When it comes to choosing the perfect engagement ring, you’ll have a few options when it comes to diamond, cut, style, colour and specific design. But as common gems are a dime a dozen nowadays, selecting a truly unique engagement ring may be the perfect way to win your soon-to-be fiancee’s heart.

But as with the typical engagement ring selection process, picking the perfect unique engagement ring for you is no easy feat. So, we’re here to break down the process and making finding your ideal unique engagement ring as easy as possible. Read on to learn more about unique engagement ring features, the potential for ring customisation, and options when it comes to choosing a unique, bespoke design for your dream engagement ring.

What makes an engagement ring unique?

If you’re interested in purchasing a unique engagement ring, there are a few different types of unique to choose from. Two of the most common avenues to explore are slight variations on classic designs, or completely original designs.

Opting for a variation is a fantastic option for those who admire timeless, vintage pieces, whereas sourcing a completely original design is perfect for those who are truly one-of-a-kind and want to own a piece of jewellery that nobody else in the world does.

Why should I choose a unique engagement ring?

Once you’ve decided whether you’d rather a variation or completely original design, a good place to start is by choosing your gemstone. Diamonds are incredibly popular within engagement ring designs, and can come in a wide range of colours to help differentiate your ring from others on the market. Otherwise, gemstones like sapphires, emeralds or rubies also make for beautiful, unique engagement ring settings.

Once you’ve picked a gemstone to feature, move to other aspects of the ring including metal (and if necessary, combining different types of metals), shape and other colours. Experimenting with these different options could allow for twisted bands, mixing gemstones, intricate feature details or even imperfections that indicate the ring has been individually handcrafted.

How do I pick a unique design for an engagement ring?

A good first step in choosing your perfect unique engagement ring is doing your research. Scour online or hard copy catalogues, talk to friends with unique ring designs, and experiment with online tools that allow you to customise and tweak jewellery until you decide upon your dream design.

If you require a little more assistance, consider consulting a professional jeweller for their opinion, advice and insights. They’ll be able to show you physical examples of unique engagement rings, options for gemstone settings and intricate designs, and can even sketch you their own unique design based on your desired ring features.

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Whatever unique engagement ring design you decide upon, commemorate your engagement with the ring of your dreams at Allgem Jewellers. Contact our professional master jewellers today for an initial consultation, and to view our wide range of contemporary, custom made jewellery handcrafted to suit your taste and budget.

Has the proposal taken place, and you’re ready to pick your dream wedding bands ahead of your ceremony? Often considered the second most important ring you’ll ever own, male and female wedding bands are fortunately very customisable, sleek and available in a wide range of designs to suit any budget, taste or selection of desired features.

When it comes to choosing your wedding jewellery, it’s important to take the time to hunt for you (and your spouse’s) dream wedding band. To help make this process a little easier, we’ve compiled a few key things future brides and grooms should keep in mind before purchasing their ideal wedding bands. Spanning from design styles and maintenance to matching bands and different metals, here’s our comprehensive guide to choosing the perfect jewellery for your upcoming wedding.

Things to consider with her wedding band

The first thing to think about is your future wife’s engagement ring. A popular choice amongst brides is to choose a wedding band that compliments their engagement ring. This could mean it sits cleanly alongside it, uses a similar design or setting, or fits within (or clicks together) so you have two twin rings together. As wedding bands are typically more simple, many future brides also opt for bands that are less glitzy than engagement rings, as not to dim the sparkle or effect of the engagement ring.

Popular traditional female wedding band styles include criss-cross bands, single prong, eternity-style bands, or petite bands with dainty gemstone cuts. Much like other rings, the most important thing to remember is that the more intricate your wedding band, the more attention, time and detail you’ll need to devote to cleaning and maintaining it. If you’d rather spare yourself the upkeep, opt for something sleek in design and simple in metal, such as gold or silver, that can be easily cleaned and kept sparkling.

Things to consider with his wedding band

The most important thing for a man to consider with his wedding band is the design and overall appearance. For many men, this is the only ring they’ll wear every day, so it will need to be a ring that is styled with longevity and durability in mind. Matching his and hers wedding bands are popular for this reason, as both halves of the couple wearing the same band invokes a sense of connection and further solidarity between them and their matrimony.

If you instead opt for separate wedding band designs, popular male wedding band styles include bevelled bands, low domes, flat bands or other similarly sleek designs. For something a little different, opt for a different coloured metal such as rose gold or titanium.

