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Her Ring Size; Don’t be left ‘on bended knee’

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Diamond Tutorial | Comments Off

How to judge your fiancée’s finger size without her catching onto you, here are a few simple steps to follow:

  • If you are one of the lucky ones who’s fiancée wears a ring on her ring finger on her right hand, take advantage of this and when she is not around quickly trace the inside of the ring on a piece of paper and from this, at Varoujan jewellers, we are able to judge her ring size.
  • Another option is to try one of your fiancée’s rings on your finger and note with a pen where it comes up to, however, make sure that you note which finger and what hand she wears the ring on.
  • If you are certain that your fiancée already wears other rings, then a tapered candle can be a great way of ascertaining her ring size. Slip one of the rings that she often wears over the tapered candle and then mark with a pen where the ring sits on the candle. With the use of this simple prop your fiancée’s ring size can be easily deciphered.
  • Your fiancée’s clothing size is a great tool for judging her finger size, so next time she leaves the room try and sneak a peek at what size clothing she is wearing.
  • Another handy trick in estimating your fiancée’s ring size is to have a small bar of soap with you and when you are left unattended, quickly press the ring into the soap, ensuring to make an imprint. Make sure you wipe the soap residue off the ring so as not to give yourself away!
  • A creative way of uncovering your fiancée’s ring size is to ask one of her friends to pretend she is beginning to look for an engagement ring and to take your fiancée with her and whilst they are browsing the jewellery stores to have her friend tell her to take her finger size, just for the future!
  • When shopping for an engagement ring for your fiancée it is always good to have a picture of her with you, as here at Varoujan, we are able to assess her ring size through viewing a picture of her and her hand.

Ring on fingerSo if you want your proposal to remain a surprise, ensure you try one if not a few of the above steps to ensure your fiancée’s ring size is as accurate as possible so that your ‘on bended knee’ wasn’t for nothing!

Need more help? Contact us to see how we can make your diamond buying process much easier.

Cushion cut Diamonds and the Halo Engagement Ring

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Diamonds | Comments Off

Everything Old is New Again

lady-monaco-engagement-ringThe desire for incredibly soft, dreamlike and ultra feminine jewellery and fashion continues as a strong trend in 2014.

The halo engagement ring, particularly the cushion cut halo engagement ring captures this desire in the world of fine jewellery. We are living in shifting cultural and economic times and the vintage halo design references a more innocent, carefree era. Today everything old is new again, and high-end jewellers are recreating bespoke vintage engagement rings.

The pure vintage appeal of the cushion cut halo ring channels our desire for a princess perfect ring with Hollywood glamour. Recent movies such as The Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina, and Downton Abbey reflect the theme of vintage, rococo and deco styling.

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Traditionally, the halo design featured a cushion cut diamond in the centre of the ring. Until recently, it was relatively difficult to find decent high quality Cushion Cut Diamonds for sale outside of auctions or estate sales. However, cushion cut diamonds are now more plentiful on the market, given the increase in demand for vintage style engagement rings.

Halo Engagement RingA cushion cut diamond has an enduring beauty all of its own that will always be preferred by those who appreciate subtlety over bling. A cushion cut diamond is often referred to as the ‘candlelight’ diamond. It has a beautiful subtle sparkle and a refined look, which softly reflects light, flickering like a candle.

The Cushion Cut is a generic name for the Old Mine Cut designed in the early 20th century. A cushion cut is a square or rectangular cut diamond with rounded corners, resembling a pillow shape, hence the name! Cushion cut diamonds vary widely and the final choice is very much down to personal taste. The highest quality stones tend to have high crowns and small tables, like an old mine cut diamond.

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Of course, the cushion cut diamond is not the only diamond that suits the halo style. Here at Varoujan jewellers we have many halo designs, featuring round brilliant cut halo rings, double halo rings (for a bigger look), pear shaped halo rings, rose gold halo rings, and coloured stone halo rings.

Pavarotti Engagement RingCome and visit us soon to view our halo engagement rings, or make an appointment with our designer to create your own bespoke halo engagement ring, designed to order, for your own fairytale engagement ring.

 

Celebrity Engagement Rings

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Latest News | Comments Off

2013 proved to be the year of the bling ring, as so many of our favourite celebrity couples got engaged – and they sealed the deal with radiant new rocks

So many celeb couples decided to take the next step in their relationships. Getting engaged in Hollywood means showing off a ginormous new rock – and 2013 proved to be a year filled with bigger and better rings than ever before.

