June's Birthstones — Exploring Peals, Alexandrites & Moonstones

June's Birthstones — Exploring Peals, Alexandrites & Moonstones

We love it when the calendar ticks over to a new month. The 1st of every month heralds in a new birthstone. If you are lucky enough to be born in June you have three stones to choose from: pearl, alexandrite and moonstone.

So what is so special about each of these stones?

Pearl 

Appearance — Pearls are organic gemstones formed within mollusks. They are known for their lustrous and smooth surface, which can come in various colours, including white, cream, pink, and black.

Significance — Pearls are associated with purity, wisdom, and loyalty. They have been valued for centuries for their elegance and natural beauty.

Alexandrite

Appearance — Alexandrite is a rare and unique gemstone known for its remarkable colour-changing ability. It appears green in daylight and changes to red or purplish-red under incandescent light.

Significance — Alexandrite symbolises balance, creativity, and good fortune. Its ability to change colour is often seen as a metaphor for adaptability and transformation.

Moonstone

Appearance — Moonstones are characterised by their ethereal, milky sheen known as adularescence, which creates a glowing effect. They can be found in colours like white, grey, blue, and peach.

Significance — Moonstones are linked to intuition, inspiration, and emotional balance. They are believed to have a calming and healing effect.

We are often asked if pearls can be used in the creation of an engagement ring. Pearls can be a beautiful and unique choice however, there are several factors to consider before making a decision to choose a pearl for your forever ring.

Pros of Pearl Engagement Rings 

Elegance and Uniqueness: Pearls offer a classic, timeless beauty that can set an engagement ring apart from the more common diamond rings.

Variety — Pearls come in various colours and types, including Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian, and freshwater pearls, providing options for customisation.

Cons of Pearl Engagement Rings

Durability — Pearls are relatively soft compared to other gemstones, ranking about 2.5-4.5 on the Mohs hardness scale. They can be easily scratched, chipped, or damaged with daily wear, which is a significant consideration for an engagement ring intended for everyday use.

Maintenance — Pearls require more care to maintain their lustre. They are sensitive to chemicals, including those found in everyday products like lotions, perfumes, and household cleaners.

Setting Protection — To protect a pearl in an engagement ring, the setting must be designed to offer additional protection, such as a bezel setting or protective prongs, which can affect the overall design.

If you are still keen to have pearl in your engagement ring here are some tips to consider

Type of Setting: Choose a setting that offers protection to the pearl, such as a bezel or halo setting.

Combining with Other Gemstones —Consider a design that incorporates pearls with other gemstones, such as diamonds, for added durability and sparkle.

Regular Maintenance — Be prepared for regular maintenance and gentle cleaning to keep the pearl looking its best.

Quality of the Pearl — Look for high-quality pearls with good lustre, smooth surface, and minimal blemishes.

Alexandrite & Moonstones

Alexandrite and moonstones are two of the most enchanting gemstones that can add a touch of magic to any jewellery collection. Alexandrite, renowned for its mesmerising colour-changing properties, shifts from green in daylight to red under incandescent light, making it a dynamic and intriguing choice for jewellery. Moonstones, with their ethereal adularescence that casts a soft glow reminiscent of moonlight, offer a serene and mystical allure. At Morgan & Co on the Sunshine Coast, we love crafting unique jewellery pieces with these captivating gems. Imagine a stunning alexandrite pendant or dress ring that dazzles with different hues depending on the light, or a delicate moonstone pendant that shimmers softly against the skin. From elegant earrings to bespoke necklaces and timeless bracelets, the possibilities are endless. These gemstones are perfect for creating one-of-a-kind pieces that are as unique as the wearer, each telling its own story through the play of light and colour.

It is very rare that alexandrite or moonstones are requested to be set into an engagement ring; however, either stones can be placed within the engagement ring band as a special hidden stone. We do not use pearls as hidden stones due to the explanation above. 

Conclusion

While pearls can make a stunning and unique choice for an engagement ring, they do require careful consideration due to their softness and need for extra care. If you or your partner loves the look of pearls and is willing to take the necessary precautions to protect them, a pearl engagement ring can be a beautiful and meaningful option. However, if durability and low maintenance are top priorities, you might want to consider other gemstones.

