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Your First Choice For Engagement and Wedding Rings

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From unique handcrafted Engagement Rings to beautiful bespoke Wedding Rings, we will work with you to create your dream ring.

We will help you design an Engagement Ring that will be treasured for generations to come. If we don’t have the perfect ring already in our extensive range, we would love to design and craft the one to suit your style. With Global Diamonds you can choose the stone from a large selection of stones available at the best price, all sourced from ethical suppliers.

Our experienced team of Jewellers and Designers, including a Master Jeweller and a Stone Setter in our on-site workshop, will help you choose the perfect stone within your price range. We can help with the design and are also happy to draw inspiration from pictures that you supply. We also offer a full design draw service so you can get a real idea of what we are planning and work together to plan that perfect piece.

If you already have your Engagement Rings then Global are more than happy to create Wedding Rings to match. We hold a large physical stock of these and we love to make each one to fit you and match your existing ring perfectly.

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We can also remodel old rings if you wish to incorporate heirloom jewellery in your wedding set.

With a talented and experienced team onsite, you will be looked after every step of the way.

Great Service… Best Prices…..Quality Workmanship

 

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Birthstone for April – the Classic Diamond

The Beautiful Diamond

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The Diamond, the most famed and fabled of all gemstones, is very unique in many ways. Renowned for being the hardest substance on earth, its sparkling fire, durability, and rarity make Diamond the most prized of all gems. No gemstone contains as much allure and interest as does Diamond.

Most Diamonds used as gemstones are colourless or very faintly coloured. However, coloured Diamonds, known as “fancies”, can be extremely rare and valuable, and the most valuable gemstones ever known have been fancy Diamonds. In fact, fancy Diamonds are the most valuable substances known to man, with vivid coloured Diamonds historically being sold for more than a million dollars per carat!

As the April birthstone, Diamonds are the ideal gift for a loved one.  And now you have more choices than ever. Get creative and give the ultimate gift of beauty: a fancy-colour diamond. Fancy-colour Diamonds are natural, rare and truly exotic gem of the earth.  Diamonds in hues of yellow, red, pink, blue, and green range in intensity from faint to vivid and generally the more saturated the colour, the higher the value. In fact, Diamonds sparkling with intense colour are rare and may be priced higher than a colourless Diamond of equal size.  Because fancy-colour Diamonds are very desirable, colour is sometimes introduced in a laboratory. These are correctly called Colour-treated Diamonds. When purchasing a fancy-colour Diamond, the shopper should ask if any enhancements or treatments were used to improve its colour and/or clarity.

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We have a large stock of beautiful unset Diamonds, ready for your special design, and we also have many items of stunning jewellery in stock now.

 

Platinum vs Gold

Platinum vs Gold is a very personal choice.  Platinum is generally more expensive than gold as it is heavier (therefore uses more) and it is usually 95% pure when made into jewellery, compared to 75% for 18ct gold.  However there are pro’s and cons to both.

Platinum will wear better than gold over the decades as it is a more dense metal.  Platinum is a much whiter metal than white gold, but it does have a grayish appearance when it wears.

White gold has a yellowish appearance in its raw form.  This is why most white gold is rhodium plated, which gives it a very white appearance.  Rhodium plating is however only a temporary plating and will wear over time. This is why we use a Platinum based white gold which is white even in its raw form and doesn’t need a Rhodium plating new or at any point over time.

From a personal point of view, we feel that a brand new white gold ring looks sharper than a brand new platinum ring.  However the real benefit of a platinum ring is its durability over time.

All in all, both metals produce a stunning look and it is important to keep your jewellery clean and polished.

There has always been this perceived belief that Platinum is a superior metal to gold, and it is commonly used by the rich and famous.  Perceptions aside, white gold can look just as stunning and in many cases it is still a preference in its look.

Does Gold scratch easier than Platinum

There is a bit of a myth out there that Platinum is harder than gold, and therefore doesn’t scratch as easily.  Platinum is actually softer than gold but it is more dense in nature.  Therefore it scratches just as easily as gold but the metal only displaces rather than wears away with a scratch.

In conclusion, both are very nice metals, but both need to be maintained to look their best.  The cost of maintenance is very similar.  Platinum will last longer over time and has a heavier feel to it.  The rest of the decision is just a personal choice and to many, a cost related issue.

Coloured Diamonds: Good, Bad, or Fad?

Round brilliant polished diamonds.When most men consider purchasing a diamond engagement ring, they automatically picture a colourless diamond, and rightly so. Colourless diamonds are the most popular and perhaps most desirable of all diamonds, but they aren’t the only stones available. Diamonds occur in a variety of different colours that can be extremely appealing to many women.

So, why if they are so fabulous, haven’t you heard much about them? Could it be they are just a fad? Let’s find out.

 

The Truth About Coloured Diamond Rings

  • They are Rare- One of the main reasons coloured diamond engagement rings are unique and not generally seen is due to the fact that they are actually rather rare. Now, there are stones which are enhanced artificially, but that’s not what we’re discussing.
  • They Come in Various Colours- Coloured diamonds can be found in a variety of colours, including blues, greens, blacks, purples, and yellows. The rarest diamond colour is pink, and is only found in the Australian Argyle diamond mine, which is a mine that produces all but 5% of the diamonds in the world. Regardless of their colour, these diamonds are made by forming near mineral deposits. The type of deposit and the position of the deposit determines the colour of the diamond.
  • Their Use is Affected by Prejudice- While these diamonds are beautiful, especially when used in engagement rings, many individuals are not keen on them. This is because they have been taught that white, or more appropriately, colourless diamonds are the best. While colourless diamonds are indeed beautiful, it never hurts to add a bit of colour to your world.
  • Some Coloured Diamonds Didn’t Start Out Beautiful- Because diamonds that have colour are generally more expensive and rare, many individuals use colour enhancement to bring out the colour, or change the colour, of their diamonds. This process is risky to the diamond, however, and some diamonds cannot be enhanced.

While fashion trends do tell us whether or not wearing coloured diamonds is ‘in style,’ these beautiful diamonds should not be considered a fad. Rather, they are unique gems that are part of the vast and beautiful diamond family.

If you are thinking of purchasing a diamond, don’t let the latest fads or trends be a part of your diamond decision. Whether you are looking for a colourless stone or something a bit unique, it’s a highly personal decision. If you are unsure, the traditional, colourless diamond in a round cut is by far the most brilliant of all. You can’t go wrong with that one.