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Friday, 12 June 2015 17:30

Grading Diamonds

  Useful information about diamonds and how they are graded       The Four C's  Gemmologists and jewellers assess how  of diamonds using the 4Cs classification system – cut, carat, colour and clarity. The 4Cs classification enables the comparison and valuation of diamonds. No one 'C' is more significant than another, and none will diminish in value over time.   Cut Diamond cutting requires great skill and training. The cutter must polish tiny surfaces known as facets onto the rough diamond. This process is what creates the facets known as the crown, culet, table, girdle and pavilion of the…
Friday, 12 June 2015 17:28

Jewellery Metals

  Introduction Visitors to our website Bulrush are often ask about the metals used in the jewelry we offer. As we offer fine jewelry created in gold and platinum; designer jewelry that includes silver and fashion jewelry that’s created in a mixed alloy of pewter and zinc, it is useful to understand the characteristics of each metal, in terms of its use in jewelry, it color, composition and value. This article discusses the characteristics of gold, platinum and silver. For information regarding the metals and care for fashion (costume) jewelry. Please see the article on the Danon Jewellery making process.   Precious Metals We classify…
Diamonds tend to be the traditional engagement ring choice, because they are enduring, and match everything. Only deviate from a diamond if you know that your girlfriend loves another stone much, much more, or has voiced her intense dislike of diamonds. When choosing a diamond, be aware of the "Four C's", as follows:   Carat: This refers to the unit measurement of the diamond, and refers to weight (not size). Every carat has 100 points. Engagement rings are often 1 carat but the ring you choose will obviously depend on your budget. A 1 carat ring on a limited budget…
The durability of the band is important, as constant rubbing and knocking from daily activities will eventually wear down the band. And office work is a killer, with paper acting as a mild abrasive on gold bands. If you can afford it, platinum is the preferred choice for wedding bands as it is more durable than gold.  Titanium and steel are also fairly resistant, while the purer the gold, the softer it is and more prone to wearing.
There is a tradition that holds that a man should spend two months of his salary on the engagement ring. Whether or not you do this will depend on your wish to conform to tradition. What does matter is that you select a ring according to what you can afford, so have a good idea of this amount before searching. Let your jeweller know your price range so that he or she can show you a variety of rings that fall within that range. Keep in mind the possibility of having an engagement ring customized. Talk to the jeweller about…
If your girlfriend is a real outdoorsy type, consider a ring that is able to cope with the wear and tear of constant activities. The higher the positioning of the gemstone on the ring, the easier it is for it to get caught on clothes, gear, hair, etc. and the greater likelihood that it'll get knocked about. Look for a lower gemstone setting for an active girl, and a higher setting for a fashionista or glamor girl. Obviously your girlfriend can also remove the ring, but the desirability of the shape and size of the ring will often be proportionate…
The main thing to remember here is that expensive doesn't necessarily equate with being the ideal jeweller. Look for a store that makes you feel comfortable, where the staff are pleasant and helpful, and where the advice they provide gels with you. As well, be sure to look somewhere that fits within your budget range; this avoids the inevitable disappointment at finding something that would be "just perfect if it didn't cost so much". If you can, check that the jeweller is registered with a society, association, or organization that regulates, certifies, etc., jewellers. Ask around your married friends or…
Be familiar with the terms that you'll be confronted with when shopping for a ring. Giving the impression that you know what you're looking for will increase your confidence and help you to ward off any disreputable ring sellers. Here are some of the terms to be familiar with:   Band: The band is the circular part of the ring that sits around the finger. It's usually made from gold, silver, or platinum, although it can be made from some other combination of metals. Gold is yellow-orange in its natural state and is normally alloyed with another metal for durability.…
If you're purchasing the ring without her, choosing one will be will more difficult where the ring is a surprise because obviously you won't be able to ask her. Do keep in mind that nowadays, many women prefer to be part of a joint decision to purchase a ring, so if you find it really difficult to know her style and taste, provide a temporary ring and tell her that you'll choose the real one together. Some of the ways to try and work out her taste include: Asking her about rings in general. If you're going past a jewelery…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 21:16

New Website!

It has been a long time coming.  But Bateman Jewellers has launched their new website with our customers in mind.  With new features and blog posts to keep you in the loop with new items, specials and promotions.  We hope to see you soon.  

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