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    Since 1896, our focus has been on expert craftsmanship, assured quality and creating perfect pieces of jewellery. Our desire to share the joy and to be there for all of life’s special occasions is what sets us apart and makes every detail of our fine jewellery carefully considered.

    Since 1896, our focus has been on expert craftsmanship, assured quality and creating perfect pieces of jewellery. Our desire to share the joy and to be there for all of life’s special occasions is what sets us apart and makes every detail of our fine jewellery carefully considered.

    DIAMOND EDUCATION

    The world’s most precious gem and a symbol of love for centuries, Diamonds are as beautiful and unique as your love story. Formed under immense pressure, hundreds of kilometres below the surface of the earth, their one billion year journey is nothing short of phenomenal. They were first discovered in India over two thousand years ago and have remained a symbol of beauty, love and resilience ever since.

    All Sterns Diamonds half a carat and above are independently verified and are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity detailing exact measurements and features. We guarantee that every step of the process, from the sourcing of the Diamond rough to the cutting and polishing, is handled ethically and by the best in the industry.

     
     

    THE 4 CS

    CUT

    In their natural state, Diamonds are quite dull. To bring out their inner lustre, each Diamond must be individually cut and polished to create facets. These facets reflect the light and unlock the stone’s hidden brilliance. Of all the 5 C’s, cut has the greatest effect on the beauty of a Diamond and is influenced by man’s hand. The grading scale ranges from Excellent to Poor and at Sterns we ensure that the world’s most talented artisans cut our Diamonds to the highest precision.

    COLOUR

    Diamonds are created when carbon crystallises deep underground. If any other elements are present during this process, they affect the Diamond’s colour. Diamonds are considered more rare and valuable the closer they are to being colourless. The colour palette is varied and covers a wide spectrum. Most natural Diamonds have traces of a yellow or brown colour. Naturally coloured Diamonds, for example yellow or pink, are rare and are referred to as fancy.

    CLARITY

    When a Diamond is formed, tiny particles of dust and other minerals can be trapped inside it. These are known as inclusions. Clarity refers to the internal purity of a Diamond – the fewer the inclusions, the more rare and valuable the stone. However, these inclusions make each Diamond unique – a fingerprint billions of years old that belongs to you alone. We provide a variety of options to maximise sparkle and your budget.

    CARAT WEIGHT

    Carat refers to both size and weight of a Diamond. As a Diamond’s weight increases, so does its value. Just as R1 is divided into 100 cents, a carat is divided into 100 points. For example, a 50-point Diamond weighs 0.50 carats. However, carat weight alone does not determine a Diamond’s value. Two stones of equal weight can vary quite considerably in price because of quality differences.


     

     

    DIAMOND SHAPES

     
     

    The Round Brilliant

    The modern round brilliant is a true classic and the most popular Diamond cut. With a well-cut round Diamond, you’re sure to get intense sparkle that will make your ring appear bigger.

     

    The Princess

    his contemporary and stylishfancy cut is perfectly feminine.With a wonderfully radiant sparkle, it has become one of themost beloved Diamond shapes.

     

    The Pear

    An exceptional pear shape is one that possesses excellent symmetry. Like the oval, it has the ability to make the wearer’s finger appear longer and slimmer.

     

    The Cushion

    This contemporary and stylish fancy cut is perfectly feminine. With a wonderfully radiant sparkle, it has become one of the most beloved Diamond shapes.

     

    The Oval

    Oval-cut Diamonds have the brilliance of a round cut, with the added benefit of an elongated shape that gives a lengthening effect on the finger.

     

    DIAMOND SHAPES

     
     

    The Round Brilliant

    The modern round brilliant is a true classic and the most popular Diamond cut. With a well-cut round Diamond, you’re sure to get intense sparkle that will make your ring appear bigger.

     

    The Princess

    his contemporary and stylishfancy cut is perfectly feminine.With a wonderfully radiant sparkle, it has become one of themost beloved Diamond shapes.

     

    The Pear

    An exceptional pear shape is one that possesses excellent symmetry. Like the oval, it has the ability to make the wearer’s finger appear longer and slimmer.

     

    The Cushion

    This contemporary and stylish fancy cut is perfectly feminine. With a wonderfully radiant sparkle, it has become one of the most beloved Diamond shapes.

     

    The Oval

    Oval-cut Diamonds have the brilliance of a round cut, with the added benefit of an elongated shape that gives a lengthening effect on the finger.

