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  • 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 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.

  • The Whole World Waits for the New Prince or Princess

     

    Kate Middleton is due to give birth at any moment.  The world waits with bated breath to see whether the new heir to the throne will be male or female.  The world's press are camped outside St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London where Kate will give birth in the famous and celebrated Lindo Wing.

    Camilla Parker-Bowles hinted that the baby should be born 'by the end of the week'.  Perhaps she was teasing us.

    The Duchess of Cambridge has simply 'glowed' throughout her pregnancy.  Apart from severe sickness at the beginning when she was admitted to hospital, Kate has enjoyed a very healthy pregnancy, often spotted shopping with her mother, Carole Middleton and attending functions.

    Betting on the sex and name of the royal infant has reached over £1000,000, unprecedented for a non-sports event.

    Perhaps William will treat Kate to something gorgeous when she has given birth ~ something like this perhaps from My Diamonds, Australia, the home of exquisite, quality diamonds.

    Chloe 160 Yellow Gold - GIA Three Diamond Ring 1.60ct

    $13,395.00

    Timeless elegance this three stone engagement ring is designed to last the test of time. Centre premium quality GIA certified 1.00ct round/brilliant cut diamond. 0.30ct x 2 round diamonds on either side of the centre. Diamonds G colour and VS2 clarity.  Total diamond weight 1.60ct.  18k yellow gold band and white gold setting (also available in all white gold or platinum)

     

  • 100th Jewellery store to open in India for Gitanjali Jewels

    Bollywood actress, Ameesah Patel inaugurated a new jewellery showroom for Gitanjali jewels in India alongside Santosh Srivastava, the managing director of the company, and its franchise owners.

    The 5,500 square feet new showroom, showcases collections from Asmi, Nakshrati, D'damas, Gili, Diya, Parineeta, Sangini, Nitzam, Ananya and Gitanjali gold jewellery.  This ever-growing company expects to open another 60 stores within the next eighteen months, a mammoth expectation.

    Srivastava said,“The implementation of a vision is what makes a success story happen.  Having started out with a meager five to six stores at the beginning, it’s a moment of sheer pride for us to be inaugurating our 100th store today.  But we have a long way to go, and in the coming years we anticipate around 300 stores that would mark new phenomena in national and international markets combined. Our dream was to reach out to the masses, helping them wear their aspirations in the form of affordable luxurious jewelry. Today Gitanjali Jewels caters to the aspirations of millions of people across the Indian subcontinent.”

    For Australian's however, the leading online diamond retailer, My Diamonds, The House of Monroe York offer contemporary and vintage designs sure to set the heart racing.  See below for temptation!

    Skye - Cushion Cut Diamond Halo Ring - White Gold

    The fabulous Skye Dazzle ~ $4,395.00 

    Brilliance of a stunning cushion cut diamond framed by an elegant halo of perfect diamonds. This design concentrates all light into the centre cushion cut diamond with claw set diamonds downt the band. Centre premium GIA certified cushion cut diamond available from 0.50, 1.00, 1.25, 1.50 and 2.00 caratsDiamond weight of setting 0.29-32 carats18k white gold setting and band (or yellow gold).

    Princess Cut Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

    Ecco White Gold - GIA Princess Diamond Ring

    $3,995.00

    A radiant princess cut  halo design to enhance the centre premium GIA certified princess cut diamond (G colour VS2 clarity). Pave set diamonds set around the centre diamond.  18k white gold setting and band (or yellow gold)

     

  • Congratulations to Jennifer Love Hewitt and Brian Hallisay

    A lovely baby-bump and a gorgeous diamond engagement ring presented by her fiance, Brian Hallisay has put wide smiles on both their faces.  The Client List star and her boyfriend must be over the moon with their fabulous news, broken to the world last month.

    Now in her second trimester, Jennifer sports a huge diamond on the third finger of her left hand. 'We're so thrilled and happy to start a family,' Jennifer and Brian, both 34, said in the statement to Us Weekly.

    If you've fallen madly in love ~  with Jennifer's stunning engagement ring look no further than My Diamonds, Australia, Australia's premier diamond engagement ring specialists for a design just as spectacular.  Here is a selection to tempt you:~

    Blossom White Gold - GIA Diamond Ring

    Blossom White Gold - GIA Diamond Ring

    Your love is unique and so should be your engagement ring. The Blossom is the latest creation by our head master jeweller.  A delicate ribbon of diamonds hold the centre four claw setting.  Centre premium GIA certified round brilliant cut diamond available from 0.75, 1.00, 1.25, 1.50 and 2.00 carats. Diamond weight of setting 0.07 - 0.11 carats18k white gold setting and band (or yellow gold).

