Aussie Rules?

15/07/2017 0 Comment(s)

Aussie Rules?

Not a reference to Australian Rules Football but to Aussie precious metals and Gemstones in this instance. Obviously, the Aussies are in town, well, Nottingham that is, as the first Test Match is under way at Trent Bridge. No doubt still smarting a little bit following the British and Irish Lions series triumph over the Wallabies at the weekend.

However, what has this to do with (formerly business? Well, also this week saw Simon Reeve’. documentary on BBC2 on part of his Australian trip, where he went to Kalgoorlie, the area usually referred to as the Golden Mile, because something like 7% of the world’s gold is mined there at the The Fimiston Open Pit, known colloquially as the ‘Super Pit’. The largest open cut gold mine in Australia, it is to be found just off the Goldfields Highway, south east of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. It covers a huge area and the mine produces some 28 tonnes or so per year of the precious metal. Clearly of interest to us at (formerly

We also read that a growing number of Australians, owing to financial considerations, are tending to possibly move away from traditional Diamond Engagement Rings to look at other natural stones such as White Sapphires and Moissanite.

Diamonds are incredibly hard and indeed the name is derived from the ancient Greek word for unbreakable. On the ‘Mohrs’ mineral hardness scale, they have a hardness of 10, which means that they can only be scratched by another diamond, interestingly.

The Sapphire is a form of corondum, with a Mohrs mineral hardness rating of 9 and, amongst other places, is mined in Eastern Australia, albeit on a reducing availability. Blue Sapphires are more common in very fine jewellery but White Sapphires are also widely available for those wanting a colourless stone. Moissanite has a Mohrs mineral hardness rating of 9. 5 and is extremely rare naturally, yet still at a lower cost than Diamonds.

But for (formerly, for Engagement Rings here in the UK, Diamonds are still always the default option but in Australia the other two stones are gaining ground.

So, the Aussies are in town, they have the gold, they have the stones but will they have the Ashes? We reckon not, but we still wish them the best of luck. (formerly for Diamonds set in 18 ct. Gold, or other noble metals for that matter, designed and manufactured in house for real value for money. We set the standard here!