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Diamond & Jewellery Chat at the House of Monroe Yorke

Diamonds and Jewellery Blog

  • GRAFF STUNS THE WORLD WITH A FABULOUS NEW TIMEPIECE

    Yet again, Graff stuns the world with a brand new creation, the Hallucination ladies watch.  It will be unveiled at the Basel watch and jewellery fair today.

    The world renowned London based jewellery firm says the timepiece is covered in a kaleidoscope of 110 carats of rare fancy coloured diamonds and 'estimated to be the most valuable watch ever created.

    The company asserts that their team of master craftsmen worked on the piece for a thousands of hours to perfect the design which came directly from Laurence Graff, Chairman of Graff Diamonds.

    My Diamonds, now known as Monroe Yorke Diamonds is the go-to diamond retailer for stunning diamond wedding jewellery, and exquisite loose diamonds.

    Grazia Princess Cut Diamond Engagemetn Ring in White Gold or Platinum. It has princess and Baguette cut diamonds on the band. Grazia White Gold Diamond Engagement Ring

    Grazia White Gold - GIA Princess Diamond Ring

    Louise SPECIAL - Diamond Engagement Ring

    Louise GIA Engagement Ring SPECIAL1.60ct

    Elysa White Gold - Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring GIA 1.00ct

    Elysa SPECIAL (SAVE $2,300) - GIA Solitaire Ring 1.00ct

  • It's November, the month of calm before the Christmas Holiday Sparkle

    And look no further than MY Diamonds . Natural beauty is always best and of course, diamonds are completely natural.  The Earth endows us with these sparkling gifts of raw or rough diamonds from deep below the earth's crust and MY Diamonds (Monroe Yorke Diamonds) sources only the very best from the best, for you to choose for yourself of your loved one.

    With Christmas just around the corner (only seven weekends, phew!)         MY Diamonds will offer you the ultimate gift from their extensive collection.  Their exquisite diamond engagement rings, dress rings, diamond wedding bands, pendants and stud earrings are the perfect, timeless, understated yet elegant gift any woman will fall in love with.

    MY Diamonds' designer is an artisan craftsman who creates only the most beautiful jewels for the most discerning customers, and if you take a look at our testimonials page you will see for yourself that MY Diamonds has served many delighted customers, in fact Monroe Yorke Diamonds have never had a complaint, and with their steadfast 100% Guarantee, you can't go wrong. Here are some superb examples of their collection, and if you wish to see more, go HERE.

    For timeless elegance, encapsulated in one lustrous, divine diamond engagement ring, MY Diamonds has captured the attention of the most discerning with the epitome of unique creativity for your everlasting love.  Our collection of pre-set diamond engagement rings will tempt you like no other...

    Unique Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring - Dulce White Gold back

    Dulce White Gold - GIA Halo Princess Diamond Ring $3,695.00 Availability: In stock

    SKU: R-116-W-050

     A design that speaks ultimate in glamour and romance. Pave set diamonds on a ballerina style square disk that dramatise the centre GIA certified premium princess cut diamond.  Diamond weight of band 0.16 - 0.32 carats. 18k white gold setting and band (or yellow gold)
    Eden Platinum - Round Diamond Engagement RingRound Diamond Ring - Eden PlatinumEden Platinum - Side View - Diamond Culet Visible Under the Setting

    Eden Platinum - GIA Engagement Ring $3,395.00 Availability: In stock SKU: R-111-PT-030

     A spectacular engagement ring with 16 pave set round brilliant diamonds on the band enhancing a centre rub-over setting. Ring complete with a premium GIA certified round brilliant cut diamondPlatinum setting and band.
    Aureo 5 diamond ring - GIA 0.50ct centre 5 Diamond Ring - Aureo Yellow GoldAureo Yellow Gold Ring

    Aureo - 5 Diamond Ring - 1.10ct $5,990.00  Availability: In stock  SKU: R-086-Y-050

     Unique design with five diamonds bazel set on to a winding setting. Centre diamond premium GIA certified 0.50 carat round diamondTotal carat weight 1.00ct. 18k white gold setting and yellow gold band (or white gold).
    Delivery : 3 weeks
  • Even More Diamonds for us to Love!

