Beat those Winter blues - June Give Away June 03 2016, 0 Comments
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Engagement Ring Trends 2016 (Part 2) April 28 2016, 0 Comments
3. Pear and Marquise cut diamonds- over the last couple of years cushion and princess cut diamonds have been very popular. Recently we have had a lot more enquires regarding pear and marquise cut diamonds.
These lovely and more unusual cuts have been out of favour for a few decades and it's nice to see interest in them again. The beauty of these cuts is that they can elongate the finger and often give a larger visual appearance than other similar weight diamond cuts.
4. Pink Gold- the soft glow of 18 karat pink gold is beautiful. This warming color looks fantastic combined with white gold and works well with diamonds and other colored stones.
Engagement Ring Trends 2016 (Part 1) April 09 2016, 0 Comments
Where to begin! Although there are no right or wrongs with choosing an engagement ring, we thought we would give you what style rings are trending at the moment. In the end the decision is what make ever makes you happy.
1. Edwardian and Art Deco- The romantic times of the the 1900's-1920's saw new ways to design jewellery and this beauty has not been forgotten as new engaged girls look to yesteryear for engagement rings. With fine milligrain settings and fine elegant designs they look just as beautiful today as they did 100 years ago.
2. Colored Stones- following on from the popularity of Kate Middleton's sapphire and diamond ring, colored stones have come back into vogue for engagement rings. Either as the main stone or an accent to a diamond, color is a way to create a unique ring. The rarity of high quality ruby and emeralds have made them sort after stones for engagement rings, and with supplies becoming limited they are only going to become rarer.
Garnet; Birthstone of January January 06 2016, 0 Comments
Most people when they think of garnet envision a rich red stone but few people realise that garnet comes in many colours.
Within the garnet family there are names for the various colours.
Just to list a few of our favourites: Spessartite comes in various shades of orange to red-brown. The most sought after shade being the same as the fizzy drink Fanta! Rhodolite garnets are a beautiful grape/purpleish colour but if you are after green then Tsavorite or Demantoid garnets are for you. Even more exciting in the garnet family is when the stone has the ability to change colour depending on its light source (Incandescent/Fluorescent) this is relatively rare in the garnet family but much more budget friendly than an Alexandrite if you are chasing a unique stone!
Here at Imp we are able to source a variety of top quality natural gemstones and with two qualified gemmologists to guide you through the selection process it is a breeze to find your perfect stone. Call us today to discuss your gemstone needs.
How Gemstones Acquire Their Colours October 07 2015, 0 Comments
You love to look at precious stones. From canary diamonds to sapphires, your curiosity and taste for exquisite gems lead you to explore the deep, rich colours these jewels contain.
Yet you've always wondered what causes these beautiful talismans to present such vibrant hues and shades. Below, we'll briefly explain the different colours your favourite stones possess, as well as what causes these coloration.
Types of Coloured Gemstones
If you were to look at a wedding ring, a pair of earrings or a gem-ensconced bracelet, you could easily recognise certain common stones. However, not every stone has only one colour. Before you can understand how gems obtain their colours, you should know just how many colours these jewels come in.
Easily recognisable by their transparent crystal appearance, diamonds remain one of the most popular gemstones for many types of jewellery. However, this precious stone comes in a variety of colours, including:
- Steel grey
Unlike diamonds, emeralds only display different shades of one colour. Most commonly, you can identify emeralds by their deep green colour. However, these gems can possess different shades and hues such as:
- Aqua- or sea-green
If you've seen James Cameron's Titanic, then you're probably familiar with sapphires. Renowned for their deep ocean-blue pigment, these stones have become a favourite for accent jewellery, necklaces and earrings. You'll also find sapphires in the following colours:
- Padparadscha (a pinkish orange colour)
Additionally, these stones will experience a phenomenon called asterism-a highly uncommon feature that gives the stone a star-like imprint visible on the crystal's surface.
Though this gemstone doesn't offer as many colour options as diamonds or sapphires, it does possess different shades of purple and violet. You can find these stones that range in colour from rich, royal purple to light lavender.
Many people confuse garnets for rubies. Unlike the ever-red stone, garnets boast a wide variety of colours such as:
- Blood red
A native of Australia, this precious stone offers jewel lovers opalescent gems in various colours, including:
These stones contain a myriad of colours in different combinations. Most common are white and green opals, while the rarest are black opals.
Factors that Contribute to Colour
Now that you know which colours gemstones come in, you can better understand how the following factors work together to create such gorgeous tones.