We saw many leading ladies find love again after bad breakups and divorces – and their gorgeous new sparklers are as radiant as their smiles.

kelly-rowlandJoining the cushion-cut club, Kelly Rowland, the former Destiny’s Child singer has been seen sporting a dazzling four-carat halo engagement ring.

At Varoujan Jewellers we have Kelly’s style in various diamond shapes, from the traditional round brilliant cut halo, to radiant cut diamond halos, princess cut with pink diamond halo, the popular oval diamond halo, or we can customize a special halo just for you to fall in love with.

3728234Congratulations to Christina Aguilera, she received a gorgeous engagement ring from longtime beau, Matthew Rutler. The movie producer popped the question while they were relaxing by the beach. How perfect! Christina’s engagement ring looks to be a vintage style, with a large, art deco halo bordering a round brilliant diamond. This is a distinctive design that’s been gaining in popularity recently, with stars from Scarlett Johansson to Ashlee Simpson taking influences from 1920s fashion. The appeal lies in its ornate structure; the ring covers a large surface area on the ring finger without the need for an oversized center stone.

Love the look? Visit Varoujan Jewellers at Sydney Westfield Level 3 to discuss this style of diamond engagement ring as your option.

catherine-zeta-jonesMarquise cut engagement rings are a distinctive choice for women who love vintage-inspired designs that illuminate, These vintage style diamonds are available at Varoujan Jewellers, we have a gorgeous yellow diamond marquise engagement ring in our Sydney Westfield Store just waiting for you to try on. The striking shape, reminiscent of a smile, is cut with a brilliant facet pattern. This means that, similar to the iconic round and princess cuts, they are intended to produce lots of sparkle. Catherine Zeta-Jones’ features a 10-carat marquise cut, resting with the points placed horizontally across the band. Michael Douglas proposed to the Welsh-born star on New Year’s Eve, 1999

While these days she wears a pear cut, Victoria Beckham originally had a marquise cut engagement ring. David Beckham proposed to the Spice Girl in January 1998 with the $70,000 sparkler.

At Varoujan Jewellers, we can create the celebrity engagement ring look that’s just right for you, whether you are in love with a unique fancy intense yellow diamond halo engagement ring, the classic 4 claw diamond solitaire engagement ring, pink diamond engagement ring, the art deco look which has a lot of character and charm, to coloured stone engagement rings.  Take advantage of our award winning designers, allow them to use their creativity to design a special dazzling engagement ring, one that you will be proud to wear and show to family and friends.

Let your exciting journey begin with us at Varoujan Jewellers.

Titanium Wedding Rings – the grey, the blue, the indestructible…

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Latest News | Comments Off

Titanium Wedding BandTitanium rings have become quite a phenomenon in recent years, spanning from their first commercial production just over 50 years ago, they have achieved quite a reputation within the jewellery world. Titanium is known for its various unique properties, including its lightweight nature, corrosion-resistant quality, being hypoallergenic and also having the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any crystalline metal. Titanium, in its purest form, is as strong as steel, however is 45% lighter and compared to aluminium is 60% heavier yet twice as strong.

This modern metal is constructed in jewellery using solid bars, sheets or tubes of titanium, which are then cut into the preferred shape and size. Titanium is a very versatile metal, working beautifully alongside gold and platinum as well as working in an array of designs for both men and women.

Titanium is also a very versatile metal in regards to its ability to change colour. The process of titanium changing colour is known as anodization, whereby an oxide film forms on the surface of the titanium via an electrolytic process which creates the colour. This process of anodization occurs after the titanium piece of jewellery has been created and transforms titianium from its original colour, generally silver, into a variety of tones.

Something to keep in mind when purchasing a titanium wedder is the fact that Titanium wedding bands are not able to be resized due to its strength, so if this is something that would bother you, perhaps a gold or platinum wedding band may suit you more.

Titaniums weightlessness is a great feature, especially for someone who is not used to wearing jewellery or does not want to feel weighed down by a heavier gold or platinum counterpart. Titanium is also a metal which will remain itself, being corrosion-resistant and thus not being affected by sweat or solvent, removing the worry of having to care for your ring.

So if you believe that this ‘super’ metal could be the right choice for you or your partner make sure to visit the Varoujan Boutique to view our range of titanium wedding bands in an array of designs and metal composites. If you are still unsure about this ‘indestructible’ metal, feel free to visit our Boutique where you can experience the wedders in all their glory and feel more comfortable in your choice.

Garnet Birthstone

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Diamond Tutorial | Comments Off

January’s birthstone is the Garnet

The origin of the name “Garnet” is derived from the latin word “Granatum”, meaning, “pomegranate seeds”, which reflects the shape and colour of the crystals.