     

     

    One of the most famous diamond mines in the world, Rio Tinto, increased its diamond production to 4.158 million carats in the third quarter of 2013, up 12 percent year on year. Following the full commissioning of the Argyle underground mine in Western Australia in April 2013, the growth in production was instigated by an increase in the amount of processing of higher grade ore.

    A rise of 26% in production at Argyle to 3.085 million carats was enjoyed during the quarter with the amount of ore processed; 2.088 million tonnes, up 20 percent.

    Rio Tinto's production at the Canada-based Diavik mine fell 13 percent to 1.003 million carats due to a lower grade ore mined during the quarter.  Rio Tinto owns a 60% stake in the mine.  It also owns a 78% stake in the Zimbabwe mine, Murowa, its share of production declining to 70,000 carats, or 24%

    Rio Tinto’s total diamond production rose 17 percent to 11.529 million carats during the first nine months of the year. Production at Diavik dropped 3 percent to 3.106 million carats during the nine months while production at the Argyle mine, famous for the Argyle pink diamond rose 27% to 8.205 million carats. The company's share of production at Murowa rose 1 percent to 217,000 carats.

    The expectation is for Rio Tinto to mine 15.7 million carats of diamonds in 2013 compared to 13.122 million carats recovered from their mines last year.

  • The $500,000,000 'Hair and Jewel' Campaign by Graff

    This is the advertisement to end all others, 'the Graff $500,000,000 Hair and Jewel campaign'.  In the 1970s, Graff launched its company with the $1,000,000 Hair and Jewel campaign.  Today; a generation later, Graff revisits one of the most successful campaigns ever, by going up a gear...or five.

     

    The campaign features a models wearing $5,000,000 of rare and valuable diamonds entwined a coiffure that wouldn't look out of place on Marie Antoinette.  The stunning model's specially sculpted hairstyle shows these beautiful gems off in a way that highlights the exquisite diamonds from every angle.  This flag-ship advertisement is thought to have been resurrected to celebrate Laurence Graff's sixtieth year in the business, and to highlight the opening of his fortieth store.

     

    In 1970, Graff's model wore an ornate design of diamonds and jewels in her hair that was styled in the royal hair fashion of 18th century Versailles. Today's model  wears 22 jewels, including two diamond brooches with stones cut from the 550-carat Letšeng Star as well as some of Graff's most rare diamonds.

    This haul of bounty that the model wears to stunning effect in her hair includes pendants, bracelets, rings and brooches, including a pink and white diamond-flower brooch, created with pear-shaped diamonds and outlined by rare pink diamonds, completed by a diamond encrusted stalk and leaves.  The brooch showcases three D flawless diamonds and one pear shaped D internally flawless diamond, all cut from the Letseng Star.  The original diamond was discovered in Lesotho, at the Gem Diamonds' Letseng Mine.

    Other Graff diamonds also appear in the campaign including a 56.15-carat, D, internally flawless heart-shaped ring, a 23.61-carat, D, internally flawless diamond ring and a 23.20-carat internally flawless marquise-shaped diamond ring.

    The fabulous coiffure also displays fancy colored diamonds such as  a 52.73-carat, emerald-cut, fancy vivid yellow ring, a 6.50-carat, internally flawless, oval-shaped, fancy intense pink  ring and a 5.25-carat, cushion-cut, fancy vivid blue ring.  The 1970s version was astonishing, but this latest campaign is utterly sensational!

  • Record Diamond in Hong Kong Sale

     

    The amazing diamond above will be auctioned at Sotheby's in their Hong Kong sale.  The sale which started yesterday and which will run for five days will feature many items from the Orient including this absolute beauty.

     

    The oval D-color Flawless Type IIa, 118.28-carat diamond was mined in 2011 in S. Africa and is the world's largest white diamond ever to come to auction.  The purchase price estimate is up to $36 million. It is almost 20% larger than the current record holder, the 101.84ct 'Mouwad Splendour' diamond, which sold at Sotheby's in 1990.  This stunning, world-record breaking gem will find a new owner on October 7th.  Watch this space!

  • Angelina Jolie ~ An Absolute Jewel

    In 2006, Angelina Jolie founded the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict.  She has recently teamed up with Beverly Hills-based Jeweller, Robert Procop to start the Angelina Jolie Jewellery Charity fund to support her extensive work to improve the lives of children living in poverty around the world.

