Category: General Jewellery & Wearable Accessories (Page 1 of 7)

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.

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!

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.

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

Wearing jewellery in winter: How to stay warm and still sparkle

Winter layers are cosy and warm, but jewellery tends to get drowned out by all the scarves, jumpers and jackets.

At Showcase Jewellers, we think everybody should sparkle all year round, so we have put together our best tips for styling winter jewellery that will let you shine and stay warm at the same time.

Studs won’t blow around in the wind, or get caught in your winter coats or scarves.

1. Earrings

Winter is often accompanied by chilly wind, which is the enemy of long, dangly earrings. You’re better off with studs that won’t blow around in the wind, or get caught in your winter coats or scarves. This doesn’t mean you can’t dazzle though – studs like these white gold diamond studs or these rose gold diamond and morganite studs still have plenty of bling and are sure to get noticed. 

2. Necklaces

Small, delicate chains can get lost beneath winter layers. In cold weather, it’s better to opt  for large, chunky necklaces that you can layer over your cosy knits. Bright necklaces work well too, as they can bring some colour to your outfit

Matching a string of pearls with wintry fabrics such as velvet is another great option that brings together warmth and style. 

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Stud earrings are your best bet in winter.

3. Rings

Unless you prefer wearing gloves, rings are some of the best ways to add sparkle to your outfits in winter, as they aren’t covered up or at risk of getting caught. Winter is a great chance to go for big and bold rings. To really make a statement, you could slip on a limited edition Sophia ring – the sapphire and diamonds are the perfect icy colour palette for winter. 

4. Bracelets

Long sleeves cover up bracelets and can get caught on jewels or other details. The best option for winter bracelets are simple bangles that won’t snag on your clothing. Minimalist options like this yellow gold bangle are sleek and streamlined, adding a glimmer of gold or silver to your wrists. 

Layering is a key concept to keeping warm in winter, but it can also apply to your bracelets. Layer them up over your shirt sleeves, and layer the styles as well, mixing chunky links with slim bangles for a playful effect. 

5. Watches

Watches are fabulous in any season, as they are both practical and gorgeous, but in winter they can become your main accessory. Large watches suit winter outfits and are bold enough not to be overshadowed by layers of clothing. 

Visit us in one of our stores to shop for winter jewellery that us guaranteed to brighten up the cold, dark months! 

May’s birthstone: How to style emerald jewellery

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Legend has it that an emerald placed under your tongue will allow you to see the future.

We don’t know about that, but we do know that emerald jewellery will make you look dazzling. Emeralds have captivated eyes and imaginations for centuries with their deep green sparkle, and they are still one of the most popular gemstones you can buy. 

One of the reasons emeralds are so popular is because they are among the rarest gemstones on the planet. The vivid tones are said to represent love and rebirth, as green is a colour typically associated with spring. Emeralds are also the birthstone for May, said to give their wearers youth and good fortune!

Once you get your hands on emerald jewellery, you want to do the stone justice by wearing it well. In honour of May’s birthstone, here are our best tips for styling the glittering green gem

Emeralds are such a brilliant colour that you have to be careful about what shades you pair them with.

Colour coordinating

Emeralds are such a brilliant colour that you have to be careful about the shades you pair them with. When choosing your outfit, keep it simple: loud wardrobe pieces can compete with your jewellery, distracting the eye and overwhelming your finished look. 

The best colours for your outfit are neutrals. Black is ideal as it makes a great backdrop for emeralds, allowing their colour and depth to stand out. 

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Emeralds are captivating and mysterious, so they have been sought after for centuries.

Accessories

Emeralds can be bold and make a strong statement. Because of this, you may need to balance them other, simpler pieces of jewellery. For example, if you are wearing this spectacular yellow gold emerald and diamond band on your finger, you may want to even out your look with these demure yellow gold ball stud earrings.

When choosing other jewellery to go with your emeralds, bear in mind that the green gems work best on their own. Wearing other gemstones can make the different colours compete for attention. Diamonds are an exception, so simple diamond accessories work perfectly with emerald jewellery.