Loose Rough GarnetsGarnets may also be given as a gem on the second wedding anniversary.

Garnets range from 7-7.5 on the Mohs sale of hardness.

They were first mined in Sri Lanka over 2500 years ago, the garnet is also found in Africa, Australia, India, Russia, South America, and in the United States,in Arizona and Idaho.

Although most commonly known as a red gemstone, the garnet also comes in a variety of other colours, including, yellow, orange, pink, green, and violets. This diversity is due unique combinations of elements within each gem, such as, iron, calcium and manganese.

The rarest is a blue, with a blue-green colour changing, these are found in Bekily, Madagascar.

There are many myths and legends surrounding the garnet. One Biblical legend is that Noah hung this gem as a lantern on the arc to light his way through the dark and stormy nights.

A gift of garnet is thought to be symbolic of love and desire for a loved one’s safe travel and speedy homecoming.

Varoujan wins Jewellery Award

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Latest News | Comments Off

Winner of the Gent’s Category in the 2013 Diamond Guild of Australia Jeweller Awards.

The Emperor RingThe Emperor combines innovative design, technical expertise, and surprising wearability. A white gold Gent’s ring featuring 30 round brilliant cut diamonds totalling 1.90cts  and, cloisonné blue and white enamel. This striking piece of jewellery won the Gent’s category in the 2013 Diamond Guild of Australia Jewellery Awards. Designed by Varoujan Djevahirdjian, Owner and Creative Director of Varoujan Jewellers.

The Gent’s Category aimed to attract entries of new and innovative jewellery designs for the modern man.

Judges included Brandon Glen (Good Design Australia), Australian fashion designer Carla Zampatti, David Perryman (Photographer), John Calleija, (Calleija Jewellers) and Susan Skelly (Qantas)

“The calibre of pieces entered in this year’s competition was of an exceptional standard and raised the bar for this prestigious design awards to new heights.’ commented Melissa James, executive officer of Diamond Guild Australia. “We received entries from all over Australia reflecting the fact this is a truly national event open to all jewellers working in a retail environment.”

“We were absolutely delighted with the level of participation and with the outcome of the 2013 Awards. We are now looking forward to presenting these amazing diamond pieces to the public to showcase the world class design talent we have here in Australia.”

The Emperor ring is available to view at our Westfield Boutique and retails for $18,500.

Things you may not have realised when purchasing a diamond online

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Diamond Tutorial | Comments Off

Buyer BewareAcquiring a diamond, especially for an engagement ring is an emotional purchase, one that is hard to replicate with the click of a button. However, if, like many in our globalised world you want to explore every avenue before purchasing a stone, you should simply be aware that the cost of a diamond does not simply end with your online purchase. What these websites usually neglect to inform you about are the ‘hidden costs’. These costs are revealed when you are ready to pay and pay is exactly what you do.

These fees are generally based upon unforetold importing costs, including:

  • Import Courier Expenses, i.e. Fedex, Toll or DHL
  • Foreign currency exchange rates
  • Insurance on goods
  • Customs clearance charges
  • 10% Goods and Services tax (G.S.T.). The G.S.T. is calculated on the final price of your purchase inclusive of all expenses from buying the diamond then shipping to you.
  • When you purchase a diamond and agree to have it made into a piece of jewellery it will include a further 5% sales duty ie: Sale price = $15,000 AUD then sales duty will be an extra $750 AUD.

The issue of aftercare is also forgotten amidst the frenzy of searching online diamond sites. Hypotheticals such as ‘what if the diamond fell out’ or the piece needed to be rhodium plated are never accounted for. If problems do arise, your piece will have to be returned at your own expense with all of the aforementioned costs being incurred again. The shipping fees for returning a diamond can cost you anywhere between $1000 – $1500 AUD.

In the end, all you have, as the customer is trust and hope that you have acquired the perfect diamond for the person who is most important to you! Buying locally with a live diamond specialist ensures that you are able to make your decision holding the most important piece in your hand.

Scarlett Johansson’s Engagement To French Journalist Boyfriend

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Latest News | Comments Off

'Under The Skin' Premiere - The 70th Venice International Film FestivalHaving divorced from her first husband, Ryan Reynolds, some two and a half years ago, Scarlett Johansson is all set to take the plunge again. This time her fiancée is Romain Dauriac, a French Journalist. Sources close to the couple stated that “Scarlett and Romain are now officially engaged and are extremely happy together”.

