Tourmaline jewellery

Tourmaline jewellery

Tourmaline is a boron silicate mineral which comes in a variety of colours due to the trace elements found within, and is the birthstone for October.

The most common colour of tourmaline is green, followed by pink, yellow, blue, black and brown. Tourmaline is also found in bi and tri colours, the most common is ‘watermelon’ tourmaline consisting of a green outer colour and fading to a pink hue in the centre.

The most expensive and highly prized colour is the Paraiba tourmaline

The most expensive and highly prized colour is the Paraiba tourmaline. Found in 1980 in Paraiba, Brazil, this vivid green/blue gemstone exhibits depth of colour like no other gemstone.

Other tourmaline colours

Other forms of tourmaline are found all over the worLd. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka (Ceylon), and the United States are all suppliers to the jewellery market, as well as some African countries like Madagascar.

It is well suited for all jewellery from rings, pendants and earrings due to it’s hardness of 7-7.5 on the Moh’s hardness scale, and is a great alternative to gemstones like peridot and varying colours of sapphire.

These tourmaline pieces were custom designed and handmade in collaboration with our lovely clients.

Fancy a piece of tourmaline jewellery for yourself? Call us today to schedule an appointment 03 9650 3830 or email for an available appointment info@abrecht.com.au

A beautiful Paraiba tourmaline, recently shown to our client. This colour is not found in any other natural gemstone.

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From sketch to final product

It all starts with an appointment, a gemstone and a sketch.

A clients gemstone was transformed into something extraordinary with the help from our talented jewellers. Hand made in 18 carat three tone gold, this creation was custom designed and a one off piece that can be found no where else.

What to do with those stones lying around at home

Do you have gemstones at home not being used or fancy an upgrade on your current items? We specialise in redesign and hand made creations. With well over 100 years experience, our jewellers and staff at Abrecht Bird can help create the ring or jewellery item of your dreams.

A no obligation appointment is the only requirement.  Our staff are trained Gemmologists, Diamond graders, Diamond Technologist and Valuers. All with years of experience in the industry.

To make an appointment today call us on 03 9650 3830 or email us at info@abrecht.com.au to make a time that suits you.

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Parti (partition) sapphire or otherwise known as bi coloured sapphire, is a unique gemstone to Australia and consists of two colours within the one gemstone – yellow and blue.

Sapphires showcasing these individual colours (of yellow and blue) are the most highly prized while other parti sapphires can display green colours.

Unique to Australia these stones are graded just like other gemstones

Unique to Australia, these stones are graded just like all other gemstones. Carat (size), cut and clarity are important but the patterns of colour set it apart from others.

A Parti sapphire is still made of the same constituents as regular sapphire (corundum – Al203) but it is trace elements present in the growing process which gives the difference in colour. The yellow from iron the blue colour from a mix of titanium and iron.

Although most of the sapphire mining in Australia has been exhausted, gemstones are still available and on the market.

The only sapphire that can’t be synthesized

Sapphires have been synthetically made using machinery with specific temperature and minerals for years, but due to the patchy colour pattern of Parti sapphires, they cannot be synthesized in a lab. This not only makes them unique, as each one has its own distinct pattern, but a guarantee each stone will be natural.

Create you own individual part sapphire piece today. Make an appointment 03 9650 3830 or email us for further details info@abrecht.com.au

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Australian diamond prices to go up

Have you heard pink diamonds are set to become rarer and more expensive due to the closure of the Australian mine? This Argyle pink diamond ring is a stunning statement piece, and just one of the pieces available. We also have a selection of cognac and white Australian diamonds too.

What if I prefer something else?

Prefer something else? Let us help you design the custom designed piece of your dreams. We will source stones for you to choose from, sketch and custom design depending on your preferences and hand make your beautiful piece in our onsite workshop.  The possibilities are endless. Contact us today for a no obligation appointment 03 9650 3830. info@abrecht.com.au

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Diamond – A symbol of love and romance

A diamond is the classic symbol of love and romance.  A timeless gift for a special celebration or simply a declaration of your love.

Diamonds are the ideal symbol of commitment

Whether it be a gift of a pendant, earrings or an engagement ring, diamonds have been associated with love and romance for centuries.

Durable and a gemstone on the market with the best ‘sparkle’ and ‘brilliance’, diamonds are the prefect choice for a stone that lasts a lifetime. Due to it’s extreme hardness, diamonds have the potential to become heirloom jewellery to last generations.

Value of diamonds

Diamonds come in variety of colours from pink and blue to yellow, brown, black and of course colourless. Some are rarer than others with pinks and blues the most highly prized. Pink diamonds have certainly increased in value due to their limited quantity. Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia (due to close in 2020) is the largest supplier to the world. Yellows and browns are less expensive but depending on the depth of colour can achieve a premium price. Blacks are the least expensive and are quite often heat treated to enhance the colour.