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Whichever wedding band future bridges and grooms decide upon, you’ll find the wedding rings and jewellery of your dreams right here at Allgem Jewellers. Contact our professional master jewellers today to view our wide range of contemporary, traditional and custom-made wedding jewellery handcrafted to suit your taste, desired features and budget.

When it comes to choosing a beautiful piece of jewellery, it’s no secret that diamonds take the cake as some of the most popular gemstone settings on the market. Characterised by carat, colour, clarity and cut, diamonds are often popular in engagement rings, wedding bands or other timeless, classic pieces.

Want to know more about these stunning, naturally-formed stones? We’ve put together a comprehensive guide about diamond pricing, rarity and potential damage to help inform your next diamond jewellery purchase, and make sure you know everything you’ll need to before committing to a piece. Now all that’s left to do is pick your perfect diamond jewellery piece!

Why are diamonds so expensive?

If you’re hoping to purchase a diamond, this pricey stone’s hefty price tag may be the first thing you’ll need to consider. There are several factors that directly affect the price of diamonds. These include extreme rarity, durability, and difficulties that arise when mining for diamonds.

Rarity is a key factor when it comes to high-quality diamonds, as only 30% of diamonds mined worldwide are considered ‘gem quality’. When it comes to durability, the diamond is one of the hardest minerals in the world, meaning they will last a lot longer than counterpart delicate gemstones. And thirdly, as diamonds naturally form in high pressure, hot environments in the Earth’s core, mining for diamonds involves difficult, expensive and labour-intensive machinery and processes.

Are diamonds rare in nature?

Though diamonds aren’t typically classed as ‘rare’, mining for them is an incredibly expensive and difficult process. Following this difficult mining process, some retrieved diamonds are officially classified as ‘rare’. This grouping includes colours that can occasionally occur naturally in diamonds, including orange, green, pink, blue and red. White diamonds are also considered extremely rare.

Similar to coloured diamonds, diamonds that are large in size are also incredibly rare. If a diamond weights over one carat, it’s one in a million.

Can a diamond fall out of a ring?

Unfortunately, over time, diamonds become more and more likely to fall out of a ring. Though this depends on your ring’s construction, shape and setting, smaller diamonds are the most common sizes of diamonds to fall out without an owner noticing.

To reduce your risk of lost diamonds, keep an eye out for any wear and tear on your ring at least once a week. Look for clear signs of chipping or deterioration – if your stone budges even a tiny bit, it’s advised you take it into a jeweller for a check-up (and to ensure it doesn’t have the potential to budge any further, or worse, fall out). This potential diamond loss cements the importance of taking out an insurance policy. This is a low-cost way to ensure your valuable ring is safe and protected.

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Whatever glistening diamond piece you decide upon, find the jewellery of your dreams at Allgem Jewellers. Contact our professional master jewellers today to view our wide range of contemporary, traditional and custom made jewellery, or to facilitate jewellery repairs and restorations.

The stunning tanzanite and turquoise gemstones share a few things in common – they’re both available in glittering shades of blue, they both suit a number of popular types of jewellery, and they both represent birthstones for the month of December.

And even if you weren’t born in December, both tanzanite and turquoise gemstones make for stunning statement or daily-wear jewellery pieces. Read on for more information about these precious gems’ history, varieties and key characteristics.

 

What is a tanzanite?

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Named because of its geographic origins in Tanzania, the tanzanite is a stunning bluish-purple variety of the rare mineral zoisite. Many of the stunning colours of a tanzanite can be accentuated with specific cuts and heat that can highlight the attractive blues and purples and dim the undesirable brownish tones. In fact, most of the tanzanite on the market today is heat treated to reveal this effect and make the stone much more attractive.

 

 

 

 

History of tanzanites

The first rare blue variety of zoisite was discovered in 1967 – and to this day, tanzanite gemstones can only be sourced on a few small miles of land in Tanzania. The name ‘tanzanite’ was then bestowed upon the blue zoisite by Tiffany & Co. in 1968. An estimated two million carats of the stone were initially mined – and though the tanzanite’s history isn’t as long as some of its precious counterparts, it is highly prized for its rarity, limited supplies and worldwide popularity.

