In The Know: Sapphires!

Sapphire is a gemstone that is highly popular and sought after. The history of sapphire has been associated with nobility and honesty and was a sign of wealth during the 18th and 19th centuries.

From the mineral species corundum (aluminium oxide), it is 9 on the Moh’s scale of hardness – second to diamond’s 10. This hardness makes it perfect for setting into jewellery for day to day wear as it is extremely difficult to scratch as well as durable.
Sapphire Engagement RingTypically a sapphire is a blue stone, however it is possible to get sapphires in most other colours; these are known as fancy sapphires – pink, yellow, orange, purple, green, colourless and even black. Sapphires are never red, this is a ruby – which has the same basic mineral composition as a sapphire, and it is just red in colour. Corundum in its purest form is colourless; trace elements that are present during the stones formation are what colour the stone. Sapphire (blue) = Corundum + Iron and Titanium.

Sapphires are sourced from all over the world; traditionally, Kashmir, Sri Lanka and Burma are known as having the finest quality sapphires however current sources of the stones are Thailand, Cambodia, Madagascar and Australia. With laboratory analysis, it is possible to trace the origin of a sapphire.Georgia earrings

Often in the gemstone trade, sapphires will be heat treated in order to aid the stones appearance. These treatments are used to lighten or darken the hue (colour) or evenly disperse or improve the apparent clarity. Unlike diamonds the inclusions are not always negative as they can aid the light reflection and give the stone a beautifully unique silky appearance.

For more information about sapphires or to book a consultation with one of our experts, please contact us.

Diamonds at Auction: World’s largest fancy vivid blue diamond – “The Blue”

Last week, Christie’s New York displayed the world’s largest fancy vivid blue diamond, aptly called “The Blue” that will headline the Geneva Magnificent Jewels Sale on 14th May.

The Blue
Mined in South Africa, the 13.22 carat diamond is the largest stone of its kind and is expected to sell for £15 million.

Rahul Kadakia, Head of Jewellery for Christie’s Americas & Switzerland, said: “To have a stone that weighs 13 carats is near impossible.”

“The stone is internally and externally bereft of any imperfections… in simple terms, it’s the best blue diamond in the world.”

The Blue
With less than 2% of the world’s diamonds being blue, this really is a special sale in the diamond market.

 

Get the Look: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge!

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge undertake their first royal tour with son, Prince George, the world is watching to see the happy family together as they carry out official engagements during their tour of New Zealand and Australia.

Never one to disappoint, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has a wardrobe that has been structured to perfection to ensure all engagements are suitably catered for. During a trip yesterday to Belheim, New Zealand, the Duchess wore a beautiful Alexander McQueen coat as they lay a wreath and talked with the crowds of people that gathered to see them. It came as no surprise to us that alongside her beautiful outfit came wonderful accessories… Diamond accessories!

Photo: Eddie Mulholland

Photo: Eddie Mulholland

With a similar design to her sapphire and diamond engagement ring, the Duchess wore a pair of sapphire earrings with a diamond halo that complemented both her ring and her outfit perfectly.

Photo: Reuters

Photo: Reuters

As diamonds are our speciality it is our duty to inform you that you too can have diamonds fit for a Duchess as our Georgia collection is almost identical to those worn yesterday by the duchess.

Georgia earringsWith 10 diamonds surrounding the sapphires with an additional 3 diamonds on the drop of the delicate hoop of the earring, these earrings are timeless and fit for royalty! For more information about our Georgia earrings, contact us by clicking here.

Georgia earrings

Mengagement and Marriage: Celebrating the legalisation of gay marriage!

In the last 12 months, 77 Diamonds has seen an increase in sales of 63% in “mengagement rings” and after the legalisation of same-sex marriage last week, we know the importance of a diamond for any type of proposal.

Mengagement Ring
We offer a bespoke service to assist same sex couples find the perfect rings for both the engagement and their wedding day, where we will advise and assist you in designing your dream rings.

From simple bands to diamond set jewellery, all tastes can be catered for. Having provided these “mengagement” rings to bankers, bakers and even celebrities the options are endless for jewellery design and our design team will collaborate with you to create something tailored to your needs and budget.

Mengagement - 1ct Oval
Here are our tips for getting the perfect rings for your proposal or big day:

1.       What kind of partner do you have? If he’s quite reserved then a big sparkler may not be for him. Go for a simple plain band with a diamond set in it. If he’s quite the extrovert… Then think bling!

2.       No two diamonds are the same, what shape diamond do you think would work best? A round diamond sparkles most, but an emerald or asscher cut diamond are complexly structured and beautiful in their own way.

3.       Your wedding rings need not be the same – what suits you doesn’t always suit him, so allow each other to get what is best for one another!

4.       Is your man a bit heavy handed? Platinum scratches more easily than gold or titanium, so if your man likes to work out a lot, platinum may not be for him.