Gems typically develop in mines and caves. Even though light doesn't strike these crystals frequently in these locations, it still affects a stone's colour. These gems will absorb different wavelengths of light as they form. And since the human eye can only recognise certain light wavelengths, we can only perceive certain colours.
If we can't recognise a certain wavelength that passes through the gem's crystalline frame, it will appear colourless or transparent.
Trace Minerals and Other Elements
In addition to light, other minerals and elements in the earth can impact a gemstone's colour. For example, when a quartz crystal develops over time, small amounts of iron might enter the structure. As a result, the gem will look purple in colour. And the more iron present in the crystal, the deeper the shade becomes.
Other elements and minerals that cause colouring include:
- Aluminium oxide
- Hydrated silica
The next time you visit your jeweller or talk about the gemstone on your new ring, remember these unique facts about stone colouring. Not only will you impress those around you with your new knowledge, but you'll also understand your gems' true value and history.
The Science Behind Australia's Magical Gem: The Opal September 30 2015, 0 Comments
Did you know that the opal is Australia's national gemstone? Around 95% of the world's opals come from our country. These beautiful gems possess one striking feature: when you move the stone in your hand, the coloured patterns on the gem transform and move. Experts call this phenomenon "play of colour."
Play of colour distinguishes valuable precious opals from common opals (also known by the miners' term "potch"). And because the colours contrast better against a dark background, black or dark opals sell for an even higher price.
But where does the seemingly mystical play of colour in precious opals come from? If you've seen an opal in either your own collection or at a jewellery store, you've probably asked that question.
Let's take a look at the science of diffracted light and the microscopic structure of opals to find the answer. We'll also find out what determines the different colours in each individual opal.
Diffraction of Light in Opals
The shifting colour in opals results from a scientific property called diffraction. Light travels in waves. When a wave collides with a small obstacle or opening, the wave bends. This process is known as diffraction. When ordinary white light passes through a structure with many small openings (called a diffraction grating), the white light sometimes bends and changes colours.
You've seen light diffraction today if you looked at the back of a CD or DVD. White light becomes diffracted in the disc's narrow grooves, creating rainbow patterns as you move the disc back and forth. In the same way, opals diffract light because of their structure, producing their signature multi-colour shine.
An Opal's Unique Structure
Although Australia's gemstone shares the beauty of other precious gems, opals differ from other gems in terms of structure. Opals don't follow the crystalline shape that other gems are known for. Instead, opals are a non-crystalline combination of water and silica. The presence of water separates opals from their close cousin, quartz.
The silica in opals takes the form of microscopic spheres. To visualise the structure of an opal, imagine pouring hundreds of tiny pearls in a glass cube. These spheres group together as tightly as they can, creating the structure of an opal.
If the size and arrangement of these tiny spheres are random, it becomes a common opal. In contrast, the silica spheres of a precious opal have the same size and shape. When light shines through the silica of a precious opal, the light bends at just the right wavelengths to create new colours.
The Different Colours in Opals
Some opals might reveal only one colour, while others seem to contain an entire rainbow. What causes this difference? The answer, once again, comes down to those tiny spheres of silica.
The size of the spheres determines the available colours in the opal. Small spheres generate a blue colour, which is also the most common colour in opals. As the spheres get bigger and bigger, other colours follow, including green, yellow, orange, and red. So an opal with two colours, blue and green, means that it contains the next smallest spheres, with blue-only spheres being the smallest.
The largest spheres can produce red in addition to all the other colours. For this reason, opals containing red are the rarest and also the most valuable.
With all the outrageous circumstances required to generate a multi-coloured precious opal, it's no surprise that these gems possess a remarkable value. Hopefully you can take pride in Australia's national gemstone. And now you will understand the magical gleam of an opal the next time you see one at a jewellery store.
The Online Guide to Different Kinds of Pearls September 24 2015, 0 Comments
Whoever said that 'diamonds are a girl's best friend' obviously didn't understand your love for pearls. Sure, diamonds look gorgeous, but you consider yourself a pearl person. You don't leave your home unless your outfit includes something with pearls on it. And when your friends and family members need to buy a present for you, they think of pearls first.
That being said, you would like a little more variety in your pearl collection. You've decided that you want to branch out from off white or stark white, and you want to opt for something more lustrous, colourful and unique. Use the guide below to find the perfect pearls to add to your collection. The world contains many different pearl varieties, so as long as you know what to look for, you can find a special piece that complements your personal style.
The Akoya variety come from the Pinctada fucata oyster in Japan. The oysters then secrete a substance called nacre over the beads, and that nacre hardens and turns the beads into what you recognise as pearls. Akoya pearls look like the classic set you'd see on vintage jewellery. They range from warm cream to bright white, and they can have a rosy or golden lustre.