Diamonds Versatility

Due to the choice of colour, size, clarity and cut, diamonds can cater for all designs. Whether you choose an engagement three stone ring, a solitaire, a pair of earrings or a pendant there is an option to reflect your style and budget.

Abrecht Bird are specialists in custom made hand crafted jewellery. All our creations are made in our onsite workshop by qualified and skilled Jewellers and designers. Let us help you create the diamond jewellery to symbolise your special occasion. Make an appointment today 03 9650 3830 or email us info@abrecht.com.au

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Argyle diamond mine

The Argyle diamond mine in the remote East Kimberley region of Western Australia is owned and operated by Rio Tinto and has been operating since 1983. It has produced more than 800 million carats of rough diamonds and is one of the world’s largest suppliers of diamonds and the world’s largest supplier of natural coloured diamonds.

Argyle to close by 2020

The diamond industry is soon set to change however, as Argyle is due to close by 2020 due to the low proportion of gem-quality diamonds now available.

Diamonds from Argyle will see a significant increase in price

As a result coloured diamonds (pink and cognac colours) from Argyle as well as colourless will see a significant increase in value once the mine has ceased production.

We are delighted to announce that we have secured a source of diamonds that are guaranteed to be of Australian origin. Each stone comes with a certificate of authenticity, a GIA grading certificate and is laser inscribed. These stones won’t be around for long.

Call us today to make an appointment and select your own Australian diamond before they disappear.

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Personalise your own engagement ring

Looking to make your engagement ring extra special? Why not contribute to making the ring!

Give your engagement ring a personal touch by starting the process of making your own engagement ring.

What is involved in the process of hand making an engagement ring?

The process starts with a single 6mm square bar of metal and is reduced in rolling mills to a desired thickness. Under the guidance of our jewellers, roll down your own gold to the required thickness of your custom designed engagement ring and anneal the metal (the next process to increase malleability).

Here is one of our recent clients rolling down the metal to the desired thickness to be used in his custom designed piece. A personal touch to make that moment even more special.

Call and make an appointment 03 9650 3830 or email us  info@abrecht.com.au and start making yours today.

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A ring with WOW factor

A ring that certainly makes a statement!

This hand crafted and custom designed platinum and yellow gold ring was made using our clients diamonds and designed by our Master Jeweller Greg. The client wanted a ring with some WOW factor. We think he more than met the brief.

With the jewellery industry largely producing jewellery using mass production methods, Abrecht Bird specialise in one off hand crafted jewellery which not only allows for individuality but durability to ensure your jewellery lasts a lifetime.

Our jewellery starts as a simple bar of metal (gold or platinum) and rolled, hammered, heated and soldered to achieve jewellery with durability and quality assured.

Want your own piece of jewellery with WOW factor? Contact us today to schedule a no obligation appointment and design the jewellery of your dreams.

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Yuki recently entered this creation into The Australian Pearl Jewellery Design Competition’ – hosted by Cygnet Bay Pearls.

I grew up living in Middle Park, then in Eden NSW and finished my high school education in Mentone. When I reached adulthood, I moved to Sydney and then Currumbin, on the southern end of the Gold Coast. It’s fair to say I moved around, but I am definitely a Melbournian through and through. Currently I feel I get the best of both worlds as I now live on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula and work in the city! I love the hustle and bustle of the city, it never sleeps, but I also love going home to my family every day.

Travelling has been a huge part of my life and I have always loved exploring different cultures, landscapes and especially food! Trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest and backpacking around a lot of South America have definitely been highlights. I encourage anyone to step outside their comfort zone and explore the world too.

Finding a career in jewellery has also been a huge adventure for me. When my husband proposed, not only did I fall in love with my engagement ring, my curiosity got the better of me. I just had to know how it was made. That was the beginning of my fascination with the engineering side of jewellery manufacture. I was 35 years old when I finally decided what I wanted to be when I grow up. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than to create something with my hands and my previous corporate jobs just weren’t giving me the same joy. It wasn’t until I picked up my first piece of metal and a saw frame that I instantly knew this was the job for me. Since that day, I have been on a huge ride.

Seven years on and I have been extremely fortunate to win some awards. I was Apprentice of the Year three years in a row, I won the apprentice category in a jewellery design competition for two consecutive years, but the one I am most proud of is winning Most Outstanding Apprentice Award at Melbourne Polytechnic in 2016.

As I embark on a new adventure at Abrecht Bird Jewellers, I still pinch myself every day. Not only do I work alongside some incredibly talented people, I have also found myself surrounded by a team of likeminded and supportive people who hold the same values: quality craftsmanship, honesty and integrity, using old-fashioned techniques in timeless design, to name a few. Each and every piece we make is made with love.

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Make a no obligation appointment today to discuss the wedding bands for your special day. Email us at info@abrecht.com.au   or call 03 96503830.

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When a client wants something creative and individual made from her diamonds, for her the only option is to get our Master Jeweller Greg John to design and hand craft the piece from scratch.

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How do I design and have a piece of jewellery made?

