Artisans Bespoke Jewellers: Top 3 Engagement Ring Predictions For 2019

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You’ve asked and we’ve delivered! We’re pleased to bring you our top three engagement ring predictions for 2019!


Fancy Shape Diamonds & Coloured Gemstones as Features

This year we’ve noticed the rise of diamonds or other gems in what we would call “fancy” shapes being used as features to the main stone. We love a solitaire engagement ring as much as the next person, but we also adore using feature stones.

These stones can be in a variety of shapes and sizes and we’ve listed them below with a brief description.

Pear

The pear shaped diamond is also known as a teardrop diamond. This shape is quite unique as it combines the design of a round brilliant and a marquise to create this beautiful shape.

Kite

As the name suggests, this particular cut resembles a kite. Broader along the top and tapering down to a thin point. Because of the shape, these cuts of diamonds or gems are usually used on the shank of a ring.

Hexagon

This one is a no-brainer. It’s a six sided gemstone and is perfect as a centre stone.

Tapered Baguette

This particular cut is perfect as a side stone due to the shape. These are generally smaller stones cut into a tapered shape.

Cadi

Short for “Cadillac”, this diamond has five sides (the base is one long side, then two sides that taper at the same angle and then two more that meet at an apex). It derives this name because it looks similar to the Cadillac logo. These are best for side stones!

Asymmetrical & Organic Cuts

Asymmetrical cuts are, as the name suggests, asymmetric in design. Organic cuts are probably better described as a ‘rough’ cut. They’re not a precise, clean cut like you would find in the others we’ve described.


Tiara Rings with engagement rings or combined/stackable engagement & tiara options

The tiara ring is also getting a lot of attention from our customers. We love these rings, not just because they’re stunning to look at, but because they’re a beautiful way to present your wedding stackers (engagement, wedding &/or eternity). Who wouldn’t want to wear a tiny tiara on their finger? In the design process you get to choose the gold, the gems and the design of the tiara.


Trilogy design engagement ring

A trilogy engagement ring is steeped in symbolism with the three stones representing the past, the present and the future. The middle stone, which represents the present, is usually (but not always) the larger stone.

The design possibilities for this type of ring are quite wide and varied depending on the shape and the stones you’d like to use.

That rounds up our top three predictions for engagement rings this year. If you’d like to meet with us to chat about your engagement ring design options, don’t hesitate to contact us on (07) 3369 3798.

Jewellery Remodelling: A Sister’s Legacy

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They say that your sister is the first female friend you’ll ever have.

Yes, there may be bickering and misunderstandings and oneupmanship happening all through the relationship, but for the most part – there’s love and understanding. You were both raised in the same crazy family and nobody gets your family like you do. One look between you both can convey an entire conversation.

All this and more, came to our minds when we met our beautiful customer, Merryl.

You see, Merryl’s sister had recently passed away and on her passing, she left a gorgeous ring to Merryl.

The ring was a beautiful rose gold garnet and black diamond piece, but it needed a little bit of TLC. The garnets and the diamonds were falling out and the gold was a little worn in places.


Left: Original Ring. Right: Newly Remodelling Ring using original gemstones.

Merryl wanted the ring to look exactly the same, but just repaired and refreshed.

Bearing all of this in mind, our workshop began the remodelling process. Our team very carefully went about unsetting all the stones. Thankfully we were able to reuse the garnets and diamonds. The original ring had quite a high profile which compromised the integrity of the ring somewhat. We handmade the new ring with more gold and a lower profile. It meant the ring would be more comfortable to wear and last longer. As an example, the original ring weighed 3 grams and the new ring weighed 11 grams.

We were able to deliver Merryl a ring that still looked like her sister’s original ring, but was made to stand the test of time.


Ring basket comparison. The right is much more stronger.

If you’re looking to refresh a piece of jewellery but you don’t want it to be unrecognizable from the original, we can do that for you. Just like we did for Merryl and her sister’s ring. We’re able to unset and reuse gemstones and we can even source gems to match the colour, size or cut of the existing gems. Following your wishes, we can remodel a piece to still look like the original, but will last a lot longer. Find out more about our remodelling process here.

Contact us and book a design appointment today!



Testimonial from Merryl:
Over the past two years I have bought four stunning pieces of jewellery from Artisans at Paddington.


My very first purchase was a beautiful floating pendant set with champagne and white diamonds – it was a present from my husband for our 25th wedding anniversary, and it is unique and very special. Hazel helped me to select it, and that was when my love affair with Artisans began!


My other three purchases have been rings, two of which were individually designed for me by Tammy and/or Hazel. One incorporated two pairs of stud earrings into a classic row with a modern twist, and my most recent ‘creation’ is the most exquisitely gorgeous rose and white gold Art Deco-style grey spinel, green tourmaline and diamond ring which I can’t stop looking at!! 


Tammy also remade a ring which had great emotional significance to me because it had been a gift from my sister who passed away a few years ago. The ring had been cast rather than hand-made, and the claws and some of the stones had broken or fallen out. The remake is almost identical to the original, but stronger and much more durable.


I regularly receive compliments about all of these pieces because they are truly stunning, one-of-a-kind items which have been carefully crafted by Brisbane’s  most highly-skilled jewellers.


But do you know what the best thing about Artisans is? Everyone who works there really seems to love his/her job, and this shows from the moment you walk through the door. There is the buzz of a happy workplace, with people who know their craft and enjoy what they’re doing.


Merryl

Artisans Wedding Photoshoot – Behind the scenes

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Behind the scenes team photo

Join us as we go behind the scenes of our wedding photoshoot…

List of our amazing team from the day:
Photographer & Retoucher – Olivia from Liv Photography
Hair & Makeup Artist – Jim from Jim Jirarnuttaruj
Garment Stylist – Mette from Be Divine
Product Stylist – Hazel from Artisans Bespoke Jewellers
Talent – Adele & Luke from Chic Management
Social Media – Leanne from Hardcastle Business Support
Wedding Dresses – Paddington Weddings
Flowers – Anna from Flowers By Forrest
Photoshoot Venue – Darling & Co

LGBTQ

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LGBTQ Ally

At Artisans Bespoke Jewellers, it didn’t take the official legalisation of gay marriage for us recognise that love is love. We have been creating beautiful bespoke pieces for same-sex couples for many years and we have lots of examples we can share with you if you need help with your design. Just contact us for an appointment, bring some ideas, thoughts & stories with you and we’ll do the rest!

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

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

Cognacs

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

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.