As the name suggests, Tahitian pearls come from Tahiti and surrounding waters. They come from a much larger oyster, the Pinctada margaritifera, so they often reach larger sizes. The nacre produced by these pearls is grey/black in color. As a result, Tahitian pearls have a more dramatic colour scheme than their counterparts. Their colour range includes:
- Dark silver
- Dark blue
- Dark purple
- Dark green
Each colour comes with a striking metallic sheen.
Freshwater pearls are cultivated along the same lines as traditional pearls, however they are cultivated in a fresh water muscle rather than an salt water oyster. The muscle is able to take multiple inplants at any given time allowing for larger productions and therefore a more inexpensive pearl.
Over the last few years the Chinese have perfected the freshwater process and are producing round pearls similar to the Japanese and South Sea Akoya pearls. In general they still do not have the same inner beauty and sheen of the salt water pearls.
Freshwater pearls can come in naturally occurring colours like peach, lavender and rose.
South Sea Pearls
South Sea pearls come from the Pinctada maxima oyster in Australian, Indonesia, the Philippines and other areas with warm seas.These pearls have an exceptional lustre, a more impressive size and a singular smoothness. Their striking colours also include silver, white, cream and gold.
The pearls from an abalone shell don't really count as pearls, but abalones form them using a similar process as oysters, and jewellers use them in the same way. These pearls make a stunning addition to your collection because of their colour. They usually come in jewel-bright blues and greens. Other varieties may also give you reds, violets and pinks.
Use the list to find new kinds of pearls for your wardrobe. If you have any additional questions about unique pearls, contact a jeweller in your area.
Cufflinks- indiviuality on a shirt sleeve August 28 2015, 0 Comments
Cufflinks have been know since the 17th century, although it wasn't until the mid 19th century with the changes in men's fashion that they became popular with the men of the middle and upper classes. Mainly due to necessity as the shirts of the day were heavily starched and a simple button would not hold the stiffened fabric together.
Although at this time cufflinks were generally simple gold or silver designs, the Prince of Wales ( Edward VII) sported colourful Faberge cufflinks which sparked a trend for cufflinks in any conceivable combination of metal, enamel, precious stones and paste. This trend lasted well into the 1930's, although with men having a sportier lifestyle and changes in shirt design and fabrics , buttons were also gaining popularity.
The 1950's again saw men wanting to add something to their attire to make them stand out- cufflinks, tie bars, cigarette cases and lighters all became must have items for the fashionable 50's gents. By the 1970's and again with changes in fashions cufflinks lost popularity. They resurfaced in the 1980's and have continued to be a very popular accessory for the modern man. Like the early 20th century cufflinks are available in an amazing array of materials and designs.
When choosing cufflinks pick a pair that reflects your personality or that of the person your selecting them for. Whether gold, silver, enamelled, stone set the design options are endless.
August Birthstone - Peridot August 04 2015, 0 Comments
Peridot is most often a lime green colour with traces of yellow, and is an alternative to Emerald. The colour of peridot is full of warmth which is why it is the birthstone for the summer month of August, summer for those living in the Northern Hemisphere that is!
Peridot jewellery has been worn since ancient Egyptian times, where it was considered the ‘gem of the sun’. Some believed that it protected its owner from “terrors of the night,” especially when it was set in gold. Others strung the gems on donkey hair and tied them around their left arms to ward off evil spirits.
Gem miners find peridot as irregular nodules (rounded rocks with peridot crystals inside) in some lava flows in many areas around the world, and recently new deposits have been discovered in the Kashmir region. These deposits yield stones of a vivid green colour, with hints of yellow or gold, which are perfect for jewellery. Interestingly, some peridots have even been found in meteorites that have fallen to Earth!
Peridot earrings are much loved by the beautiful Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.
Pavé diamond setting July 25 2015, 0 Comments
Like a million twinkling stars, pave diamond setting makes jewellery stand out.
Pavé from the French word for paved or cobblestone, uses a technique where small diamonds are set very close together covering a surface, just like paving. The diamonds are held in place by small beads or 'grains' created from the metal around which the stone sits. The effect is dazzling and works in two ways- one to give the jeweller the ability to create very fluid and interesting designs as well as being able to create a piece of jewellery with huge impact, using small stones and therefore keeping costs down.
All of our Pavé diamond jewellery is set in house. This allows us to select the best and brightest diamonds and importantly set them close together allowing greater brilliance, even after years of wear. Many cheaper pieces of Pavé jewellery looks good when new, unfortunately once worn and the metal dulls down people notice that the diamonds are sparsely set and the initial impact is lost.
