Garnets have good hardness and durability and come in various colours. The gemstone & jewellery industry dedicates a special mention to the Mandarin Spessatite, which ranges from a orange to yellow-orange to deep reddish-orange or a deep orange-red colour. And within this special class of garnets called the Mandarin Spessatites, there is a special locale that produces that signature Tangerine Orange colour. These are the ones from Namibia. In a class of its own.
Namibia produces Spessartites that come in a bright, fiery orange colour. Pure tangerine orange. Not too much yellow, not too much red. Just pure orange, like Tangerines.
It is the Manganese compound that gives the gemstone that bright orange colour. It is best to view Mandarin Spessartites in daylight, as viewing them in yellow light or store light might result in the Spessartite looking more warm in tone than it actually is, making it seem more “orange-y” than it really is.
Below is a stunning, customised set of Mandarin Spessartite jewellery.
What Mandarin Spessatites are famous for is their high lustre, brilliance and best of all, they are normally unheated and untreated. While Mandarin Spessatites do come with some natural inclusions visible to the eye, it is possible to source those that are relatively eye-clean.
Pink Tourmalines make for great jewellery. Ranking 7-7.5 on the MOHs hardness scale, tourmalines can be set into rings, earrings, pendants and even bracelets.
Let us not get confused with the MOHs hardness scale. For example, diamonds that rank a sturdy “10” on the hardness scale, does not mean that the diamond is invincible. It merely means that it is scratch-proof. Diamonds are however, not chip-proof or break-proof. The MOHs hardness scale merely shows the ability of a certain material/mineral to scratch another softer material/mineral. This means that if one were to bring a hammer down on a diamond or say knock a diamond on a fairly hard material or at a sharp angle (perhaps a metal/stainless steel joining commonly found around the house), that diamond can be chipped or crack lines can occur.
Below is a pair of oval shaped Pink Tourmalines set into a modern, yet stunning piece of art great for regular wear. And no, we do not require a halo of diamonds surrounding the centre gem for every piece of jewellery we create.
With Princess cut diamonds totalling close to 1 ct in total weight, this pair of earrings is also created as part of bridal jewellery set. No, your bridal jewellery does not necessarily have to be white nor colourless! Add that pop of colour to your white gown and definitely stand our from the crowd, in a unique yet beautiful way.
Congratulations on being a proud owner of a fine piece of jewellery from Heritage Gems! Our pieces are individually handcrafted to the finest quality standards that will withstand that test of time. However, before you go off and start banging your ring or bracelet on your kitchen sink, one should know by now that fine jewellery deserve to be treated with care and love. So please read on below on tips for caring for your fine jewellery by Heritage Gems.
LIFO: Last In, First Out. Fine jewellery should usually be the last item you wear before leaving the house and the first item out when arriving back home.
Avoid doing house chores and manual labour or washing the dishes with fine jewellery (especially those with diamonds or gemstones mounted on).
Gently wipe jewellery with the cleaning cloth provided by Heritage Gems
Do not clean jewellery with any type of chemicals, cleaning agents, harsh solvents, harsh liquids
If, and only if, one has to absolutely wash your jewellery, just rinse with mild hand-soap as how one would wash your hands regularly with mild hand-soap.
Store your jewellery in the jewellery box that came with during purchase.
Unbeknown to many, while diamonds are durable, they are not invincible to knocks and scratches. Diamonds are able to chip if exposed to knocks over sharp edges or surfaces.
Finally, as with all things, fine jewellery will develop scratches over time which is a natural process of wear and tear. To restore brand new shine to your jewellery, re-plating and polishing is always possible.
Pink sapphires are less commonly available than blue sapphires. Which makes for a very unique proposal ring. No less important nor inferior to the blue sapphire, pink sapphires come in delightful shades of pastel pink, medium pinks and hot pinks. One would also sometimes come across pink sapphires with tinge of purple. This colour is also beautiful – which is a story for another time.
Unheated pink sapphires are more rare and less commonly seen than unheated blue sapphires. Prices of unheated pink sapphires are catching up with that of unheated blues in recent years. Make no mistake – a pink sapphire should never be compared to a ruby. They are 2 entirely different colours altogether. Neither should a pink sapphire be viewed “as the paler sister of the red ruby”. A hot pink sapphire is definitely not paler than a ruby.
Set in a simple, uncomplicated setting, below is a pink sapphire that exhibits a nice medium pink shade. With such a nice medium pink, good lustre and loupe clean, this makes for a very pretty and romantic engagement ring.
Featured here is a yellow sapphire ring set in a 3D spiral concept in 18K white gold and diamonds. Unique, beautiful and an eye-catcher from all angles.
Each spoke is individually hand welded onto the frame of the ring, which is then followed by a diamond at the end of each spoke. Seated in the centre is a round yellow sapphire, akin to a budding flower.
In the truest sense of the word blue, how can one go wrong with such a ring? On the contrary, this is not an engagement ring. Simply, a client who appreciates a pure unheated gem, untainted by man, unrivalled in beauty. Stunning on its own, needing not much more than a simple setting of one halo of diamonds to accentuate this blue beauty.
Crafted in 18K white gold, this is truly a piece to be handed over to the next generation.
A very attractive light medium blue sapphire makes it difficult to say no to this engagement ring.
Our client was searching for a beautiful light to medium coloured blue sapphire flanked by relatively large side diamonds (though not quite a 3-stone ring setting).
This sapphire (almost 4 cts) is very well-cut with all facets reflecting the right amount of light, it leaves no part of the sapphire dull nor dim. Simply mesmerising lustre and brilliance in this unheated light/medium blue sapphire makes this piece a one-of-a-kind engagement ring. Loupe clean with even colour throughout makes this unheated sapphire rare in today’s market.
No artificial light has been used in the making of video below and photograph of the ring. Only natural daylight.