     

    The Style of Jolie is a jewellery collection for people who not only admire and covet beautiful jewellery but who also have social conscience as far as helping children who have very little in their lives.

     “The evolutionary process for these designs was captured by the use of storyboards chronicling the creative journey we took of exploring different shapes and inspiring us toward sharp dramatic lines and soft curves,” says Procop. “The selection of a tablet shape gem was initially based on the idea of engraving a stone with a message and from there it evolved into shapes that echo that symbolism.”

    With emeralds the main focus of the collection, the gems used in the designer jewellery are the most important aspect.

     

    “We selected only the finest gems using Colombian-sourced emeralds of the highest quality,” comments Procop. “By making the gemstone the main focus of the design, we feel the simplicity of each piece becomes timeless. When you look at it, you recognize it as The Style of Jolie.”

    The sale of this exquisite jewellery is not only bringing pleasure to the wearer.  Recently the project funded a two-storey all girls school-house in the Qala-i-Gudar region of Afghanistan.  There are plans for a second school in a to be selected location, each school funded by proceeds from 'The Style of Jolie.'

  • Star struck gold!

    We love gold.  In all its wonderful forms, yellow; white; rose; we love to wear it, look at it...and eat it!

    But it's quite a surprise to discover that the wonderful metal was actually formed between 10,000 and 100,000 years ago when two stars cataclysmically smashed into one another...the most recent clash in June of this year.  And this has been deduced by the Harvard-Smithsonian centre for Astrophysics, no less.

    Unlike the carbon that forms diamond which is found deep within the earth, the formation of gold requires something very different - the clash of two neutron stars.  The collision will create a gamma ray burst that forms heavy elements such as gold.  The amount produced can be as much as two moon masses, says lead author, Edo Berger.

    A gamma ray is a flash of high energy light, usually in the very distant universe.  At a distance of 3.9 billion light years from earth, the latest is one of the most recent to date.

    "To paraphrase Carl Sagan, we are all star stuff, and our jewellery is colliding-star stuff," says Berger.  So the gold we love and covet so much comes from outer space.  Who knew?  Here are some 'out of this world' gold and diamond rings from My Diamonds.

    A centre round brilliant cut diamond with cascading yellow and white diamonds on the band

    Belluno Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring ~ $7,495

    The Belluno is one of the latest creations by our head master jeweller.  A centre round brilliant cut diamond in a double claw setting with cascading yellow and white diamonds on the band.  This is a design to be admired from the front and in profile. Centre premium GIA certified round brilliant cut diamondavailable from 0.75, 1.00, 1.25, 1.50 and 2.00 carats. Diamond weight of setting 0.30 carats. 18k two tone.

    Alba - Pear Cut Diamond Halo Ring - White Gold

    Alba - White Gold GIA Pear Cut Halo Engagement Ring ~ $4,895.00

    The Alba, stunning brilliance of a pear cut diamond framed by an elegant diamond halo. Centre premium GIA certified pear cut diamond available from 0.50, 0.75, 1.00, 1.25, 1.50 and 2.00 caratsDiamond weight of setting 0.29-32 carats. 18k white gold setting and band (or yellow gold).

     

  • The Crown Jewels of Great Britain and the Commonwealth

    Every year millions of visitors visit the Tower of London in the United Kingdom, guarded by Yeoman Warders ('Beefeaters') to see the spectacular display of The Crown Jewels, which are part of the Royal Collection.

    Since the early 14th Century,The Jewel House at the Tower has been used for the secure storage of the precious ceremonial objects, the Crown Jewels.  Previously,Westminster Abbey was the chosen place of storage of these priceless and historic pieces, but the Abbey was found to be unsafe. In 1671, a Colonel Blood attempted to steal the Crown Jewels, as did others over the centuries, yet none succeeded.  The current display of the Crown Jewels was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 1994.

    The very essence of the Crown Jewels display are symbolic and ceremonial objects, very much at the heart of the coronations of English Kings and Queens. They include the crowns of Sovereigns, Consorts and Princes of Wales, both past and present, sceptres, orbs, rings, swords, spurs, bracelets and robes, all of which have a specific part to play in the ritual of the English coronation service and are know as the Regalia. The modern day British monarchy still use much of the Regalia in ceremonies, something which many of their European counterparts do not continue.

     

    Princess of Wales' engagement ring, now worn by Kate Middleton and known globally.

