Do not be fooled into buying brand name jewellery

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Is it worth investing in a brand name piece of jewellery?

Many buyers commonly think that purchasing jewellery from a brand name means that the quality and design of the piece will amount to the money invested. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Left: Brand name jewellery ring.
Right: Artisans Bespoke Jewellers handmade ring made with 10% more metal to give the piece structurally integrity.

Purchasing jewellery from an international brand name could lead to costly and lengthy repair and maintenance fees. For instance, we recently met with a client who had diamonds that had fallen out of her ring. When she took it back to the brand, they quoted a high amount for the repair work and the repair was drawn out over a period of 3 months as they waited for diamonds to come in from overseas.

Our client was not happy with this service and or the lack of quality in their ring, so they entrusted Artisans Bespoke Jewellers to provide a solution.

The piece was manufacturing using CAD and cast technique. Read more about the difference between handmade jewellery and why we think it is superior to cast made jewellery.

Strangely, each of the diamonds in the ring varied in size from 2.98 – 3.20mm. This only increased the chances of another diamond falling out in the future.

Smallest diamond on the brand name ring measured at 2.98mm
Larger diamond on the brand name ring measured at 3.20mm

Since the client liked the style of the ring and did not want to significantly invest more time and money. Tammy advised to hand make an exact copy of the ring, using the existing diamonds, but to increase the ring dimensions by 10% to help give the ring structural integrity.

The additional materials ensured that another diamond would not fall out with general everyday wear.

If you are considering buying jewellery from a brand name or own a brand name piece that requires repairs, please book a design consultation with Artisans Bespoke Jewellers first to see what handmade options are available to you.

Summer Jewellery Trends – Yellow Diamonds, Cognacs and Sapphires

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If you’re a summer-loving sister, check out these beautiful coloured gemstones and diamonds that would be perfect to ring in summer.

Yellow Diamonds

Yellow diamonds were rarely seen until their discovery in South Africa in the late 1860s. Yellow diamonds are less common than the colourless diamonds, but are far more common than blue, pink, and red diamonds.

Yellow diamonds come in a variety of shades and are graded in order from; fancy light, fancy, fancy intense and fancy vivid being the most opaque in colour. If you’re in the market for an engagement ring and don’t want to go for a typical white diamond, try yellow diamonds. They’re also a fantastic investment piece.


Cognacs, also know as brown diamonds were typically considered good only for industrial use until the 1980s, when abundant quantities of them began to appear in the production of the Argyle mines. In Australia, we gave them names like “cognac” and “champagne” and they are very popular alternatives to diamonds for engagement rings and dress rings.

Yellow Sapphires

Happy, bright, and beautiful, yellow sapphires sparkle from every angle and come in a variety of shades. Sapphires have an extremely high refractive rate, meaning they’re extremely sparkly. Perfect for your engagement or dress ring.

  • Mineral: Corundum
  • Chemistry: Al2O3
  • Color: Every color but red
  • Refractive index: 1.762 to 1.770
  • Birefringence: 0.008 to 0.010
  • Specific gravity: 4.00
  • Mohs Hardness: 9

These stones channel the cheeriness of a sunny day; it’s impossible not to smile when you see a yellow sapphire.

August Birthstone: Spinel Gemstone

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Spinel is a good candidate for the title of “History’s Most Underappreciated Gem.” Some ancient mines that supplied gems for royal courts from Rome to China produced spinel, but it was usually confused with better-known stones like ruby and sapphire.

At Artisans Bespoke Jewellers, we love working with Spinels as they come in a variety of colors, in particular red and pink. Mauve- or lilac-colored spinels are also attractive, and some blue spinel colors can be intense.

Spinel Facts
  • Mineral:   spinel
  • Chemistry: MgAl2O4
  • Color: red, orange, pink, purple, blue, black
  • Refractive index: 1.718
  • Birefringence: none
  • Specific gravity: 3.60
  • Mohs Hardness: 8

Here are some beautiful Spinel combinations we have available to incorporate into your jewellery designs.

