeper in this department!

2. Colour

There are two factors to consider when assessing the colour of a pearl: body colour and overtone.

The body colour of a pearl can be considered white, yellow or black. The overtone of a pearl refers to the slight tint that may be present in the depth of this base colour.

As a general rule, very white pearls with a rose-coloured tint are the rarest and most expensive. The creamier the colour becomes, the less valuable the pearl.

Cultured pearls are available in many colours that would be incredibly rare or impossible to find, including: gray, black, pink, blue and gold.

3. Size

As with most precious gems, larger pearls are generally more valuable than their smaller counterparts. The typically small size of an average oyster influences the difficulty of cultivating large pearls, while natural pearls of considerable size are even more rare.

Size isn’t everything, though – a slightly larger pearl with poor lustre and orient may be more valuable than its smaller counterpart; and two pearls of the same size may be valued differently under the same considerations.

4. Blemishes

Blemishes and imperfections on the surface of a pearl are another thing to consider when choosing your perfect pearl.

The cleaner the surface of a pearl, the better – small blisters, spots and cracks can all diminish a pearl’s value and cost point.

5. Shape

In general, more symmetrical pearls have a higher value than misshapen pearls.

While perfectly round pearls are extremely rare, nicely proportioned round, oval and tear-shaped pearl are all highly valued. Irregularly shaped pearls like Baroque pearls have a lower price point but hold value for the unique look their shape can lend to jewellery pieces.

Choosing the right pearl piece can seem daunting, but with this helpful guide and the expert advice of your nearest Showcase Jeweller, you’ll find the perfect gift in no time.

Find your nearest Showcase Jewellers store with our store locator today.

The Difference Between Natural, Cultured and Synthetic Pearls

Pearls have been treasured as one of the most beloved gems amongst many circles of people for generations, with Grace Kelly famously saying “pearls are the gem of queens and the queen of gems.”

Despite their popularity, confusion over the distinction between natural, cultured and synthetic pearls is an enduring factor for anyone looking to start or expand their collection of pearl pieces.

Let’s have a look at the key features that define each type of pearl.

Natural Pearls

As their name suggests, natural pearls are formed naturally and without human intervention prior to the moment of their harvest. A natural pearl is formed within a mollusc (oyster, clam, mussel or scallop) when an external irritant makes its way inside the shell. When the mollusc is unable to expel the irritant, it coats it in a layer of nacre – the same iridescent substance that coats the inner lining of the shell – and then repeats this process until a stunning, lustrous pearl is formed.

Natural pearls are exceedingly rare, informing their higher price point comparative to cultured pearls.

Cultured Pearls

Cultured pearls are formed the same way natural pearls are, but with human intervention throughout the entire process. Pearl cultivators manually introduce an irritant inside the shell of a mollusc, aiding the uniform growth of the pearl from beginning to end.

As a result of this careful process, cultured pearls have all the depth of lustre that natural pearls do, yet are often more consistent in shape and size. These qualities and a lower price point make cultured pearls highly suited for pearl strands and other jewellery pieces that require consistency of size and shape.

Synthetic Pearls

As their name would suggest, synthetic pearls are not genuine pearls. These manmade alternatives to the real thing are usually glass or plastic beads coated in a pearly finish. Due to the overall difference in size, weight and depth of lustre, synthetic pearls are relatively easy to distinguish from real pearls, and are typically used for children’s jewellery and decorative purposes.

Find out more from an expert jeweller at your nearest Showcase Jewellers store through our store locator.

How to Care for Your Jewellery

Learn how to keep your jewellery and watches looking like brand new with this blog.

Investing in stunning watches and gorgeous jewellery helps to add glamour and shine to your everyday look, but there is a certain level of care that goes into ensuring these pieces remain as precious as the day you purchased them.

Different metals, gems and pearls require slightly different methods of cleaning, but these are a few of the most important elements to keep your prized possessions safe and in top condition:

  • Always follow any care instructions included with the item.
  • Never expose your jewellery to strong chemicals, such as household cleaners.
  • Use soft brushes when removing dirt patches from diamonds – using anything tougher may damage the gem.
Keep your diamond pieces as sparkling as these gorgeous rings from Passion8 Diamonds.
  • Clean pearls individually using a light, damp cloth dipped in a solution made up of two cups of warm water and a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid.
  • Although cleaning at home is a good option, it is important to have your pieces professionally cleaned at least once a year to bring them back to their original state. Your local Showcase Jeweller can assist in you in keeping your jewellery looking as good as new.
  • When storing jewellery, hang your items neatly and keep them separate from one another. Tangled necklaces are not only a pain to separate but can also break easily, especially if fine.
Prevent necklaces from getting tangled by carefully hanging them up.
  • Partner your jewellery with the right activity. For day-to-day wear, avoid large rings that may get caught or damaged. Save your statement pieces for events and dinners.
  • The National Association of Goldsmiths suggests that you service your watches every year or two to ensure there are no issues. Waiting until something breaks can result in more costly or time-consuming repairs.
  • Apply make up, perfumes and lotions prior to putting on jewellery. The oils and liquids in these items can have a tarnishing effect on your accessories.

