Meet the staff – Peter Bird

Meet the staff – Peter Bird

Meet the staff – Peter Bird

Peter receiving his commerce degree and living the Sumatran lifestyle in 1978.

Meet the staff – Peter Bird

My earliest memories of Abrecht Bird was working as a messenger boy during school holidays.

I was born and bread in Blackburn in the ‘olden’ days at a time when there were more empty paddocks there than houses. Aside from frequent discussions of the jewellery industry at our family dinner table, my earliest memories of the business were working as the messenger boy during school holidays. However, I did not seriously entertain the idea of joining the family firm as a career.

I chose to make my own way  – beginning work with the Commercial Bank of Australia and attending Melbourne University at night as a part time student. I joined a stock broking firm and after spending a few years in administration, on my 21st birthday I was appointed as an operator on the trading floor , an extremely exciting and demanding position.

The difficulties of juggling work with my university study became too onerous so I decided to take a year’s leave of absence to complete my Commerce course as a full time student.

My outside interests were centred around sport – cricket, football and golf until surfing became a dominating influence, which eventually overrode my earlier career choices. In order to move to the coast, I added a Diploma of Education to my Commerce degree and became a teacher at Foster High School.

Although I loved the job, the lure of the waves and letters from surfing mates overseas were too enticing and in 1978 (after marrying my wife Sally) we took off to Bali, surfboard in tow, with the view of travelling for 12 months. What a lifestyle! The best waves were often found in remote parts of Asia and Africa where we lived in tiny villages in places such as Sri Lanka, South Africa, Morocco and Sumatra. The year away turned into 3 ½ , but eventually our funds were exhausted and we began to think of returning home.

In a particularly well-timed letter, my father invited me to join the family business, and after contemplating the prospect in our tree-house room in Nias (Sumatra), I decided to give it a go.

The beauty of gemstones and jewellery design added another highly pleasurable layer to the normal stimulation of business.

I immediately found the multifaceted nature of the jewellery industry to be incredibly stimulating and I was eager to improve my knowledge, studying gemmology, diamond grading and valuing. The beauty of gemstones and jewellery design added another highly pleasurable layer to the normal stimulation of business.

I travelled extensively to service our customers in all major cities and towns around Australia and developed a relationship as agent for a major German manufacturer (OE Design based in Penang, Malaysia).

I achieved tremendous fulfilment from the work, but the business lifestyle came to an abrupt end when I was the victim of a well-planned robbery by a South American criminal gang who were ‘visiting’ Australia. Unharmed this time, the risks associated with travelling with cases full of high-value negotiable merchandise could no longer be ignored and reluctantly the family made a decision to discontinue this style of business.

It was at this point we made the decision to link up with long time friendly competitor, Fred Robert Abrecht. to form our current business – Abrecht Bird Jewellers.

So far, none of my sons are queuing up to take over the reins as our fifth generation. My first two sons, David and Chris, are qualified builders and obviously prefer to work outside rather than at a jewellery bench. Twins Dan and Josh enjoy their work in the food industry, Dan in vegetable produce, Josh as a Chef.

Although I missed the relationships formed with our retailer customers over past decades, I soon came to enjoy the chance to assist our growing list of private clients – sharing in their happy times and producing pieces of jewellery that delighted.

 

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​What a unique stunning engagement ring this is!

Recently hand made by Eleanor our jeweller, this black and white diamond engagement ring was designed by our client.

They selected the stones, custom designed the ring and even helped to start the process of making their own ring by rolling down and annealing the metal in our workshop.

The centre stone is a   3.21 carat black diamond surrounded by a multitude of complementary white diamonds in a floral basket setting and shoulders.

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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

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Parti sapphires

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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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.

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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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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.

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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).

Custom made emerald and diamond rings

These rings were custom pieces, handmade and designed in collaboration with our lovely clients. The pear shaped emerald and diamond ring was specially created as an engagement ring. The halo emerald and diamond ring was a masterpiece by our in house designer Greg who was inspired to create something that would make people green with envy.

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Popping the question to your special someone is always an exciting (and nerve-wracking) moment, but it can be so much easier if you know you’ve found the perfect engagement ring. If a trip to the jewellers on your own or with your significant other seems daunting, here’s a quick roundup of some of the best and most popular engagement ring styles. You’re sure to find something that appeals to you both.