While emeralds with emeralds can look gorgeous, you should take the size of the pieces into account. If you are wearing a large necklace at the same time as heavy earrings, you run the risk of looking overdone. If you want to wear a set, make sure that each piece is smaller and more demure. 

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Emerald rings can be bold and daring, so to let them stand out keep your clothes, hair and makeup simple.

Hair and makeup 

Keep your hair and makeup elegant and simple. Emeralds are classic, so they look best with sophisticated styling. Neutral makeup and an understated hair style will allow your jewellery to be the focal point of your look. People won’t be able to tear their eyes away – prepare to be showered with compliments! 

Wearing emeralds

Emeralds are special stones and as such should be treated with special care. They are brittle stones, which means that although they are not easily scratched, they can chip or crack if knocked. Bumps and smudges can damage your precious emeralds, so try to protect your stones from as much contact as possible. 

When putting together an outfit involving emeralds, you should always put your jewellery on last, after your makeup, hair and clothes. For emerald rings, it’s best to avoid wearing them on your dominant hand, as this can help you keep them safe from accidental bumps. 

To add some emerald sparkle to your wardrobe, drop by one of our stores or browse our collections online. 

Show your mum some love this Mother’s Day

Being a mum is one of the toughest gigs. From the very moment they bring life into this world, mothers are on duty non-stop. Luckily, there is one day a year dedicated to recognise all their efforts: Mother’s Day. 

Our advice? Show your mum how much you value her with a stunning piece of jewellery. 

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Give your mother a gift she will cherish this Mother’s Day.

Why jewellery?

While you hopefully show your mum (or the mother to your children) that you appreciate her throughout the year, Mother’s Day has that extra special touch. Back rubs, dinners and helping with the house work are all great, but nothing says I love you quite as much as a gorgeous piece of jewellery. 

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What will she like?

When it comes to choosing a piece of jewellery your mother will adore, take note of her style before you buy. Look at her earrings, rings and necklaces and see if there is a trend in the type of pieces she likes. Figure out whether she has a lot of gold or silver too, as you’ll want to choose something that fits her skin tone. 

Or, how about picking something to match one of her favourite outfits or colours? If she wears a lot of navy, black and grey, your options are essentially limitless – any kind of gemstone will work. From a statement pearl ring right through to sparkling emerald studs, anything goes. 

When her wardrobe is filled with a lot of colour, we suggest either picking jewellery that is very versatile, like a yellow gold bangle or white gold pendant

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The Rosa is a limited edition ring for a woman who likes to show personality.

Give the gift of limited edition

One way to give your mother a gift she will cherish for years to come is to give her something truly unique. Let us introduce you to limited edition rings. 

Since only a certain number of pieces are made in the collection, this particular gift takes things to the next level. At Showcase Jewellers, we have two styles of limited edition rings as of April 2017, called Sophia and Rosa. 

The Sophia is a stunning white gold, sapphire and Australian diamond ring. It’s an elegant and timeless statement for the mum with a classic style. The Rosa, on the other hand, is a combination of rose and white gold with white and natural diamond stone embellishment. It’s a more modern piece, ideal for a woman who loves to wear bling that shows her personality. 

For more information about our limited edition rings, or any of our jewellery, feel free to reach out to us

How to wear Aquamarine – March’s gemstone

It isn’t just a pretty colour, the stunning shade of blue aquamarine gemstones flatter almost every complexion. The stone’s popularity isn’t new either – it dates back to the Greeks, whose sailors wore aquamarine amulets to protect them from Poseidon’s anger.  

However, just because the gem has been around and admired for a while, it doesn’t mean you can’t add some sparkle to your outfit in a refreshing new way. Let’s dive into some ideas of how best to wear the March gemstone!

The laws of colour

Before we go into detail, it’s important to talk about the general rules of colour coordination. Red, yellow and blue are the three primary colours you always want to consider when making your choice, with green, purple and orange the dominant secondary colours. 

