Those who know me know that I love diamonds. After spending years working with luxury jewellery brands I’ve seen some spectacular pieces. But, just recently I’ve seen some jewels that were simply out of this world!
I spent a captivating afternoon at Cerrone Jewellers head office and workshop learning about their stunning wedding pieces. The ever charming Dominique Cerrone Parisi treated me to hours of glitz and glamour, sharing some of the secrets behind the creation of their exquisite jewellery pieces. I am delighted to be able to share my Cerrone experience and what we learnt about purchasing jewellery with you.
Purchasing Your Engagement Ring
Selecting an engagement ring can be daunting. Everyone envisages the perfect ring. But with so many choices and prices it is often difficult to know where to start. Do your research and make sure that your jeweller of choice ticks all your boxes. Take time to find a jeweller who is trustworthy and with whom you can communicate. Dominique advised, “Look at their reputation, location… This is a very important process and step in your lives so you want to make sure you are investing with a company you can rely on and trust”.
To surprise or not to surprise? That is the question! While many men would not consider buying a ring before consulting their partner, some still love to pop the question with the ring that they have chosen. A few tips for the brave souls who feel confident enough to surprise the woman of their dreams. First, make sure you get her correct ring size and have some understanding of her style. This will help you to choose a jewellery piece that she would love to wear forever. And if you have absolutely no idea, let the experts guide you!
An experienced jeweller, like Cerrone will help you with your selection. They will ask the right questions to get an insight into the person and their particular style. If you can't decide on a ring from the collection Cerrone's will assist you to design and build the bespoke piece of your dream. And, where all else fails they will help you to select a stone so your bride can be involved in designing her dream ring.
When working with brides Dominique said, “We ask our clients to try on different shaped diamonds as well as different coloured golds so they can see what they look like on the finger. Sometimes what the lady has envisioned changes once they are in store and trying them on”.
GIA (Gemological Institute Of America) created the ‘International Diamond Grading System’ GIA certification officially verifies the authenticity and value of the diamond and provides the jeweller and the purchaser with a means of evaluating the cost. The Cerrone Jewellery House provides certification papers with your diamond purchase. Its offices around the world ensure that only the finest quality stones are sourced for their clients.
What are the 4c's?
Diamonds are graded by Colour, Clarity, Carat weight and Cut - the 4C's.
Dominique confirmed that the grading system made it much easier for anyone purchasing a diamond. In particular it provides the means to allow a person to decide what they could best achieve within their allocated budget. For example if your heart is set on a a larger stone (carat weight) this may be achieved by selecting a stone some slight imperfections/inclusions (clarity). On the other hand a smaller diamond with no imperfections might be your stone of choice.
Dominique favours “fantastic quality (colour and clarity) over size" and opined that Cerrone works with the finest of stones that "you will be happy with it forever”.
How is jewellery Made?
The Cerrone workshop, alias ‘The Orchestra’ is one of the largest handmade jewellery workshops in Australia. “We have jewellers who craft the metal and make the actual piece of jewellery, the stone setters who set the specific stones into the metal and then finally we have the polishers who have the final job of making the piece clean and sparkly... Most of the work is completed by hand or by using the finest equipment available!" said Dominique.
I witnessed the Orchestra in action and watched each of the jewellers harmoniously perform a specialised task with extraordinary accuracy and precision to create the masterpiece. The 'Orchestra' is indeed a fitting name for this hive of creativity.
Purchasing Your Wedding Bands
“Remember the wedding ring stays with you for a life whilst the other elements of the wedding day are captured in your memories. It is important to invest in your wedding rings”, explains Dominique.
Aim to make your wedding band selections when you purchase the engagement ring. This will ensure that it is costed into your budget. You may be able to secure your ring with a deposit and pay the balance at the time of collection. But make sure your jeweller is aware of the collection date.
There are certain benefits in purchasing your rings from one jeweller. However be sure to confide in your jeweller if you have purchased your engagement ring from a different jewellery house so that they can help you to choose a band that sits well and complements your engagement ring.
After Care Service
Cerrone Jewellers offer great after care service to ensure that the jewellery is well maintained and stones retain their original sparkle. Dominique said that, “Each jewellery house has their own aftercare process and what they offer their clients. We offer a complementary service of your jewellery piece once a year as well a quick clean whenever is convenient for the client.”
And for those who want to maintain their jewellery at home in between services, “a little trick would be warm soapy water and a soft tooth brush”.
CERRONE JEWELLERS & THEIR INSPIRATION
Cerrone jewellery epitomises quality and timelessness. The Cerrone family have been in the business of jewellery making for over 40 years and their client base now spans 4 generations. I watched the team of talented Cerrone jewellery makers at work and was in awe of their creations. The workmanship is exceptional and speaks for itself. The latest collection of iconic Cerrone jewellery has been inspired by 'special moments in time' and includes wedding pieces that will inspire you when planning 'your' special moment in time.
We were totally inspired by our Cerrone experience. Dominique gave us a taste of what it takes to create and produce exquisite jewellery and gave us an insight into the beautiful world of Cerrone. We will keep you informed of the latest wedding jewellery trends. Please stay tuned for updates from Cerrone and feel free to visit their website www.cerrone.com.au to find out more about their exquisite pieces. And if you want to talk with us about any aspect of your proposal and wedding please to give us a buzz for a one-on-one consult.