The Passion and Intrigue of Diamond Engagement Rings

Passion & Intrigue About Diamond Engagement Rings

Auckland engagement ring
Auckland engagement ring

Passion and even intrigue are some of the words that come to mind when thinking of diamond engagement rings. There is no other explanation for someone to give their lover a $5,000 to as much as $20,000 diamond ring. Quite simply, men are driven by their passion for a particular woman to give her a diamond engagement ring when he proposes marriage to her. Not only are men and women passionate about their rings, the diamonds alone have been said to wake up romance since ancient times.

Diamond Beginnings

The origin of the word “diamond” is from the ancient Greek. Their word for diamond was “adamas” and its actual meaning was “unconquerable”. This seems appropriate since diamonds are supposed to be indestructible or to remain unconquered by any force.

Man’s Passion for Diamonds

Since the discovery of diamonds, they have been sought passionately. They have been fought over and worshiped. They have been stolen, traded and hoarded and even used to cast evil or love spells in nearly every culture. With such a history, one would think that this is the most complex stone on the earth. However, from a purely chemical point of view, it is actually the most simple and purest of all of the precious stones. Unlike other precious gems which have various impurities in them, diamond is only pure carbon. As a result it is technically, first cousin to your child’s pencil for school.

Diamonds as Love Charms

From time immemorial, people have given love tokens of one sort or another. Many of these deteriorate over time as we see when archaeologists dig up coffins or other repositories of ancient civilizations. Love token s can be made from many different materials but all of them erode, corrode or simply break through the decades and centuries. However, diamonds are the ideal love token since they will endure way past the owner. In fact they will look pretty much the same in 50 or even 500 years as they do today. A love token can be just about anything; a book, a picture, a charm or something else. But there is simply nothing however that compares to a diamond engagement ring. They can capture the heart and the imagination of lovers all over the world.

The Symbolism of Diamonds

Since ancient times diamonds were believed to make the wearer courageous as well as victorious over enemies. However, to counter all of this power, they were also supposed to symbolise modesty and innocence of the wearer.

The Biggest Ever – The Cullinan Diamond

Auckland white gold engagement ring
Auckland white gold engagement ring

Many people buy a diamond engagement ring up to around a one carat diamond. Some buy them with two, even three or four carats. However, the largest diamond ever discovered was the Cullinan Diamond which was found in South Africa, the largest producer of diamonds in the world. The stone was immense weighing in at 3,106 carats. Needless to say, this diamond was priceless. The stone was clearly too big for a ring or any other single piece of jewellery and it was carefully made into a number of smaller diamonds. The main part of the fabled Cullinan Diamond can be seen as part of the British Crown Jewels on display at the Tower of London.

The Dazzle of Diamonds Hollywood-style

It is said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend and they are popular all over the world. As a result they are often designed and sold in the some of the most romantic places. This led onto romantic stories and films set in those same famous places. From Hollywood to New York to Paris, they have been on the scene of nearly every love story ever produced. Famous designers as well as movie stars and millionaires and even a few thieves have all bought, sold, stolen and traded diamonds for one reason alone, passion and even intrigue of true love.

Diamond Engagement Rings Nearer Home

While the glitz and glamour of Rome or Hollywood bring forth images of massive diamond rings, for the vast majority of people a more modest approach is the way forward. However, this does not mean that Auckland diamond engagement rings are not glamorous, chic or stylish. In fact some highly skilled jewellery designers in Auckland like Orsini Fine Jewellery have some outstanding rings. You can see some on their website. Click though to get an idea of the range of custom designed diamond engagement rings they offer or some of the top Italian rings made by people such as Marco Bicego for which they have sole distribution rights in NZ.

What are the Advantages of Buying High End Handmade Jewellery

What Are The Advantages Of Buying High-End Handmade Jewellery?

When it comes to buying jewellery, you really only have two choices, either you buy handmade jewellery or you go for something that was mass produced on a production line in an anonymous factory. If you are fond of the finer things in life, we suggest wholeheartedly that you for handmade jewellery, especially of the high-end kind. Read below to know why.

