Pearls love to be worn because they like humidity, but require proper care to keep them looking their best. Never use abrasives or solvents to clean pearls. Avoid cleaning products with ammonia. Do not use anything that could scratch the surface of your pearl, including toothbrushes. Steam cleaning or using an ultrasonic cleaner can damage pearls.
High profile designers such as Chanel, Dior and Michael Kors have also made entire collections from the rosy alloy, while fashion writers write articles remarking on the “vintage appeal of rose gold jewellery”. A New York Times Fashion correspondent reporting from Paris described rose gold’s allure in his editorial entitled, “Like the Dawn: Rose Gold Is in Vogue Again”.Browse through our website for rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings that are guaranteed to make you a rose gold convert.
An invisible setting is a mounting that holds the stones in a manner so that the setting itself is not prominent.
There is a metal framework on which the diamonds are mounted. The stones themselves have small channels cut in their bases, and the framework’s rails fit into these grooves.
The diamonds are fixed on the metal lattice, which remains invisible underneath, so the diamonds look as if they were held by nothing.
The Problem with Invisible-Set Mountings
One of the biggest issues with invisible settings is that the stones may fall off.
This type of setting is very complex to create, and if the framework or the stone channels are not made to fit well, the gemstones may be loose in the mounting.
The most often heard complaint about this setting is indeed that the stones fall out easily.
This style of setting is good for items like earrings and pendants which are not subjected to daily wear and tear. We do not advise this style of setting for rings.
Can Invisible Settings Be Repaired?
If one or more of your diamonds fall out, they usually cannot be replaced because they have a unique cut made specifically to fit the framework they come with.
If the framework has been damaged, it would also be nearly impossible to repair the setting as the alignment of the rails will be disrupted, and they will no longer be able to fit all of the diamonds. This is also why rings with these settings can rarely be resized – the process would just deform the framework.
In case there is damage done to an invisible setting, only the original manufacturer would be able to supply diamonds with the same cut or provide an identical metal framework.
Should You Buy Invisible-Set Diamonds?
Invisible settings are expensive because they are very complicated to make. However, many people like them because they look really good.
Keep in mind that if you buy such a ring do not wear it while doing any vigorous activity. If the setting is bumped, hit or even shaken too hard, the stones could easily fall out. Also, check for loose stones before you even buy the ring – you never know how well the setting is made.
If you’ve decided to get an invisible setting ring, make sure the manufacturer provides a lifetime guarantee. You don’t want to end up with a ring that cannot be fixed or whose repair would cost as much as what the ring is worth.
From the beginning of time, gold has been one of the most valued and sought after of the precious metals. Always, a gift of gold has been the symbol of lasting love and devotion.
The uniqueness of gold: Of all the world's precious metals, only gold combines the four basic characteristics that make it a universally and eternally treasured possession - lustrous beauty, rarity, durability and workability.
Durability: Gold virtually lasts forever. It does not rust, tarnish or corrode. An example of its incredible durability is evident in the gold coins found in galleons sunk centuries ago. Each coin is as bright and shiny as the day it was made.
Workability: Gold has the best working qualities of any metal, thereby making it the ideal precious metal for fine jewellery. It is so soft and malleable that one ounce can be stretched into a wire an incredible 80 kilometres long, or hammered into a sheet so thin that it covers well over nine square meters and becomes transparent.
It is this workability that enables it to be alloyed with other precious and base metals to produce special qualities or to achieve variations of colour.
How do you know it is real gold?: When purchasing an item of gold jewellery, always look for a carat mark which should be stamped on it. This is a quality mark and refers to the proportion of pure gold in the item. Pure gold, which is 24ct, the metric equivalent being 1000, is generally considered too soft for practical uses in jewellery and is alloyed with other precious and base metals to increase its durability.
Hallmarks: Some of the common markings found on jewellery are:
Gold - 9ct or 375, 14ct or 585, 18ct or 750, 22ct or 916
Some other precious metal markings on jewellery are:
Silver - sterling or 925, Palladium - Pal, PD or 900, Platinum - Plat, Pt or 950
After 12 months under scaffolding and plastic wrap we are thrilled to be free of the construction work and noise which has been part of our daily life for the last year.
Parking has been very difficult for our visitors, and we apologise for any inconvenience it has caused, but normal conditions have now resumed so do come and visit us. We are open weekdays from 9-5, but if you need to book a consultation with Neville outside these hours please phone us for an appointment.