Yes, the vast majority of our jewellery is hand-made using centuries-old techniques. This is the oldest method of jewellery manufacturing. Just like a blacksmith, the process of rolling and hammering the metal strengthens it. You can see our jewellers work benches right in the middle of our store. Come and see how your ring is made or sit with us and help make it! However, we can provide both handmade and CAD (computer-aided design) rings which are then cast. This is the most common method of jewellery manufacture.
Casting is the most common method of making a ring and is how mass production jewellery is created. It simply means the ring is made or cast from a mould in a factory. It is more economical than handmade simply because there is very little labour involved in the process.
The hammering and heating process in a handmade ring improves the quality of the metal, just like a blacksmith making a sword or horseshoe. Metal is strongest when forged.
Casting gold is softer because it’s formed in a molten state and cheaper to manufacture as there is significantly less labour involved in the process. Casting is the most common method of manufacturing jewellery and ideal for mass production.
Yes, our stones are independently-certified by the world’s foremost authorities in diamond grading, including the Gemological Institute of America. Always insist on independent certification rather than ‘store certified’. We don’t just deal with Australia’s leading diamond merchants but have access to the world’s largest diamond inventory.
There’s little difference between the hardness of 9ct and 18ct gold. In white gold, 18ct is harder than 9ct, however, in yellow gold the reverse is true. 9ct yellow gold is harder than 18ct. Both options, if handmade, will last several lifetimes.
Yes, it is, but because our rings are handmade there isn’t much difference between our white gold and platinum. A platinum ring won’t need rhodium plating once a year like a white gold ring, but it could require polishing several times a year.