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.
doubt heard these terms thrown about before, but what do they really mean? Find
out with this overview.
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.
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.
graded in terms of colour from totally colourless to light yellow.
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.
viewed under 10-power magnification to be awarded a clarity grade from Flawless
to Imperfect 3.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Have you ever wanted to feel like a princess? Or do you think your
partner deserves some royal sparkle to show them just how much you value
them? We have the bling you’ve been looking for!
Showcase Jewellers are proud to announce that this April, we are launching a collection of limited edition rings. Elegant, high quality and unique, pieces such as the Sophia ring are set to not only stand out in their own right, but make their wearer sparkle like a princess herself.
Getting the royal look
If you think about the jewellery of Kate Middleton, Sarah Fergusson
and Princess Grace, they all have one thing in common: gorgeous,
While they each have their own style, rocking your own sparkler with a
royal feel to it means paying attention to the details. You see, not
every diamond is equal. On the contrary, you need to pay close attention
to the cut, carat, colour and clarity.
Every diamond’s brilliancy depends on the way it is cut. This means
the way the gem and its facets are polished directly influences how the
light is reflected and dispersed through it.
When the angles are correct, the light enters and exits through the
top facets. If, however, the stone is cut too deep or shallow, you end
up with light getting lost at the bottom or through the side –
diminishing your ring’s much loved sparkle .
The weight of a diamond is measured in carats. So, the higher the carat weight of your bling, the more rare it is.
There are more nuanced differences than simple carat though. Each carat is categorised into 100 point weights, meaning that a 75 point diamond weighs .75 carats. It’s important to note that carat-weight doesn’t necessarily determine the value of your stone though. Two rings with a one carat diamond can vary drastically in price depending on the cut, clarity and colour of the stone itself.
White diamonds are the traditional favourite gem stone – even though
they naturally come in a wide variety of colours! So what’s the
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has a rating system for
white diamonds from colourless (D) to light yellow (Z). The aim of the
game is to get a diamond that’s as close to no colour as possible.
Fortunately, the differences between grades aren’t always obvious. So
even though you know your significant other deserves the absolute best,
she won’t sparkle any less if her diamond isn’t a D grade.
The final C, clarity, refers to the amount of flaws in the diamond.
Again, you want to come as close to flawless as possible as some
blemishes can interfere with the light radiating through the stone.
So we know the royal princesses of this world have sparklers that are as rare as they come. But, just because you might not have the treasure chest of a kingdom, it doesn’t mean you can’t give your other half a rarity.
The unique touch of limited edition
When it comes to unique jewellery, limited editions are the ultimate
way to show your love. Rare, beautiful and high quality, these gems give
your princess the sparkle of a real-life royal.
Showcase’s Sophia ring, for example, is a gorgeous 18ct white gold
cluster cut at an impressive 1.00 carat total diamond weight. What makes
this particular style so stunning is that it brings together the
classic sparkle of diamonds with possibly the most royal of all other
gemstones: the sapphire.
And to make sure you have prove of the rarity of the limited edition
bling, your ring will come with a certificate stating which number in
the series it is.
Do you want to surprise your love with the most special jewellery gifts possible? Get in touch with your local Showcase Jeweller today.
Of the treasures we collect throughout our lives, from our first CD
to the concert ticket stubs from your favourite band, there are a rare
few which will accompany us through the decades, holding a place close
to our hearts.
It’s these treasures which carry a story, or a special meaning,
reminding us whenever we set eyes upon them. We may keep such pieces for
years, but their significance will remain as fresh as ever.
Jewellery, one of the most personal gifts you can receive, becomes a
part of your life when you wear it. Diamond jewellery is especially
iconic, representing purity and strength of spirit which will never
Dreaming of Dreamtime
When it comes to choosing a jewellery gift that will accompany the
wearer through the many years to come, Dreamtime Diamonds come with a
story all of their own. A distinctly Australian treasure,
Dreamtime Diamonds are sourced from a remote area in Western Australia’s
Kimberley region, from the Argyle Diamond Mine.
Diamonds were first discovered in Australia in 1851, with the
majority of Australia’s stunning gems now sourced from the Argyle mine –
operating in the heart of the Outback for over 30 years.
