Q & A with our Expert Yorkshire Jewellers
How to choose a diamond or gemstone
Where do you start when it comes to deciding on stones for a piece of jewellery?
It all comes down to personal preference. Many of our customers start with choosing colours they like or normally wear. White stones will match with most styles. Sometimes customers know exactly which gemstone they prefer, others we guide along the decision process discussing price, longevity and durability of different precious stones. Many gemstones offer varying hues and tones of a colour too. This can be helpful for some jewellery designs. Another good starting point, especially if your designing some fine jewellery as a gift, is to look at birthstones.
Where do you source your diamonds and gemstones from?
It is very important to us, that we create ethical jewellery. Therefore, we use a carefully selected group of trusted, reputable diamond and gemstone suppliers within the UK and Antwerp. We are aware of the problem of conflict diamonds and have taken measures to guarantee that no conflict diamonds enter our supply chain.
To read more about ethical jewellery and Form Bespoke Jewellers, CLICK HERE. Photos courtesy of Hockley Mint.
Can a customer view their diamond or gemstone options before they commit?
Of course! One of the best things about designing and creating your own bespoke engagement ring, wedding ring or other fine jewellery piece is that you, the customer, choose all the details. This includes the specific stones that we will hand set into your piece. Most of our customers like to come in and view their gemstone options during the creative process. Using our trusted suppliers, we are able to source diamonds and precious gemstones of varying colour, clarity and size to suit your individual style and budget. Then you handpick your favourite.
What is the most unusual gemstone to be requested at Form Bespoke Jewellers?
Tim: For me it was a Tsavourite Garnet. Garnets are generally recognisable as a rusty red stone. But the Tsavourite Garnet is green and was made popular by Tiffany’s in the 1960s. For this customer, both Tsavourite and Demantoid garnets offered a beautiful alternative to the classic emerald option.
Gary: A customer once requested a Star Sapphire. They had seen these unusual sapphires used in jewellery abroad and knew that it was the perfect stone for their bespoke engagement ring. It is named the star sapphire due to a naturally occurring, enhanced reflective area on its surface, in the shape of a star.
What is your favourite diamond cut?
Tim: I like radiant cuts. They’re similar to a princess cut in that they are basically square in shape. However, they are missing the 90-degree corners of a princess cut diamond. This makes them a little softer to the eye, more ergonomic. They are nice option if you can’t quite decide between a princess and a cushion cut diamond.
Gary: I’m a fan of an emerald cut diamond. There’s something classic about its angular shape. It doesn’t have lots of little facets that glisten (like a round brilliant cut diamond), but instead it’s longer lines create elegant flashes.
What is your favourite coloured gemstone?
Tim: It’s got to be a sapphire. Sapphires are one of the more durable coloured precious gems. Plus, they’re available in so many bright and bold colours.
Gary: I like sapphires too, but I also think topaz is often an undervalued gemstone. You can get some really nice colours and they can be a very cost effective option for a piece of bespoke fine jewellery.
Do you suggest any metal and gemstone combinations?
White Gold – ruby, sapphire / Yellow Gold – yellow sapphire, emerald / Rose Gold – smoky quartz, cognac diamond / Palladium – diamond, emerald / Platinum – sapphire, aquamarine
If you would like to speak directly with Tim or Gary about diamond and gemstone options, simply get in touch.
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