Imp jewellery's Pavé collection features rings, pendants, earrings and bangles.
Line Bracelets June 19 2015, 0 Comments
Line bracelets are a staple of a ladies jewellery wardrobe. These sinuous lines of diamonds or colour stones drape beautifully around the wrist and work well by themselves or with a wrist watch or in combinations of other bracelets. Perfect with jeans or an evening gown.
Although the design has been around for decades it was an incident at a US Open match in 1987 when Chris Evert Lloyd's line bracelet fell to the court surface during a match. She asked official for play to stop so she could find her 'Tennis' bracelet. Since the they have been affectionately called tennis bracelets.
Imp carry a range of line bracelets in a number of different diamonds sizes and also with a combination of colour stones like ruby and sapphires with diamonds. One thing Imp are particular about is the quality of the bracelet. We use high quality Italian bracelets and hand set the diamonds/stones we have personally selected. Imp bracelets are designed with heavy and strong links to stand up to the rigours of daily wear. We see so may cheap cast bracelets people have purchased thinking they have a bargain, however they are frail, and poorly made; liable to snap at any time! This is a design of jewellery where paying that little extra for quality is really worth while.
Come into Imp to see our selection, or we can make up a size to suit you.
Upcycling June 10 2015, 0 Comments
What Is Upcyling? Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful.
Jewellery is a perfect medium for upcycling. Diamonds and stones don't loose there lustre. gold, Platinum and silver can be melted down and reused. Have a look in your jewellery box and see what you my have that laying unloved. Broken chains, worn rings, old fashioned and dated jewellery can be given a new lease of life by having them remodelled into something wearable and beautiful again.
Imp have been remodelling jewellery since 1974. Bring in your old pieces and see what our talented designers can create using your existing pieces. In many cases you already have the most expensive part of the remodelling process the diamonds or precious gems.
With our workrooms on premises all jobs are carefully monitored and all stones are set in house.
We can also trade in any unwanted gold and gems to aid toward the cost or remaking your new piece.
Click on the link to see what can be achieved.
Mondaine Helvetica watches June 01 2015, 1 Comment
The essence of the Helvetica font was the inspiration for the new Mondaine Helvetica No1 watch collection. The number 1 was the inspiration for the idea behind the watch. Its beautifully sculptured lines used to form the watch lugs. The new collection like the famous Mondaine Swiss railway watch is available in a number of cases sizes from 26.0mm through to 43.0mm.
All the watches come with a sapphire crystal glass and two year guarantee.
We welcome you to come in a view the full range on Mondaine's Helvetica No1 in our showroom.
Jewels shine at Cannes 2015 May 26 2015, 0 Comments
The Cannes Film Festival would have to be one of the most glamorous weeks on a movie stars schedule. A week of screenings, parties and air kissing requires the gowns to match.Of course with the designer gowns a star needs breathtaking jewels.
This year in the sea of satin, silk, beading and feathers the jewels still stood out. Statement necklaces and earrings were the main players in this truly elegant world of the rich and famous. Stars including Salma Hayek, Lupita Nyong'o, Julianne Moore, and Soman Kopor wore stunning earrings. While Naomi Watts magnificent necklace was worthy of its own show.
Amongst the jewellery, snakes were a popular choice. Fifties style cluster earrings and shoulder brushing drops were seen on many starlets. Overall it was a trip back to old world glamor.
Colored Stones May 20 2015, 0 Comments
Diamond have always been the most popular choice for engagement rings. However have you thought of using a coloured gemstone as the centrepiece of your ring. The Duchess of Cambridge's sapphire and diamond ring has put coloured gems back into the spot light over the last few years.
While diamonds are in plentiful supply many coloured gemstones are becoming increasing more difficult to source. Mines exhausting supply, wars and difficult supply routes and the growth of the Chinese market has seen many stones like sapphires, rubies and emeralds become more valuable and harder to acquire. With the symbolism and sentiment of an engagement ring, what could be more wonderful than a rare stone!
Coloured gemstones are an individual statement as no two stones are alike. What you choose in the way of colour, size and shape is purely personal. All we suggest is to look for a bright lively stone with an even colour.
Imp have a collection of many different coloured stones, handpicked by our designers and gemmologists.
2015 Oscars jewels sparkle on the red carpet May 20 2015, 0 Comments
While the golden globes may have been all about the statement earring, this years Academy Award ladies showed us a statement necklace was the must have jewel to compliment their designer gowns.
Margot Robbie's stunning Van Cleef & Arpels 1938 vintage sapphire and diamond zipper necklace was once owned by the Duchess of Windsor. Reportedly valued at $1.5 million
Scarlett Johansson's emerald bib was outstanding and a bold choice. The extravagant piece looked sublime with her emerald green gown and amazing body.