Each Dreamtime piece is designed to enhance the natural beauty and
brilliance of these special Australian jewels. Give your loved one a
twinkling of star like diamonds in the form of Dreamtime’s elegant, yet
modern rose gold earrings, with their delicate central cluster setting.
Filled with ancient symbolism, the boab tree, also known of as the
‘tree of life’ represents solidarity and eternity due to their
incredibly long life span. The Dreamtime diamond boab tree pendant is a beautiful illustration of this poignant symbolism, with the fine branches of the tree set with six beautiful diamonds.
The source for Dreamtime’s precious diamonds, the Argyle mine is also
known for producing stunning examples of coloured diamonds, which can
be found in the Dreamtime 9ct gold diamond ring.
Its shining, interwoven golden bands are encrusted with champagne coloured and white diamonds to create a luminous, perfectly balanced effect, sure to have a special place in the heart of the receiver.
‘Tis the season to be jolly, but nothing will make her happier than a stunning diamond on her finger and the promise to spend a lifetime together. We all know that good things come in small packages, which is why a diamond ring is the perfect gift – just imagine the look on her face as the stone shimmers and reflects the Christmas tree lights!
So, how should you pop the question over the yuletide festivities? Unleash your most charming smile and tell her, “say yule marry me?” after you’ve set in motion one of these epic proposal plans with the help of Santa’s elves (aka your friends and family!).
1. Oodles of ornaments
Place the ring inside a sparkling bauble ornament, or sneakily hang it around a candy cane or reindeer antler ornament. Hang these proposal ornaments right at the bottom of the Christmas tree, hidden away in the thickest branches so they aren’t in plain sight. Next, create clues for her to look through the tree branches until she stumbles upon the most opulent, outstanding ornament of them all – one that will soon adorn her finger!
2. Adorable advent calendar
This proposal idea is so literally and figuratively sweet that you’ll
stay on her nice list for years to come. No coal in your stockings, no
Purchase any advent calendar that she will like, such as with
pictures of pugs or flowers, but for the Christmas Eve pocket gently
open up the compartment and replace the chocolate with your ring. Softly
seal it shut so it looks unopened, using a piece of tape on the inside
flap to secure it shut. When she opens the calendar on December 24,
she’ll know Santa has already taken a trip down the chimney and gifted
her an everlasting special present!
3. De-lightful Christmas lights
String up the words ‘Say yule marry me’ in LED fairy lights or
Christmas lights along a room, or, for a more dramatic reveal, across
the exterior wall of your house. For an even more elaborate and
extravagant proposal, go door to door at the homes of your local
Christmas-lights street and ask if one of the home-owners would be
willing to add the proposal lights to their existing set-up of snowmen,
reindeer and so on. Then, take your soon to-be Mrs. Claus on an
‘innocent’ trip to see the neigbourhood’s Xmas lights. Stop in front of
that house, get down on one knee as the lights go on, and blow her
If you’re unsure which local street is getting dolled up for Xmas, check out ‘Christmas Light Search.com’ to find the one closest to you, or even road trip to the major ones in bigger capital cities!
4. A cracker of a Christmas
This idea has the benefit of being in front of your friends and
family as you share a scrumptious Xmas meal. As you go around the table
opening your crackers, she will be completely surprised when she pops
hers open to find a glittering ring instead of a joke or party trick.
Choose silver, white or gold crackers to add to the precious metal theme
– you could even match your cracker to the ring, as here at Showcase
Jewellers we have bands in all the metal tones. We also have a lovely new custom ring design service, so you can actually craft a design inspired by Christmas using snowflakes or other festive symbols.
5. She said sea shells yes
Finally, since we have a summer Christmas, take her to the beach for a classic Aussie Xmas picnic and propose by opening a sea shell with the ring inside! Simple, sweet, seasonal and summery.
In all the world, there are few individuals as graceful as classical
ballerinas. These professionals who have trained their whole lives to be
onstage embody a fluidity of movement and effortless poise that is
almost regal in nature.
They hold the audience enchanted for the duration of the show, a
visual feast of physical prowess and stunning costuming and set. Today,
we pay homage to one of the most iconic ballets of the 20th century by
George Balanchine, inspired by beautiful jewels.
