Month: March 2021

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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