    Louise Platinum - GIA Round Diamond Ring 1.10ct

    Arbella White Gold - GIA Round Diamond Ring

    Diamond engagement ring complete with a centre premium quality GIA certified round/brilliant cut diamond set in a 4 claw setting. Ring consists of 14 round brilliant cut diamonds set onto the shoulders of the ring.Diamond weight of band 0.21 carats. 18k white gold setting and band (or yellow gold).

    Arbella White Gold - GIA Round Diamond Ring

    Louise Platinum - GIA Round Diamond Ring 1.10ct

    A sweep up band of scintillating round brilliant diamonds beautifully enhances the pure elegance of the centre round brilliant cut diamond in a fine four claw setting.  Ring is complete with a premium GIA certified 0.50ct round diamond.  Total diamond weight 1.10ct. Platinum setting and band.
    Delivery : 3 weeks

  • Sale of Ellendale Diamonds ~ 18th June

    On Tuesday the 18th June, the sale of the Ellendale Diamonds will begin.  Tens of thousands of rough diamonds from the Ellendale Mine, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia will be sold in an auction conducted over the internet.  This is surely a sign of the technological times we live in. There will be 34 lots in all, containing more than 30,000 stones.  Hope you've got deep pockets!

    Harvested at Ellendale by KDC, the diamonds in the auction are mostly white stones and fancy yellows.  This is to be expected as the mine supplies about half of all yellow gems sold globally. At the previous Ellendale diamond auction, demand exceeded supply resulting in the sale of all the lots offered.  eDiamond will be auctioning nearly three times the amount sold at that time.

    Two viewings will be conducted in anticipation of the auction: one in Tel Aviv, beginning today and continuing until Wednesday, and one in Antwerp, beginning on Friday and continuing until the day before the sale. Diamonds will always be good investments and diamond jewellery never fails to hit the spot as gifts for our loved ones.  For really eclectic designs and quality craftsmanship, view the designs and loose diamonds on offer at www.mydiamonds.com.au   Every piece has been designed in-house and My Diamonds offers a bespoke engagement ring design service second to none.  Call 1300-66-55-20 and speak with a My Diamonds diamond specialist.

    Joy Brilliant Platinum - GIA Diamond Ring

    Joy Brilliant Platinum - GIA Diamond Ring

    A design with presence that boasts elegance and dramatic beauty. Australia’s most favourite engagement ring.  A very fine and open 6-claw setting, with a diamond set under the centre setting. Design is made perfect with a premium GIA certified round brilliant cut diamond. Platinum setting and band.

  • Breaking News of the sale of the Rio Tinto Diamond Mine

    As reported previously Rio Tinto plans to sell its world-wide diamond mines, yet news has it that the suggested float of the company has become firmer in recent days.

    One of the interested parties has confirmed that its interests lie only in the DIAVIK DIAMOND MINE, in Canada's Northwest Territories. Canada's Dominion Diamond Corporation, a partner with Rio Tinto in Diavik, and holding just 40%, have stated that they wish to purchase the 60% stake that Rio Tinto have in the mine and no more, as the Argyle mines in Australia, 'are just too distant for a company of its size to consider.'  Dominion recently became 'top-dog' of the Canadian diamond industry, after acquiring BHP Billiton's 80% stake in the Ekati diamond mine, also in the Northwest Territories.

    Diavik Mine ~ Northwest Territory of Canada

    Bob Gannicott, Chairman and Chief Executive of Dominion said that Dominion are entirely focussed on the Northwest Territory of Canada, being a place they know and understand.  Nevertheless, Rio is keeping its options open.  The preferred option would be to sell the company in its entirety, but would certainly consider fragmenting the business if sale of the parts brings a greater return.  Watch this space for more news of the sale of the iconic Rio Tinto mines!

    And don't forget you can purchase your fabulous diamond from My Diamonds at a price easily affordable.  Look out for new designs from My Diamonds artisan jewellers such as The Blossom and The Delfina.  Look below for a tempting glimpse!

    Ribbon of Diamonds Holding the Centre Setting

    The Blossom ~ Your love is unique and so should be your engagement ring. The Blossom is the latest creation by our head master jeweller.  A delicate ribbon of diamonds hold the centre four claw setting.  Centre premium GIA certified round brilliant cut diamond available from 0.75, 1.00, 1.25, 1.50 and 2.00 carats. Diamond weight of setting 0.07 - 0.11 carats18k white gold setting and band (or yellow gold).

    Delfina Yellow Gold - Unique Engagement Ring

    The Delfina ~ An exclusive design by our head master jeweller.  A six claw yellow gold solitaire setting with two claws extending out of the band in yellow gold and remaining four claws in white gold. Complete with a premium GIA certified round brilliant cut diamond.  18k yellow gold setting and white gold setting.