A little about George Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’
Vanguard choreographer George Balanchine got the idea for a
jewel-themed ballet from the work of master jeweller Claude Arpels, as
reported by The George Balanchine Trust.
“Of course, I have always liked jewels,” Balanchine explained. “I
like the colour of gems, the beauty of stones, and it was wonderful to
see how our costume workshop… came so close to the quality of real
stones (which were of course too heavy for the dancers to wear!).”
Each of the three acts has a distinct musical sound and quality of
movement, intended to imitate the properties and personalities of three
Act I – Emeralds
The opening act is set to the music of Gabriel Faure’s Pelleas et
Melisande, a grand, yet sophisticated score which Balanchine thought
evoked the elegance and aesthetic of France.
The dancers are dressed in Romantic style tutus, their movements fluid and refined. You yourself can take the lead from the opulence and regality of this first act with the Karen Walker emerald and citrine owl ring. To find out more about emeralds, you can read our blog post here.
Act II – Rubies
The spritely second act speaks of the mischievous glamour of dazzling
rubies. Dancers dart across the stage in fairy light steps,
demonstrating agility and an almost feline litheness.
Set to the somewhat jarring, avant garde music of Igor Stravinksy, Rubies encapsulates a joie de vivre that you can echo with our dazzling ruby and diamond ring. The dancers are dressed in more modern attire to clearly denote the act as having a different personality from emeralds. Read up more on this bewitching gem in our blog series here.
Act III- Diamonds
The third and final act is a celebration of splendour, a glittering
last show of skill with a touch of flamboyance. The dancers take to the
stage in glistening white tutus with a cool confidence befitting this
queen of jewels, whose brilliance never fails to impress.
Diamond jewellery is all at once the ultimate signature of sophisticated style, as well as offering a flash of intrigue as it catches the light. Why not try following in the elegant footsteps of Balanchine’s ballerinas with this timeless diamond pendant from Dreamtime?
In addition, much like diamond jewellery, Balanchine’s ‘Diamonds’ act
is timeless – the traditional ballet tutu is paired with a choreography
that echoes the grand tradition of several other balletic masterpieces.
However, watch closely, and you’ll still see much of the flair that
denotes Balanchine’s modern style.
Matched with a score by Peter Tchaikovsky, this act is the crowning jewel of the show, blending triumph, romanticism and effortless style, much like the gem in real life. You can learn more about Dreamtime diamonds here, or click here to find your own musical diamond muse!
If you’ve set your heart on proposing to your beloved, then congratulations! It’s going to be an exciting time ahead. First things first, you’ll need to pick the perfect ring, so be sure to check out our infographic for a step by step guide.
Before you get too carried away dreaming up how you’re going to pop the question, however, you’ll need to figure out how to keep things under wraps so your other half doesn’t cotton on to your plans.
Hiding the ring until the right moment
Whether you’re planning a romantic proposal on a specific date, or you’re waiting until the right moment to drop on one knee, you’ll need to keep the ring hidden. The stakes are high, as your proposal plans could be dashed should your partner stumble upon the engagement ring early, so think hard about where you’re going to stash it.
Here are some of our favourite spots:
In the medicine cabinet, in one of your empty vitamin or supplement bottles
In a pair of your socks – just remember which ones!
In your sports bag – with your golf clubs, running shoes, gym gear, you name it
At a family member or friend’s house
Travelling with your engagement ring
Planning on popping the question overseas? It’s a good idea to keep
the ring on you at all times, not just for security, but also secrecy.
One of the easiest places to keep your ring is in your wallet,
preferably in a zipped compartment where it is unlikely to fall out.
One fantastic creation by designer Andrew Zo is the Clifton case; a slim ring compartment that will slide invisibly into your wallet or briefcase. No bulky box to give the game away with this beauty!
If, in spite of all your best efforts, your loved one stumbles upon
their diamond ring ahead of time, they may not even mention it to you
straight away. In fact, you may be a few years happily married down the
line before they bring it up.
In the worst case scenario and they find it with you there – maybe the cookie jar wasn’t the best idea – then sometimes all you can do is just go for it and propose on the spot. If you two are right for each other, it won’t matter whether the moment is grand or informal, all that’s important is the answer that comes next.
