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Natural Diamonds vs Cultured Diamonds


What is a natural diamond?

Diamond is pure carbon created under pressure and temperature. The only place that such high temperature and pressure exists is below the surface of the Earth. They reach the surface through volcanic eruptions and then later they are mined.

cultured diamonds

cultured diamonds

What is a cultured diamond?

Diamonds can be manufactured in labatories. They’re chemically identical to natural diamonds the only difference is that they are grown in lab rather than underground.They can have a dash of colour, yellow, red, pink, green, orange… you name it the possibilities are endless. Compared to naturally occuring diamonds, which take a few days to be made but million of years to be found, whereas cultured diamonds are identical to the mined counterparts, just younger and grown in a laboratory in a mattrer of days using advanced high pressure high temperature process rather than being the result of large scale (and incredibly expensive) mining activites.

Natural diamond drawbacks

Natural diamonds are said to be in short supply and some say that they could run out as soon as a decade. Similarly a natural diamonds origin of the upmost importantance too, conflict diamonds also known as blood diamonds due to the blood shed to obtain them. A few years ago Leonardo Di Caprio starred as a South African the in the film Blood Diamond which touched on some of the natural diamond problems.

Most of these controversal stones come from Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Ivory Coast, Liberia and Sierra Leone and are illegally mined and then sold to raise money for rebel militia or terrorist groups. These groups earn money by forcing men, women and children to dig for diamonds and anyone who protests is either killed, or threatened by having a limb cut off. The United Nations, the Conflict Free Diamond Council and other groups are working toward better regulaition so that blood diamonds do not appear in the market. According to National Geographic the UN estimates that 98.8% of diamonds in the market are conflict free and before purchasing a natural diamond, request to see its conflict free certificate.

Similarly the human-and-animal rights issues run wild in India as well as certain African countries who have steadily increasing murder and HIV infection rates as a result of trespassing and sex trade. In India where 92% of the world’s smaller diamonds are cut, children are given the smallest stones to work with because their eyes and fingers are better suited for seeing and shaping tiny facets. Severe eyestrain, repetitive motion injuries and lung infections from inhaling diamond dust are just a few conditions that what these workers, or should we say slaves are subjected to…

Animal rights activists have just as much at stake in a diamond industry regulation as human-rights organizations. According to the Animal Welfare Institute, African primate populaitons are dwindling – in 15 to 20 years, apes will become extinct. the chimpanzee population has declined to around 150,000 and with 600 gorillas being poached yearly, they’re facing extinction as well. The ever decreasing numbers of primates may be partly attributed to paching, but not all poaching is for sport. Some hungry diamond miners with no other food source depend on these animals for survival.

It all seems quite a lot of work, toil and heart ache when you can simply create an exact replica of the stone in a labatory at a cheaper cost too. Oh how mother nature would be proud!

If you are interested in getting your own cultured diamond jewellery in South Africa, please contact me.

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The Beautiful, Dreamy $83 Million Diamond Ring

Jennifer Lopez's $2.5 million sparkler

Jennifer Lopez’s $2.5 million sparkler

Pink diamonds earned their right in the spot light when Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck got engaged, Jen paraded around with a gorgeous 6.1 carat pink diamond on her finger and when they split up it broke my heart that we wouldn’t be seeing that beautiful rock on her finger anymore. Well,  that specific diamond can stay wherever it may be, there’s a much bigger, much more spectacular  pink diamond about town that will put Jennifer Lopez’s predecessor to shame.

A gigantic pink diamond which measures 2.69gm by 2.06cm and is set on a ring, named the Pink Star has been sold to Isaac Wolf, who is a New York diamond cutter who has fondly called it the Pink Dream. How ironic, that is all it will ever be to us mere mortals, a dream.Pink Star/ Pink Dream Diamond

This auction bid for the diamond is huge compared the $46 million paid for the Graff pink diamond which was auctioned three years ago, which until now was the highest record bid for a diamond and it was also half the size of the Pink Star/ Pink Dream. The total amount of $83 million includes the auction house, Sotheby’s commission (which I’m sure they will be laughing all the way to the bank with).

The Pink Star was mined by De Beers in Africa in 1999 but it did not specify from which specific country. All that is clear is the diamond and that it is rare and worth approximately R830,000,000 {Eight hundred and thirty million ZAR}! It has taken many years to cut and polish the diamond which is 132.5 carat in rough state.