At Abrecht Bird we pride ourselves on our craftsmanship, creativity and attention to detail.

The options are endless for choosing a design that’s right for you.

If you have your own gemstones or want to choose from the very best the industry has to offer, make an appointment today to discuss designs, create your dream piece with our jewellers and have your item custom made by hand in our onsite workshop.

How are Abrecht Bird different to other jewellery stores and jewellers?

We pride ourselves on using traditional jewellery techniques, rarely seen within the jewellery industry and jewellery stores. We believe these techniques not only allow for endless possibilities for design but also surpasses mass produced jewellery in durability – creating items that can be passed down for generations.

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Mass produced engagement rings are more common than you think!

The vast majority of engagement rings for sale through ‘main street’ jewellers are the result of mass production techniques. An initial model of a design will be created, then all subsequent rings (in their thousands) will be produced using casting methods – gold poured in a mould. These are far from the custom engagement ring designs that many couples would prefer.

What can you do to avoid purchasing a mass produced ring?

If you wish to have direct input into the designing process, it’s better to consult with an experienced and skilled custom jewellery designer / maker.

One of the first questions you will be asked to consider is the colour of the gemstone – the hero of the piece.

Diamonds are often the first preference, but other coloured gemstones are valid – sapphires come in all shapes and a variety of colours – the traditional blue, green, pink or golden (the red variety is called ruby). Aquamarine is also a popular choice – the sky blue, transparency and brightness appeal to many.

Do I have to choose a diamond for my ring?

As opposed to diamond, other gemstones introduce colour and size to help the design be truly unique – to stand out from the crowd. Smaller diamonds, sometimes of different shapes, are introduced to compliment, accentuate and lift the central coloured gemstone. A skilled designer can help you create a ‘one-off’ coloured stone engagement ring that reflects your personality and sense of style.

Another consideration when planning to use a coloured gemstone is the gemmological properties of the particular variety. Because engagement rings are generally worn on a daily basis, durability is a key factor. Diamonds are the hardest of all (with a hardness of 10), sapphire (and ruby) rate next (both alone on 9), while aquamarine (and emerald) have a rating of 7-8. The softer the coloured gemstone, the more likely for it to be damaged or suffer from worn facets over time.

Opal engagement rings are less common – having a hardness rating of 5.5-6.5, they are more prone to damage. There is no doubting that this unique, fiery coloured gemstone can be made into beautiful and unique designs, but they are better suited to dress rings, worn less frequently than an engagement ring.

How will I know if my stone is genuine?

A skilled designer / jeweller should also be qualified as a gemmologist and will bring this knowledge into play when assisting with a design that protects the coloured gemstone. The limitless variety of colours and shapes of sapphires, aquamarines and other coloured gems provide a wonderful opportunity to design a handmade engagement ring, one to treasure forever.

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Emerald is the birthstone for May and is part of the Beryl mineral family. This also includes morganite, aquamarine and heliodor (golden beryl) as well as others. The colour of emerald is due to trace elements of chromium and vanadium.

Emerald rings are a little more unique than diamond rings, and it takes a special person to wear them as they are also not quite as hard as a diamond (as diamonds are the hardest gemstone).

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Creative designs | Earrings | Gemstones | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | Pendants | rings | TourmalineTourmaline is a boron silicate mineral which comes in a variety of colours due to the trace elements found within, and is the birthstone for October. The most...

Custom designed Tanzanite ring

Custom designed Tanzanite ring

Creative designs | Diamond Ring | Facebook | Gemstones | Hand made | Hand made jewelleryFrom sketch to final product It all starts with an appointment, a gemstone and a sketch. A clients gemstone was transformed into something extraordinary with the help from our...

Argyle diamond mine to close 2020

Argyle diamond mine to close 2020

Pink and cognac diamond jewellery available in our showroom. Custom made pieces also available. Creative designs | Diamond pendant | Diamond Ring | Earrings | Facebook | Gemstones | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | Pink diamonds Argyle diamond mine The Argyle diamond...

Sapphire and diamond ring

Sapphire and diamond ring

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Custom designed Tanzanite ring

Custom designed Tanzanite ring

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Parti sapphires

Parti sapphires

These items were made for clientele of ours, each one displaying different and unique colours and patterns. Creative designs | Facebook | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | heirloom jewellery | Remakes | rings Parti (partition) sapphire or otherwise known as bi...

Custom made pendant

Custom made pendant

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Diamonds – A symbol of love and romance

Diamonds – A symbol of love and romance

Creative designs | Diamond pendant | Facebook | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | heirloom jewellery | Pendants Diamond – A symbol of love and romance A diamond is the classic symbol of love and romance.  A timeless gift for a special celebration or simply a...

Wisdom from the bench

Wisdom from the bench

The suite of jewellery prior to remodelling  Elements of the old and new coming together  Creative designs | Hand made | Hand made jewellery | heirloom jewellery | Pendants | Remakes Wisdom from the bench - Eleanor Hawke Earlier this year, one of our clients...