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The anti-diamond engagement

The anti-diamond engagement
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First Published: Thu, Feb 04 2010. 09 33 PM IST

Updated: Thu, Feb 04 2010. 09 33 PM IST
1. Quartz: Fancycut lemon quartz with red sapphire, tsavorite, pink sapphire and citrine set in 18 carat white gold, at KG Popley and Sons, Opera House, Bandra West, Breach Candy and Grand Hyatt Plaza, Mumbai; and Ansal Plaza, New Delhi, Rs30,357.
2. Diamonds: 18 carat white gold dual heartshaped ring with diamonds at Zoya by Tanishq, Dhunabad, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai; and 72, MBlock Market, Greater KailashI, New Delhi, Rs71,700.
3. Tourmaline: Platinum ring withroundcut, bluegreen tourmaline and diamonds, at Ganjam, The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai; Infantry Road and The Leela Galleria, Bangalore; and DLF Emporio mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, Rs89,172.
4. Black and white diamonds: Microset black diamonds, roundcut white diamonds in white gold, at Anmol Jewellers, Bandra, Mumbai; Gold Souk, Gurgaon; and DLF Emporio mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, Rs1 lakh.
5. Emerald: Pearshaped emerald, rubies and diamonds set in 18 carat white gold ring, at Minawala, UB City mall, Bangalore; Bandra West, Heera Panna Shopping Centre at Haji Ali and Phoenix Mills, Mumbai; and DLF Emporio mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, Rs54,000.
6. Ruby: 42 square princesscut rubies and 48 roundcut diamonds set in yellow gold, at Jaipur Gems, Hughes Road, Mumbai, Rs97,000.
7. Emerald: Ovalcut emerald with diamonds set in 18 carat gold, at Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ) stores in Zaveri Bazaar, Borivali, Santacruz, Ghatkopar and Thane, Mumbai; and at TBZ stores in Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Surat, Indore and Kochi, Rs20,500.
8. Opal: Oval cabochoncut pink opal set in yellow gold with diamonds, at h.ajoomal, Palladium, High Street Phoenix, Mumbai, Rs50,000.
9. Ruby: An ovalcut ruby with brilliantcut diamonds in 18 carat white gold, at The Rose Salon, Hormuz Mansion, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai; and DLF Emporio mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, approx. Rs1.3 lakh.
Creating a bond
Jeweller David Morris on caring for precious gems and alternatives in engagement rings
David Morris is a Bond Street jeweller known for his glamorous and classic designs as well as his association with creating one-of-a-kind pieces for James Bond films such as Diamonds Are Forever, The Man with the Golden Gun and The World is Not Enough. Edited excerpts from an email interview:
Can you give some tips to men who do not want to go the diamond solitaire route for an engagement ring?
In recent years, the idea of a three-stone ring has become a lot more popular. By doing this, you avoid the solitaire look and you can add colour to the stones. I feel that a beautiful Burma ruby, Kashmir sapphire or Colombian emerald flanked by two white diamonds looks amazing. Many celebrities have moved towards coloured diamonds for their engagement rings and this, in turn, has increased demand for unusual coloured diamonds—pinks, yellows, even green.
What are the five pieces of jewellery every woman should have?
Every woman should have a pair of 3 carat diamond studs for everyday, a pair of glamorous chandelier earrings for the evening, a funky cocktail ring for lunches and cocktails, a row of natural Basra pearls which is a piece of jewellery forever, and a rose-cut ring.
How do you care for different types of gemstones?
Most gemstones are quite hard-wearing, but they have an affinity for grease and oil—it sticks to them like a magnet. Gold, platinum and most gemstones can be best cared for with hot soapy water and a gentle scrub with a toothbrush. This will remove the oil which can spoil their sparkle. Some old wives’ tales advise the use of vodka or gin, but it is such a terrible waste.
Some gemstones require special attention. Never clean emeralds in the way mentioned above. They are porous stones and any chemicals can cause them to dry out and fracture.
Organic gemstones such as pearl, opal, coral and jet should similarly only be professionally cleaned as they are very delicate. In the case of pearls, it is always best to put them on last when dressing for a formal occasion since the acids in perfume and the skin can eat away their layers and ruin their lustre. Always wipe them with a soft, clean, slightly damp cloth when taking them off and store them in a separate box to stop abrasion with other stones.
Finally and most importantly, jewellery is precious and should be treated as such. Never do any heavy work in your jewellery and store it very carefully, preferably in separate pouches within your jewellery case.
Chocolates and box courtesy Leonidas Chocolates, Kemps Corner, Mumbai. Prices start at Rs500 for 100g
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First Published: Thu, Feb 04 2010. 09 33 PM IST