Diamond(The Lesotho Promise)


“Diamonds are beautiful, mysterious and rare. And every now and then a miracle of nature occurs” Laurence Graff.

In August 2006 one of the most beautiful diamond in the world was discovered known as ‘The Lesotho Promise’. The diamond was the 15th largest diamond and the 10th largest diamond the world had ever known stated  by Marijan Dundek.  The Lesotho Promise diamond was 603 carats in the rough and weighed 120 grams. The Lesotho Promise diamond was later purchased by Laurence Graff of Graff Diamonds.

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Diamonds are timeless love and irresistible touch.

Written By Nike Ademuyiwa

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Sex(Sapphire.Emerald. X-Factor)


Sapphire.Emerald’s are gemstone that are breathtaking, irresistible and striking.

Think Love. Think Romance. Think Sapphire and Emerald’s

Sapphire derive its is name from the  Greek word meaning “blue. Sapphire is the birthstone for September. Sapphire is known to come in blue colour but but it comes in all colors except red. The world’s most famous engagement ring was that of Kate Middleton’s and Princess Diana’s sapphire ring.

 
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Emerald is the birthstone of May and a perfect choice for wedding anniversaries.  Emerald comes in lustrous green colour. Emerald’s name  comes from the ancient Greek word for green, “smaragdus.”

Atocha Emerald Cross.

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Photo Credit: Robert Weldon

About Author

Nike Ademuyiwa, a member of the National Association of Jewellers  Association, is a jewellery expert with many years of experience in the jewellery industry. She is the creative director of Tink Jewellery a brand which tells people’s personal story either of love, life and style into the art of jewellery creation.

Coral Beads and the popularity among the Nigeria Culture


Jewellery is a symbol of love, art and  story of life journey. Woman are one of the rarest gemstones on earth and are meticulously hand selected by their maker. Women around the world love gemstones especially during their engagement or wedding to enhance their beauty.

In Nigeria both men and women love Precious Coral Beads during their traditional wedding and its also part of a certain culture in Nigeria.

Precious coral or red coral is the common name given to Corallium rubrum and several related species of marine coral.The distinctive attribute of precious corals is their durable and intensely colored red or pink skeleton, which is used for making jewellery.

Precious coral is more popular than any other gemstone in Nigeria due to its richness in color and the bold statement which is express through clothing and other adornments worn at weddings.

Some part of Nigeria like the Igbos and Edos Coral beads is a symbol of royalty or one who has a chieftaincy title. There are some shapes of coral beads that only Chief wears.  Corals beads used in Edo are different from those got from the North of Nigeria, in Yoruba land and the Eastern part of Nigeria.

Coral beads are mainly imported from italy and Singapore to Nigeria and are quite expensive. Some retailers take the coral beads to Dubai to get them customized  into a design of their clients choice. Also, gold are used  as part of designing  any necklace or earrings for a more unique and personal touch.

Sterling silver are never use to design coral beads because it is  perceive  not to give the bride and groom an elegant and exquisite look during their engagement ceremony.

The famous place to buy coral beads in the UK is in Liverpool street close to petticoat Lane market and retailers are mainly Nigerians.  Clients choice their precious coral beads that range from £50 and it is string together in the shop. Ready made corals beads designs are also displayed for the clients to have an an idea of the styles.

Coral Beads are not just simply ornamental, but are believed to have effective power (ase), that is, the power to cause any vow or curse to come to pass. Wearing of Coral beads is a crucial component of what gives an Oba(King) divine powers. This believe is also used in the Nigeria movie industry called Nollywood to write script which portrays different scenarios when an Oba forbids  a person never to return  to the village due to been dishonest. The word of an Oba is food for thoughts and must never be taken likely due to the believe of the divine powers of an Oba. People waits hours to see an Oba because he can change their  situation by praying for them and it would come to pass.

“Ikele”, (meaning royalty) is an important coral beads in Benin. It signifies recognition and greatness.  Another significance of the bead is that it is only the Oba that can give it out to those who have achieved greatness in the Kingdom.  It is an honor to be recognize by an Oba because people then respect them more in their community.

Below is a picture of Nigeria leading actress Mercy Johnson wearing Coral beads  as a necklace and hair accessory in her traditional wedding. The picture is an example of  how Nigeria woman use coral beads to enhance their beauty. Mercy’s coral beads has been designed using gold to tell a tale of beauty and express her wealth in the society.

Coral beads worn in nigeria is a symbol of power, wealth, royalty and beauty.

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Peter Okoye of Psquare wearing coral beads on his traditional wedding day.

Picture copyright from Bella Naija

 About Author

Nike Ademuyiwa, a member of the British Jeweller Association, is a jewellery expert with many years of experience in the jewellery industry. She is the creative director of Tink Jewellery a brand which tells people’s personal story either of love, life and style into the art of jewellery creation

Top five tips on how to start a jewellery business



I remember when I started my jewellery business and how difficult it was with no formal qualifications In the jewellery trade or friends that were experience in the field. I have learnt through my experiences  in the jewellery industry in the UK for many years. 