Happy Birthday to all our June babies out there and please get in touch for a studio consultation at our Buderim jewellery shop! 

With Love,
Laura x

Sky & Jack's Love Story

Sky & Jack's Love Story

We recently had the pleasure of assisting beautiful couple, Sky & Jack with creating their new forever engagement ring.

Read on for an exclusive interview, which details their special proposal journey and experience with our Morgan & Co Bespoke Team.


Was there anything in particular that drew you to work with us?

"I first came across your Instagram page a couple of years ago. Aside from thinking your jewellery was beautiful, I loved that Morgan & Co is a small, independent, female-led business. It was evident you both really care and want the whole experience of choosing a ring to be personal. The fact you source diamonds ethically was also really important."

Which ring did you choose/design for your forever piece, and why?

"We initially came into the studio together and met with Morgan and Laura, and I tried on lots of different rings to get an idea of what I liked.

When I put the marquise ring on, I unexpectedly got really emotional and we all knew then, it was the one! Then Jack worked with you to design the final ring - a custom made 14ct white gold engagement ring featuring a 1.08ct natural marquise." — View The Sky Ring.

What was your favourite part of your Morgan & Co experience?

"Spending hours in the studio chatting with Morgan and Laura about everything during the initial consultation. They felt like family friends that we had known forever! We came away with so much knowledge and it was great to feel so involved in the process."

Tell us a little bit about your proposal.

"Jack proposed during a stopover in Zürich. We were in the Old Town by the river, with views out to the Swiss Alps - it was beautiful. We were then able to celebrate with all our friends and family back home in England afterwards which was really special."

My Top 5 Favourite Diamond Shapes

My Top 5 Favourite Diamond Shapes

As an engagement ring designer at Morgan & Co on the Sunshine Coast, I have the privilege of working with a variety of diamond shapes, each with its own unique appeal. Here are my personal top 5 favourite diamond shapes, ranked from 1 to 5, along with the reasons why I love them —

  1. Round — 
    Although it might sound boring, the brilliant round diamond is a timeless classic and takes the top spot for its appeal and unparalleled brilliance. Its symmetrical shape maximises light reflection, creating a stunning sparkle that never goes out of style. I feel that a brilliant round diamond suits you i your 20's and takes you through your life, without ever going out of fashion or losing it's elegance. The ability to stack your brilliant round diamond with any wedding band is an added bonus. Almost any wedding band will perfectly match with your round diamond. 

  2. Oval —
    Oval diamonds are a personal favourite due to their elegant elongated shape, which flatters the finger and creates a graceful look. They offer a modern twist on the classic round diamond, with a unique and eye-catching appearance. Oval diamonds can help elongate the finger which is an added bonus! 

  3. Cushion —
    Cushion-cut diamonds combine the brilliance of round diamonds with a unique square or rectangular shape. I love the vintage charm of cushion-cut diamonds, which exude warmth and sophistication. My favourite way to set a cushion cut is in our unique four claw design as seen in our Evelyn Ring.

  4. Marquise — 
    The marquise diamond's elongated shape and pointed ends give it a regal and elegant appearance. I appreciate the drama and flair that a marquise diamond brings to any jewellery piece. I adore the shape of a marquise diamond and I feel they suit most people's hands, although they don't suit everyone's personality. I feel that someone with a little bit of "edge" can pull off a marquise diamond. I also love that you can set a marquise solitaire so many different ways; two claws, shoulders, six claws or five. So versatile and always a unique choice. 

  5. Radiant —
    Last but not least, radiant-cut diamonds are a stunning choice for those who love the brilliance of round diamonds but prefer a square or rectangular shape. The radiant cut combines the best of both worlds, with exceptional sparkle and a modern silhouette. My favourite combination with a radiant cut solitaire is the two toned option of a yellow gold band with white gold setting, like our Tara Ring

Each of these diamond shapes has its own unique charm and beauty, making them all favourites in my collection. Whether you prefer the timeless elegance of a round diamond or the modern sophistication of an oval or cushion cut, there's a diamond shape to suit every style and preference.

