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As many will know, I have been on the periphery of the flooding in Queensland, watching the impact a flooded house and the loss of almost all their belongings has had on my mother and stepfather. Theirs is not really my story to tell, nor is it ‘my’ disaster, however, it is a situation that has given me an opportunity to watch strangers at their best.… Continue ReadingPosted in Blog, Random Musings | Leave a comment January 15, 2011
It is so hard to put into words, so I will just say – to everyone affected by the events in Queensland and other parts of Australia, I send my thoughts and hopes for a positive recovery.
I have seen it first hand, as unfortunately my mother’s house was one of those affected. The water filled the house to just below the ceiling (this was a great relief as it could have been much worse).… Continue Reading
Every now and then a customer asks about recycled diamonds. I have to be honest and say that I have mixed feelings. I do realise that using diamonds already in the supply chain makes a lot of environmental sense, however, I do wonder about their history and also the original conditions under which they are mined.
This is a personal slant only and I realise that for many the benefits outweigh the potential disadvantages.… Continue Reading
Holiday greetings and best wishes to all who visit.
It has been an enormous year and as we gallop towards 2011, I thought it was time to show some of the pieces that have been made in the second part of this year.
As we are in the process of creating a whole new site, no content has been able to be uploaded for awhile.… Continue Reading
The mad rush to get orders finished by xmas is upon us. Phil, Ferdinand and Ann in the workshop (and Michael in his studio) will be exhausted by the 24th and absolutely deserving of their two and a half week break.
So much has been happening that I have had no time to blog, I think about it, but it never gets anywhere, so please excuse this hurried effort.… Continue Reading
ANOTHER CONTRIBUTION FROM MARC CHOYT – THANK YOU MARC!
Shamsa Dawani opens her hand, reveal brilliant red garnets. They aren’t just pretty—as small as they may be, they represent a new future for all those who love jewelry.
The garnets I have back at my store were cut in India and dig up from some hole, but who knows where? They are strictly a commodity to be bought at the lowest price.… Continue Reading
Marc Choyt of fair jewelry (www.fairjewelry.org) has kindly allowed me to post content from his very informative site. I am including the following as I also sell Kalahari Diamonds and found this interview extremely interesting.
Alex Twersky, President of Finesse Diamonds On Namibian Diamond Benefication: A Fairjewelry.org Interview
Posted on November 25th, 2009 by Marc Choyt
Alex Twersky is President of Finesse Diamond Company, a DTC DeBeers Sightholder, has been in the forefront of ethically sourced diamonds with their Namibian Kalahari Diamond sourcing.… Continue Reading
For the past eighteen months or so, we have been actively encouraging our white metal customers to consider palladium as an alternative to white gold. We have made so many pieces out of this metal, that I forget it is unknown to many and still the subject of misinformation regarding cost, appearance and ease of use.
Just last week I heard from a customer who had made enquiries elsewhere about the metal and had been told that it was more expensive than 18K white gold and very difficult to work with.… Continue Reading
I am not going to talk about diamonds or jewellery today, I just want to acknowledge two very special (but different) things that are happening for two of my jewellers.
Phil is getting married tomorrow! I want to extend my biggest best wishes to he and Kim.
As an aside, I saw Kim’s engagement ring for the first time a couple of weeks ago and ooh la la is that a testament to tasteful bling.… Continue Reading
When I made the decision to run a bespoke high end jewellery business entirely online, several of my friends and family were sceptical. The typical response was; ‘people spending a lot of money need to feel cared for – how can you do that over the internet, how will they trust you?’.
Three years later, that is no longer a question that is asked.… Continue Reading