1. The Classic Solitaire

A ring as timeless as your relationship, you can’t go wrong with a solitaire engagement ring. A beautifully cut diamond takes centre stage in this engagement ring style, a ring that’s as precious as the person who wears it. Said to have been around since the 1800s, this is one design that hasn’t changed much through the years – and with good reason. Elegant, graceful, and oh-so-beautiful, a solitaire engagement ring has ‘tasteful’ written all over it.

2. An Infinity Ring

As the name suggests, the infinity engagement ring style adds another dimension to the design with the inclusion of a stylised infinity symbol. A lovely way to let your significant other know that you are in this together, forever. The gentle curves of the infinity symbol lend themselves to being inlaid with diamonds or for the use of different shades of gold to make something that’s truly unique.

3. Princess Cut Engagement Ring

The princess cut diamond sits beautifully on an engagement ring that’s both classic and modern. The contemporary style of the cut makes it an updated style to wear, while the brilliance is as evident as in a more traditional round cut stone. You might even trade in the classic diamond for a stone of your choice. The deep blue of a sapphire, fiery red of a ruby, or the endlessly rich green of an emerald perhaps?

4. Vintage Cushion Cut Engagement Ring

Many people love a style that stands the test of time – and for some, a vintage engagement ring design can be the epitome of everything great about an engagement ring. The cushion cut allows a stone to show off its every facet, catching the light and creating a luminous announcement to the world that you’re now officially engaged!

5. A Halo Setting

If you can’t choose between the shimmer that little stones bring and the brilliance of a large centre stone, the halo ring setting is ideal for you. Popular with couples who love a little extra sparkle in their lives, the halo style engagement ring has one centre stone surrounded by a number of smaller celebratory stones.

Visit us to pick out an Engagement Ring

At Abrecht Bird Jewellers we’ve helped so many discerning couples like you make and design an engagement ring. With a host of options, both classic and contemporary, you’re sure to find one that sings to you and fits perfectly into your love story. If you’re unsure about which one to choose, we’ll help make things easier for you by showing you some of our specially curated options and answering your questions on everything from stone choices to our best-sellers.

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Are your rings starting to lose their lustre or beginning to appear old and scuffed? Cleaning your ring regularly is an important part of jewellery upkeep and doesn’t have to be too complicated if you know how. Unfortunately, most people don’t know where to start and trial and error based on tips found off the internet may not deliver the results you want. So, what is the right way to clean your ring?

Get It Right: The Correct Way to Clean Your Ring at Home

It’s important to clean your ring at home regularly (at least once a week) if you wear it all the time. This helps gets rid of any dirt and oil build-up that might have happened over the course of the week and makes it easier to handle when you do a major clean-up of the ring. This can be done easily at home with warm water and mild dishwashing liquid soap. Just soak the ring in the mix for about 20 minutes or so and then wipe dry gently with a soft, clean cloth. Avoid using any kind of chemicals to clean it. This could damage the metal and the stones permanently.

Even toothpaste and baking soda should be avoided because they’re abrasive and could spoil the appearance of the gold. Strong cleaners like acetone can affect the integrity of the materials in the ring making them susceptible to damage. Stick to gentle cleaning with the warm water solution and rinse off under lukewarm water. Nothing more is needed. Super-soft toothbrushes can be used for stubborn build up under settings.

Leave it to the Professionals

Did you know you can also get your rings cleaned and serviced at  a Melbourne jeweller? Most high-end jewellers offer jewellery restorations services, including cleaning and polishing old rings. Doing this can take the uncertainty out of your ring maintenance and prevent damage from rookie mistakes! Especially with high value-rings, it may be wiser to leave the job to the pros.

How Often Should You Clean Your Ring at the Jeweller?

Rings certainly don’t need to be cleaned by the jeweller every other week, but what frequency is ideal? It really depends on a number of things like how often you use the ring, whether you exercise frequently while wearing your ring, whether you work a lot with your hands and also the kind of metal and stones it has. Typically, about twice a year is good. If you can’t manage that, ensure you have it serviced at least once a year.