So, who wants one?

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Guest Contribution : Picking the Perfect Pearls for your Dress

Whilst weddings are a momentous and joyous occasion, one that you have probably envisaged since you were a little girl, the run-up can be stressful, time-consuming, even all-consuming!  Whilst there is enormous amounts of preparations, organisation, guest politics, who to invite, who’s vegetarian? coeliac? gluten-free? – you get the point! – Relieve some of the pressure with these stunning jewels which are guaranteed to pull your wedding attire together and ensure your day goes smoothly (well in the looks department at least!)

Yes it is a given that the wedding dress plays a huge factor in the bride’s overall look but coming in a close second is her choice of jewellery as this can either make or break a look.  Whilst there is a whole treasure trove of choice, one of the most popular of all jewels are still pearls.

Pearls have retained their status as the go-to wedding jewel as they have a perennial elegance that never looks dated.  Pearls can be worn with modern dresses or more traditional designs.  These lustrous, highly versatile beauties are one of the few gemstones which appeal to all generations.

Most brides are interested in achieving a highly sophisticated look which oozes understated glamour and this is easily achievable with pearl jewellery.


If you are opting for a traditional dress with a fitted and bodice with a flowing, ball gown-esque skirt then a classic pearl necklace is the perfect option to create harmony throughout your look and pull everything together.  Choose a bridal pearl necklace from Winterson made with the finest cultured saltwater Akoya pearls for a look that exudes luxury, glamour and ultimately sophistication.  These pearls, traditionally cultured in Japan, should be round, with a sharp lustre and pinky white colour. Sitting just below the collarbone, the length of this necklace will bring the focus to your face whilst creating a demure and ethereal aura around you.



If you have decided on a more modern, slinky and ‘bodycon’ dress, then I would suggest a simple pearl pendant.  A luxurious white South Sea pearl and diamond pendant necklace will perfectly balance out your wedding look but will not detract from the dress.  With a silky lustre which radiates beauty, there is little wonder why pearls are the wedding jewel of choice.  This exquisite piece (featured below) also features a dazzling diamond set above the pearl to add to the luxury of this pendant.  This piece will not only see through your wedding day in style, but will also become a firm favourite in your jewellery wardrobe.



For the romantic, slightly quirky, bohemian bride, choose freshwater coin pearls.  These type of pearls have a distinctive, slightly irregular and jaunty, baroque shape.  Each pearl is unique thus creating a carefree, laidback look rather than a more traditional, polished style.  If this is the look you are trying to pull off then this White Freshwater Coin Pearl Bracelet would look stunning on the wrist of any lace-clad, billowy-sleeved bride.

Author Bio: Rebecca is a lover of the finer things in life and frequently writes about her musings and findings.  All images are courtesy of Winterson.


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Embrace the Tennis Bracelet

Hi Poutlings!

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You don’t have to be Serena Williams in order to rock a tennis bracelet. However, there is something you can learn from her. Even when dressed in her sport wear she makes sure to add a piece of glamour to ensemble with her signature tennis bracelet. This serves well to remind us that although she is sporty and athletic, she is still a lady with elegant taste. With the popularity of diamond tennis bracelets increasing, so have the choices.

classic tennis bracelet

Whenever you hear the word “classic” you immediately think simple and sophisticated, and that is an accurate depiction of a classic four prong tennis bracelet. With a slender row of beautiful diamonds sitting along your wrist, this bracelet is perfect for anyone who likes a mixture of dazzling and delicate. Along with its undeniable beauty, this piece of jewellery is also lightweight and flexible making it the right choice for “soccer mom” or CEO.

designer tennis bracelet

A designer piece is for the one who wants to make a bold statement. The one who thinks that simple is just a little too simple. Designer tennis bracelets have an added charm with their elaborate craftsmanship, taking tennis bracelets to a new level with designs like wavy, twirl, or S-shaped links, to name a few. Like Serena has shown, a tennis bracelet can be worn on and off the court; and with a wide variety of styles to choose from you can make it your own just as she did.

