A Guide to Colours

Is Black the new white?

If you’re a diamond kind of girl (and who isn’t?), you’ll be intimately familiar with white diamonds. You may also have seen, and even worn, stunning pink, blue or yellow diamonds. Fewer people know about, or own, black diamonds. However, that’s changing as more women discover how beautiful, unique and versatile this amazing stone can be.

Black diamonds don’t want to be the new white. They’re confident enough to accompany white diamonds and create all kinds if gorgeous effects – or hold court in a room full of glitz, all by themselves. When it comes to true romance, there’s a lot to adore about black diamonds. They’re beautiful, eye-catching, sophisticated and distinct. And couples also enjoy learning that they symbolise many of the ingredients for a healthy marriage

  • Diamonds represent faithfulness, love, purity, innocence, and relationships filled with love.
  • Jewellery containing diamonds is said to bestow balance, clarity and abundance upon the wearer.
  • The colour black represents and arouses power, strength, certainty and passion.

Lady sings the Blues

The sapphire that graced Princess Diana’s hand, and now sits just as pretty on the Duchess of Cambridge’s finger, has done wonders for the reputation of blue gemstones and confirmed their timelessness and elegance. Along with such regal connections, the colour blue is a symbol of water and the sky, giving it natural calming and relaxing qualities.

BLUE DIAMOND: Who’s the rarest of them all…

The word diamond comes from the Greek word ‘adamas’ meaning ‘unbreakable’. The ‘Hope Diamond’, the world’s most famous diamond, is large (45.52 carats), of perfect quality and an extremely rare shade of blue. Its history is equally impressive. Discovered in India, rumour has it that the Hope Diamond was stolen from the eye of an Idol. It was once owned by King Louis XIV, before being stolen during the French Revolution. It has since been sold to earn money for gambling, worn to raise money for charity, and finally donated to the Smithsonian Institution.

Shade and size: Blue diamond colours range from pale blue to metallic gun blue shades to an exquisite and very rare deep blue, with smaller stones set in designer jewellery or available in strands of beads. The blue diamond can be an interesting and meaningful alternative to regular diamonds.

Value: Not the kind of jewellery to wear while you’re out doing the grocery shopping, blue diamonds are among the most rare and valuable gemstones on earth. They’ve been known to sell at auction for over $1 million per carat. However, less sought after colours, or artificially induced coloured blue diamonds, tend to be more affordable (subject to your definition of affordable, of course).

BLUE SAPPHIRE: The Stone of Royalty

Sapphire comes from the Greek word for blue ‘sappheiros’ and is known as the gem of fidelity and of the soul. While sapphires are probably the first blue gemstone to come to mind, the history of the stone is less well known. Ancient Persians believe the earth rested on a giant sapphire whose colour was reflected in the blue sky. In these times the stone was gifted as a pledge of trust, honesty, purity and loyalty, making it an ideal engagement ring today. Of course, the sapphire secured a place in modern history when it re-emerged in the 20th, featuring on Princess Diana’s engagement ring.

Shade and size: Ceylon Blue sapphire occurs in a wide range of colours including soft-pale blues, beautiful mid-blues and darker royal blues, while the Australian blue sapphire tends to be a very dark rich blue, appearing almost black. It is best known as a blue gem, however, sapphire also naturally occurs in yellow, green, orange, pink, purple, peach, black and colourless.

Value: Price depends largely on the colour, clarity and brightness. Untreated blue sapphires of highly desirable shades are more valuable and less common. Stones above four carats can sell for thousands per carat, while 1ct sapphires sell in the hundreds. It’s a practical stone that can be set in a variety of jewellery styles to suit any taste. Reaching a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale, it’s also durable enough to be worn every day.

BLUE TOURMALINE: A harmonious relationship

The colour evokes feelings of harmony, while gemstone ‘gurus’ claim that a blue tourmaline can make the wearer honest and tolerant.

