Month: January 2015

Wedding Jewellery: What You Need To Know (Infographic)


Wedding Jewellery – What you need to know

When your man finally gets down on one knee and extends his hand, revealing that small, velvet box, a whole whirl of emotions and thoughts pace frenetically through your mind – ‘Yes! At last!’, ‘How did he know I wanted sapphires?’, or ‘I’ve got just the shoes to match with that ruby’. It’s unlikely, however, that the more subtle nuances of getting engaged bound into your head – the cost of the fine scallops you plan to serve, where and when you choose to tie the knot and even where you go gallivanting off to on your honeymoon as infatuated newlyweds. Fortunately, Bride To Be has carried out its eighth biannual Cost Of Love survey for your perusal, so you and your man can follow the tricks and trends of the Australian bride with our at-a-glance guide.

Some of the biggest questions regarding your impending big day are bound to be centred around money. ‘How much can we afford?’ ‘Will your rich, Lamborghini-driving uncle chip in?’ ‘It’s fine, bread and water for everyone, they won’t notice,’ are some of the ideas no doubt being bandied about. Bearing this in mind, the Cost Of Love survey, first and foremost, is designed to show the average cost of a wedding in Australia, from the price of the satin flowers adorning the walls to your elegant ivory gown.

The Cost Of Love isn’t all about the paper stuff, though. We also asked your fellow brides-to-be several off-the-cuff questions about their upcoming wedding that you may not have thought of. For example, just how much would you be willing to give up to ensure an impeccable wedding day? Two out of five ladies said that they give up alcohol or chocolate for a year – could you do without a glass of bubbles or your favourite, gorgeous, melting brown stuff so that everything turns out perfectly?

The Healing, Radiant Power Of Garnet


Garnets are well known the world over as the traditional birthstone of January, but their appeal delves much more deeply than just to those that were born in the year’s first month. Indeed, garnets have long been believed to hold healing properties, and their colours can differ greatly from the deep, rich red for which they are most associated.


Though red is the garnet’s best-known colour, examples of the stone have been found in several shades of green, playful yellows, luminous oranges and even earthly brown hues. What’s more, many garnets have the ability to change colour, dependent upon whether they are viewed under the sun’s rays or those of an artificial lamp. In fact, only blue is excluded from garnets’ pantheon of blushes. This means that practically any garnet can be chosen according to a colour of your liking and, what’s more, you’ll be getting more from your jewel than simply dazzling shades.

Strength and brilliance

That’s because garnets have a toughness to back up their undoubted beauty. Rated 7 – 7.5 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness (good), garnets have commendable wearing qualities, are insensitive to most treatments and only really suffer when given to extended periods of heat exposure. Not only are they formidably solid, but their high refractive index of 1.88 – 1.94 means that their brilliance is bettered by few gemstones.

Healing properties 

What of the supposed healing powers of garnets? It is said that wearers of the stone will feel the benefits of greater circulation, hold a healthier heart and breathe more easily due to cleaner lungs. Furthermore, placing a garnet under the pillow before can help relieve the symptoms of depression and boost self esteem.

Garnet is is also the gemstone of choice for the romantic, as it symbolises love, passion, sensuality and intimacy, leaving no better gift to present your loved on with on February 14.

Business and friendship

Away from aiding the ailing body, garnet has also been used to boost failing businesses and expand prosperity. It is said that placing three garnets in your stuttering place of work will turn its fortunes around promptly. 

On an emotional level, garnet is a symbol of an everlasting friendship, trust and honesty, thus making it a favourite gift between close friends. It can also been worn on a variety of pieces, from elegant necklaces and ornate rings through to beautiful brooches.

Rose Gold – a Unique, Vintage Alternative


Rose gold, characterised by its trademark pale violet colour, is bouncing back into the minds of Australia’s jewellery lovers and is set to become one of the most popular precious metals of 2015. As a distinctly feminine substance of great diversity, rose gold can be worn with a variety of other colours to magnify its unassuming beauty and in a range of pieces, from necklaces and earrings to pendants. Nothing can match, however, the understated elegance of this rose gold, diamond wire ring – a true item of subtle class.

Mixing metals for colour, beauty and strength

Even the name ‘rose gold’ holds romantic connotations, but how exactly is it made? Pure gold (typically 22 karats and higher) is a little too soft to be used as jewellery by itself, as it’s liable to bend out-of-shape easily. Hence, jewellers add other metals, creating an alloy and making the overall substance stronger. In the case of rose gold, humble copper is mixed in, giving the metal its reddish tint, the amount used determining the final overall colour.

The price is right

What’s more, rose gold is relatively rare – perhaps down to the fact that, compared to white or yellow gold, not much of it is made. That doesn’t mean that the price of rose gold soars above all others, as you may think – copper is inexpensive, meaning that the outlay for a jewellery piece crafted from the metal is comparable to that of other golds of a similar weight.

Though the presence of copper may lead to the assumption that rose gold is of a lesser value than other varieties, the truth is that the alloy contains the same amount of gold as an 18 karat piece. Typically, rose gold will contain around 75 per cent gold, 22.5 per cent copper and 2.5 per cent silver, creating a blush tinge. That beautiful, rich hue is what makes the metal so attractive to jewellery aficionados – a unique colour that allows it to stand out among other, more formulaic pieces.

A piece to treasure – for now and the future

Over time, rose gold characteristically darkens into a deeper red as a result of the copper’s exposure to oxygen, though the process is notably slow – in some instances, a lifetime. However, far from being detrimental to the quality of the piece, this distinguishing feature lends a vintage, antique feel, adding to its individuality and overall beauty. Many rose gold pieces seen today will go on to make valuable heirlooms, that unique colour standing the test of time and cyclical fashion trends for years to come.

Rose gold is a unique metal with a characteristic colour that lends a stand-out quality – the vintage impression an added attraction.

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