A love story
It started with a kiss
A small gesture, a touch, a wish.
Then something special
you hear her name and you knew
that she is the for you.
you think of all the ways you ccan an show her how much she means to you.
The team at Andrew Mazzone’s have heard some of the most beautiful proposal stories. Here we have gathered some of our best tips for proposing to your special someone. DO... Surprise - everybody loves a surprise, even if you have talked of getting engaged before, the proposal itself should still be as surprising as possible. Be prepared - Saying, “Will you marry me?” is a huge deal, and one that leaves many proposers completely tongue-tied. So practice! It might feel silly, but say the words out loud a few times. You might also write down exactly what you’re going to say, to make sure you come off as smooth and confident. Find the right enagagement ring - Since wearing an engagement ring is a lifetime commitment, make sure it’s the right style. You might find an opportunity to window shop for rings when you are walking past a store, or bring it up in conversation. You can also ask her mother or best friend to help choose the ring. Most brides imagine their proposal to include an engagement ring, but others are very particular about their jewellery, and want to be part of the buying or designing process. Drop to one knee: It’s not 1950, yet there is something charming and romantic about a man on one knee asking the love of his life to marry him. Even if you’re not a traditional guy, it will add to the seriousness and lovingness of the proposal. Tell her why you want to marry her: Don’t just utter those four little words, tell her why she’s the one for you, what marriage means to you, and what your hopes for the future are. You might say something like “My life has never been the same since I met you. You’ve brought me joy and inspiration. I can’t imagine the rest of my life without you. Will you do me the honour of marrying me?” 10
of things to come
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The 4Cs When purchasing a diamond, you will undoubtedly hear about the “4Cs”. This is the process of evaluating a diamond based on four key factors: cut, colour, clarity and carat weight. The 4Cs are a wonderful starting point to choosing a beautiful diamond. However evaluating a diamond merely by the 4Cs is like describing your beloved on the basis of height and eye colour. Two diamonds can look the same “on paper” however they can actually be very different when viewed in person. Andrew Mazzone selects diamonds for our engagement rings according to a more complex set of criteria, applying a high level of expertise that cannot be translated into any gemmological report. Diamonds are not manufactured on an assembly line. Diamonds are not interchangeable. They are unique and thus every stone selected for you to view has passed thorough examinations in order to ensure that it outsparkles all others. 16
CUT FOR BRILLIANCE NOT CARAT WEIGHT The beauty of a diamond depends on how well it has been cut more than anything else. Understanding the cut of a diamond begins with the shape of the stone, eg Round Brilliant, Princess Cut or Emerald Cut. However, in determining the value and beauty of a stone “cut” refers to the stone’s proportions, symmetry and polish, not shape. Although nature determines a rough diamond’s clarity, carat weight and colour, the hands of master craftsmen release its fire, brilliance and scintillations. When a diamond is cut to exact proportions – neither too deep or too shallow – light will reflect inside the stone from one mirror light facet to another and reappear through the top of the stone, making it seem to radiate from within. Andrew Mazzone diamonds are cut to exacting proportions that maximise the beauty of the stone even when such precision requires sacrificing more of a rough diamond’s weight.
Ideal cut Most brilliant
Deep cut Less brilliant
Shallow cut Less brilliant
Too deep Poor brilliance
Too shallow Poor brilliance
COLOUR NOTHING BELOW H Diamonds are transparent, most display barely perceptible hints of colour. The less colour in a diamond, the more rare it is. Diamonds are graded on a colour scale from D through to Z, based on their degree of colourlessness. Andrew selects diamonds graded from D to H to ensure a high standard within this collection diamond range from completely colourless to near colourless. Fancy coloured diamonds are an exception and are highly sought after due to their extreme rarity â€“ particulary yellows, pinks and blues. Their quality is judged by the intensity of their hue, and unlike white diamonds, the more colour, the rarer they are.
CLARITY CLEAN TO THE NAKED EYE Virtually all diamonds contain identifying characteristics, most of them too small to be seen with the naked eye. These “inclusions” are nature’s birthmarks; when viewed using magnification they look like tiny crystals, clouds or feathers. To determine a diamond’s grade of clarity, a gemmologist will consider the size, number, position, colour and general nature of any inclusions. Diamonds exhibiting no such inclusions are categorised as flawless (FL) or internally flawless (IF) In general, the greater the number and size of inclusions within a diamond, the lower its clarity grade.
CARAT The size of a diamond is measured in carat weight. Carat weight is commonly expressed in points. Each carat equals 100 points or 1/5 of a gram. Larger diamonds are valued because they are found less frequently in nature. However diamonds of equal carat weight may vary greatly in brilliance depending on their proportion and cut. Therefore carat weight alone is a poor guide for value. It is a complex combination of cut, colour, clarity and carat weight that determines a diamondâ€™s quality and beauty.
You come to depend on one another.
As time goes on, special moments become treasured keepsakes.
There are times she knows that she is just as
now as the day you met.
Custom-designed SINCE 1960 THE MAZZONE FAMILY HAVE BEEN CUSTOM MAKING BEAUTIFUL JEWELLERY. ATTENTION TO DETAIL, THE WORLDS FINEST CUT DIAMOND’S, EXPERIENCE AND CRAFTSMANSHIP HAVE MADE THEIR RINGS THE PERFECT WAY TO CAPTURE LIFE’S PRECIOUS MOMENTS IN TIME.
Our in-house designer Cassandra Nitschke (BA Design), consults by appointment and is popular with couples looking for a personal and original creation. Along with jeweller and owner Andrew Mazzone clients can view our selection of ideal cut diamonds, discuss design possibilities then view detailed sketches to scale. Drawings for engagement rings and remodelling of old jewellery are sketched in front of the client showing all views to personal finger size and carat weight, including such details as height of setting and how a wedding band may fit when paired. Metals such as 18ct gold and platinum are chosen. From this stage further discussions and alterations can be made, before each piece is lovingly handcrafted in our workshop. 41
REMAKE, RENEW, REMODEL Do you have any outdated or sentimental jewellery, gemstones or maybe a ring that has just lost its sparkle? If so, we can turn your old jewellery into new. Our team of skilled jewellers can use your old jewellery or gemstones to create a unique piece just for you. We have endless designs and styles to choose from or simply design your own with the help of our team. Creating new jewellery with the use of existing pieces allows you to save money as well as retain the sentimental value of your old jewellery.
A diamond ring may be one of the most important purchases you make. As we understand this, we now provide a unique guarantee to protect your special purchase. Andrew Mazzone is extremely proud of the the quality of his designs and workmanship. Therefore we are pleased to provide a lifetime guarantee with every ring. Please note however, that our guarantee covers manufacturing defects only and does not cover wear and tear of an item, such as â€˜worn clawsâ€™. Complimentary cleaning, polishing and setting checks by our jewellers are offered on a yearly basis. All white gold Andrew Mazzone rings will be re-rhodium plated and polished to maintain their perfection. 42
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