Shade and size: Also known as indicolite, blue tourmaline can show an intense, clear radiant blue similar to a blue sapphire. It’s also available in darker and greener blue shades. However, rich electric blue shades from Brazil are extremely rare.

Value: Darker, green-blue stones tend to be more affordable, while intense, clear and radiant blue shades are far more valuable. At 7.5 on the Mohs scale, blue tourmaline jewellery lends itself well to being worn daily.

AQUAMARINE: The treasure of Mermaids

Its name is derived from the Latin term ‘aqua’, meaning water, and ‘mare’, meaning sea. Old traditions promise a happy marriage, joy and wealth for the woman who wears it. Folk law states that the stone originated from the treasure chest of mermaids in ancient times, and has since been regarded as the sailors’ lucky stone.

Shade and size: The Aquamarine gemstone is of the same family as the Emerald, occurring mainly in greenish-blue and varying light shades of blue. Deeper blues are reminiscent of the sea and can be enhanced by the cut, which tends to be very clean and comes in flawless crystals.

Value: The more intense the colour of an Aquamarine, the more valuable it is. The stone contains iron, giving it its colour and it reaches 8 on the Mohs Scales which protects it to a large extent from scratches and damage. It’s extremely versatile and can be refined in a wide variety of ways including the classical step cut or modern creative cuts. It may even remain uncut, but either way is able to suit any taste or wish.

BLUE TOPAZ – super powers

The name Topaz is derived from the Indian Sanskrit word tapas, meaning fire. The Topaz has enjoyed international significance throughout history, as the Greeks believed it had power to increase strength and make its wearer invisible, while the Romans believed it had power to improve eyesight. In Egypt it was worn as an amulet to protect them from injury. During the Middle Ages topaz was thought to heal both physical and mental disorders and prevent death.

Shade and size: Naturally occurring blue topaz is quite rare, as pure topaz is typically colourless. The blue topaz comes in 3 main shades: (light) Sky Blue, (medium) Swiss Topaz Blue or (dark) London Blue Topaz. Pale blue stones (the most natural blue) are often heat treated to produce a more desired darker blue.

Value: This stone is more affordable than most, while still exhibiting stunning rich hues of blue. It’s ideal for daily wear, making it more popular than any other commercially sold gemstone.

Make your friends Green with jealousy

I find it funny how we associate green with envy – because it’s also the colour of balance, harmony and new beginnings. Saying that, having spent years working with and owning many stunning green gemstones, I know how pined for and coveted they can be.

EMERALD – Cleopatra’s passion

The Emerald has a history as rich and remarkable as its stunning colour. The first known emerald mines were found in Egypt, dating from at least 330 BC. Cleopatra was known to have a weakness for Emeralds, and used them in a lot of her royal bling. Throughout history, Emeralds have been associated with potent powers, such as the ability to see the future, protect against evil spirits, cure disease and soothe troubled souls. Whatever you believe, there’s no doubt emeralds are very enchanting. Emeralds come from either Colombia or Africa and are the most famous members of the beryl family, a mineral group that includes Aquamarine.

Shade and size: The most desirable emerald colours are bluish green to pure green, with vivid color saturation. They’re usually cut to a crystal shape, called the ‘Emerald cut’. Because its density is lower, a one-carat emerald looks bigger than a one-carat diamond. One to five carat stones are popular as centre stones.

Value: The best stones have good transparency and clarity. Most emeralds have a lot of inclusions making them more brittle than other gems. This means they’re vulnerable to damage during cutting, polishing, and setting, or even careless wear. The ‘emerald cut’ – a rectangular shape – was invented to protect against damage.

Best for: beautiful centerpieces, surrounded by other stones or ornate designs, but their fragility means they are not very well suited to jewellery you want to wear every day.