Hand-made jewelleryOne of the biggest advantages of handmade jewellery is the design. Mass-produced jewellery which you can buy in a national chain store typically suffers from having many hundreds of copies of the same design. But no matter how beautiful the design is, you really cannot deny the fact that it feels awkward to see someone else wear the same design of ring that you have, especially if we are talking about engagement rings. The last thing you want to be able to do is say “Snap” when you see someone else’s ring.

With high-end handmade jewellery, you can be sure that the jewellery is unique. In all likelihood you will also be the subject of admiration and possibly even envy. If you are buying jewellery as a gift, we are pretty sure the recipient of your gift will appreciate it too. After all it takes a lot of time and planning to organise a handmade piece of jewellery whatever it might be.

When we think of jewellery, people might think it is all about necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. In essence, that basically covers the whole scope and breadth of jewellery however, with high-end jewellery that is expertly crafted by a hand-made jewellery designer; an earring becomes an art form. And so it goes with other types of jewellery. The attention to detail, the personalization and the sheer craftsmanship are the factors which make hand-made jewellery so special.

If you do not know where to find hand-made jewellery makers often called manufacturing jewellers, finding them is really as easy as searching in Google or any other search engine. You will easily be able to find at least three jewellery designer websites from there.

Take a look at the designs you find and see if there is anything you like. If you are inspired to have another design from the designs you see, you can always have something custom-made for a truly unique look.

For some people the only difficult thing about high-end custom-made jewellery is the price, but then again, a product would lose its stature as a high-end product if it were cheap, right? For others, it is that exclusivity which is another attraction for them. When items are cheap and readily available, then hundreds of people will be wearing the same ring or necklace. To enjoy the benefit of exclusivity that comes with handmade jewellery there is the price factor. Plus you are paying for the years of skill and training of the jeweller. It is certainly cheaper to run off the same item by the thousands from a huge production line.

When it comes to handmade jewellery, the city of Auckland has some highly skilled designers and manufacturing jewellers. Each has their own style so it is hard to say who the best is. However what is clear is that if you like contemporary designs mixed with a touch of elegance using top-grade diamonds in gorgeous settings, then Orsini Fine Jewellery is definitely one you should look at.

Their website has a number of different collections of some top Italian designers but their own too including the Bridal Collection of handmade jewellery including diamond engagement rings. Take a look at their website now or give them a call and go along in person to see some of their rings and jewellery. www.orsini.co.nz

What to Consider When Buying High End Custom Jewellery

What To Consider When Buying High-End Custom Jewellery

Custom designed ringThere are some people who are perfectly happy buying pieces directly from the jewellery counter. While there is nothing wrong with this, customizing a piece means that you will have on something that is one of a kind. If you are thinking about going to a high-end jeweller to get something specially made, you should probably read this first.

The first thing that many people fail to realize is the fact that a custom jewellery piece is very expensive. You cannot look at a ring in a case and assume that your personal creation will cost just as much. A jeweller is taking your vision and making it come alive, and this is something that comes with a premium. If you cannot comfortably afford to buy jewellery that is up there in price, you should probably try searching for a piece that is already made.

While you have a lot of input into the jewellery that is being made for you, keep in mind that the jeweller has the final say. There are many people who believe that the pieces they buy should look exactly how they envisioned, but sometimes there is no way to do this while holding on to the integrity of the piece. Since a jeweller has to attach his or her name to the piece, you have to give them the freedom to make decisions that are for the best.

Creating a custom piece takes time, so plan ahead if you are looking to have something ready by a certain date. For example, if you want to surprise your husband with a custom watch for his birthday, it would not be a good idea to wait until two weeks before that date to start looking. You should aim for three to six months beforehand, depending on how intricate you want the piece to be.

Don’t think that having exclusive custom jewellery made is all about dropping off a sketch and picking it up when it is done. This is a process where you will be expected to have a good amount of involvement. You should expect to meet with a jeweller several times in person and communicate via email or phone if necessary. If you cannot make yourself available, there is a chance that your piece will not turn out like you want it to. People who do not have time to invest into this project should probably reconsider buying custom jewellery.