     

    GEMSTONE EDUCATION

    Morganite

    Morganite is a soft peachy-pink colour and is revered for its beautiful clarity. From the same gemstone family as Emerald, it is durable and makes a stunning centre stone for a gemstone ring. With its pink hue, Morganite is believed to symbolise love, compassion, and joy.

    Fun fact: Morganite was only discovered in the early 20th century and was named after famous American banker and collector, J.P. Morgan.

    Tanzanite

    Found only at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzanite varies from blue, to violet, or purple in colour. Its high vibrational energy invites protection and safety and allows for deep profound meditation. It also inspires compassion, love and happiness.

    Fun fact: Found only in Tanzania, it is Africa’s rarest gem.

    Garnet

    January Birthstone

    Believed to protect the wearer, this vibrant gemstone has a rich red colour. It signifies health, vitality, and passion. Used to mark the second anniversary of marriage, it is a symbol of trust and eternal friendship.

    Fun fact: The name Garnet comes from the Latin “Garanatus,” meaning “seedlike,” referring to a pomegranate, to which the stone’s appearance was compared to.

    Amethyst

    February Birthstone

    Amethyst is a violet variety of Quartz. It ranges from pale lavender to deep violet and is said to symbolise wisdom, stability, and strength. It also encourages a clear head and quick wit.

    Fun fact: Amethystos means “not drunk” in ancient Greek and the stone was believed to protect its owner from drunkenness.

    Aquamarine

    March Birthstone

    This gorgeous pale blue, transparent crystal is a member of the Beryl family. It’s named after the mineral aquamarine, a gemstone mainly found in granite rocks. Aquamarine evokes feelings of calmness and level headedness.

    Fun fact: Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin word for seawater and was said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea.

    Diamond

    April Birthstone

    Renowned for their beauty, sparkling fire, durability, and rarity – Diamonds are the most-prized of all gemstones. They are said to clear emotional and mental pain, reduce fear and bring about new beginnings.

    Fun fact: Diamonds are the hardest material on earth, 58 times harder than anything else in nature.

    Emerald

    May Birthstone

    Emerald is a brilliant deep green coloured, highly precious gemstone of the Beryl mineral family. One of the most reputed gemstones in Vedic astrology; it is worn for gaining foresight and good fortune.

    Fun fact: Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Egypt, was known for her passion for Emeralds.

    Pearl

    June Birthstone

    Lustre is what gives a natural or cultured Pearl its unique beauty. Often sought in white or cream, they come in a range of beautiful shades. Pearls symbolise wisdom, perseverance, and integrity.

    Fun fact: In ancient China, Pearls were believed to guarantee protection from fire and fire-breathing dragons.

    Ruby

    July Birthstone

    Rubies are vibrant red gemstones synonymous with vitality, passion, and seeking your heart’s desire. Throughout history, they have been worn to guarantee health, wealth, wisdom, and success in love.

    Fun fact: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Harry Winston created real Ruby slippers set with 4,600 Rubies.

    Peridot

    August Birthstone

    Created from the fiery pits of volcanoes, Peridot is believed to be a gift from Mother Nature and is considered a symbol of the yearly renewal of the planet. Cherished for its healing powers, it promotes prosperity, fearlessness, and beauty.

    Fun fact: In 2005, Peridot was found in comet dust brought back from the Stardust robotic space probe.

    Sapphire

    September Birthstone

    Known for its striking deep, ocean blue hue, this gemstone is also available in a number other colour varieties. Symbolising wisdom, serenity and focus, Sapphires have had an incredible history, drawing fame from royalty to playing a part in ancient legends.

    Fun fact: Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin word for seawater and was said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea.

    Opal

    October Birthstone

    Opals are renowned for their radiant patterns of colour and the way in which they reflect light into a kaleidoscope of colour is truly unique. Symbolising hope, happiness and love, they also bring feelings of comfort.

    Fun fact: The novel, Anne of Geierstein, gave Opal a reputation of being unlucky in 1829. Due to this, some thought it was unlucky for anyone born in another month to wear an Opal.

    Citrine

    November Birthstone

    The golden Citrine gemstone represents energy and abundance and is thought to brighten darkness and attract wealth.

    Fun fact: In the 17th century, Queen Victoria made Citrine popular by wearing it as jewellery.

     

    Blue Topaz

    December Birthstone

    Topaz forms in various tones and saturations of yellow, gold, orange, red, blue, green, purple and brown, as well as colourless. Blue Topaz is a vivid sky-blue gemstone that symbolises spiritual connections and it brings solid, lasting energy, joy, generosity and abundance.

