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Diamond and Jewellery Information

Helping you choose your diamond

We recognise the purchase of the diamond is an important emotional occasion, and believe in making it special for you.
In order to help you make the correct choice we freely offer our experience and expertise so you fully understand all the individual factors which combine to affect both the appearance and cost.

As Diamond specialists we are very selective about the elements of quality that visually matter and cherry-pick for our customers, only those stones that have the “wow” factor and also represent excellent value. In addition rest assured that our stones are ethically sourced.

There are numerous companies on the internet selling stones based on price and a certificate alone, of which there are many different types; a subject in itself - taking a leap of faith and buying from faceless sources can be a risky and costly strategy.

Even Diamond Certificates that are produced by a number of laboratories differ in degrees of accuracy - hence we feel it is absolutely essential to view a stone in person under expert guidance, and have explained the cut, colour, clarity and other factors that combine to provide that wonderful sparkle we all seek in a cut diamond.


Platinum, White Gold or Palladium – which one should I choose?

This is a question we are asked every day and as the three options available are all visually quite similar – it can be confusing until we explain the merits and properties of each precious metal, and also the different costs involved.

Platinum is the ideal choice as this beautiful metal is the whitest and strongest. It is also the rarest and heaviest – and if you have the budget it is excellent for engagement rings, wedding rings, eternity rings and diamond settings. Currently, due to the recent disproportionate increases in the price of Gold and Palladium compared to Platinum, some items that we are now quoting to produce are actually costing close to or less in Platinum than if they were made in 18ct White Gold or Palladium.

White Gold
Traditionally in recent times, the alternative to Platinum has been white gold. Many people think it’s mined this colour, but it is in fact an alloy created by mixing gold (which is yellow) with white metals such as Palladium and Silver. Correctly proportioned these turn the yellow gold an off-white colour, so the completed item then needs to be plated with Rhodium; a very white, thin but hard, precious metal coating, to give it the very white look of Platinum.
Depending on what alloy of white gold a manufacturer might use, the underlying colour beneath the Rhodium plate can vary greatly and we can explain the way to avoid issues with this to you.

We can also show you Palladium, another white precious metal part of the platinum family, but Palladium is slightly greyer. One great benefit over Platinum is that the same item made in Palladium would be almost half the weight so may be more suitable for say a large pair of earrings.  Palladium has had precious metal hallmark status since January 2010 and up until recently had been a more economical alternative to 18ct white gold, and Platinum but no longer, as at the time of this update (Dec 2019), it is now more than twice the price of Platinum per gram.

So to help you choose, feel free to call in and we will share our depth of knowledge and expertise to help you make the right choice.

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