Once you’ve decided that you want to begin looking seriously for a diamond or gemstone, our advice is to start doing research. If it’s going to be a surprise, try and get indicators of your partner’s jewellery style tastes and what diamond or gemstone shapes they prefer.
Once you have a better idea of what you’re trying to achieve, you can now start to do more specific research as well as getting a better idea of what you’ll need to budget for the finished piece.
As trusted diamond & gemstone brokers in Sydney, we source and select only the finest stones available worldwide, which are then available for first-hand viewing & education at our Parramatta design studio & workshop.
As unbiased experts we will only let you purchase loose diamonds that are in the top 10% of light performance & visual qualities that meet your requirements to be made into bespoke handmade jewellery, such as a diamond solitaire engagement ring or diamond wedding ring.
We recommend doing some gemmological research online from a range of sources (preferably unbiased sources; www.gia.edu will be a great resource). Now while it’s impossible to become a gemstone expert overnight, a basic understanding of the type of gem you’re looking for will really help you to understand the things you should be paying for and the things you shouldn’t be paying for.
At this stage, it will be worth your while to start getting hands-on and seeing the translation & impact of graded technical detail to the physical stone. Not only will this help you to develop valuable reference points in what you like most, but just as importantly, will allow you to get the best value for money. A hard working diamond & gemstone broker will be more than happy to arrange a selection of stones to view in your search criteria, under no obligation.
Now having a better understanding of what you’re looking for, you’ll want to start researching your options for making the ring. I’m sure if you’re reading this, then you realise that you don’t simply have to buy something pre-made in a jewellery retail shop (the most expensive way to buy). Our personal belief is that an engagement ring, wedding ring, or any piece of jewellery should be unique, an extension of your personal taste & style. There’s a few different ways you can go about producing custom designed, bespoke designer jewellery and at this stage I would highly recommend sitting down with a reputable designer & handcrafting jeweller and getting some unbiased, expert advice about the best ways to create a ring.
After doing this research, you will be well informed, have a much better understanding of the best approach for you, and hopefully have found someone you trust and want to work with…
Look at many options; look for ‘WOW’ factor. If a gemstone doesn’t grab you and make you keep going back to it, then keep looking (it’s not the option for you). You don’t need to be an expert to know when you see something beautiful, particularly once you’ve developed points of reference in quality by comparing several stones at the same time.
Once you’ve found that ‘WOW’ factor gem, get into the detail. Make sure you understand each and every aspect of the gem before committing to a purchase. Put it under 10x magnification and map out the clarity characteristics, being mindful of anything that may be visible to the unaided eye as well as any external blemishes that could lead to damaging the stone in the future.
Now that you’re more familiar with your selection, it will be highly important to view it in a range of lighting conditions and sources (i.e. fluorescent, halogen, LED, natural light, sunlight.), as this can alter the face up characteristics of the gem and will ensure there are no surprises after you’ve committed to a purchase.
There are also a range of other factors to consider when purchasing your ideal gemstone, but don’t worry, as your personal broker & unbiased industry expert, we take the stress and hard work out of the equation. Get in touch with us to arrange an obligation free viewing & consultation, we would love to help you>
We recommend the Q-Report Jewellery Insurance Policy as we see it as a real value-add for our clients because of its reliability, value and ease of use. With Q-Report, your handcrafted jewellery is insured at an agreed value, rather than a valuation price, so you will not have to pay any excessive premiums. All data is stored in a highly secure online jewel vault so it can be accessed at anytime and anywhere in the case of a claim.
The Q-Report Jewellery Insurance Policy is exclusively available only through Q-Certified Jewellers. The Certified Diamond Network is a Q-Certified Jeweller and has been since its inception into the marketplace; so if you would like to get a Q-Report policy for your finished piece of diamond jewellery in Sydney, please Contact Us and we’ll explain the very easy process to you.
At the Certified Diamond Network purchasing your piece of handcrafted jewellery is a transparent and seamless process thanks to the comprehensive education & knowledge we share with each of our clients.
We are an Australian, family-owned diamond broker in Sydney & designer jewellery business that provides services to the Australian marketplace. If you live overseas, but are travelling to Australia in the not too distant future, we may be able to help you. Please contact us here directly
Regardless if you are in Sydney or Interstate, we offer the same personal service to all, including an honest and informative diamond buying guide, diamond consulting and diamond education. If you are in Sydney or planning a visit, we encourage you to make an appointment in our Design Studio.
Whilst in our Design Studio we will only show you the highest quality gemstones and loose diamonds that pass our ‘Raw Crystal Transparency’ criteria within a range that meets your requirements. Once you have made your selection of loose diamonds and/or gemstones, we can then discuss the design process and how to achieve the most beautiful piece of jewellery to work in harmony with your selection.
Each piece of custom designed jewellery we create is an individual masterpiece. Upon design sign-off we can agree upon a completion date. Please allow up to 4 weeks for completion on your bespoke design to assure the highest quality and craftsmanship. Upon special request completion time may be reduced, please contact us here directly.
It’s important to have a trusting and friendly relationship with the company you’re entrusting with such a special purchase. For this reason we provide honest and straightforward diamond consulting and education as well as registered and independent certificates that verify your piece of handcrafted jewellery and a level of guarantees that should be expected with any jewellery purchase.