Today, Tiffany’s maintains one of the world’s largest and most impressive displays of tanzanite gemstones. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC also houses an impressive collection, which includes a rare cat eye tanzanite of 18.2 carats.

 

What are the different varieties of tanzanite?

As there’s only a small, select amount of tanzanite available worldwide, there are no species or varieties of tanzanite gemstones. The tanzanite itself is a variety within the zoisite family, alongside anyolites, thulites and ruby zoisites.

 

What is a turquoise?

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Arguably the most mainstream of the December birthstones, turquoise is a semi-translucent gem that ranges from blue to green and has visible veins. Its name is derived from the French word for ‘Turkish stone’, and it is strong, yet soothing to the touch.

In terms of its meaning, the turquoise gemstone is believed to dispel negative energy and bring protection to those who wear it. As a ‘purifying’ stone, turquoises are also believed to be excellent for stress or depression, and can neutralise other physical issues.

 

 

 

 

History of turquoise gemstones

The Nishapur distract of Iran is one of the world’s turquoise hotspots, having mined the gemstones for over 1,000 years. New Mexico was another large turquoise producer, but has since been overtaken by Arizona and Nevada in terms of United States of America turquoise hotspots. And as far as production output, the Hubei Province in central China is the current largest producer of turquoise gemstones in the world.

Among many cultures, turquoises are believed to possess many powers. Two prominent powers are good health and fine fortune – and from the 13th century onwards, the turquoise gemstone was believed to protect the wearer from many forms of disaster. The turquoise gemstone is also extremely significant to Native Americans, who wear it to protect against evil. The Navajo also recognise the stone as a representation of the earth, sacred land, and all living things.

Rulers of ancient Egypt, pharaohs and Chinese artisans all adorned themselves with turquoise jewellery throughout history. Other notable figures who wore turquoise pieces include the Duchess of Windsor, Wallace Simpson and even King Tut, whose funerary mask was dotted with turquoise gems.

 

What are the different varieties of turquoise?

There are plenty of varieties of the turquoise gemstones. These include, but are not limited to, Bisbee, damele, kingman, morenic, Persian, pilot mountain and royston.

 

How did tanzanites and turquoises become the birthstones for December?

The original calendar of gemstones can be traced back to the Breastplate of Aaron. As described in the Bible’s book of Exodus, the Breastplate was adorned with gemstones that represented the tribes of Israel at the time. Based on this model, the modern birthstone list was created in 1912 – and it has since been defined by the National Association of Jewellers of the United States. The tanzanite gemstone was a later addition to this list, as it was deemed a December birthstone in the year 2002.

As well as representing one of December’s birthstones, the turquoise gemstone is often gifted as an 11th anniversary gemstone. Similarly, the rarer tanzanite gemstone is often gifted for 24th wedding anniversaries.

 

What jewellery pieces do tanzanite and turquoise gemstones go best with?

In jewellery pieces, turquoise gemstones are popular in statement pieces such as rings and pendants. As they are extremely versatile, they are also well suited in earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

In contrast, tanzanites are slightly more vulnerable gemstone than turquoise – and as such, they are more susceptible to scratching during daily wear. This is why the tanzanite stone is more suited for statement earrings or pendants than rings or more casual or daily-wear jewellery types.

You’ll need to take special care with both turquoise and tanzanite jewellery pieces – particularly tanzanite pieces. As mentioned above, the tanzanite gemstone is quite vulnerable and brittle, so it’s essential to avoid exposing the stone to sudden changes in temperature, or direct heat. Opt for warm, soapy water to clean tanzanite jewellery pieces, as electronic cleaners can cause irreparable damage to the piece.

Though they are from completely different mineral families, topaz and citrine gemstones are not only often mistaken for each other, but they are both the birthstones for the month of November.

While the citrine ranges from pale yellow to brownish in hue, topaz gemstones are traditionally colourless and can be tinted by impurities to reflect these typical citrine colours. Brazil is a key global source of both of these gemstones, and common jewellery settings for these November birthstones include pendants, necklaces, rings and men’s cufflinks.

Read on to learn more about the diverse and stunning topaz and citrine gemstones.

What is a topaz?

The availability, stunning colours and solid hardness of the topaz gemstone makes it one of the most popular stones on the global market. Pure topaz gemstones are colourless, but can be tinted by impurities to incorporate any colour of the rainbow – the most valuable being pink, blue and honey-yellow. The very first colourless topaz was discovered in 1740 in Brazil.