TOURMALINE – my favourite gemstone of all

I have a confession to make. While I’d never play favourites with my kids, when it comes to the other children in my life – stunning gemstones – I just can’t help but love Tourmaline a little bit more than everything else. It’s just beautiful. Somewhere in Brazil in the 1500s, a Spanish conquistador washed the dirt from a green tourmaline and confused it with an emerald. His mistaken identity lived on until scientists recognised Tourmaline as a distinct mineral 300 years later!

Shade and Size: Very few gems match tourmalines dazzling range of colours including its range of green stones. Tourmaline can be a deep bottle green, a bluey-green, a vivid neon green or a minty green. Chrome Tourmaline is intense green, and it can be a great lower-priced alternative to emerald. All green tourmalines are available in small and large sizes.

Value: Dark bottle green stones tend to be more common, and some can absorb light so intensely that they appear almost black. These darker stones have a lower value. At their dazzling best, green tourmalines are transparent, brilliant and clean, with attractive bluish green hues.

Best for: Any type of jewellery, especially engagement rings as they are reasonably priced and very strong.

Green GARNETS …Tsavorite, Demantoid and Grossularite

Red Garnets have been around since the Pharoahs, but green garnets – Tsavorite, Demantoid and Grossularite – are not so well known. Tsavorite garnets, for example, were only discovered in the late 1960s after a British Geologist found some in Africa. He was so paranoid about thieves that he lived in a treehouse and used pythons to guard his treasure! Beautiful bright Green Garnets are a spectacular a work of nature.

Shade and Size: Demantoid is a brilliant green variety of andradite that’s highly prized by collectors. Grossularite is usually greenish-golden to yellow-green or olive-green. Tsavorite, is a rich green to emerald green garnet. Large demantoid and tsavorite garnets are rare.

Value: The larger and more colour intense gems are, the higher their price, but when compared to emerald, both Demantoid, Tsavorite garnets are very good value, and they are much harder-wearing.

Best for: Any jewellery that you might wear frequently – and any excuse you can find to wear it frequently!

Green SAPPHIRE – focus, wisdom and tranquility

Did you know that sapphires can be green? This beautiful stone is found right here in Australia. Green Sapphires are said to stimulate the heart Chakra, focus the mind and improve your wisdom – good for relationships and business. They are also a stone of tranquility.

Shade and size: Green sapphires range in colour and can sometimes be described as khaki or olive. Rough sapphire’s most common crystal form is a barrel- or spindle-shaped hexagonal pyramid.

Value: Green Sapphires were once the least desirable of the sapphires, as everyone wanted blue. However, that’s beginning to change, and with this newfound stardom, the price of the green sapphire is on the rise.

Best use: Any type of jewellery.

Green QUARTZ – an earthly delight

Quartz makes up 12% of the earth’s crust. It’s said to bring joy, release negativity and help you to feel in good health. Green Quartz is often wrongly called Green Amethyst. It is also known as Prasiolite.

Shade and size: It is one of nature’s rare beauties with a colour that varies from pale grey green to a deep grass green. It shimmers best in daylight, particularly after sunrise and just before sunset.

Value: Because Quartz is readily available in various shades and in a range of sizes, it is not an expensive gem. It does have imperfections which give it character and may people prefer to leave Quartz in its natural rough and ‘rock-like’ state. It can be used this way, or cut and polished into various shapes.

Best use: Any type of jewellery.

PERIDOT – gem of the sun

The ancient Egyptians mined Peridot and called it the “gem of the sun.” Today, it is still prized for its restful yellowish green hues. It’s also the birthstone of August.

Shade and size: Peridot’s colour ranges from pure green to yellowish green. Pure green stones are rare, and the more intense the colour, the higher the quality of the stone, although size does play an important part, because colour tends to be lusher in large stones. Large strongly-colored Peridots are breathtaking to look at.

Value: Visible inclusions, such as dark spots, lower the value of Peridot. The finest Peridots come from Myanmar and the Himalayas of Pakistan. Those from the USA and China are a more standard size, quality and price.