The rumour mill had been circulating about the possible engagement of the couple and was confirmed when she was recently spotted wearing a stunning art-deco style, vintage diamond engagement ring at the Venice Film Festival held in Italy. She was promoting her latest film the sci-fi blockbuster ‘Under The Skin’ and seemed more than happy to show the ring off.

No date for the big day

According to People Magazine, the French Journalist proposed to the 28 year old actress a little over one month ago although the magazine stated that “As of yet, the couple haven’t fixed a date for the big day”.

Johansson has been nominated four times for the Golden Globes including her first major movie ‘Lost In Translation’ where she teamed up with Actor Bill Murray. Since then she has gone on to star in films such as ‘The Girl With The Pearl Earring’ and the much acclaimed ‘A Love Song For Bobby Long’ where she starred alongside John Travolta. In 2012, Johansson played ‘Black Widow’ in the record-breaking movie ‘The Avengers’, a role she is set to reprise in 2015.

The Engagement Ring

Scarlett Johansson’s engagement ring featured what looks to be three round diamonds surrounded by a vintage, rectangular setting with more diamonds. A stunning and unique design. Johansson is the latest celebrity to be seen breaking tradition and going for unique engagement rings. We don’t know if this is really her idea or Dauriac’s idea but regardless, we love the design of the enagement ring.

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My experience buying from Varoujan Jewellers

Posted by on Oct 11, 2010 in Diamond Tutorial | Comments Off

Have you heard of the sayings?
“There’s one for every woman”

Well… it’s a bit like that.

“I walked into a jewellery store. The man behind the counter stood up, greeted me by his name, asked for my name and wanted to know what he could help me with today. I told him that I had just started looking for an engagement ring.”

“and have you seen anything you have liked” he asked

“I might have but I cannot be sure, may be something simple” I said

He looked at me, a measured look at my ears, I knew he was checking out the earrings I was wearing, they were given to me by my grandmother.

He looked at my right hand, I was wearing an art deco ring I had bought at a fashion shop in Milan.

He observed what outfits I was wearing, and finally he said

“I can see you have a diverse but good sense in fashion. If you have a few minutes, I would love you to keep an open mind for me, and simply try on whatever I put on your finger”

True to his word, the next 7 to 10 minutes we spent trying different rings on and commenting on different aspects of the rings I was trying on.

I was enjoying myself, a no pressure environment where I was a judge, I was commenting freely and observing things I hadn’t thought of before.

I was confiding in this man and telling him things about the things I liked about the different rings, The colors, the shapes, the height of the centre diamond.

He politely asked me to sit down. He took out an A4 paper and a drawing pencil, the next five minutes I felt like I was commissioning this incredible designer to specially work for me. To design the ring I always wanted. In my subconscious I knew what I liked, but I could never picture it.

I was mesmerized, how he has been listening to every comment I made, the rings I tried on the things I liked, the things I most disliked, he was all ears….

I felt very special. This man made me feel that I was the most important person in his world today.

I walked out with the promise that I will look around and I will return.

I looked, I shopped, I flew to Melbourne and back, the more I looked the more I knew.

True to my word, I went back to see the designer, he greeted me in the same manner as he had before.

“Hello, we have met before…”

“That’s right I was here three weeks ago and you designed a ring for me. I’m Linda Lester.”

He looked in his filing cabinet and pulled out my file.

“My ring was staring at me…”

Varoujan is a designer, a jewellery designer, who understands, who observes, who believes, that you deserve the best….

You can read similar stories like this from our Testimonials page.

Diamond Clarity And What Does It Really Mean

Posted by on Oct 11, 2010 in Diamond Tutorial | Comments Off

Clarity is an important aspect of a diamond, and it is important to know how to grade the clarity of a diamond before you buy one. It is actually quite easy to learn how to grade the clarity of a diamond. There are basically two things that you must understand:Diamonds with visual inclusions and blemishes, and those that are ‘eye clean’ meaning that there are no inclusions or blemishes that can be seen with the naked eye. From there, the clarity of a diamond is further broken down into subcategories.

Many people mistakenly think that diamond clarity refers to how clear it is. This isn’t so. Clarity actually refers to the internal and external imperfections of the diamond.

The best diamonds, of course get a grade of FL or IF – Flawless or Internally Flawless – meaning that it is perfect.

A grade of I-1, I-2 or I-3 means that the diamond is imperfect, with a grade of I-3 being the worst.

Other grades are VVS1 and VVS2, which means that the diamond is very, very slightly imperfect; VS1 and VS2, meaning the diamond is very slightly imperfect; SI-1 and SI-2, which means that the diamond is slightly imperfect.