Book your free, no obligation consultation with our team at Morgan & Co Jewellery, Buderim and we can discuss your ideal diamond shape for your forever ring. 

— With love, Morgan x

The Oval Diamond Bowtie Effect — What Is It & How Do I Avoid It?

The Oval Diamond Bowtie Effect — What Is It & How Do I Avoid It?

An oval diamond bow tie refers to a pair of black triangles visible across the middle of the diamond. To ensure your oval diamond doesn’t display this characteristic of a poorly cut stone, there are a few considerations to keep in mind.

Oval diamonds are captivating gems but come with their own set of unique qualities. Before delving into the specifics of how a bow tie forms in an oval diamond, let’s take a moment to appreciate the oval cut itself. Ovals are currently in the spotlight, experiencing a surge in popularity unlike any other cut. Currently they stand as one of the top choices for engagement rings, and rightfully so. Their elongated shape offers a refreshing departure from the traditional round brilliant. Ovals create the illusion of elongated fingers and impart an additional touch of sophistication to a classic solitaire setting. Additionally, ovals tend to appear larger than round diamonds of the same carat weight due to their spread-out, shallower profile. Furthermore, they often come at a slightly lower cost per carat compared to rounds, allowing for a larger appearance within a given budget. With so many appealing attributes, it’s no surprise they have garnered such widespread acclaim.

Unfortunately, choosing an oval diamond presents more challenges than selecting a round brilliant diamond. The complexity arises from what's referred to as the "oval diamond bow tie" effect. However, if you're willing to invest additional time, patience, and effort, the oval cut might be the ideal choice for you. There are numerous pitfalls when it comes to choosing the right oval diamond, with the most common mistake being the bow tie effect. So, what exactly is this effect? Why is it undesirable? And how can you ensure that your oval diamond is free from it? Do all oval diamonds exhibit this feature? Read on and we will answer all of these questions for you in our detailed blog covering all things oval diamonds and bowties! 

What is an Oval Diamond Bow Tie?

A bow tie is a dark area that extends across the diamond, resembling a bow tie. Ovals, pears, and marquise diamonds all exhibit this characteristic to varying degrees. A prominent, dark bow tie is undesirable as it can diminish the diamond's overall appearance. While not the sole indicator of an oval diamond's quality, it is often the most noticeable. Bow ties can be elusive. They appear differently in various lighting conditions, rooms, and angles, whether the diamond is mounted or unmounted. At times, they are clearly visible, while at others, they seem to disappear.

What Causes the Oval Diamond Bow Tie?

In poorly cut round diamonds, light leakage occurs, resulting in reduced sparkle because the facets fail to reflect light effectively. In the case of ovals, the bow tie effect is caused by light obstruction, creating a significant shadow that reflects back toward the observer. Surprisingly, the obstruction originates from the body and head of the viewer themselves. This occurs due to the angles of the facets and their light reflection properties, preventing light from penetrating the oval diamond and causing the bow tie effect. So, if you find yourself wanting to part ways with your oval diamond, you can truthfully say, "It's not you, it's me."

Can the Bow Tie Be Eliminated?

Yes and no. Removing a bow tie from an oval diamond isn't simple and involves compromises. If it were easy and cost-effective, all ovals would be cut to the same ideal standard and graded accordingly. However, the truth is that each oval is cut to maximise the carat weight from the rough diamond it originates from. Despite common belief, the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) doesn't have specific standards for determining a good, very good, ideal, or in this case, bow-tie-less cut. Diamond cutters continuously explore methods to minimise the bow tie effect. However, widening or deepening the cut of an oval diamond can reduce the bow tie's prominence, but this may require compromising on the diamond's perfect ratio or settling for a diamond that appears smaller when viewed from the top.

Contact our bespoke team at our Sunshine Coast Jewellery Studio to book your complementary consultation and view a range of oval cut diamonds.

Are Bow Ties Present in All Ovals?