When it comes to choosing an engagement ring, it’s likely you’ll find yourself being bombarded with a whole new vocabulary of words you’ve never encountered before. Not only do you have to work your way around carats, but also a diamond’s cut and clarity.
But what does it all mean? Well you’re in luck, for it’s time for another handy jewellery guide with the Showcase Jewellers ABCs.
C is for… carat
Apart from sounding uncannily close to the vegetable, carat is the term used to identify a diamond’s mass. The word carat is thought to be derived from the carob, which was a small hard seed once used as a counter balance on the scales when weighing gems.
Although you’ll hear the same terminology being used to describe gold, in the case of the precious metal, a carat refers to the fineness or purity of the material, rather than the weight.
The metric carat has been used as a form of measurement for gems since the early 1900s, where one carat is the equivalent of 200 milligrams. A the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) explains, from here, each carat is then divided into 100 points, allowing for more precise measurement of the diamond. Therefore, 0.5 carats could also be classified as being 50 points.
“All else being equal, diamond price increases with diamond carat weight, because larger diamonds are more rare and more desirable,” explains the GIA, going on to note that carat weight isn’t the only deciding factor on the value of the diamond.
C is for… cut
This one is fairly easy to wrap your mind around, simply describing the way the diamond has been cut. Like many gems, diamonds require skilled craftsmanship to mould them into a shape that will showcase its inner brilliance.
Different cuts allow the light to bend and reflect in the diamond in a way that gives it its special sparkle. In terms of shape, you have anything from a square princess cut, to a classic round cut as demonstrated in the stunning Canadian Fire engagement ring.
However, as the GIA explains, the shape of a diamond doesn’t dictate the quality of the cut, which is determined by the way the light interacts with the gem.
C is for… clarity
In order to understand clarity, you first have to know the terms “inclusion,” and “blemishes”. Inclusions refer to any internal irregularities or markings in a diamond, whilst blemishes refer to external marks.
Flawless, rather than being a Beyonce song, is also used to define a diamond with no inclusions visible at 10 times magnification. Diamonds rank from ‘flawless’ to ‘slightly included’, or simply ‘included’ at the opposite end of the scale.
While there will never be a perfectly pure gem, the American Gem Society notes that the further up the clarity scale a diamond is, the more rare and valuable it becomes.
C is for… colour
Last but not least, and the final of the four ‘Cs’, is colour. This is used again, as a determiner of the value of the diamond, with the clearer the diamond, the more valuable. The scale ranges from colourless, to ‘light’, where the colour of the diamond becomes more off-white, says GIA.
While you’re most likely to see engagement rings with a classic white, or diamond, you can also get diamonds in other hues, also called ‘fancy diamonds’. For example, you can add a unique touch to an engagement ring with a yellow or pink diamonds, such as those found on the rose and white gold diamond ring.
Asking someone to marry you is one of the biggest decisions – and questions – you’ll ever make, so taking the time to ensure that your proposal goes down with aplomb and is memorable is hopefully a life long investment.
While asking over a cosy dinner for two or on an exotic getaway is becoming commonplace, get creative with these proposal ideas to really ensure this once-in-a-lifetime event is truly remarkable.
Rent a billboard
If you’re going to ask someone to marry you, why not let the whole town know too? Renting a billboard is an excellent alternative to standard proposal formats, and is surely likely to be remembered by your loved one as well as everyone else who sees it.
Contact your local council or other relevant authority to investigate how to make this proposal dream become a reality, and consult a graphic designer to create a unique font to emblazon the all-important question in a stylish way.
For a thoroughly modern proposal, use the internet as both the source of inspiration and platform for your proposal.
If you and your partner are always in fits of giggles, consider making a meme to propose in a sweet but humorous way.
Another option could be organising a flash mob to totally take your fiance to-be by surprise. Add to the excitement and drama by adopting a theme relevant to both of you, and pop the question when they least expect it – with the help of hired actors who are all in on the plan to make your proposal go as smoothly as possible.
Spell it out
Those important words don’t just have to be spoken. Consider writing them in the sky with an aeroplane, decorating balloons with each letter or even carving onto a pumpkin for a spooky proposal if you so wish, there are many ways to communicate ‘will you marry me?’
However you decide to propose to your partner, be sure to dazzle them with jewellery – a sparkling diamond ring is the perfect way to complete your proposal plans!