Easter Eggs, school holidays and some lovely cool weather. We hope you are all surviving one way or another; particularly those of you finding yourself in isolation at this time. We have several closure dates coming up for the month, please see below:
April Public Holiday Closure Dates
Friday 15th April – Closed
Saturday 16th April – Closed
Sunday 17th April – Closed
Monday 18th April – Closed
Monday 25th April – Closed
Stelios and the team are looking forward to a well-deserved break and wish you and your loved ones the same!
New Shop Update
Things continue to shuffle on, but no confirmed move date as yet. Keep an eye on our social media, newsletter, and blog updates. As soon as we know we’ll share via these platforms.
The birthstone for April is Diamond. And well, oh well do we have a thing or two to say about this!
On a worldwide scale Diamonds are the most popular choice for stone set jewellery. This is due to their durability, beauty, rarity, sparkle and meaning. As primarily a bespoke engagement ring destination, this timeless stone is our Queen.
Diamonds are the gem of strength, radiance, and love: making them an obvious and popular choice for gifts of love, such as wedding and engagement jewellery. Currently most diamonds are mined in Canada, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Australia, Brazil, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Russia and Zimbabwe. The ‘rough’ is then moved onward to be cut and polished. India is where 85% of diamonds are cut and polished but this is also done in South Africa, Belgium, China, Israel, Russia, and the United States.
One of the first things most people learn about diamonds is that not all diamonds are created equal. In fact, every diamond is unique. Diamonds come in many sizes, shapes, colours and with various internal characteristics. All polished diamonds are valuable. That value is based on a combination of factors. Rarity is one of those factors. Diamonds with certain qualities are rarer—and more valuable—than diamonds that lack them.
Jewellery professionals use a systematic way to evaluate and discuss these factors. Otherwise, there would be no way to compare one diamond to another. And there would be no way to evaluate and discuss the qualities of an individual diamond. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is considered the top governing body regarding diamond grading and the resulting value. In the 1950’s they created the first, and now globally accepted standard for describing diamonds: Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight. Today, the 4Cs of Diamond Quality is the universal method for assessing the quality of any diamond, anywhere in the world.
However, unbeknown to many, the well known “4C’s” are not the only factors that determine diamond price. Here at Stelios Jewellers, we also consider the stone dimensions, location of imperfections, fluorescence, tinges, and milkiness.
Stelios Jewellers loves Diamonds, and with access to over a million stones we are passionate about educating clients on their origin, qualities and value in an honest, straightforward, relatable and fun way. Please reach out if you’d like a chat, we’d be honoured to introduce you to our favourite gemstone and work with you to meet your needs and budget.
Lastly: Client Safety
We’d like to take this opportunity to let you know that all Stelios staff members are double vaccinated and masked in store as per the current government recommendations. We trust you’ll continue to feel safe and comfortable with us as we navigate this unusual period and wish you and your loved one’s good health.
Until next time + lots of Easter Wishes to you and yours.
The Stelios Team