Tourmaline jewellery

Tourmaline jewellery

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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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.

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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.

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Earlier this year, one of our clients brought in a suite of jewellery that was passed down to her by her mother. She wished to remodel all the jewellery items into two special necklets she and her sister could wear and enjoy every day. The suite included a ring, pendant, bracelet and earrings. Each piece was made up of a large cushion cut garnet and surrounded by a halo of white sapphires and cubic zirconias, all in white gold settings and backed with rose gold filigree patterned plates. I thought these plates were too good to hide. Following a meeting with Peter, Greg and the client, it was decided that the delicate filigree plates would be used as a feature alongside the garnets, not hidden away as backings.

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The laser welder was the preferred technique over the traditional method of soldering for constructing these necklets, as it allowed me to have perfect precision at every delicate join and removed all risks of damage to the fine filigree work when joining it to the ‘pillow’ backings.

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Pearls unlike gemstones that can be mined and faceted come from varying species of oysters. Five main saltwater and freshwater oyster species are used to produce pearls we see today.

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Akoya pearls

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Sizes of Akoya pearls are generally smaller in comparison to other pearl types ranging in sizes up to 8mm.

Historically it took 3-4 years to cultivate Akoya pearls but with advances in technology a mere 6 months is now involved to produce one.

Japan’s technique to produce these pearls was a well kept secret and dominated the market for the first 50 years but currently is in a state of decline as pollution of Japanese waters have affected the environment.

China has since taken over production of most Akoya pearls due to protected waters providing pristine conditions for pearl growth.

South Sea pearls

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Tahitian (or black) pearls are found in French Polynesia, producing 90-95% of the worlds’ black pearls. The colour varies from a dark grey to vibrant peacock hues.

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This involved making a replica of the tag into a pendant, providing an item of jewellery the client could wear while preserving the original.

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Ruby – what is it?

Ruby – one of the most highly prized gemstones in the world. In the ancient language of Sanskrit, ruby is called ratnaraj, or “king of precious stones.”

The colour of ruby is only ever red (unlike sapphire that comes in many colours). The tone of colour can vary from blood red; pinkish, purplish, brownish and orange reds. The colouring material for ruby is chromium with the addition of iron for the brownish coloured stones.

Where are rubies mined?

Stones have been mined all over the world from places such as Burma, Madagascar and Mozambique. Some countries such as Thailand, Cambodia and Tanzania are no longer producing rubies of gem quality and the mines have now closed. This has driven up prices of high quality, exceptional coloured rubies.

On today’s market, a fair sized ruby of good colour is much more valuable than a sapphire of similar size.

Not all red stones are ruby

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