If you follow these steps, you should find your jewellery remains bright, intact and stunning for years to come.

Buying Diamonds: The 4 C’s

Considering buying diamonds for yourself or a loved one? This blog will teach you the 4 C's of diamonds.

When it comes to buying the perfect diamond jewellery for a loved one or yourself, whether it be a ring, necklace or earrings, you’ll no doubt want to do a bit of research to ensure you’re purchasing a piece that will stand the test of time. Enter the four Cs of buying diamonds: Cut, clarity, colour and carat.

You’ve no doubt heard these terms thrown about before, but what do they really mean? Find out with this overview.

Cut

A diamond’s cut largely determines its brilliance – the brightness that exudes from the heart of the diamond. The cut includes its angles and finish, all of which contribute to the stone’s ability to handle light.

The cut has less to do with the shape of the diamond, and more to do with its proportions. A correctly cut stone is one with angles corrected so that light enters and is dispersed properly through the top facets of the stone. A diamond with a cut too shallow or deep will allow light to escape through the bottom of the diamond, meaning some of its brilliance is lost.

Stack of diamond engagement rings from Passsion8 Diamonds.
Gorgeous engagement rings by Passion8 Diamonds

Colour

Diamonds come in a huge range of colours, but it is the colourless stones that are the most desirable. This is because they allow the most light refraction, giving the stone its sparkle. Off-white diamonds are less popular as they absorb light.

Diamonds are graded in terms of colour from totally colourless to light yellow.

Clarity

The number and location of flaws on a diamond determines its clarity. Those with few flaws are more brilliant and therefore fetch a higher price.

Diamond ring
Stunning diamond ring

Diamonds are viewed under 10-power magnification to be awarded a clarity grade from Flawless to Imperfect 3.

Carat

Diamonds are measured in carats, a unit of weight. As heavier, larger diamonds are much rarer than small ones, the price of these more prized jewels rises exponentially to match its size.

A Glossary of Jewellery Terms

Like any industry, jewellery is packed with jargon and terms that may as well be in another language for most people. Unlike rocket science or evolutionary biology, many will be really interested in knowing what these terms mean!

Here’s a quick list of the essentials you might come across next time you’re shopping for a stunning pair of earrings or a brand new ring!

Blemish: Like a pesky spot, a blemish is a mark or irregularity on a gem or pearl. In some cases it will give the item an interesting quirk, in others it will be seen as a flaw.

Brilliant: A type of gemstone cut, this is the most common type of diamond cut on the market with a stunning 58 faces.

Carat: One of the Cs of diamond quality, this is a measurement of the weight of a gem stone. One carat is 200 mg, or one-fifth of a gram.

Diamonds of various shapes and carats
Diamonds are available in various shapes and carats.

Carat: Confusingly, a carat is also the term used to measure the purity of gold. In American English, this is called a karat to avoid confusion.

Clean: The word used to describe a flawless gemstone.

Facet: A face, or flat surface, found on a cut stone or glass.

Lapidary: The job title of someone who cuts and polishes stones for a living.

Lustre: Refers to how reflective the surface of a gem or mineral is.

This Malaya Garnet and Diamond ring has plenty of lustre.
Malaya Garnet and Diamond Ring

Mohs scale: How to tell how hard your gem is on a scale from 1 to 10. This will give you an idea of the scratch resistance of an item.

Paved/Pavé: When a series of stones is set close together without any space separating them.

Rough: When a stone, such as a diamond or emerald, is in its uncut form. Some jewellery trends leave gems rough to show their natural beauty.

Solitaire: A type of setting in which a gemstone is mounted by itself.

The Rise of Rose Gold

This blog is all about one of the most popular metals - rose gold!

Rose gold, the pretty mixture of yellow gold and copper, creates an interesting alloy that makes for beautiful jewellery. Increasingly available in a range of styles, this unique formation is proving to be a popular purchase for jewellery shoppers.

The standard mixture to create this luxurious metal is usually comprised of 75 per cent yellow gold blended with 25 per cent copper. However, the more copper used the redder the tint will be in the finished metal, while those seeking a more pink glow should look for less copper used in the mixture.