You may not get to see your creation until it is already done. This is difficult for people who are extremely picky since you will still be required to pay for it regardless of whether you like it or not. This can be such a long and arduous task that jewellers might work for months to create something to your specifications. You may feel like you have the right to refuse to pay for something you feel is not up to your standards, but they have already put in the work and they should be compensated. If you know that you are someone that is generally picky about the smallest details, this may not be something that you want to consider.

One of the leading custom jewellers in Auckland is Orsini Fine Jewellers of Parnell.

Buying custom-made jewellery is a great idea if you have been searching for a while and you have not found anything in the case that strikes your fancy. Make sure that you keep all of this information in mind if you are planning to have a personalized piece made. Many people walk into this blindly without knowing what to expect. After reading all of this, you will not be one of them.

The website for Orsini is www.orsini.co.nz.

Classic Styles of Engagement Rings

Classic Styles Of Engagement Rings

Gondola split shank engagement ringAs a symbol of love, an engagement ring holds an essential place in a western marriage. It symbolises the love, commitment, trust, loyal, and unity between a couple. Its shine represents how their love will shine even in the darkest place and moment. Although most people are not aware of it, this symbol is the reason engaged couples do their best in finding the perfect representation of their love. However, with so many engagement rings available in the today’s market, it is not a simple task to find a ring you both love because there are such a lot of different styles. And of course, price is another issue you both have to agree upon.

Having said there are many different designs to consider, there are a few classic styles of engagement ring that always remain popular. That is the point of this post. Instead of wasting your time looking for random engagement rings, below is a list and brief description of some classic engagement ring styles that you might want to look at.

Solitaire

This elegant and graceful ring comes with a single diamond which makes it perfect companion of any woman’s hand. Most manufacturing jewellers use 18kt gold or platinum for the ring material. However, other manufacturers replace it with white or yellow gold to make the price more affordable. The diamond in a solitaire is usually round in shape.

Different shapes

There are various shapes or cut of diamond that are used in engagement rings. There are eight different cuts which you can find – oval, emerald, marquise, Asscher, radiant, cushion, pear and heart. None of these are as popular as the round cut but if you are looking for something that is a bit different then consider these classic diamond cuts for your engagement ring.

Three-stone ring

Mazal Diamond
Mazal Diamond

This ring is similar to the solitaire ring generally using the same round cut diamond. However instead of having only one diamond on the top of it, this ring comes with three diamonds. They can be of equal size or often there is a smaller one on each side of the central stone. Each diamond represents the three aspect of time: past, present, and future. Each of them symbolises the life of couple’s love: everything they have passed in the past, their life at the present, and bright future they will have. In other words, three-stone ring brings hope of everlasting love.

Split-shank setting

Classic style does not mean that you will have to settle for a boring engagement ring style. Instead, there are some designs such as split-shank setting that gives a more unusual ring design. Unlike a regular ring which has a single band around the finger, the split-shank style has the band for the lower part but the top part splits into two sections. The diamonds are set in the centre of the two splits shanks. With this design, your ring will certainly have a classic, antique feel to it.

Major sparkle

Some women simply want the big sparkle effect. You can achieve this with a diamond that has the brilliant cut as it is known which has a lot of facets which reflect the light. With a larger diamond the sparkle or radiance is even more noticeable.

Another way to get that big sparkling light reflection is to have lots of small diamonds known as pave set alongside the main stones. This gives even more reflective surfaces.

Whatever engagement ring style you settle for, hopefully it will be a reflection of your lifelong love for each other and will bring joy and happiness to your family.

If you live in Auckland, you can call this jeweller, Orsini Jewellers. They are one of the best jewellers in Auckland and have a fantastic range of diamond rings both modern and classic styles. Click through to their website and have a look at a few of the designs they offer.

Here’s their website again http://www.orsini.co.nz/.