Bow ties are quite common, and virtually all oval diamonds exhibit some degree of a bow tie effect. Surprisingly, a minimal bow tie can actually enhance a diamond's appearance. How so? Here's where it gets nuanced. Contrast plays a pivotal role in diamond aesthetics. A balance of deep shadows and bright highlights adds to the diamond's allure and visual depth. A diamond devoid of any dark areas might appear lackluster. However, excessive contrast, such as a thick, dark line across the center of the diamond, is undesirable. So, while a certain level of contrast is desirable, a pronounced, uninterrupted black feature is not.

Is the Bow Tie Noted on the Grading Report?

Unfortunately, the presence or severity of a bow tie is not typically included in a diamond's grading report. This omission stems from the subjective nature of assessing a bow tie's impact on a diamond's beauty. Unlike round brilliant diamonds, fancy-shaped diamonds like ovals do not receive a specific cut grade from the GIA. This is due to the wide variety of shapes and the more subjective nature of determining their appeal. For instance, the number of facets can vary between ovals. This complexity makes purchasing an oval diamond without seeing it in person risky, as you might end up with a prominent bow tie and a less appealing stone.

How to Ensure Your Diamond Doesn't Have a Prominent Bow Tie

The most reliable method to ensure your diamond doesn't feature a noticeable bow tie is by working closely with an expert to find and select the perfect stone. Our team can assist you in sourcing and evaluating diamonds, regardless of your location. Schedule a complimentary consultation online to start your search today. We advise against browsing on your own and purchasing your diamond online, regardless of it's shape. Our team can work with you in studio or virtually and source your diamond for you, your specifications and your budget. 

Bool your complementary consultation here — we can't wait to meet you! 

— Morgan xo

May's Birthstone: The Mesmerising Emerald

May's Birthstone: The Mesmerising Emerald

What is the birthstone of May?

The birthstone for May is the emerald. Emeralds are known for their lush green colour and are associated with qualities such as  love, rebirth, and fertility. They are a variety of the mineral beryl and are prized for their vibrant hue.

Why are Emeralds so highly sought after?

Emeralds are highly sought after for several reasons —

Rareness — High-quality emeralds are relatively rare compared to other gemstones, making them inherently valuable.

Colour — Emeralds are prized for their unique green colour, which ranges from a vibrant grass-green to a deep forest green. This vivid colour is highly desirable and adds to the gemstone's allure.

Beauty — Emeralds have a captivating beauty that has been admired for centuries. Their rich green colour can evoke feelings of luxury and sophistication.

Durability — While emeralds are not as hard as diamonds, they are still relatively durable and suitable for everyday wear when set properly in jewellery.

What is the symbolism behind the Emerald? 

Emeralds have been associated with various symbolic meanings throughout history and across different cultures. Some of the key symbolism behind emerald stones includes:

Love and Relationships —

Emeralds are often seen as symbols of love and fidelity. They are believed to strengthen bonds between partners and promote harmony and mutual understanding in relationships.

Rebirth and Renewal —

The lush green colour of emeralds is reminiscent of nature and the renewal of life. Emeralds are sometimes associated with themes of rebirth, growth, and rejuvenation.

Wisdom and Intelligence —

In some cultures, emeralds are considered symbols of wisdom and intelligence. They are believed to enhance mental clarity, intuition, and insight, making them popular among scholars and seekers of knowledge.

Prosperity and Abundance —

Emeralds have historically been associated with wealth, prosperity, and abundance. They are thought to attract financial success and good fortune to the wearer.

Protection and Healing —

Emeralds have been used in various cultures as talismans for protection and healing. They are believed to ward off negative energy, promote physical and emotional healing, and provide a sense of security.

Overall, the symbolism behind emerald stones encompasses themes of love, renewal, wisdom, prosperity, protection, and spiritual growth, making them cherished gemstones with profound meaning for many people.

What Is the Historical Significance  Emerald? 

Throughout history, emeralds have been treasured by royalty, nobility, and prominent figures. Their association with wealth and power adds to their allure and mystique.

The historical significance of emerald stones spans millennia and cultures, with various civilisations attributing significant value and symbolism to these gemstones:

Ancient Egypt  — Emeralds were highly prized by ancient Egyptians, who associated them with fertility, rebirth, and eternal youth. They were often buried with mummies as symbols of protection and regeneration. Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Egypt, was known to have a great affinity for emeralds and adorned herself with them.