Best for: Any jewellery.

Stones to tempt the Pink panther

The colour pink is often associated with compassion, love and harmony. Think of pink for little girls and its connotation of ‘sugar and spice and everything nice’. But did you know that there is more to pink than its sweet side? Bright and warm pinks, like fuchsia and hot pink are vibrant, youthful and encourage a sense of confidence. These pinks are passionate and almost sensual.

SAPPHIRE – definitely not a ruby!

Always confused with Ruby (they belong to the same family Corundum), the term pink sapphire did not appear until the beginning of the twentieth century. Prior to this, all pink sapphires would have been referred to as rubies. Thankfully someone decided pink was not red. Without becoming too technical, pink sapphires have less iron and chromium than rubies. Whether you still want to call them rubies or not, pink sapphires have become recognised as a magnificent gemstone. Pink Sapphires often come from Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and East Africa. They have become more widely available since the new deposits in Madagascar were discovered. Until then pink sapphires were considered exceptionally rare.

Shade and size: Pink sapphires come in very pale baby pink to vivid, intense magenta. Today’s desirable colour has a saturated purplish red hue often described as ‘hot pink’ or ‘bubble gum pink’. Because pink sapphires above half a carat are rare to find, most are given a mixed cut to retain as much of the rough as possible.

Value: Most pink sapphires have been subjecting to moderate heat treatments to enhance their pink colour and/or reduce their purplish hue. Pink sapphires are a really good alternatives to pink diamonds without the price tag! They are strong and come in a variety of pink hues.

Best for: Any type of jewellery, especially engagement rings as they are reasonably priced and very strong.

TOURMALINE –my favourite gemstone

Everyone knows it. While I’d never play favourites with my kids, when it comes to the other children in my life – stunning gemstones – Tourmaline is definitely my favourite. What’s not to like when it is a strong, clean gemstone which also happens to come in a myriad of colours! People have probably used tourmaline as a gem for centuries, but until the development of modern mineralogy, they identified it as some other stone (ruby, sapphire, emerald, and so forth) based on its colouring. It was finally acknowledged as a separate gemstone in the late 1800s after deposits were discovered in California. Much of its pink and red stones – also referred to as ‘rubellites’ – were then shipped to China as the Dowager Empress Tz’u His was especially fond of the colour.

Shade and Size: An ancient legend says that tourmaline is found in all colours because it travelled along a rainbow and gathered all the rainbow’s colours. This certainly applies to pink tourmaline which comes in a light pink, a pinky-purple, a vivid pink or a reddy pink.

No pink tourmalines are exactly the same and if you love a particular stone, then you should just buy it as you might not find exactly the same shade again.

Value: Whilst colour is usually a matter of personal preference, the more saturated and brighter pink tourmalines tend to be the most valuable. Tourmaline is typically a very clean gem but some pink tourmalines can have some inclusions.

Best for: Any type of jewellery, especially engagement rings as they are reasonably priced and very strong.

DIAMOND … the Australian Star

Over the centuries, pink diamonds have been mined from several localities including India and Brazil. But before the discovery of the Argyle mines in Australia, they were infrequently discovered and scarce in any size. It took a decade looking through all the kimberlite sites to discover the Argyle deposits. To put the true rarity of pink diamonds in perspective, for every million tons of rough diamonds produced at the Argyle mine a mere one carat is suitable for the gem quality pink diamonds. The Argyle mines are famous for their pink diamonds and are the sole source of the Intense Pink diamonds. The brightest of the pink diamonds can be red with a recent 0.73ct Fancy red emerald cut diamond being considered to be the most collectable stone ever.

Shade and Size: Pink diamonds are graded according to their intensity of colour according to a scale from 1 to 8 – 1 being the most intense colour and 8 the lightest colour. The hues in order of rarity are PP (Purplish Pink), P (Pink), PR (Pink Rose) and PC (Pink Champagne). Carat weigh has a big impact on pricing, just as it does with colourless diamonds. Top coloured pink diamonds above one carat attract a huge premium, reflecting their rarity in larger sizes.

