The Royal Herald

VILLANI JEWELLERS – THE BEAUTY OF BESPOKE

Jeweller in Focus: Issue. 102nd Week, May VILLANI JEWELLERSMICHAEL VILLANI Villani Jewellers, founded by Michael Villani, is an Adelaide-based family business that has paved the way forward for jewelers. Specializing in a variety of custom creations, and restorations – Michael Villani employs a variety of skills taught to him and passed down by predeceasing mentors which have shaped his skill and creativity today. This week, we explore the fine art behind this amazing jeweler and an insight into the thoughts and decisions behind a well-established jewelry business. FAMILY FIRST Michael Villani Along with his wife Paula, Michael Villani, and Villani…

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pink, sapphire, madagascar, sri lanka, ceylon
Pretty Pink Sapphire: A Bubblegum Delicacy

A Pretty Paragraph Pink Sapphires have long been the second narrator in the story of sapphires. Working hand-in-hand with its close sibling the blue sapphire, the bubblegum delicacy in the current market is a coveted gemstone. However, before we discuss the end, we must first explore the beginning. So let’s explore: The Pretty Pink Sapphire. The Two Giants of Pink Sapphire Pink Sapphire Deposits exist all around the world, but the two giant pink sapphire deposits are Sri Lanka(Ceylon) and Madagascar. The former being the oldest producer of sapphires in the world, and the latter although younger is a close…

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Amethyst – Crystalline Quartz: A Family Affair

A Family Affair Quartz, Quartz, Quartz. Probably one of the most popular family of gemstones ever found. Ever heard of: Amethyst? Citrine? Lemon Quartz? Smoky Quartz… Jasper? Well, here’s a tiny surprise for you. Yes you may have guessed it they are all quartz. In fact, by definition Quartz is a chemical compound of silicon and oxygen, silicon dioxide SiO2. You may have heard this chemical formula in your days in high school; it is the same chemical formula as sand: the same sand which covers our beaches and the same sand which is used to make beautiful pieces of…

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Beautiful Blue Sapphire

The Birthstone of September and Its Misconceptions September is the month of the Sapphire. In the presence of such a great stone, a meta-analysis is not enough to cover the vast name “Sapphire”. Previously we introduced Sapphires based on their Origin: Madagascar and Ceylon(Sri Lanka). Therefore, at this stage, people require a micro-analysis for a deeper understanding of what we know as the Sapphire. Available in a wide range of colours; the Blue Sapphire is the most common type of Sapphire which the general populace knows. So much so, a widespread misconception is that: “Blue is the Only Color which Sapphires come in.”.…

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Morganite: The Rose Pink Gemstone

The Discovery Morganite was founded and named by the world-famous gemologist George Frederick Kunz in honour of his good friend and avid gemstone collector, J. Pierpont Morgan. Popularly, Morgan was the founder of the now Financial Partnership Company J.P.Morgan Chase. As Kunz was undergoing an expedition in Madagascar in 1910, he discovered the rose-pink stone. His previous discovery of kunzite in 1902 came into his mind, due to the similarity of colour. However, by using his skills as a gemologist, his discernment that this new stone is miles apart from his prior discovery was accurate. In terms of crystal systems,…

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The Alluring Aquamarine Gemstone

The Name: Sea Water The Gem of the Sea; the alluring aquamarine is a stunning gemstone from the beryl(Be3Al2Si6O18) family, with an ancient lineage. The name of this sparkling wonder is of Latin origin with, the Latin words for sea water, “mare aquam” directly translating into the sea water coloured aquamarine. The birthstone of March is also popular all around the world, with many famous pieces of jewellery adorning this beautiful aqua-coloured stone. Famous Aquamarine Jewellery Brazilian Aquamarine Parure in the British Crown Jewels The “Brazilian Aquamarine Parure in the British Crown Jewels” owned by Queen Elizabeth the Second is…

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Zeal of Zircons

The Misrepresented Zircon Zircon, chemically known as ZrSiO4, is the oldest mineral of the earth originating from all three different rock types: igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. Zircons also have an immense variety of facts such as: being in the tetragonal crystal system, being doubly refractive and having a high birefringence. Despite these facts, the most important piece of history concerning the Zircon was its use as an imitation of diamond in the 1900s. Some people’s brilliant-cut diamonds in rings during those periods were, in fact, a colourless zircon, which has a profound sparkle similar to the diamond(caused by the high…

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Garnets: Mozambique the Capital

What are Garnets? Garnets in the gem-world are the most underrated gemstone, with the general population’s perception skewing due to the use of garnets to imitate other gemstones, yet is not as valuable. However, Garnets also have a certain beauty to them, allowing them to don some of the world’s most famous pieces of jewellery such as The Winter Egg. The Winter Egg made by Russian Jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé The Garnet is among the list of the world’s hardest stones, with a hardness ranging between 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs’ scale of hardness. Thus making it most suitable…

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Tourmalines from Africa

What are Tourmalines? Tourmalines are a type of gemstone from a group composed of boron-silicate minerals, coming in a variety of different colours. They also contain different elements such as magnesium, sodium, aluminium, iron, potassium and lithium. The individual minerals have different chemical compositions but share a common crystal structure, allowing for their plethora of colours. Brazil and the African continent are the largest producers of this unique stone in the world. In Africa especially, there are various countries which mine the precious stone including; Mozambique (which produces clean stones that are lighter in saturation and larger in size) Zambia,…

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Ceylon Sapphire, Oval, Purple, Sapphire, The Gem Monarchy
Ceylon Sapphires: The Pearl of the Indian Ocean

A beautiful and unique 5 carat purple Ceylon sapphire, a collector’s stone for sure! The Name: Ceylon Ceylon was initially known as Ceilão, a name given to Sri Lanka by Portuguese colonisers in 1505. The British then re-colonised the land in 1798, transliterating Ceilão into English as Ceylon. Sapphires found in Ceylon were originally famous because of the vibrant medium blue hues, however, there is more to the opinion of the populace and the demand of the people. Where in the world is Ceylon(Sri Lanka)? Colours of Sapphire and Why? Contrary to popular belief Ceylon Sapphires occur in many different…

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Sapphires and The Mines of Madagascar

A Valuable Insight As children we are all told that we should “learn something new every day”. Keep this in mind and read on as we provide you a lesson and an insight into sapphires.  Common Sapphires When heard, the word sapphire brings an instant association with a valuable, vivid and vibrant blue gemstone. The highly admired stone is used to fashion some of the world’s most exquisite pieces of jewellery and royal regalia, such as the Stuart Sapphire found on the Crown of Queen Elizabeth II. The Stuart Sapphire is the center stone, found on the Crown of Queen…

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Spinels: A Cheaper Alternative

An Introduction Spinel has a lower hardness than both sapphire and ruby on the Mohs’ scale of hardness. Its uniqueness derives from its presentation in many colours, sharply pointed crystal shape, and natural sparkle. These characteristics make it similar to diamonds, due to both being in the cubic crystal system. They also are a major factor in the naming of the stone as according to some etymologists and Gemologists. A Short History The history of these stones go as far back as to the ancient landmines of the South East and Central Asia. Another name for spinels in these regions,…

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