    Fun fact: The stone was worn as a protection amulet in some ancient cultures.

     


     

    METAL EDUCATION

    TThere wouldn’t be fine jewellery without metals to hold our beautiful gemstones. The variety of metals available allows jewellery to be affordable to all. Our precious metals are responsibly sourced and authenticated, conforming to the international standards of purity.

    Platinum

    Platinum is the most precious and valuable of all metals. Its natural white sheen makes it a considered setting for precious gemstones and its hardwearing nature makes it the perfect metal for jewellery. Sterns offers a limited range of Platinum jewellery, but we do make to order.

    Please contact us if you are would like to know more.

    Gold

    Gold has been valued and revered for thousands of years and its bright yellow shine is instantly recognisable. However in its pure form, Gold is too soft to work with. To make it suitable for jewellery other metals (alloys) are added to pure Gold, making it more durable.

    This can result in not only a stronger metal but also

    Sterling Silver

    Sterling Silver is a timeless classic and has been a celebrated metal and form of currency since humans first discovered it. Similar to Gold, Sterling Silver must have other metals added to it to be strong enough for jewellery.

    While Sterling Silver is best known for its brilliant polished shine, it can also come in a matte finish,


     

    MODERN METALS

    Stainless Steel

    This tarnish resistant and well-priced metal is a must-have for the fashionconscious man.

    Titanium

    This is the toughest metal known to man. Hypoallergenic, lightweight and tarnish resistant for the perfect every day wear.

    Tungsten

    A luxurious, heavyweight and scratch resistant metal that is durable and strong – perfect for your commitment.

    Zirconium

    With a high resistance to scratching and tarnishing, fashionability meets functionality. Zirconium is the ideal choice for the modern man.

     

    MADE FOR YOU

    The world’s most precious gem and a symbol of love for centuries, Diamonds are as beautiful and unique as your love story. Formed under immense pressure, hundreds of kilometres below the surface of the earth, their one billion year journey is nothing short of phenomenal. They were first discovered in India over two thousand years ago and have remained a symbol of beauty, love and resilience ever since.
     

     
    All Sterns Diamonds half a carat and above are independently verified and are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity detailing exact measurements and features. We guarantee that every step of the process, from the sourcing

     

     

    JEWELLERY CARE

    Taking care of your jewellery is therapeutic and a sign of self-care. Sterns believes in keeping your jewellery looking as good as the day you owned it.


     

    Follow these simple tips:

    By following a few simple tips you can keep your jewellery looking as beautiful as the day you bought it.

    • Always remove your jewellery when washing your hands or applying perfume and makeup. Never spray perfume on top of jewellery, especially Pearls.
    • Store your jewellery separately in a lined jewellery box or pouch to avoid scratching.
    • Rhodium-plated jewellery must be re-plated annually.
    • For cleaning your jewellery at home, make use of our jewellery cleaners and cloths available for purchase in-store.

    For those occasions when your jewellery needs a little more care, speak to one of our experts and remember that Sterns offers free professional cleaning services for all jewellery.

     

    HAND SANITISER AND YOUR JEWELLERY

    Sterns believes in keeping your jewellery looking as good as the day you owned it. In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, frequent hand-washing and sanitising isn’t just for peace of mind, it’s a necessity!

    The primary goal of hand sanitiser is to sterilize any germs, bacteria or toxic micro-organisms that can make you sick. But you could also be worried about what it’s doing to your jewellery. We’ve broken it down for you.

     

    What's the difference?

    Alcohol-based hand sanitiser

    Most hand sanitisers contain 60 – 95% alcohol and it is recommended to use a minimum of 60% alcohol to protect yourself against the Coronavirus. The ingredients include but are not limited to isopropyl or ethyl alcohol, water, glycerin and fragrance. Alcohol-based sanitisers are much safer for your jewellery.

     

    Alcohol-free hand sanitiser

    The ingredients in alcohol-free sanitisers include but are not limited to antibacterial, triclosan, antiseptics and chloride cleaning agents. These chlorine-based compounds have the potential to release free chlorine when in contact with water; causing your jewellery to tarnish.

     

    Soap

    Good old soap works just as well when it comes to protecting yourself against Coronavirus. However, most soaps contain chemicals or oils that could possibly damage the surface of your jewellery. Solid soap particles can get under stone settings and stay there – this will cloud and dull your rings. It could also cause the coat of rhodium plating, found on white Gold rings, to get worn away.