Value: The Argyle mines have announced that production may stop as early as 2020. Every year the demand for pink diamonds has increased whilst the supply is reducing. Argyle pink diamonds are even becoming a very popular addition to self managed super funds. On average, they have increased by 20% every year over the last 10 years.

Best for: Any jewellery if you can afford them

MORGANITE – the ever popular beryl

Morganite is the pink variety of the beryl family which includes also emerald and aquamarine. Following the discovery of a new deposit of rose beryl in Madagascar in 1910, George Kunz (Tiffany’s chief gemmologist) proposed the name Morganite to honour his friend and customer JP Morgan who was one of the most important gem collectors in the early 1900s.

Shade and size: Morganite is known primarily as a pastel-coloured gem in light, soft shades of pink, purplish pink and orangy pink. Its colour range includes pink, rose, peach and salmon with the salmon hue being the most popular. Like aquamarine, facetted morganite usually does not have eye visible inclusions. Morganite has to be cut very carefully as it shows a distinct pleochroism (the stone will show different colours when observed at different angles). The finest colour is normally found in fairly large stones but morganite is also cut in all standard shapes and sizes.

Value: Morganite is very reasonably priced and according to a customer looks exactly like a pink diamond but at a fraction of the price. However, that’s beginning to change, and with its newfound appeal, the price of morganite is on the rise.

Best for: Any type of jewellery.

ROSE QUARTZ – the love stone

Quartz makes up 12% of the earth’s crust. It’s said to bring joy, release negativity and help you to feel in good health. Rose Quartz is probably the best known of all quartz varieties after citrine and amethyst.

Shade and size: It is one of nature’s plentiful beauties with a colour that varies from pale pink to a rose red. It is cut in all sizes and shapes.

Value: Because Rose Quartz is readily available and can occur in nature in very large crystals, it is not an expensive gem. It does have a tendency to lack good transparency which give it a milky look. Some people prefer to leave Rose Quartz in its natural rough crystal state. It can be used this way, or cut and polished into various shapes. It also looks fantastic when polished in a cabochon (buff top stone)

Best use: Any type of jewellery.

SPINEL – the gem for connoisseurs

Spinel has been called ‘the most underappreciated gem in history’ as it has often been confused with better known stones like ruby and sapphire. In ancient times the mines of central and southeast Asia yielded exceptionally large spinel crystals which became known as ‘Balas rubies’. Some of these were the treasured property of kings and emperors, often passing through many hands as spoils of war – the Black Prince’s ruby’ being the most famous example. This historic crimson-red gem is set in England’s Imperial State Crown and displayed in the Tower of London.

Shade and size: Spinel comes in a variety of colours, but the most commercially important ones are red and pink. Mauve or lilac coloured spinels are also very attractive whilst blue spinel colours can be intense. Spinel is cut in a variety of shape and cutting styles. As with many coloured stones, oval and cushion shapes are very popular. Because of the scarcity of spinel on the market, most fine quality rough is cut in non-standard sizes to save weight, instead of the standing industry sizes.

Value: Spinel has been making a name for itself in the last couple of decades, and demand for fine stones well exceeds supply. Large spinels are highly sought after and prices rise sharply for fine red, pink and blue stones above five carats.

Best for: Any jewellery.

TOPAZ – an imperial stone

The name topaz comes from the Sanskrit and means fire. The name for imperial topaz which refers to red and pink topaz gems originated in 19th century Russia. At the time, the Ural Mountains were topaz’ leading source, and the pink gemstone mined there was named to honour the Russian Czar. Ownership of the gem was restricted to the Royal Family.

