Posted on August 01, 2017 by Jan at Neville Jordan | 0 Comments


Diamonds were first discovered and mined in India over 2,400 years ago. Over time, diamonds were found in many other areas around the world and today Africa, Russia, Australia, and Canada produce the most diamonds.
The world’s largest diamond mine to open for more than a decade opened in 2016.
The new 1200 hectare mine, Gahcho Kué, is located 280 km northeast of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories  of Canada. It is a joint venture between De Beers Group, which owns 51 per cent, and Canadian diamond mining company Mountain Province Diamonds, which owns 49 per cent. The mine cost more than $1 billion to develop.
In February 2017 workers at the Gahcho Kue diamond mine discovered a 68-carat diamond, the largest gem in the mine's short history.
According to De Beers, the site is on track to reach full commercial operation in the first quarter of 2017 and is expected to produce about 54 million carats of rough diamonds over its expected 11 to 13-year lifetime.


Posted on May 15, 2017 by Jan at Neville Jordan | 0 Comments

How Pearls Form
A pearl begins with an irritant (usually a piece of sand or shell) getting into an oyster’s shell….either naturally or by man (cultured). To protect itself, the oyster releases a secretion called nacre to cover the irritant. Over time, this secretion builds up and forms a pearl.
A cultured pearl takes much less time to create than a natural pearl—usually about three years, and since it takes less time to make a cultured pearl, the vast majority of pearls cultivated these days are cultured.
The Price of Pearls
The bigger the more valuable. Large natural pearls are worth more than similarly sized cultured pearls. Since perfectly round pearls are the most sought after, they’re the most valuable. Smoother pearls are worth more than grainy ones and the better the nacre, the brighter the lustre.
Keeping Your Pearls Looking Good Forever

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.




Posted on January 24, 2017 by Jan at Neville Jordan | 0 Comments

All jewellery requires a little maintenance now and then, to keep it looking clean and sparkling, but most importantly to ensure that the claws holding your precious diamonds are still secure. Your insurance company will often insist that your valuable jewellery is inspected regularly and failure to do this could result in the accidental loss of a stone being dismissed as "wear and tear" and therefore not covered under your policy.
We offer a Free maintenance inspection and a fast turn-a-round service for all aspects of Jewellery Repair work :
Ring resizing
Chain repairs
Polish, clean & rerhodium (if required)
Claw check and retip
Diamond and gemstone replacement
All repairs are done on-site in our Manukau workshop, so your precious items are always safe in our custom built secure premises.
You are able to talk to the jewellers who actually repair your items, to discuss the repair requirements and pricing before you leave them at our workshop.  
Whether it be repairing your jewellery, remodelling your existing ring or creating a fabulous new ring, come and talk to Neville. 


Posted on October 31, 2016 by Jan at Neville Jordan | 0 Comments

Although its initial rise to fame began in nineteenth century Russia, 
Rose gold has truly become a fashion metal ; it's been pretty much everywhere, from jewellery collections and handbag fastenings to the iPhone. All it takes is a simple glance at the gorgeous colour to understand why rose gold — which gets its lovely tint from copper mixed with gold alloy — has become so coveted.

It has a lush tone that’s warmer than white gold; it is somehow luxe and understated at the same time. In essence, rose gold is poised to become the new classic for its versatility, wearability, and beauty. Need more convincing?

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.


What Are Invisible-Set Diamonds and Should You Buy Them?

Posted on September 19, 2016 by Jan at Neville Jordan | 0 Comments


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.


Posted on July 26, 2016 by Jan at Neville Jordan | 0 Comments

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 goldOf 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

Building Refurbished

Posted on March 14, 2016 by Jan Neville Jordan | 0 Comments

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.