You always want to make sure you match primary with secondary pieces to make your ensemble stand out in the best way. So what do you wear with aquamarine jewellery? Do like Mindy Kaling at the Met Gala! 

Donning a gorgeous white gown, Mindy added some aquamarine sparkle with gorgeous dangly earrings and a statement ring.  Whites and neutrals are always lovely combined with the cool blue glitz of aquamarine. 

Even if you’re not heading to the Met Gala anytime soon, you can glam up your next romantic evening rendezvous with some elegant but stunning stud earrings and maybe a delicate belcher bracelet to balance your bling.

Strengthen your March outfit game 

Taking your styling skills to the next level doesn’t have to be restricted to impressing your partner on a night out. That aquamarine-coloured shift dress you’ve had in your closet forever? You can rock that with an elegant pairing of drop pearl earrings and a matching pearl ring

Part of the beauty of the colour aquamarine is that you can mix and match it with both gold and silver jewellery – show some of your personal style! Have fun with your outfits this March with the unique brilliance of aquamarine. 

Want more inspiration of the type of sparkle you could add to your wardrobe? Check out our Showcase Jeweller collection here or come visit us at our stores.

Capturing your holiday in the perfect gift

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As the end of the year draws closer, things begin to wind down and we start dreaming about our upcoming holidays. Not only do you get to take a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but you also get a chance to steal a few precious days with the one you love.

However, once you return home, it is wonderful to have a token to remember those glorious days away. But rather than a souvenir key ring or postcard, how about you mark the occasion with something extra special – thoughtfully chosen jewellery.

Here’s a sprinkling of holiday inspiration to help you choose an appropriate piece to match your destination.

If you are heading to the… beach 

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There’s nothing quite like the classic beach holiday. Think lazy days basking in the sun, with the smell of sea salt and the sand between your toes. Time seems to slow down, and you find time to sit back and really enjoy your day.

According to research done by Budget Direct, as Aussies, our most favourite international travel destinations include close neighbour New Zealand. Only a short flight away, you can enjoy one of the country’s most wonderful, naturally abundant beachy areas at Tawharanui National Park, just over an hour’s drive from Auckland.

To immortalise this wonderful moment, either home or across the ditch, let your jewellery reflect the golden sands and the sparkle of the sun on the ocean with this Dreamtime yellow gold and diamond pendant – the perfect embodiment of the warmth of summer.

If you are spending long afternoons in the… park 

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So the beach isn’t your thing, that’s alright. There is another perfectly viable option for whiling away the summer days, and that’s by staking your claim on a patch of green in a picturesque park.

There is something so soothing about being surrounded by the lush greenery of the manicured lawn, with the leaves on the trees dappling the sunlight. Pack a picnic and lunch in the shade of the trees, with a good book to page through before you snuggle up on the blanket.

In terms of the perfect park, there are plenty to choose from, such as Sydney’s Hyde or Kings Park, or Melbourne’s stunning Botanical Gardens in St Kilda with their abundance of fragrant roses.

A quaint gift to remember your luxurious afternoons in the park is the dainty 9ct yellow gold bracelet with enamel ladybird charms. Also available with a gold heart charm, this makes for a beautiful addition to any jewellery collection.

If you’re planning a holiday in the… snow

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For those who love the slopes, the summer holidays in the Southern Hemisphere mean peak snow season up north. As the days begin to heat up here, you can escape to a winter wonderland where the air is crisp and the powder is fresh.

Europe of course remains one of the most quintessential ski destinations, with France’s Val Thorens winning this year’s Best European Ski Resort award. Not to mention the giltz and glam of Switzerland’s world famous slopes.

A little closer to home, the island nation of Japan is also home to some incredible ski spots, such as Niseko in Hokkaido. After an exhilarating day flying down the mountains, warm up inside your resort by the fire and watch as that special someone unwraps a white gold diamond dress ring, as brilliant as the snow outside. For a little extra frosting on the cake, they’ll be delighted with these charming diamond snowflake earrings in white and yellow gold.

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