Shade and size: Topaz occurs in a wide range of colours including red, orange, peach, pink, gold, yellow, brown and clear. Naturally pale to medium blue topaz is enhanced by irradiation to produce a more intense blue colour. Some say that pink topaz, often called rose topaz, resembles a pink diamond or a bright pink sapphire. The good news are that it is much less expensive than pink diamonds and often available in much larger sizes than pink sapphires. Topaz is cut in a wide variety of shapes and cutting styles.

Value: Natural pink topaz is the most valuable of all topaz gems and the more intense colours command the higher prices. The hue and saturation of colour is the primary determiner of value, in general the stronger the pink the higher the value. (the pink can sometimes be mixed with the yellow or orange hues)

Best for: Any jewellery.

Smoulder in Red

Everyone knows that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but were you aware that red gemstones have a magical way of radiating a woman’s passion, sensuality and opulence?

RUBY – the royal jewel

Rubies have a rich and royal history, dating all the way back to the seventh century BC where Marco Polo mentions the gem in his travels. They are said to be able to foretell doom, and the first wife of King Henry VII is rumoured to have owned a darkening ruby that foretold her demise. The king of all precious gems remains a sign of absolute luxury today.

Shade and Size: Rubies come in a wide range of shades ranging from a delicate pink tint all the way through to intense blood red. If cut properly, rubies display a strong fluorescence or ‘glow’ which adds extra sparkle to their strong red body colour. Untreated rubies of fine quality are rare above 2 carats and world class stones above 5 carats.

Value: The rarest of the red stones and considered one of the “big three” of precious gemstones, rubies are the most valuable of the red stones.

Best For: A nine on the Mohs hardness scale, I always tell clients that rubies are perfect for any piece that you might wear frequently, especially engagement rings.

GARNET – Noah’s guiding light

Garnet comes from the Latin word for pomegranate and is said to be a cure for melancholy and warm the heart! You’ll see stunning garnet also used as slices in church windows. Legend says that Noah suspended garnet in the ark to project light, a believable myth given its incredible light dispensing qualities.

Shade and Size: The two red garnets- almandine and pyrope – come in a very dark to blood red shade (rhodolite garnet has a more purple tinge with a hint of red!). As for rubies , the most sought after colour for red garnets is blood red . Readily available in most sizes although high quality stones of over 4 carats fetch higher prices .

Value: Small to medium garnets are the most affordable of the red stones. However, large garnets of excellent colour and clarity can be quite expensive.

Best For: Most types of jewellery. They have a moderate durability of 7-7.5 and can be cut in most sizes.

RED SPINEL – the beautiful black sheep

Some of the most famous “rubies” adorning royal collections are actually spinels, showing just how similar the two red stones are. The “black sheep” of the gem stone world has been traced back to 100BC as an ornament on a Buddhist tomb in Afghanistan. In recent years people have become more aware of red spinel and the scarcity of high quality stones has led to prices soaring for the high quality stones.

Shade and size: With a very similar shade range to rubies, the two are often confused . However, there is one important difference – Spinel is for the gemstone connoisseurs. It has less inclusions than ruby and has greater fire and brilliance. It is also never heated or treated in any way.

Value: Spinels offer tremendous value, being still cheaper than rubies but not for long! The most valuable shades are red, hot pink and flame orange.

Best For: I highly recommend spinels if you are looking for a red stone that appears to be ‘on fire’. But be quick as the market is starting to notice this hitherto unrecognised stone. They are an 8 on the hardness scale, making them a fairly durable option and suitable for wearing often.

RUBELLITE – the true red gemstone

Rubellite is a beautiful rate tourmaline with colour ranging from shocking pink to deep red. It’s also the birthstone for October and is said to give its wearer courage and a strong will power.

Shade and size: Many gemstones change their colour depending on the light source. A true rubellite does not. It shines just as intensely in artificial light as it does in day light. The colour range of pink mixed with violet makes for a very seductive red which comes in many colour nuances. So every woman can select the right rubellite for her type.