Ancient Rome — Romans revered emeralds for their beauty and believed they symbolised Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Emeralds were considered symbols of fertility, love, and abundance. Roman aristocrats and emperors adorned themselves with emerald jewellery as a display of wealth and status.

Ancient Greece — In ancient Greek mythology, emeralds were associated with the goddess Artemis, who was the protector of nature and the wilderness. Emeralds were also believed to bring foresight, intelligence, and protection to those who wore them.

Pre-Columbian Civilisations — Indigenous peoples of South and Central America, such as the Aztecs and Incas, treasured emeralds for their vibrant green color and spiritual significance. Emeralds were considered sacred stones associated with fertility, growth, and prosperity. They were often used in ceremonial rituals and as offerings to deities.

Medieval Europe — During the Middle Ages, emeralds continued to be highly valued among European royalty and nobility. They were thought to possess mystical powers and were used in amulets and talismans for protection against evil spirits and illnesses.

Islamic Culture —Emeralds held significant cultural and religious importance in Islamic civilisation. They were mentioned in the Quran as one of the precious stones adorning the gardens of paradise. Islamic rulers adorned themselves and their artefacts with emeralds as symbols of wealth, power, and divine favour.

Overall, the combination of rarity, beauty, symbolism, and historical significance makes emeralds highly sought after in the world of gemstones and jewellery.

Are Emeralds hard enough to be used in an Engagement ring?

Emeralds are considered relatively softer compared to some other popular gemstones used in engagement rings, such as diamonds, sapphires, and rubies. On the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, which ranks gemstones from 1 (softest) to 10 (hardest), emeralds typically rank around 7.5 to 8.

While emeralds are not as hard as diamonds, which are the hardest gemstone ranking at 10 on the Mohs scale, they can still make durable and beautiful engagement rings if cared for properly. However, their relative softness means they may be more susceptible to scratching and chipping, especially if subjected to rough wear or impact.

To mitigate the risk of damage, emerald engagement rings should be set in protective settings that minimise the exposure of the stone to potential harm. Bezel settings or settings with protective prongs can help shield the emerald from impact and abrasion. Additionally, regular maintenance and care, such as periodic cleaning and inspections by a jeweller, are important to ensure the longevity of the ring.

Ultimately, whether emeralds are suitable for an engagement ring depends on personal preference, lifestyle, and willingness to take precautions to care for the stone. While emeralds may require a bit more attention and care compared to harder gemstones like diamonds, their unique beauty and symbolism can make them a meaningful and cherished choice for an engagement ring for those who appreciate their allure. 

What setting can I choose to set my emerald stone?

When choosing an engagement ring design for an emerald stone, it's essential to consider both the aesthetic appeal and the practicality of the setting to protect the gemstone. Here are some engagement ring designs that are well-suited for emerald stones —

Bezel Setting — A bezel setting surrounds the entire circumference of the emerald with a metal rim, providing excellent protection against chips and scratches. This setting also offers a sleek and modern look.

Halo Setting — A halo setting features a circle of smaller diamonds or gemstones surrounding the centre emerald, enhancing its brilliance and adding extra sparkle. This design not only highlights the emerald but also provides some protection to its edges.

Three-Stone Setting — A three-stone setting incorporates two smaller diamonds or gemstones flanking the centre emerald, symbolising the past, present, and future of the relationship. This classic design allows the emerald to be the focal point while adding elegance and balance to the ring.

Cluster Setting — A cluster setting consists of multiple smaller emeralds or diamonds arranged closely together to create the illusion of a larger stone. This design can be eye-catching and offers some protection to the individual stones within the cluster.

Tension Setting — A tension setting uses the tension of the metal band to hold the emerald in place securely without the need for prongs or a bezel. This minimalist design showcases the beauty of the emerald while providing a modern and sleek look.

Vintage or Antique Setting — Vintage or antique engagement ring settings often feature intricate details, such as filigree or milgrain patterns, which complement the timeless beauty of emeralds. These settings can add a touch of romance and nostalgia to the ring.

