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Diamonds

08/05/2019
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Our Favourite Jewels From The Met Gala 2019

As you might expect the New York jewellery brands played a big part at the New York red carpet event this year, although Italian designer Bulgari was seen the most on the red carpet. The theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion”. Think over-the-top, flamboyant and exaggerated looks and times it by ten. Here’s our list of the best jewels seen at the Met Gala… Of course Lady Gaga stole the show again and had to be at the top of our list after getting through four Brandon Maxwell outfits and wearing... Read More

27/02/2019
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Oscars 2019

Obviously we have to start with Lady Gaga who made history by wearing the 128.54 carat Tiffany & Co cushion cut canary yellow diamond which once worn by Audrey Hepburn. The necklace looks very differ now as it has been redesigned into a more modern style.  The necklace was designed in 2012 to commemorate Tiffany’s 175 years of excellence in design and I am sure you will agree it is absolutely stunning! Lady Gaga teamed it with a simple black dress with gloves and a very similar hair updo like the... Read More

21/01/2019
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Our Diamond Engagement Ring Advice

So… you are thinking of proposing and you don’t really know where to start? Here we have some advice and tips to help you choose the perfect diamond engagement ring….   Budget Budget is a very important factor.  While many retailers like ourselves now offer interest free credit options to help you with your purchase, always make sure you can afford the monthly re-payments.  Whether you have a smaller or a bigger budget you also need to make sure you are getting value for your money.  Always do your research... Read More

18/10/2017
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Comparing Diamonds

Diamonds are often purchased for a loved one, however the right diamonds can also be a great investment. Here at Avanti we believe you should always shop around when buying diamonds to get the best quality and price. These are our three simple tips on how to compare diamonds:   Diamond certificates Official diamond certificates give you all the information you need to know about the diamond. A certificate shows  shape, carat weight, colour, clarity, polish, symmetry, cut and fluorescence as well as the exact measurements of the stone. Do not be... Read More

10/10/2016

Conflict Free Diamonds

Here at Avanti, we are pleased to say that all the diamonds we source and use are conflict free, this is ensured by using suppliers with excellent reputations. But you may be asking yourself what does the word conflict refer to? Diamonds with a violent past is probably a better term to explain the phrase conflict/blood diamonds, they are usually mined mainly in Africa in countries such as Angola, Sierra Leone and The Congo, please note though not all African mines are corrupt, Botswana has a thriving legal diamond market.... Read More

06/10/2016

Do You Wear Your Diamonds Everyday Or Are They Stashed Away?

After reading an article in The Sunday Times it got us thinking… Do you wear your diamonds everyday or are they stashed away? I think of number of us will admit to this and bring our jewels out for special occasions only, but lets face it our diamonds are just not getting the wear they deserve. It was so refreshing today to have two ladies in the shop who do exactly the opposite and wear all their jewels everyday, so come on ladies diamonds are the new daywear accessory!  The Sunday Times also stated... Read More

30/09/2016
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What Is The Mohs Scale?

The Mohs scale (pronounced moze) is used to gauge a stones hardness. Diamonds are known for being one of the hardest substances on earth. A diamond is so hard it ranks 10 on the Mohs scale (the highest level of hardness). The hardness of a stone indicates the stone’s resistance to scratching or how the surface of the gem will respond to contact with a sharp point. This differs from a gem’s toughness, which is defined by how well a gem can survive an impact or resist breaking, chipping or cracking.... Read More