Value: Prices vary greatly depending on the size and quality of the stone, but they’re a less expensive alternative to the ruby but just as beautiful!

Best For: Due to the availability of larger stones, rubellites are a good choice for dress rings or pendants. They range from a 7 – 7.5 and a half on the hardness scale and are well suited for daily wear.

Say hello to Yellow

Yellow works delightfully with both yellow and white metals. Secondly, it complements every skin tone, from very fair to dark. Thirdly, it’s so beautiful and unique. And finally, there are so many types to choose from, which means they suit a wide range of personal tastes, budgets and jewellery needs.

Yellow DIAMOND

Yellow diamonds shimmer in engagement rings or any type of jewellery, such as pendants and earrings. Called fancy coloured diamonds, these beauties include yellow and brown diamonds showing colour beyond the Z range. The stronger and more pure the colour becomes, the more valuable it is.

Yellow BERYL (Heliodor)

From the same family of gems as emerald, aquamarine and morganite, yellow beryl also goes by the name heliodor, Greek for ‘gift from the sun.’ With few inclusions, they are a very clean stone to work with. You can pair softer pastel yellow beryl gems with more neutral tones, and match monochromes with brighter yellow beryl gems to make an outfit sizzle with sophistication.

Yellow SAPPHIRE

Fancy coloured yellow sapphires, the September gemstone, represent prosperity. They’re one the hardest and most durable gemstones, and versatile enough to wear as any jewellery, especially a dazzling engagement ring. They’re found around the world, but some of the best are home grown Australian yellow sapphires. Colours range from lemon yellow to orange yellow, with many gems having sumptuous orange overtones. Due to its strong, warm tone, you can make a statement by pairing a yellow sapphire with a yellow summer dress or yellow-hued floor-length gown.

LEMON QUARTZ

One of the most affordable yellow gemstones, lemon quartz are perfect if you’re looking for something a little softer. As a jeweller, it’s also simpler to work with, because it’s formed from larger stones and much easier to cut. Despite its paler tone, you can still inject a little pizzazz into an outfit by creating a small pendant to match with a pale pink or cream outfit.

CITRINE

Citrine gemstones are like the deep yellow/orange-yellow siblings of quartz. Natural citrine is rare, with most gems on the market being amethysts that have been heat treated to look yellow. A few customers have recently fallen for the earthier brown tones shades of reddish orange. They make great jewellery to wear every day and, let me tell you, the large stones are head turners in cocktail rings!

Golden TOPAZ

So you thought Topaz was always feeling – and looking – blue? In fact, many are natural yellow tones and have been used in jewellery for over 2000 years. Golden topaz gemstones are much richer in colour than other yellow gemstones, usually with honey or brown overtones. And when they’re really firing, they reach a shade known as Sherry Topaz. In addition to lovely engagement rings, I’ve created some stunning golden topaz cocktail rings and pendants. For matching wardrobe, think cute body con dresses and slip dresses in rich shades like violet and blue to complement the vivid smoulder of golden topaz jewellery.

ZIRCON

Poor zircon seems to get an unfair bad rap because it’s often confused with cheap synthetic cubic zirconia. As a result, so many women miss out on seeing and experiencing its gorgeous naturally-occurring lustre for themselves! Bright yellow with an occasional green overtone, it’s one of the most sparkly stones thanks to its high dispersion. Yellow zircons can also have flashes of pink, green and orange, creating a gorgeous aurora of colour. Zircon is the oldest mineral on earth, dating back 4.4 billion years ago. Now that’s vintage jewellery! Quite delicate, zircon can be prone to wear and tear. Keep for special occasions and pair with an evening gown as a teardrop pendant for that little touch of glam.

GARNET

Garnet gemstones have an incredible, warm sparkle that is almost hypnotic. Most are cut round due to their tendency to look almost spherical, and are long-lasting. Great for all-day wear, work a garnet ring or pendant or cute stud earrings with a little black dress for just that hint of sizzle.