When selecting an engagement ring design for an emerald stone, it's crucial to work with a reputable jeweller, like the girls from Morgan & Co. We specialise in gemstone settings and can help guide you through the process and ensure that the chosen design not only showcases the beauty of the emerald but also provides adequate protection for long-term wear.

To book your no obligation consultation contact our team here. We can't wait to meet you and a huge Happy Birthday to all the May babies! 

Why Should I Buy a Certified Diamond?

Why Should I Buy a Certified Diamond?

When it comes to choosing a diamond for your engagement ring or other jewellery, understanding how to read a diamond certificate is crucial. These certificates, issued by gemological laboratories, provide a detailed analysis of a diamond's characteristics and are essential for assessing its quality and value.

Purchasing a certified diamond is important to guaranteeing its authenticity and quality. Certified diamonds undergo meticulous examination by independent gemological experts, who evaluate them based on the 4Cs: cut, clarity, colour, and carat weight. These 4Cs serve as the fundamental details that consumers should understand when buying a diamond. However, there are numerous additional factors beyond the 4Cs that experts like us consider when assessing a diamond's quality. We believe it's crucial for you to grasp the 4Cs to make an informed decision about your purchase. Since a diamond engagement ring or piece of jewellery is a significant investment, understanding these factors ensures you know precisely what you're getting. Reputable jewellers, such as our team at Morgan & Co, delve deeper into diamond assessment beyond the basic 4Cs. This comprehensive evaluation guarantees you acquire a diamond with exceptional quality and exquisite lustre. The diamond certification accompanying your stone provides assurance that the diamond meets the standards specified in the certificate, further enhancing your confidence in your purchase.

Example of an IGI Certified Diamond —

This section of the certificate outline's your diamond's dimensions, the carat weight, and polish, symmetry and fluorescence. At Morgan & Co, we buy triple excellent diamonds and ensure there is never any fluorescence. 


Colour Grading Scale —

At Morgan & Co, we only provide D — G diamonds on the colour scale. Anything less than a G will be yellow to the naked eye and comprised. 

Several reputable gemological laboratories certify diamonds, with the two most prominent being the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the International Gemological Institute (IGI). The GIA is widely regarded as the industry leader and is known for its strict grading standards and consistency. The IGI is also a respected laboratory, providing reliable diamond grading reports.

Keep in mind that becoming proficient in diamond selection and understanding takes years of experience and expertise in the field. While having a basic understanding is helpful before making your diamond purchase, it's still crucial to consult with an expert. There are numerous aspects beyond the 4Cs that our team at Morgan & Co is well-versed in. We strongly advise against purchasing a diamond online based solely on information found on the internet. Unlike other items, you cannot return a diamond purchased online for a refund if it doesn't meet your expectations. Therefore, it's wise to consult with a reputable jeweller before finalising your diamond purchase.

At Morgan & Co, we only buy certified diamonds, both lab-grown and natural. We believe in transparency and educating our clients about the diamonds they are purchasing. Our team is committed to guiding you through the process, ensuring you make an informed decision that suits your preferences and budget. If you're interested in learning more about diamond certificates or exploring our collection of certified diamonds, book a consultation with us today. 

View Our Collection 

— Love, Morgan xo 

Michael & Arowen's Love Story

Michael & Arowen's Love Story

We recently had the pleasure of assisting beautiful couple, Michael & Arowen with creating their new forever engagement ring.

Read on for an exclusive interview, which details their special proposal journey and experience with our Morgan & Co Bespoke Team.


Was there anything in particular that drew you to work with us?


"Morgan and Laura were so lovely and helpful to us, when we left our first appointment we knew that we would have our dream ring made!"

Which ring did you choose/design for your forever piece, and why?

"We chose a round 1.2 carat yellow gold ring. The reason we chose this is because of its gorgeous yet timeless design. We knew it would last a lifetime and would look stunning through all stages of life."

What was your favourite part of your Morgan & Co experience?