Source: GIA

4 Tips To Getting Handmade Jewellery You (& Everybody Else Will) Love

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UNIQUE, HANDCRAFTED JEWELLERY tailored to your style is the perfect way to add a personal touch to your jewellery box. If you have been thinking about getting a special piece made, here are a few handy tips to get you started:

  • Do research (but not too much) and start pinpointing the styles you like. You don’t have to be specific as even loose ideas will be enough for your jeweller to work with.
  • Try things on. You might be surprised about the colours and shapes that suit you best.
  • Pick a jeweller who you feel understands your preferences, and who is not afraid to think outside the box.
  • Look for handmade products rather than cast jewellery, as the strength of a handmade piece is of a much higher quality.
  • We believe jewellery can be anything that you want, and are excited to help bring your jewellery dreams to life. If you are looking for a piece with personality, come chat to us about your custom design!

Words by: Tammy Keers

Gemstone Feature: Alexandrite

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Alexandrite was discovered in 1830 in Russia’s Ural Mountains and is one of the rarest gemstones to source, particularly in large sizes. Because of its scarcity, alexandrite is a relatively expensive member of the chrysoberyl family. It shares its status as a June birthstone with cultured pearl and moonstone.

  • Mineral: Chrysoberyl
  • Chemistry: BeAl2O4
  • Color: Bluish green in daylight, purplish red in incandescent light
  • Refractive Index: 1.746 to 1.755
  • Birefringence: 0.008 to 0.010
  • Specific Gravity: 3.73
  • Mohs Hardness: 8.5

Alexandrite, with its chameleon-like qualities, is a rare variety of the mineral chrysoberyl.

Its color can be a lovely green in daylight or fluorescent light, changing to brownish or purplish red in the incandescent light from a lamp or candle flame. This is a result of the complex way the mineral absorbs light.

Alexandrite is also a strongly pleochroic gem, which means it can show different colors when viewed from different directions.

Source: GIA

Style Magazine – Say Yes to Custom Design

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Say yes to custom design

ARTISANS BESPOKE JEWELLERS is singularly dedicated to creating an all-encompassing experience for their clients, from beginning to end. From the initial consultation, Tammy and her team prioritize in designing unique, hand-crafted jewellery within a friendly and relaxed environment. Their designs are creative and bold, often infused with colour and always expertly crafted.

Award-winning jeweller and designer Tammy Keers captures her designs of both femininity and old-world glamour, while still keeping true to the present and always adding her signature aesthetic.

With five talented on-site jewellers with more than 100 years of collective experience, and a network of Australian diamond and gemstone suppliers, the team at Artisans Bespoke Jewellers are always excited to create something new. The jewellers at Artisans Bespoke Jewellers all practice traditional Goldsmithing techniques, making everything carefully by hand. The result is a superior piece that has strength and integrity, ensuring that each piece becomes a timeless family heirloom.

“I wanted to create a jewellery design and manufacturing studio where everything was done in-house, and where we could offer our clients a fun experience. I wanted them to be involved in the design process and to be confident that we would create exactly what they had envisaged.”

Always ready for a challenge, no job is too large or too small for Tammy and her team to create exquisite, high quality jewellery. By prioritizing the client experience, Artisans Bespoke Jewellers is able to create exquisite pieces that always exceed the imaginations of the client.

Words by: Hazel Oxborough & Siobhon Taylor

Antique jewellery remodelling to last a lifetime

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We have over 100 years’ experience at Artisans Bespoke Jewellers and over the years have remodelled many antique jewellery pieces. The metal in jewellery passed down from generation to generation can be gradually worn down from general wear and tear over time. From this, we have seen clients come in with broken jewellery or loose gems that have fallen out of their settings.

Thankfully at Artisans Bespoke Jewellers, we are able to breathe new life into these pieces by handcrafting and reinforcing the design so that you can cherish these pieces for many more years to come. We can easily keep with the era style of your piece or put a modern twist to it – skies the limit!

Our team of talented jewellery craftsman love hearing the story behind your family’s treasures and being a part of the whole process. Come in store to book your complimentary jewellery design consultation and find out more about our passion for remodeling.

Micah Projects – Domestic Violence Luncheon – May 2017

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Domestic violence is a cause that is very close to our hearts and together with The Paddington Connection, we hosted a Domestic Violence Fundraising Luncheon to help raise funds, build awareness, educate our community and support Women and Children who are currently experiencing, or who have experienced domestic violence. Last year we raised over $11,000 and this year raised the bar higher and raised $14,000. We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all of our sponsors who donated to this wonderful event.