5.       Remember your rings are one of the few things that last after the wedding day, so invest now for a ring that lasts a lifetime!

Sophia RingThe legalisation of gay marriage has provided equality for gay and lesbian couples that want to show each other their commitment and love. Having a diamond ring is something so very common in heterosexual unions and the gesture of giving a diamond ring as a sign of “Will you marry me?” stems from a tradition started in 1477, so it makes sense that we have people from the LGBT community coming to us to find something suitable for their partners.

With prices starting from £500 the ability to propose with a diamond is now as feasible as gay marriage itself!

We find the “Green Star” diamond – The world’s first glow in the dark diamond!

At 77 Diamonds we are always looking at new and alternative uses of diamonds. Imagine our complete and utter joy at sourcing a new and alternative diamond that has yet to be discovered previously – a diamond that glows in the dark!

Green Star DiamondThe “Green Star” diamond in darkness

Diamond in DaylightThe “Green Star” diamond in daylight

The 2.5-carat diamond round diamond was graded F Colour with a VVS2 clarity by gemmologists – a high quality but relatively common by diamond standards, however, the this was under normal daylight conditions. Under darkness, a noticeable green light appears to shine from within – something we have never seen before and has had the whole team very excited!

We know already that approximately 35% of all diamonds have fluorescence producing a blue glow under ultra-violet light, however we have never known a luminescence like this to occur on it’s own accord.

Working alongside Dr. M. Videnskabmand of the University of Copenhagen‘s Department of Geophysics, we have been just as amazed as him over the stone – now dubbed “The Green Star.”

The rarity of such a piece has left us speculating the value of something this unique that we know has never gone on general sale or auction. With the assistance of Dr Videnskabmand we would value the diamond at approximately £1.25 million given that rare diamonds of this size have gone for similar amounts at auction – but we can only speculate at this time as we do not know how the global market will react to such a find.

We feel it would be best to leave the diamond loose and not set it into a piece of our jewellery until further information is released when Dr Videnskabmand’s analyses are complete.

Update: We regret to inform you all that unfortunately we have not found a glow in the dark diamond. April Fools!

Increase in popularity of the “temporary” engagement ring!

We all know that finding the perfect engagement ring is essential and from meeting the purchasers in our showroom, 77 Diamonds understands the lengths and effort that people go to in order to please their significant other.

As difficult as it is to keep the proposal a surprise, finding out the tastes of the wearer is proving to be more and more tricky. Insurance company AXA has produced a survey of people that have been married within the last 5 years and uncovered some interesting statistics in the process:

Of the 1000 people surveyed:

·         One in sixteen brides-to-be receive ‘buffer ring’ ahead of picking their own jewellery

·         Average of £1,373 spent on an engagement ring

·         However, one in twelve never receive an engagement ring

·         Fourteen per cent forced to go without as their partner can’t afford it currently

We know ourselves from the popularity of couples coming to our showroom together that a temporary ring is a popular option – often the guys (or girls) don’t want to get it wrong and disappoint so they propose with a token ring and then come together in order to choose the perfect ring for the recipient.

Proposal
As the world continues to evolve the traditional trends of the past tend to alter slightly in order to get the best for those involved and we are delighted to be able to help our customers in that way.

For information about engagement rings or to book an appointment in our showroom, contact us by clicking HERE!

International Women’s Day 2014

The themes for this year’s International Women’s Day are “Inspiring Change” and “Equality for women is progress for all”. Inspired by this, we have selected a few women that through their professional, political or humanitarian work have continued to move us at 77 Diamonds. Suiting the nature of their work and personality, we have paired each woman with some of our jewellery.

Hillary Clinton As wife to a former US President, her name is instantly recognisable. However, what Mrs Clinton has achieved independently is an inspiration to women all over the world who want to get into politics. From being the first female Senator for New York, she ran her own Presidential campaign before serving as Secretary of State for Barack Obama. Her high profile political positions have led the way for the younger female generation to enter politics.

Hillary Clinton wears our Calla earrings:

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Malala Yousafrzai Our youngest chosen woman, Malala is originally from Pakistan where she was vocal about life under Taliban rule which prevented girls from attending school. A strong believe in education for all, she defied this rule and was consequently shot by a Taliban gunman while on her way to school. Now living in the UK, Malala is an activist for education and for women and was nominated for 2013 Nobel Peace Prize because of her work.

Malala wears our Safety Pin

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Sheryl Sandberg The Chief Operating Officer of Facebook since 2008 she is one of the most influential women in business and a prominent feature in Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business”.  In 2013, Sandberg release her first book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” about business leadership and development, issues with the lack of women in government and business leadership positions and feminism.

