Keep the following in mind when designing your jewellery
Gold / Silver / Platinum
Gold is a very soft metal when it is pure (24 Karat). It is the most malleable metal and ideal for making jewellery. Gold is usually mixed with other metals, often silver and copper to make it less expensive and harder.
The purity of gold jewellery is measured in karats. Some countries hallmark gold with a three-digit number that indicates the parts per thousand of gold. In this system, "750" means 750/1000 gold (equal to 18K); "375" means 375/1000 gold (equal to 9K).
The karat of the gold we use to manufacture jewellery has a direct impact on the price. We will discuss all the options with you and ensure it falls in line with your vision - and budget.
Silver on the other hand is a fraction of the price of gold and is equally acceptable for fine jewellery design. It's all a matter of taste.
Platinum is a white metal, but unlike gold it is used in jewellery in almost it's purest form (approximately 95% pure). Platinum is extremely durable.
It is a very dense and heavy metal, so a platinum ring will feel heavier than your average gold ring. It is, however, significantly more expensive than gold in jewellery form.
With all other things being the same, a platinum ring will be approximately twice the price of an 18kt white gold ring.
We have long standing relationships with some of South Africa's top diamond polishers ensuring you get the best value for money by cutting out the middle man.
Our diamonds are purchased from legitimate sources. We also save our clients huge amounts by working hand-in-hand with some of South Africa's top polishers and gemologists. Diamonds are graded by cut, carat, clarity and colour
(the four C's).
Most of the diamonds used in jewellery these days are brilliant or round cut. There are however many other options to consider when designing your masterpiece.
The weight or size of a diamond is measured in carats. A carat is 0.2gms and there are 100 points per carat. Tiny diamonds can be used as a simple but effective decorative element in our rings. These diamonds are between .005ct and .03ct and are generally used to enhance the centre stone.
Gemologists determine the clarity of a diamond by the number and type of inclusions seen under magnification.
The grades go from:
IF (Internally Flawless)
VVS1, VVS2 (Very, Very Slight Inclusions)
VS1, VS2 (Very Slight Inclusions)
SI1, SI2, SI3 (Slight Inclusions)
I1, I2, I3 (Included)
Customers can choose the quality of diamonds we use to ensure we meet their budget requirements.
Diamonds are graded according to colour
from D-F (colourless),
G-J (near colourless),
K-M (faint yellow),
N-Q (light yellow),
The rest being "fancy" colours such as greens, blues and reds.
CERTIFICATION OF STONES:
All our diamonds are professionally certified through one of SA's top certification authorities