Anna Kendrick elegant diamond collier designed to hold the neckline of her gown is an ode to old Hollywood glamour and suited the star.
The Azure tones of Kate Blanchett's turquoise statement bib was another unique piece. Kate always looks so radiant on the red carpet and not afraid to push the envelope when it comes to fashion.
All very different looks and worn so well by these Hollywood Stars.
What was your favourite jewellery piece of the evening?
Engagement ring trends 2014/2015 October 04 2014, 0 Comments
1. 'Halo' - a central stone surrounded by a ring of smaller diamonds has been a popular choice for engagement rings over the last couple of years and interest shows no signs of dropping away. Our 'Halo' collection can be adapted to incorporate all size diamonds and colored stones, including different stone shapes.
2. Emerald Cut Diamonds - Developed in the 1920's to work with the geometrical exuberance of the Jazz age, emerald cut diamonds are once again gaining popularity. Often though of as dull, unlike a brilliant cut diamond, emerald cuts are loved by those that want pared back elegance. When well cut these diamonds look like beautiful. Whether set as a solitaire or combined with additional baguette cut diamonds, they are a timeless design.
3. Sapphires - Kate Middleton's engagement ring certainly got girls thinking about colored stones as an engagement ring option. As each stone is unique, you are only limited to what shade of blue you like. A colored stone also allows you get to a bigger looking engagement ring if you are looking for something will a little more impact and have a limited budget.
4. Yellow/Pink Gold - Yellow and pink gold are gaining popularity again. Depending on skin tones yellow and pink gold may look warmer than white gold on some girls fingers. Also if you mainly wear white gold or silver, a two or three tone effect looks great. Something the Europeans have been doing for decades!
1. 'Halo' 2.02ct brilliant cut diamond ring, AU$38,750
2. 'Classics' by IMP emerald cut diamond solitaire ring- choose your diamond size and quality.
3.'Dakota' 3.85ct Ceylon sapphire and tapered baguette diamond ring, AU$14,950
4.'Simpson' brilliant cut diamond ring- choose your diamond size and quality, from AU$4750
These ring are all handmade by IMP Jewellery and can be created to fit your budget.
Geneva ablaze with color! May 17 2014, 0 Comments
This week has seen two of the worlds most beautiful and rare colored diamonds set world record prices at auction. Both sales were conducted in Geneva Switzerland.
On Tuesday night the 'Graff Vivid Yellow' 100.09ct cushion shaped diamond sold at Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels sale for US$16.3 million. The stunning daffodil color diamond, set a record for the most expensive yellow diamond sold at auction.
The following evening the 'Winston Blue', a 13.22ct pearl shaped blue diamond sold at Christie's Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale for US$23.8 million, setting a record for the most expensive flawless, vivid blue diamond sold.
The Christie's auction also set a record for the most money realised at a jewellery auction. With a total sale value of US$154.1 million dollars of 85% lots sold. Eclipsing the previous record of US$137.2 million set for Elizabeth Taylor's jewellery sale at Christies' New York in December 2013.
Are colored diamonds the new white?
Diamond Certificates April 10 2014, 0 Comments
Diamond certificates have been around for a few decades now. Although a useful tool to help with selecting a diamond, we believe a diamond must be viewed in person. The certificate will have the size, colour, clarity and dimensions, however it cannot show how lively a diamond may or may not be. The brilliance and scintillation of the diamond is something you can only measure by viewing it yourself.
Once we feel the certificate is a true representation of the stone on the grounds of cut ,colour, and clarity the diamonds that we choose are hand picked because they are the brightest and liveliest stones.
The majority of the diamonds we carry above 0.50cts will have a diamond certificate. Usually by GIA or by one of the very reputable Australian laboratories like Aust Cert.
VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS February 03 2014, 0 Comments
Love comes in all shapes and forms- the love of your partner; the unconditional love of your children and family pets; your best friend and confidant.
From a classical diamond engagement ring to a simple pair of pearl or diamond earrings or heart shaped pendant. IMP Jewellery has a dazzling collection of jewels to show that special someone how much you love them!
Bring a Little Gatsby Into Your Life! September 12 2013, 0 Comments
The anticipation of Baz Lurhmann's movie 'The Great Gatsby' has seen a lot of interest in Art Deco style jewellery. IMP has been designing and hand making Deco inspired jewellery for many years. A period of fabulous design, with new stone cuts and introduction of white gold and extensive use of platinum have made the era timeless. We invite you to come in and see our collection of jewels styled from the 1920's.