Sheryl wears our Lumina Studs

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Stella McCartneyThe British designer with a famous father has more than proved her worth in the fashion industry. Following a stint at Parisian fashion house Chloé in 1997, McCartney told the world who she was and made her famous in her own right. A vegetarian like her mother, she doesn’t use leather or fur in her designs and supports animal charity PETA.

Stella wears our Circle Pavé pendant

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Lupita Nyong'oBorn in Mexico of Kenyan parents, the roles within her acting career show strongly her humanitarian beliefs. From starring in a UNICEF drama in Kenya about HIV/AIDS prevention to the documentary she wrote and directed about the treatment of Kenya’s albino population, Lupita’s acting prowess is both powerful and moving and explains why she was the worthy winner for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at this years Oscars.

Lupita wears our Sonnet earrings

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The Oscars 2014: The winners, the dresses and the DIAMONDS!

At 77 Diamonds we stayed up all night to see our favourite actors and actresses at last nights Academy Awards. The climax of awards season has seen trends in the recipients that take home the awards, but also a trend in the diamonds seen on the red carpet!

Red Carpet Diamonds

We gave a Live Feed on Twitter throughout the night reporting on the outfits, the winners and the jewellery! Last month we reported on the diamond bracelet trend at the Baftas and it was just the same at the Oscars – but with diamond drop earrings being the statement piece of the night.

Kate Hudson wowed us in a Versace gown with a plunging necklace; she later disposed of the shoulder cape during the awards when she presented an award but she kept her stunning diamond drop earrings and bracelets.

Photo: Invision / AP

Photo: Invision / AP

Julia Roberts showed us that she’s still a Pretty Woman in a lace Givenchy dress with stunning emerald cut diamond earrings.

Photo: Invision - AP

Photo: Invision – AP

After her Honorary Oscar for her humanitarian work last month, Angelina Jolie showed us she was worth an award for her choice of red carpet outfit – Elie Saab gown paired with exquisite  diamond earrings.

Photo: WireimagePhoto: Wireimage

She won us over when she arrived on the red carpet in Armani Privé, and beautiful diamond earrings, but Cate Blanchett won over the Academy when she was awarded an Oscar for her role in Blue Jasmine.

Photo: Invision / AP

Photo: Invision / AP

Kerry Washington and bump wowed in a beautiful purple Jason Wu gown paired with an assortment of delicious diamond bracelets.

Photo: Rex

Photo: Rex

Penelope Cruz looked angelic is pastel pink with diamond earrings and matching bracelets with dress from Giambattista Valli.

Photo: Invision - AP

Photo: Invision – AP

Jessica Biel looked effortlessly glamorous in a Chanel Couture dress and countless diamond sparkles.

Photo: Splash News

Photo: Splash News

Get the look with some of our diamond drop earrings:

Deco earrings
Mystique Earrings
Our diamond bracelets complete the look for any red carpet event:

Ophelia Diamond Bracelet
Ballerina Maxi
Here are the winners (bold) and nominees for the top 5 categories for last night’s Academy Awards:

Best Picture American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her

Nebraska
Philomena
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actor in a Leading Role Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress in a Leading Role Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
 Best Actress in a Supporting Role Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
June Squibb (Nebraska)

Ring of the Month: 1477 Vintage!

In 1477, the practice of giving or exchanging diamond engagement rings begun when Archduke Maximilian I of Austria presented Mary of Burgundy with with a diamond ring. It is from here that 77 Diamonds gets its name!

After our 1477 Classic ring, we created a ring that is neat and simple in design, but with something a little extra special… DIAMONDS!

This months ring of the month is, the 1477 Vintage!

1477 VintageA delicate 1.8mm band set with 0.40ct of side stones to complement your chosen centre stone, the 1477 Vintage eludes class. It has 6 Claws to carefully protect your diamond held like a crown on top of the ring.

1477 VintageFor more information regarding our 1477 Vintage  please contact us at sales@77diamonds.com

1477 Vintage

The Oscars 2014 are coming!

We’re rapidly approaching the biggest night in the global film calendar: The 86th Academy Awards aka The Oscars 2014!

Oscars
Comedian Ellen DeGeneres will host the awards show live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday 2nd March where the worlds elite stars of the silver screen gather on force to parade the red carpet before we find out who gets to add “Academy Award Winner” in front of their name for every future film release and win the an Oscar statuette.

Oscar Statuette
77 Diamonds will have a live feed throughout the night via Twitter where you can follow the night through with our thoughts and opinions on who’s wearing what, in particularly the JEWELLERY!

Look out next week also as we will be having some of our favourite bloggers prepare their dream outfits using our jewellery as accessories.

Here are the top 5 categories for next weeks Academy Awards:

Best Picture American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her

Nebraska
Philomena
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actor in a Leading Role Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress in a Leading Role Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
 Best Actress in a Supporting Role Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
June Squibb (Nebraska)