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The Dream Ring Collection

As always, Jewellery Design Studio is constantly expanding it’s engagement ring collection. The Dream Collection is the new range in store – bringing you classics – with a twist…

These rings can be adjusted to accommodate a range of metal types and diamond sizes to suit your needs.



Is it time to revalue your jewellery?


With the wet and windy season here, now is a good time to consider reviewing whether you should have your Jewellery re valued. At JDS we have a little more time this month, before wedding season starts with a rush in September. So take advantage of this amazing offer to value your items at special discount prices.

Is it time to revalue?

Jewellery Valuations are one of those things that few of us think about. We buy a piece of Jewellery, take it home and hopefully have much pleasure in wearing. Many Jewellery purchases are aligned to special events in our lives – engagement, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and so it seems inappropriate to dwell on value.

Should those items be stolen within the first year or two, then receipts, etc will probably be easy to locate or replace, but what about inherited jewellery, or those pieces that somehow are now 10-20-30 yrs old? How do you protect their value adequately?

What do you have to prove the value of your items?

Have valuations? Why should you revalue your jewellery?

Jewellery values are subject to external market forces, primarily changes to gold prices, US/AUD exchange rates, as well as fashion trends.

For example since 2001 Australian Gold prices have increased from the late 1990’s to today by over 350%!!

2012 -2014 was the best time in recent history to buy that diamond ring – why? Due to the strength of the Australian dollar, diamond prices dropped drastically, but what’s the value today?

What are the costs?

It depends. There are Jewellers who provide valuations, and there are Registered Valuers. The former provide the cheaper option, but may not be up to date on new technologies, imitations, synthetics and enhancements, neither would they have been trained necessarily in valuing antiques, or other specialist items.

Registered Valuers are members of the NCJV (National Council of Jewellery Valuers) and are not only qualified Gemmologists, have been accredited as Valuers by examination, they are also committed to ongoing education in their chosen field.

To identify a Registered Valuer visit or ask to see their seal and Registered Valuation number.

At JDS we have two Registered Valuers working side by side.


Peridot – ‘Gem of the Sun’ – Birthstone for August

There are several schools of thought for the pronunciation of Peridot, but in Australia it is generally pronounced with the ‘T’ at the end. (pair–uh-dot’)

Peridot is the Gem form of Olivine, and called Chrysolite in some countries. It is quite unique among gemstones as it is one of the few stones found in one colour only – Green. They range from yellowy- green to the most valuable olive green and are generally classed as a semi precious stone, however larger stones are rarer, and their prices are more comparable to other top quality gems.

Historically they were mined in Southern Egypt and the stone was associated with the Sun God Ra, hence the name – Gem of the Sun – although ironically the miners would search for the stones by night, as their colour showed more clearly by the light of the moon…..

Today the majority of commercial grade stones come from Arizona in the U.S., but the finest stones are to be found in Kashmir, Myanmar & Afghanistan.

The Peridot is called ‘The visionary’ stone – the colour refreshing the mind & enabling us to see & learn from our mistakes & enhancing our intuition. The stone is also used as a powerful tonic for the metabolic and intestinal organs.

Traditionally Peridot is associated with the month of August, and the Zodiac sign of Libra , and is the Anniversary gift for 16yrs of marriage – but take a fresh look at this beautiful gemstone, light and joyful and perfect to welcome Spring into your life.