Jewellery Restoration Services in Melbourne

If you are in and around the Melbourne area, your needs are easily taken care of! Abrecht Bird Jewellers has a team of professional for your jewellery restoration, a team who are skilled at looking after delicate heirloom pieces that need special care. Ensuring your ring is in the best possible condition is our expertise! Besides metal and gem polishing and cleaning, the team will also replace any missing or chipped stones or do plating if required. If your ring is a little worse for wear, or you haven’t had it checked out in quite some time, it could be well worth getting the jewellers to give it some TLC.

If you’d like to bring your rings or jewelery in for us to take a look at please give us a call on (03) 9650 3830 to book an appointment.

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How To Select A Good Jeweller

How To Select A Good Jeweller

How To Select A Good Jeweller

How To Select A Good Jeweller

Finding a good jeweller in Melbourne that you can trust is important when you’re making those big-ticket purchases or trying to acquire beautiful pieces of jewellery that will one day become family heirlooms. With a quality jeweller, you’ll find creating, selecting and buying jewellery becomes even more exciting. But how do you select the right choice? Here are some things to look for in a good jeweller, one that will give you quality, experienced advice on your next potential piece!

Find a Trusted Name

The biggest thing when it comes to buying jewellery is ensuring you get what is promised. It pays to go with businesses that have been around for many years and have established themselves as a clear market leader. If the jeweller has been around a few decades or longer, chances are they know their stuff when to comes to knowing quality and grading the piece for accurate valuations. After all, the fact that they’ve stood the test of time means they’ve had customers who have stood by them through the years and recommended them to the next generation of their family for their service, craftsmanship, exquisite stones and quality materials.

Check for Experienced, Certified Gemstone Specialists, Graders, and Valuers

As a buyer, you might not always know how to tell the quality of one stone from another, which is why the expertise of your jeweller becomes ever so important. Try and find a business that puts emphasis on retaining a team of well-qualified gemmologists and diamond graders and valuers so they can do the hard work for you. That way, as a customer, all you need to go by is what you love and want to own and not worry about second guessing your choices.

Look at their Products!

This one is obvious but is possibly a decision that’s most personal. You’ll need to find a jeweller who makes designs that you truly love. Take a peek at their social media or visit their shop to see what kind of pieces they create. Most good jewellers will have a range of collections to suit different tastes. Spend some time looking at everything and don’t hesitate to ask the staff any questions or perhaps to see if they have more pieces that may not be on display.

Interact with the Staff

A mere wander through a jewellery store isn’t going to tell you the whole story. To get a true picture of the experience, do interact with the staff. Are they warm and friendly? Is the service efficient and do the staff inspire confidence? Were they accommodating of your requests? Could you have all your questions answered? If you find yourself saying ‘yes’ to a lot of these questions, they’re probably a good choice for you.

Your Perfect Match in Melbourne

Abrecht Bird Jewellers has been present in the heart of Melbourne since 1875, serving generations of families from the area and beyond. Experienced professionals from the industry make up the team at this jewellery stalwart. With Abrecht Bird, you can tap into their knowledge and expertise to help make the right choices for your purchases whether big or small. And with award-winning designers creating gorgeous, bespoke pieces for clients, you can really indulge your creative side!

If you would like to have a chat today with one of our jewellers you can call us on (03) 9650 3830

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Why Should You Invest in a Quality Engagement Ring?

When you have found the love of your life, the sky is the limit as far as your happiness is concerned.  As it is with every couple, you would want to make your engagement memorable and special with the perfect engagement ring.  Whether you go for gold or diamonds, investing in a quality engagement ring is important in the long run.

Signs of poor quality

The most popular engagement ring metals are yellow, white or rose gold and platinum. While white gold and platinum look similar, platinum is much more durable. Whatever metal you chose to wear for the rest of your life should be made with the utmost attention to detail. Diamonds should be perfect in terms of cut, colour and clarity while being evenly set. Mass produced or cast rings often can be cheaper but are of lower quality.

Poor casting, porosity, uneven cuts and hollowed foundations are the hallmarks of poor-quality engagement rings. These rings are cheaper but break down over a period of time, which means higher costs of repair. They are light in weight, thus saving money – to begin with.

