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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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.

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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.

This piece is currently under construction. Stay tuned for images of the finished piece.

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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Creating an heirloom piece of jewellery often provides
extra challenges to the designing process. As an example,
a piece we recently created was designed around
the gemstones provided by our client. This collection
of Australian gemstones was of differing shapes, sizes
and colours.

‘…it is gratifying to be able to design these stories into pieces that, when made, can stimulate imaginations and memories.’

The natural Australian gemstones were solid Lightning Ridge
black opal, green, yellow and Inverell blue sapphires, along
with Argyle pink and yellow diamonds. All are found in
dry riverbeds and were mounted in white gold ‘rubbed in’
style settings. The outside yellow gold edges of the bracelet
represent the meandering rivers set around the ‘Red Centre’,
which is finished to represent the textured surface of the
unique red-coloured rock walls often found alongside our
waterholes and rivers. The clasp has been designed to also
articulate and move and represents a gold nugget.
The individual ‘articulated’ sections of the bracelet are all
different shapes and sizes, as are all the gemstones. After all,
no two rivers, territories or states, or even mobs or clans in
this big, wide, wonderful country of ours are identical.

This piece was designed and constructed using coloured golds
around existing gemstones. However there is another piece
being developed at the moment that is a remake using existing
components. It has been redesigned based on a recurring
theme within the existing pieces. Sections – which to date
have been hidden away at the back of the piece – are too
interesting to ignore and will be included in the new piece.

Most heirloom jewellery has a story to tell and it is gratifying
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A little more about Jarrad

I truly believe I could not have chosen a better career than being a creator of fine jewellery, although perhaps that is partially because it found me.

Born in August 1984, I was brought up in a wonderful family with a love for music and artistic appreciation. Being artistic expresses who I am and being a jeweller allows for an immeasurable universe of opportunity that I can see being supported and encouraged daily here at Abrecht Bird Jewellers.

I fell in love with dance at the age of five and continued dance as a dedicated time-consuming hobby for eighteen years. With most of my dance flair flowing out of tap shoes, it took some time before I would discover and pursue the delicate delight that is ballet.

Dancing, music, theatre, painting, sketching and many other artistic escapes allowed me to be a playful child, teenager, grown adult and now father!

My beautiful wife Leah and I were married in February 2008 and we are the proud parents of two beautiful children, Patrick and Charlotte.

We are so very happy helping them grow into wonderful human beings even though they are growing up quicker than we can keep track of!

When I started a Building Design Diploma in 2003, I thought I would become an architect of design housing. Little did I know that I was to become an architect, designer and builder, only on a much smaller scale. Becoming less enthralled in the course, I sought the guidance of a career counselor who, after exploring some ideas, suggested I become a jeweller. Bells started ringing and my eyes lit up and the next day I was in the city trying to sate my jewellery hunger.

I responded to an advertisement for a first year apprentice, attended an interview the next day, and began work at the bench within 24 hours.

Not one day has passed since then that I do not feel that same excitement and enthusiasm for the job. Now that I am with Abrecht Bird, I feel part of a professional, warm and creative team that makes styling jewellery all the more enjoyable.

The future is coming our of our hands!

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