The state of Minas Gerais in Brazil is one of the world’s most important sources for high-quality topaz – in fact, it’s been mined there for over two centuries. When it comes to other colours and varieties, sections of north-western Pakistan are renowned for pink topaz production, and a few historic Russian localities, Sri Lanka, Mexico and Namibia, (to name a few places), are also noted at topaz hotspots.

History of the topaz

Many believe the word ‘topaz’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘tapas’, meaning ‘fire’ – however, others associate the gemstone’s name with a small island in the Red Sea named Topazios. Though the island never produced topaz, it was renowned for its plentiful peridot sources, which were often confused with topazes.

The ancient Greeks believed topaz would give them strength, whereas Europeans within the Renaissance period thought topaz could break magic spells. Furthermore, popular ancient Roman mythology believed that if topaz was held close to poisoned food or drink, it would change colour to signal danger to the consumer.

What are the different varieties of topaz?

One of the most recognisable varieties of topaz is the Imperial topaz. Orangeish-yellow in hue, this is the most valuable form of topaz on the market. Other varieties of topaz gemstones have been coined by jewellery dealers, and include mystic, sherry, white, Azotic, London blue and rutilated topazes.

What is a citrine?

The citrine gemstone can be defined as a pale yellow quartz found within the Earth’s crust (similar to amethysts). It ranks at a 7 on the hardness scale, and in its pure form, it’s transparent, and its colour is caused by chemical impurities or faint traces of iron – often appearing from yellow to reddish-orange in hue.

Bolivia, Madagascar, Spain and Uruguay are some of the best sources in the world for citrine gemstones, but most of the globe’s citrine production comes from Brazil. However, most citrines produced in Brazil are likely heat-treated amethysts, appearing orange, reddish and sherry coloured.

History of citrines

Believed to be derived from the French word for ‘lemon’ (‘citron’), the citrine gemstone has been popular since ancient times; in part, thanks to its similarities to the other November birthstone, topaz. It was notably used for stunning jewellery by the ancient Romans, and held great significance in prized pieces in the Art Deco period between the two World Wars. Many notable figures and celebrities have worn citrine jewellery throughout history, including Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo and Kate Middleton.

One of the most notable periods in history for the citrine gemstone was in the mid-18th century, when mineralogists realised that smoky quartz and amethysts could be treated to produce honey hues of citrine; thus making the gemstone more abundant and affordable on a global scale.

What are the different varieties of citrine?

One of the most distinguishable citrine varieties on the market is the lemon quartz. Light to dark yellow in colour, this citrine lacks orange or brown tints, and is very popular on the global jewellery market. Other citrine varieties include yellow, golden, madeira and palmeria citrines.

How did topazes and citrines become the birthstones for November?

Scholars can trace the original calendar of gemstones, including the topaz and citrine, back to the Breastplate of Aaron as described in the Bible’s book of Exodus. The Breastplate was adorned with gemstones that represented the tribes of Israel. Based on this model, the modern birthstone list was created in 1912, and has since been defined by the National Association of Jewellers of the United States.

As well as serving as one of the November birthstones, blue topazes are often gifted for fourth wedding anniversaries, and citrine gemstones are gifted for 13-year anniversaries.

What jewellery pieces do topazes and citrines go best with?

The durability and popularity of the topaz gemstone make it a popular choice for many jewellery pieces, including rings, necklaces, earrings, pendants and bracelets. Citrines, on the other hand, are most commonly used in pendants or as the centrepiece for rings or earrings. Often cut into oval or rectangular shapes, lesser-quality citrines are often combined with white quartz to make beads for bracelets or necklaces. For men, citrines are also used in cufflinks and male rings.

When cleaning topaz and citrine jewellery pieces, take care to avoid cracking or chipping. Avoid steam cleaning or sudden temperature changes that cause internal breaks – warm, soapy water works best.

Whether it’s a pair of topaz earrings or a citrine pendant, look no further than the expert team at Perth’s Allgem Jewellers for your next piece of jewellery. Conveniently located in Hay Street Mall in the Perth CBD, Allgem’s wide range of gemstone jewellery pieces, including a range of stunning sapphire jewellery pieces, is sure to suit all design preferences. Contact our professional master jewellers or visit our showroom to take a look at our wide range of luxurious gemstone jewellery.