While a fantastic and unique metal, the mixture that is required to make the alloy means that rose gold in its pure state doesn’t exist, unlike gold or other metals.

Dreamtime Diamond rings crafted from rose gold.
Stunning rose gold rings by Dreamtime Diamonds.

The term rose gold actually refers to three mixtures: red gold, rose gold and pink gold. All three usually are 18 karats, meaning that whatever your preference for the shade, you will be getting high-quality jewellery that can last a lifetime.

Another benefit of this special metal is that rose gold and its related hues normally suit all skin tones, so it’s the perfect present for any loved one. As well as this, the mixture of metals that make rose gold mean it could be the ideal gift for those that like all the metals, or to give to someone whose jewellery preferences you are unsure of.

These gorgeous hoops crafted from rose gold, silver and gold showcase the versatility of rose gold.
These gorgeous hoops crafted from rose gold, silver and gold showcase the versatility of rose gold.

Rose gold continues to adorn the ears, necks, fingers and wrists of people all over the world as its trend-setting status is increasingly secured. Watchmakers are also using this delightful metal to add modern panache to age-old timepiece making traditions, creating fashionable rose gold watches.

However you decide to wear rose gold, what’s for certain is that you will be on trend and look amazing!

How to Care For Diamond Jewellery

Blog about how to care for diamond jewellery

Buying diamond jewellery is something of an important undertaking, as a lot of time, care and attention goes into choosing that perfect piece. Perhaps it was the brilliant sparkle or enigmatic shine that attracted you to a certain ring or necklace – either way, you’ll want your jewellery to look as fabulous as the day you bought it! As with clothes, watches and other items that we wear everyday, jewellery collects dirt and grime through ordinary activities like cooking, cleaning and exercising. Learning how to keep your diamonds in tip-top condition is a simple process and, by following this guide, you’ll ensure that your jewels stay shining brightly for years to come.

Clean Machine

Keeping your ring, necklace or pendant clean is an integral part in ensuring that it’ll keep that effervescent gleam that so attracted it to you in the first place. Keeping your jewellery cleaned at home is a simple, quick task that you can do, in between coming into one of our specialist stores to have it professionally maintained.

Stunning Passion8 Diamond Ring
Image: Passion8 Diamond Ring

Purchase a soft toothbrush to be used solely for this purpose, and prepare a bowl of warm water mixed with a reputable liquid detergent. Bubbles are good! Proceed to brush the diamonds carefully, removing any build-up of dirt and grime you can see, attempting to get under the stones and any other hard-to-reach places. After you’ve finished brushing, rinse your jewellery under running water. Use a strainer or colander to ensure that your ring doesn’t get washed away, but ensure the plug is in anyway, for extra reassurance. Whilst rinsing, continue to brush – this should help to remove any excess grime and soap remaining on your jewels, before drying with a lint-free cloth. Try and carry out this process at least once a month.

Save Them From Themselves

Storing your diamonds in a suitable location is just as important as giving them a regular clean. Diamonds are renowned as the hardest materials on Earth, but that doesn’t mean that they are indestructible. In fact, they can be surprisingly brittle – they are formed in layers, and those layers can peel away if met with enough pressure. Like two tough men at loggerheads, a diamond can scratch another diamond if chucked nonchalantly together. It’s good practice to store your jewellery in a specialist box, with compartments for each separate stone, protecting them from each other. Most gemstones are harder than the metal that they are set in and so can ruin the fine finish of your precious band or watch strap, so by treating them carefully and you should encounter no real problems.

Wearing a fine jewellery item is not advised when doing activities where it is likely to come into contact with dirt or come to harm, so store it away safely when hitting the gym or taking to the rugby field. It’s also important to remember that everyday chemicals, such as chlorine, can have a drastically detrimental effect on your diamonds, so remove them if you’re heading to the spa or going for a few lengths in the swimming pool.

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

By following this simple advice, you can be safe in the knowledge that you are doing everything possible to maintain your diamonds and keeping them looking their brilliant best. However, the finest way to keep your diamonds nice and sparkling clear is to have them professionally maintained at your local Showcase Jewellers, who will give your precious stones the care and attention that they deserve, giving an sparkle so impressive you’ll think they’ve never been worn before. By treating your jewellery to regular inspections at Showcase Jewellers at least once a year, you can ensure that you won’t be subjected to unnecessary repairs over the lifetime of your piece. Additionally, we’ll check that your diamond is still securely set in its mount and set to sparkle for years to come.

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