Q. Should I buy a certified or non-certified diamond and what is the difference?
A. Certified diamonds are diamonds that have undergone quality analysis by a trusted gemmological laboratory such as GIA (Gemmological Institute of America) and have been issued with an independent laboratory report. The GIA laboratory has the most sophisticated equipment, and they provide the most consistent gradings. An added bonus is that Certified diamonds usually have a laser inscription for identification.
Non-Certified diamonds are still graded with the same quality analysis as certified diamonds, they just don’t have an independent certificate. Because of the cost of certification, Non-certified diamonds may represent better value for money. At Stones, whether a diamond is certified or not, you will always receive a valuation detailing that gemstone’s details.
The reality is that most of the diamonds we sell are not certified. For jewellery containing lots of small diamonds, it is a practical impossibility to certify all of the stones. Over 99% of our diamonds over 0.50cts are GIA certified. Click on the link for more information on diamond certification.
Q. I’ve been told that an emerald is soft and can easily be damaged. Can I wear an emerald in my engagement ring?
A. Yes, you can. Contrary to a commonly held belief, emeralds are quite a hard gemstone. With a hardness of 7.5 to 8, they are not easily scratched. Emeralds do have inclusions however and some break the surface of the gemstone. These characteristics can make emeralds more prone to chipping or breaking on impact. Worn with normal care, they will give you a lifetime of pleasure. Click on the link for more information on the hardness of gemstones.
Q. Why is my white gold ring turning yellow?
A. For a full explanation of why your white gold ring may be turning yellow, please click here.
Q. Do you resize rings?
A. Our craftsmen can professionally resize, repair or redesign your most treasured pieces of jewellery. You can rest assured that your jewellery is in safe hands because our workshop is located right here in the historic Brisbane Arcade. Please Contact Us to find out more.
Q. Do you Rhodium plate rings?
A. Yes. We will keep your treasured piece of jewellery as bright and as shiny as the day you fell in love with it. It will take approximately 1-3 days to rhodium plate your ring depending on the complexity of the design. Click on the link to find out more about the Rhodium Plating Process or Contact Us.
Q. Are your diamonds responsibly sourced?
A. At Stones, we have always ensured that our diamonds are conflict-free. We only purchase them from legitimate sources that we know and trust. We’ve been following this responsible practice since we started business in 1970. Click here for more detailed information on Conflict Diamonds and how we source our diamonds.
Q. Do you custom-make rings?
A. If you can dream it, we can create it for you. We specialise in Custom made jewellery to bring your dream diamond ring to life. It’s a proud heritage that began with our founders, John and Del Stone, and continues today under the guidance of their son Paul. Click the link for more information on our custom-made jewellery.
Q. How long does it take to make a ring?
A. Because our workshop is located right here in the Brisbane Arcade, we normally require around 2 to 3 weeks to create your ring. If you have a special requirement or need your ring made more quickly, please speak with one of our experienced staff. We are happy to assist you and can usually accommodate most requests. Please Contact Us for further information.