Examining how the diamonds are set in a channel set engagement ring is important to understand the quality of work. A channel set ring has diamond accents which are placed in the “channel” that is formed by the precious metal’s strips. Grooves on the metal walls are meant to hold these diamonds securely. Small gaps or unevenly set stones may result in them falling out altogether or extensive chipping.

The other aspects to look for are porosity and rough spots on the metal. Porosity refers to tiny holes on the surface of the metal. These holes can cause breakdown of the metal over time while rough spots can mean the ring can attract dirt or chemicals.

Poor quality engagement rings can feature little bubbles that make the metal brittle and weak. Improper alloy mixing, over or under “cooking” and poor casting can cause porosity.

When you are looking for top quality jewellery that is blemish-free, evenly set and long-lasting, Abrecht Bird Jewellers is the most obvious choice.

A stunning array of jewels

 When you walk into our stunning showroom, you are sure to be mesmerised by the array of dazzling top-quality engagement rings. Browse our catalogues to see some of our inspired bespoke creations or sit down for a free consultation with our custom jewellery design experts.From handmade Australian gemstone bracelets to uniquely designed coloured stone or diamond engagement rings, we have the jewellery for every occasion.

Our master designers present hand-drawn designs based on your expectations which can be modified as you wish. The end result is always a stunning masterpiece that is sure to delight you.

Concerned about swollen knuckles?

At Abrecht Bird Jewellers, we have the ideal solution for swollen knuckles in the form of hinged rings.

Contact us today or visit our showroom to get the engagement ring of your dreams!

Would Your Partner Prefer To Design Their Own Engagement Ring?

Would Your Partner Prefer To Design Their Own Engagement Ring?

Would Your Partner Prefer To Design Their Own Engagement Ring?

Would Your Partner Prefer To Design Their Own Engagement Ring?

An engagement ring is the stunning symbol of everlasting love and the favourite piece of jewellery your loved one wears forever! While traditionally, if you were going to propose, you’d choose the engagement ring – but that trend is changing!

Of course, the element of surprise is the most important factor that makes popping of the question and the presentation of the engagement ring all that special. But while your partner might love to be surprised by the love of their life, they may also dream of wearing the most exquisite engagement ring. It comes as no surprise that today your loved one might want to have a say in the engagement ring.

A survey showed that one out of three people who have been proposed to opt for a custom-designed engagement ring. Close to 75% of recently engaged people that had a surprise engagement ring wished they had been consulted first!

There could be many reasons why purchasing a ring without consulting your partner could be problematic:

  • Stones that are ill-fitting or too small
  • Wrong colour of stone or precious metal
  • Dislike for the design choice
  • Wrong shape or size of the engagement ring

Why your partner prefers to design their custom engagement ring

  • Each individual is unique, and so are the design choices! Even though you trust and love each other, you may not always have the same design, style or colour preferences. Many people have a fair idea of how they want their engagement ring to look. As the engagement ring is something that will be worn for the rest of their lives, your loved one would want to wear a ring of their liking.
  • The engagement ring is an eternal symbol of romance and trust, but the aesthetics and quality of the ring does matter to many people. If you’re the type that doesn’t pay close attention to the minute details such as colour combinations, pattern, gems or precious stones or the current fashion trend, and your partner is detail-oriented when it comes to precious jewellery it might be a good idea to choose the ring together.
  • Choosing their own engagement ring is also important to your partner as it indicates that their choices and opinions count. Being proactive in custom-designing the engagement ring is a way of respecting their choices. For many others, selecting the engagement ring together with the jewellery consultant is a joyous adventure in itself! Many couples would love the experience of browsing through hundreds of custom designs, discussing with an expert and designing the ring.

Custom-design your engagement ring at Abrecht Bird Jewellers

When you want nothing but the best of professionals to handle your custom engagement ring design and manufacturing, Abrecht Bird Jewellers is the standout choice.

Our master designers work closely with you to offer expert advice and guidance on the style, colour, pattern and stones so that you can be inspired to come up with your unique design.

You can also browse through our extensive catalogue that features amazing creations while discussing every detail with our experts including width, thickness, setting and type of metal.

Get in touch with us today to custom-design your engagement ring.

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