    The tiara worn by Kate Middleton on the occasion of her marriage to Prince William.  More about the Queens personal diamond jewellery collection in our next post.

  • MY Diamonds presents favourite jewellery from Royal Families Around the World

    Bearing in mind we have a new Prince of Cambridge we thought it would be a good idea to begin this segment of posts with The Cambridge Emeralds.

    Surprisingly, the tiara was won in a charity lottery in 1818 by Queen Mary's grandmother, Augusta, the then Duchess of Cambridge.

     

    The Vladimir Circle Tiara was adapted with fifteen emerald drops.Other pieces in the collection included two emerald drop brooches.

     

    The "Cambridge and Delhi Dunbar Parure"  refers to a complete suite of emerald jewelry, which also included an emerald and diamond tiara. The suite now belongs to the personal jewelry collection of Queen Elizabeth II, which she inherited from her grandmother Queen Mary, the Queen consort of King George V. The "Cambridge and Delhi Dunbar Parure" was designed and crafted by the crown jewellers, in anticipation of the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary on June 22, 1911, and their subsequent proclamation as the Emperor and Empress of India, at a special Durbar organized for this purpose in Delhi, on December 12, 1911.

    The name Cambridge was derived from the Duke of Cambridge, Adolphus, the seventh son of King George III, who together with his wife Princess Augusta of Hesse, were the original owners of the magnificent emeralds that were incorporated in different pieces of the "parure". At least two of the pieces in the "parure", an emerald necklace and an emerald brooch were presented by the wives of the Maharajah's of India, the Maharanis, including the Maharani of Patiala. Thus the name "Delhi Dunbar Parure" seem to have been inspired for two reasons, one, the parure being specially designed and executed  in anticipation of the Delhi Durbar and two, some of the pieces in the parure were received as gifts by Queen Mary during the durbar.

  • THE HISTORY OF DIAMONDS

    Diamonds are much treasured and have a very important place in the gemological history of the world.  Battles have been fought over them, human beings have killed and died for them.  They have been used as love tokens for centuries, and as a method of exquisite adornment.

    The word 'diamond' is derived from the Ancient Greek word 'adamas' meaning unalterable and unbreakable.  The very first diamonds were discovered as alluvial deposits in India, along the Godovari, Penner and Kirisha ivers.  It is possible that diamonds have been accessible in India for up to 6000 years.  The formation of a diamond deep within the earth requires very specific conditions - exposure of materials containing carbon to extremely high pressure and at considerable depth.

    Diamonds as Adornment                                                                                    The use of diamonds as gems for adornment dates back to antiquity.  The 20th Century has seen a raised interest in this fabulous mineral, primarily because of it's expensive appearance when set in precious metals.  The diamonds characteristics mean that the dispersal of white light throughout the stone results in scintillation and spectacular colours.  No other gem can display these characteristics in this way.

    Experts in gemology have now devised a method of grading diamonds using certain comparable characteristics.  The four most important ones are knows as the 4Cs, which stands for cut, colour, clarity and carat.

    These grading methods are carried out by globally recognised laboratories such as GIA and HRD.  It is recognised that the diamond is the hardest substance known to man.  Because of this characteristic,it is particularly suited to use as gemstones.  Many engagement rings or wedding rings must stand up to daily use and all the wear and tear that brings.

    Coloured Diamonds                                                                                           Although our first thought of colour when considering a diamond will probably be white or clear, there are beautiful ranges of fancy coloured diamonds.  These begin at the yellow, pink and red spectrum, through blue and green, purple, brown and the very popular and fashionable black.  These colours are caused by impurities within the stone - nitrogen for yellow and brown, boron for blue, and for black, carbon inclusions.

    Blood Diamonds                                                                                               Over time, these precious gems have unfortunately been bought and sold to raise funds to finance wars.  In areas of Africa it has been documented that some military factions have taken over complete mines and forced the workers there to continue supplying them with diamonds, so that they can be sold on the black market.  The money raised is then used to purchase weapons and fund military coups.

    A Rising Star in the Diamond Firmament                                                       When choosing your diamond for your engagement ring, you should ensure that you purchase it from a reputable diamond retailer/wholesaler such as MY Diamonds.  Call them now on 1300 66 55 20 and speak with a professional diamond specialist for the diamond of your dreams.

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