Here is some information with regard to our semi-precious stones which, like our simulants, are selected meticulously before being set in our wonderful designs. Our stone sourcing policy means that we only work with suppliers who consistently meet our exacting standards.
Zirconia: The Cubic Zirconia is a man-made stone that has been created in a laboratory, it could never replace a natural gemstone, but it is a very convincing diamond substitute-at an affordable price. This stone has a sparkling beauty and can be created in virtually all colours, shapes and sizes; it is now a recognised stone in its own rights and has become an attractive and popular choice for fashionable jewellery.
Amethyst: Prized for its purple and violet tones, this semi-precious stone belongs to the Quartz family. It is the presence of iron in the crystals that brings out the striking hues.
Citrine: Natural Citrine tends to come in rich, golden and orange hues. Much of today’s citrine is heat-treated amethyst. The heating process reduces the iron content of the Quartz, which means that the purple hues disappear to reveal the rich, golden tones. When the violet and golden hues combine, the stone is known as Ametrine.
Blue Topaz: Blue Topaz is normally colourless in its natural state but produces a dramatic vivid deep sky-blue hue when heat-treated.
Smokey Quartz: Smokey Quartz comes from the mineral Quartz; it ranges from grey, brown or black in colour. Quartz is by far the most versatile of any of the gem families. Relatively inexpensive that offers a wide range of pleasing colours, brown gemstones look sophisticated and are gaining in popularity.
Mother of Pearl: Mother of pearl is an organic gem, created from a living organism, rather than a mineral, Formed in pearl oysters, freshwater pearl mussels and abalone shells. Mother of pearl exhibits a beautiful iridescent shimmer and comes in various colours.
Spinel: A synthetic Spinel looks virtually identical to a natural Spinel and has the same chemical composition and structure; it is an excellent choice because it can mimic the look of many different natural gems. A large stone in Spinel can create a better impression than a Cubic Zirconia in some larger single stone rings.