Jewellery 101

Where do your diamonds come from?

Our diamonds come from all over the world.  We carry premium brands of Canadian Diamonds as well.  Any non-Canadian diamond that is sold through our store, is purchased via wholesalers that subscribe to the Kimberly Process, essentially ensuring that from the retailer, all the way back to the mine that the diamond has originated from non-conflict mines.

What is a conflict diamond?

As defined by the United Nations: Conflict diamonds are diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council.

Another website wrote:  A blood diamond, also referred to as a conflict or war diamond, is a diamond sold to finance terrorism or other violent acts including civil war. The blood diamond trade has been recognized as a global problem, with terrorist organizations in a wide range of nations benefiting from the trade of these diamonds. The blood diamond problem is most severe in Africa, where several nations including Liberia, Angola, and Sierra Leone have been affected, leading organizations such as the United Nations to enact resolutions to combat the sale of blood diamonds.

What is the difference between yellow and white (and rose…) gold?

Gold is gold.  Pure gold is 24 karat.  14 karat gold is 14 parts gold and 10 parts alloy (other metals).  10 karat gold is 10 parts gold and 14 parts alloy.  The colour of 10K or 14K or and karat of gold is determined by what type of alloys the pure gold is mixed with.  White gold often has nickel, palladium and other “white” coloured metals in it.  Rose gold may have copper, etc.  Incidentally, the value of the gold is not determined by its colour, but rather by what portion of the gold is pure, the karat.  14 karat gold is worth what it’s worth regardless of what alloy it was mixed with.

Why does white gold turn yellow-ish?

White gold is “nature given” gold (which is yellow) mixed with white coloured alloys.  The final product is “white-ish”.  White gold is popular however, because of its platinum-like colour, so the industry has taken to plating white gold jewellery with another brighter white metal called Rhodium.  When the rhodium plating wears off, the natural white of the gold itself shows through.  Jewellery can be replated with rhodium again to get back to the bright white colour it was when you purchased it.  And yes, we do that here.

Why does my ring make my finger go black?

In the case of gold rings, it is most commonly caused a chemical reaction between your body and the alloys mixed with the gold.

What is the best way to keep my jewellery looking new?

Keep it clean.  We sell at-home jewellery cleaner and travel-size cleaners as well.  We are happy to clean your jewellery, free of charge any time you would like to pop in to our store.  Be careful to learn of special care instructions on some gemstones such as pearls, opals, emeralds, and others.  (Stop in and see us if you have gems that you are unsure about.)  In the case of polished gold, scratches can be buffed and polished out by our goldsmith.  Store your jewellery in a way that the pieces are not tumbling around and rubbing against each other.  Try to use rubber gloves when doing cleaning or garden gloves when working outside, or better yet, remove your jewellery for tasks like that.

Are your pearls cultured or freshwater?

We carry a vast array of pearls and pearl jewellery from all over the world.

We have freshwater pearls that are so inexpensive, that a bride could outfit a large bridal party for surprisingly few dollars.

We also carry unique and high end Baroque, Tahitian and other pearls, and can bring in many others for viewing.

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