And – DID YOU KNOW: Tennis bracelets were once called eternity bracelets? Quite a beautiful sentiment isn’t it? Why not pair up your eternity bracelet with a diamond eternity ring? This ring is excellent for celebrating a wedding, anniversary, or just your love. With an option of a single or double row diamonds, you can decide just how extravagant you want it. So go ahead, make someone’s day and set their heart on fire!

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Hiya Poutlings

I had an interesting conversation with one of my recently-single friends last night and we got talking about Valentines Day! She was obviously very bitter about it, but then I think/hope I put some of it into perspective for her. Now, this “holiday” has been thrown way out of perspective. It’s a silly holiday, you don’t need to give into the external pressures of it and you also do not need to be super grumpy about it either.

Case in point: I am in a happy relationship – we don’t really do the Valentines day thing that the media portrays, I would much rather have LOVE expressed every day or on any other day, yes, a silly little chocolate/real (not plastic) flower or something never goes a miss even on Valentines day, however, huge elaborate gifts on Valentines day can be OTT. Even, me, in my relationship have received at least 5 emails daily to tell me to send flowers, send my loved one for a massage, silly stupid gifts ideas, etc. I REALLY DO NOT NEED TO SEND MY BOYFRIEND FLOWERS… but thank you for trying to market that to me.

Valentine’s Day, really should be no different than any other day! Really… In my opinion……however it should never be used for the following:

1. To throw a pity party – YOU may be single and bitter, or coupled and bitter, or divorced and bitter. You have have good reason to be terribly, terribly bitter about love. I am not taking that away from you. But Valentine’s Day does not give you carte blanche to feel sorry for yourself. You do not get to sulk. Or be mean to your co-worker because they got a flower delivery. Or be a general pitiful piece of shit all day because you are not getting any flowers.

2. To contact your ex – I urge you NOT to contact any form of your exes on Valentine’s Day. Due to the external pressure I mentioned earlier, it’s heavy pressure. I’m not saying you should never contact your ex, but if you really want to, sleep on it for a whole week and contact them on 21st of February, when all the chocolate is on sale.

3. To go on an emotional bender – You might be feeling lonely, or reflecting on why you do not have romantic love in your life, or possibly even mourning a love that was lost. That is perfectly fine and normal. Do not let it get you down a rabbit hole of catastrophic thinking. You start with IT WOULD OF BEEN REALLY NICE TO GET FLOWERS and before you know it you’re at WHO’S GOING TO BE THERE FOR ME HOLDING MY HAND WHEN I DIE? Come on, now. No need to spiral out of control, indulging in feeling lonely on Valentine’s Day never really leads anywhere productive. Instead, challenge yourself to think more productive thoughts like WHAT ARE SOME THINGS I CAN DO TO BE MORE OPEN TO LOVE IN MY LIFE THIS YEAR? or LET ME REMIND MYSELF WHY THE EX AND I DIDN’T WORK OUT.

4. To test the person you are dating – Valentine’s Day is not a test to see how much the person you’re dating cares about you. There is no report at the end of the night. If there’s something you want to do celebrate, don’t wait for someone else to plan it. The people we date aren’t waiting around all year to make our magical Valentine’s Day fantasies happen.

5. To DEMAND an expensive gift – If the person you’re dating has the funds to buy you an opulent gift, like any of the gifts Sandylashxx mentioned in her last post, and happens to do so from the bottom of his/her heart, then consider yourself EXTREMELY lucky. If the person you are dating does not have the funds to buy you a mini pony wiht a diamond collar, so what? It doesn’t mean they love you any less. Don’t be that person who makes the holiday about all material gain. And please, dear God, don’t use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to push for an engagement ring, unless the time really is right for you two.

6. To internet stalk – Getting on Facebook/Twitter/Google and looking at pictures of your ex(es) and his or her new love is always a bad idea in my opinion… but if this is an activity that you’re not ready to give up, fine. Just abstain for 24 hours.

7. to sign up to an online dating site – PLEASE by all means, feel free to sign up for online dating. But do not do it the week of Valentine’s day. No need to get desperate, looking for a date, any date come February 11th.

Moral of the story: we all need to learn that being alone is NOT  bad thing. It’s a thing that everyone needs to learn to do at one point or another in life. If that doesn’t motivate you, remember that there is no lonlier feeling than spending Valentine’s Day with someone you don’t care for.


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