The below tips is to support you if you love diamonds, gemstones, fashion beads or experimental jewellery and you are thinking about starting your business. 

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(1) To start any jewellery business you need to have a passion because when you start you might not make any  money and your passion will sustain you through hard times. 

(2) it’s worth learning either by going back to college, university, adult course, one off courses, reading through books or audiobooks or e-books. Learning helps you to net work with people of likes minds, learn a new technique, get support and learn to be an expert in your field. It is important to know what area you want to specialise in for example, designer market, jewellery  buyer, diamonds setters  or gemstone buyers, diamond grader, e.t.c

(3) Join a jewellery association like British Jeweller Association or Craft Central. This will help you with marketing tools, trade shows, copy right schemes, mentoring and events in the jewellery industry.

(4)  Start small but think big. For example, getting friends to help design your website, getting friends to sponsor your collection instead of getting a loan(I’m not really keen on starting a business with loans especially because the jewellery business is saturated  and you might not make money as you might expect). 

(5) Identify your unique selling points.  It is important to know what is unique about your brand and tell your story through branding. 

Motivation tools to remember

  • Vision is the end results before you sell it(Sell your vision to your self first);
  • All things are possible just start small;
  • Plaining is not the same as doing. You need to plan and take actions(Don’t just dream)and
  • Surround yourself with reasons why you want to be successful.

About Author

Nike Ademuyiwa, a member of the British Jeweller Association, is a jewellery expert with many years of experience in the jewellery industry. She is the creative director of Tink Jewellery a brand which tells people’s personal story either of love, life and style into the art of jewellery creation.

Broken Pearls(Pearls)


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pearls are so beautiful yet fragile

pearls are like dove yet placed

among imitation pearls.

 

pearls are so beautiful yet fragile

broken pearls worn on a beautiful lace

broken pearls yet beautiful.

 

pearls are so beautiful yet fragile

pearls are flawless

pearls are broken yet flawless.

 

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About Author

Nike Ademuyiwa, a member of the British Jeweller Association, is a jewellery expert with many years of experience in the jewellery industry. She is the creative director of Tink Jewellery a brand which tells people’s personal story either of love, life and style into the art of jewellery creation.t

How to purchase A Diamond Engagement Ring


A breathtaking  and extraordinary beautiful diamond ring is meticulous selective to celebrate rare love.

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Know what you want to spend 

There will be various array of engagement rings when shopping. Hence, it is important to have a price range in mind.

Personality Type

The shape of diamond  you buy  should suit her personality type.

Round Shape: Easy to get along with, simple and dependable.

Marquise: Experimental, exciting, innovative and extorted.

Heart: Sentimental and creative, feminine and sensitive.

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 A Diamonds’4Cs of Diamonds 

 4Cs which are Cut,  Clarity, Colour  and Carat is important to the value of the diamond.

Cut :  The diamonds cut should show a good brilliance and sparkle.

Clarity:  Most diamonds contain distinct  birthmarks called inclusions (internal) and blemishes (external). Diamonds without these clarity attributes are rare – and rarity translates to higher cost when buying diamonds.

The  Gemological Institute of America(GIA) Clarity Grades  ranges from Flawless to Included (I3).

IF

Flawless, Internally Flawless: No internal or external imperfections. Internally Flawless: No internal imperfections. Very rare.

VVS1,VVS2

Very, Very Slightly Included: Very difficult to see imperfections under 10x magnification. An excellent quality diamond.

VS1,VS2

Very Slightly Included: Imperfections are not typically visible to the unaided eye. Less expensive than the VVS1 or VVS2 grades.

SI1,SI2

Slightly Included: Imperfections are visible under 10x magnification, and may be visible with the unaided eye. A good diamond value.

1I, I2, I3

Imperfect

Colour::  Diamonds mainly appear colourless. However, several diamonds contain subtle shades of yellow or brown.The less colour a diamond has, the higher its colour grade. Fancy diamonds are different from the colour mentioned.

GIA-color-grading-scale Carat:Diamond is weighed in carats with one carat weighing about the same as a paper clip, or 0.2 grams. 4Cs-Carat-Weight  Note

 Blood Diamonds also known as “Conflict Diamonds” are stones produced in areas controlled by rebel forces that  are opposed to internationally recognized governments. Make sure the shop or designer supplying you with diamonds know about ‘Conflict diamonds’.

Love is timeless so are diamonds 

About Author

Nike Ademuyiwa, a member of the British Jeweller Association, is a jewellery expert with many years of experience in the jewellery industry.She is the creative director of  Tink Jewellery  a brand which tells people’s personal story either of love, life and style into the art of jewellery creation.

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