     
     

    EFFECTS ON JEWELLERY

    What are the effects of this constant use of chemicals on your jewellery?

     

    Effects on Yellow Gold

    Hand sanitiser does not affect yellow Gold as much as some other metals. This is primarily because yellow Gold doesn’t have a film or layer that can tarnish or wear down over time. However it can still become dull over time due to frequent use of sanitiser.

    Effects on Rose Gold

    Rose Gold is created by mixing yellow Gold alloys with copper to create its rosy red tint. Hand sanitiser can react to the copper elements causing your jewellery to tarnish and lose its shine over time.

    Effects on White Gold

    White Gold is plated in rhodium, which adds a protective layer to the Gold. It’s normal for rhodium-plated jewellery to require re-plating over a period of time. However, hand sanitisers containing halogens could cause the plating to tarnish even faster.

    Effects on Platinum

    Platinum will never tarnish, as its surface is naturally white. It doesn’t react with chemicals found in hand sanitisers, making it safe to wear. However, we recommend you still avoid contact and regularly clean your jewellery to avoid any residue that will dull the shine.

    Effects on Sterling Silver

    Be cautious of alcohol-free hand sanitisers when wearing Sterling Silver jewellery. The chlorine-based chemicals contain harsh compounds that will tarnish and strip away at the Silver, diminishing its shine and lustre.

    Effects on Diamonds

    Hand sanitiser won’t damage diamonds, but it will leave a filmy residue on the stones dulling their sparkle and brilliance over time. Frequent hand washing will cause build-up between stones but it’s nothing a quick soak can’t fix.

    Effects on Pearls & Opals

    Pearls are soft and porous (absorbing water and liquid), and should not come into contact with sanitised skin until completely dry. We suggest waiting five minutes before wear. As with perfume and hairspray, the alcohol in sanitiser can change the surface of Pearls, creating a loss of lustre and change in colour. Just like Pearls, Opals are soft and porous and can easily be damaged by sanitiser. There will be visible cracks on the surface where the liquid dries out. We suggest waiting five minutes before wear.

    Effects on Gemstones

    Alcohol-based sanitisers could cause a filmy residue layer on the surface of gem stones, but this can easily be cleaned off with soapy water and an old toothbrush. Soap and alcohol-based sanitisers won’t affect your Garnets, Rubies, Aquamarine or Sapphires, but chlorine-based (alcohol-free) sanitisers will. Emeralds are slightly less hardwearing, so you should avoid using both soap and sanitiser when wearing them.

     

    CLEANING YOUR JEWELLERY

    Your hands aren’t the only things that need to stay clean, you jewellery needs to remain germ-free too!
    How to Sanitise Your Jewellery*


     

    How to Sanitise Your Jewellery

    * This excludes Pearls as they are more delicate.

    • Remove jewellery item from packaging.
    • Sanitise your hands.
    • Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to an old soft toothbrush.
    • Lightly brush the surfaces of the jewellery item, creating a lather for 30 seconds.
    • Rinse the piece thoroughly under warm water.
    • Place the jewellery piece on a soft facial tissue.
    • Allow to dry naturally in the sun.
     

    How to Sanitise Your Pearls

    • Remove jewellery item from packaging.
    • Sanitise your hands.
    • Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to a cup of water.
    • Take a soft cloth dip/ submerge it into the water.
    • Ring the water out.
    • Lightly wipe the surfaces of Pearls/Emeralds the jewellery item, with the damp cloth.
    • Place the jewellery piece on a soft facial tissue.
    • Allow to dry naturally in the sun.

    SIZING GUIDE

    If you’ve found the ultimate piece for yourself, or planning on gifting someone special, then it’s important to ensure that it fits just right! Below you’ll find a guide for selecting the right size for necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings.

     

    NECKLACE

    The most common pendant chains are around 40cm to 45cm in length. Find your perfect pendant chain length here:
     

     

    EARRINGS

    Here’s an easy guide to measuring stud and hoop earrings.

    Hoops

     

    Studs

     

    BRACELETS

    Here is an easy guide to finding your bracelet size. Measure around your wrist tightly or loosely depending on the fit you’d like.
     

     

    RINGS

    Here’s an easy guide to finding your ring size.

    Download and print this simple guide to measure your finger. Ensure that your printer is set to print at 100% You can verify that your page has printed correctly by measuring a few shapes for accuracy.


     
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