  • Rio Tinto looks to sell home of the Pink Diamond

    The Argyle Diamonds Mine has had 2.2 billion dollars of expansion by Rio Tinto.  The Argyle Mine is home to that exquisite and rare diamond the Argyle Pink and it's hoping that this, along with the huge investment made will make the mine attractive to potential buyers.

    The Rio Tinto Argyle mine is in the Kimberley in Northern Western Australia,  The expansion and investment increases its life to 2020 meaning diamonds can be mined there for at least another 20 years.  The pinks are so rare they contribute to just a fraction of the diamond haul from the Argyle mines every year - a pink 1ct diamond can command a price of $1 million to $2 million dollars.  These are put into tender and offered to diamond collectors all over the world.

    Rio Tinto are selling mines in Canada and Zimbabwe as well as Australia, trying to shave 5 billion dollars of costs from its operation as commodity prices continue to fluctuate.  They are currently talking to potential buyers as the outlook for the mine is very positive and also considering floating the mine, which will be worth about $2 billion dollars to Rio Tinto.

    So if you fancy owning a few more beauties like the one above, you'll have to dig deep into those pockets.  Maybe this years birthday present?

  • Coloured Diamonds ~ Part 1

    The most popular colour of diamond to date is a diamond with no colour. This is the information sent out by millions of purchasers over the last decade in their choice of the colourless diamond for diamond engagement rings and other jewellery.  And this is a truism when referring to the white diamond.  However, there is a trend emerging of choosing fancy coloured diamonds for jewellery.  Much of this is celebrity driven, but My Diamonds would like to present a range of coloured diamonds for you to consider, and why they are the colour they are.

    Natural fancy coloured diamonds occur when various trace minerals and elements are present within the earth when the stones are formed.  The colour can range from pink to black - blue to yellow.  These stunning diamonds are often very expensive because of their rarity,  The Argyle Pink being one of the most famous.  Some of the most famous diamonds in the world are fancy coloured diamonds and below you will find some extra information on those colours and the famous stones known for each specific colour.

    THE BLACK DIAMOND ~ Minute inclusions and clustering of carbon through the stone render this exquisite gem black. Although they are opaque they still have a fantastic brilliance and display the amazing lustre that is almost unique to diamonds. The Black Star of Africa is the most famous black diamond, weighing a massive 202 carat and thought to be the largest coloured diamond in the world.

    PINK DIAMONDS ~ The colour pink is achieved as a result of a crystal lattice defect during the formation of the diamond giving the stone a soft pastel pink colour. The most famous of pink diamonds is the Agra diamond weighing 32.34 carats and is owned by the SIBA Corporation who also owns the yellow Allnatt diamond.

    BLUE DIAMONDS ~ The colour in a blue diamond is due to the element boron which changes the conductivity of the diamond. The most famous blue diamond and perhaps the most famous diamond of them all is the Hope Diamond which was cut from The French Blue Diamond when it was stolen in 1762. The Hope Diamond is now in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington where it has been on display since 1958.

    Next Post...Green Yellow and Red Diamonds!

     

  • Is It Safe to Buy Diamonds Online?

    A few years ago, buying diamonds online would have been unheard of, if not frowned upon.  Although it may appear to be risky, buying from a well-known, professional organisation like My Diamonds means you are now able to safely purchase the most amazing diamonds at the very best prices.

    EVA ROMANCE - GIA 0.50CT DIAMOND RING PLATINUM - 0.70CT ~ $4,790.00

    The diamond collections at My Diamonds, www.mydiamonds.com.au means you will find the most exquisitely crafted diamonds from large inventories.  The specialists at My Diamonds are passionate about diamonds and are extremely knowledgeable.  They are happy to pass this knowledge on to you to ensure you find the diamond of your dreams.

    LUTÈCE - GIA 0.50CT DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING PLATINUM - 0.95CT 

    Internet pricing is highly competitive between online retailers and traditional jewellery stores in the mall.  However, My Diamonds goes beyond competition, simply because their intricate designs are crafted by diamond artisans just for My Diamonds.  Their designs and the quality of the craftsmanship goes above and beyond.

    HERA QUEEN OF LOVE - PLATINUM ENGAGEMENT RING 0.64CT 

    My Diamonds have a 100% 14 Day Guarantee.  If you are not 100% happy with your purchase, you may return it as long as it is in sent condition i.e. unworn, and with all packaging intact.  They also have a stream of testimonials from delighted customers who return to them again and again.

    LILY - GIA COMPLETE PLATINUM ENGAGEMENT RING 0.63 CARATS 

    Go to www.mydiamonds.com.au for the full story of how to buy your diamond safely online.  Or, telephone 1300-66-55-20 and speak with one of their diamond specialists.

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