"We loved how personal it felt. We felt like when we walked into our appointment that Morgan and Laura had us at the forefront of their attention and that they desired to create something we would love."

Tell us a little bit about your proposal.

"I have a beautiful deck that has a gorgeous northern view of the Sunshine Coast. I set up a trail of candles and flowers along the deck to the end where I had a ring of flowers, candles and flower petals. I proposed during sunset with a stunning orange and pink sky."


Kind words from Michael 

I had the most beautiful engagement ring made with Morgan & Co. I knew very little about diamonds or rings and both Morgan and Laura were so friendly and helpful with helping me understand how to create a beautiful ring for my fiancé. They easily accommodated my desired price point to produce a ring that my fiancé absolutely adores. I definitely recommend going to visit Morgan & Co!”

I Can't Find a Wedding Band that Fits with my Engagement Ring

I Can't Find a Wedding Band that Fits with my Engagement Ring

As a co-owner of a jewellery studio in Buderim, Sunshine Coast, I often see clients facing issues with off-the-shelf engagement rings purchased from online or chain stores. One common problem is the setting being so low that it's impossible to fit a wedding band flush with the engagement ring. This leaves clients with two options: either remodel their engagement ring, which can be costly, or settle for a curved wedding ring, compromising on style.

Are you having trouble finding a wedding band that fits flush with your engagement ring?

The challenges often encountered with engagement rings from chain or online stores are the low settings, which make it difficult to find a wedding band that sits flush, leaving a gap between your engagement ring and wedding ring, which aesthetically doesn't look nice. This issue leaves clients with two choices: either they must have their engagement ring remodelled, a costly process that can reach up to $3,000, or they must settle for a curved wedding band, often not the desired style.

If you're struggling to find a wedding band that fits flush and would like to discuss your options, simply schedule a consultation with our team. We offer free advice and guidance to help you find the perfect solution.

We often see clients who have purchased engagement rings from chain stores or online retailers come to us for remodelling. It's common for these rings to have been priced lower for a reason. While our engagement rings may have a slightly higher price point, you'll receive professional drawings, a lifelong service, lifetime warranty, a custom-designed ring tailored to you and your lifestyle, and the assurance that there will always be room for your wedding band in the future.

Flimsy bands 

Another common problem is that engagement ring bands from these stores (online and retail) are too thin, making them prone to bending and feeling flimsy. These rings are designed this way to save on gold costs, but clients end up paying the same amount for a ring that requires frequent repairs and compromises its integrity over time. 

Our process

At our jewellery studio, Sunshine Coast, we design engagement rings with longevity in mind. Each ring is custom-made with specific measurements for the gemstones, ensuring durability. We also leave enough room under the setting for a wedding band to fit flush in the future. This attention to detail ensures that our clients' engagement rings will last a lifetime, without the need for costly repairs or compromises in style.

 

Get in touch with our expert team at our Buderim studio. We are a female ran and family owned business and we have a passion in creating pieces that will last a lifetime, brining your dreams to life on a personalised journey. 

Book your free consultation - either in studio or virtual. 

— Love Morgan xo

Cherishing the Women Who Shape Us: Celebrating Mother's Day with Morgan & Co

Cherishing the Women Who Shape Us: Celebrating Mother's Day with Morgan & Co

The Women who shape us

Mother's Day is a time to honour and celebrate the incredible women in our lives who have shaped us into who we are today. Whether it's our own mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, or other mother figures, these women play a vital role in our lives and deserve to be recognised and celebrated.

Our mothers and mother figures do so much for us, often sacrificing their own needs and desires to ensure our happiness and well-being. They are our biggest cheerleaders, our confidantes, and our rock in times of need. They deserve to be spoiled and pampered, not just on Mother's Day, but every day.

This Mother's Day, let's show our appreciation for these amazing women by showering them with love, gratitude, and thoughtful gifts. Whether it's a beautiful piece of jewellery, a relaxing spa day, or simply spending quality time together, let's make sure to make them feel special and cherished.

Gifts for your Mum

As Mother's Day approaches, it's the perfect time to show your appreciation for the special woman in your life. At Morgan & Co, we have a curated selection of beautiful jewellery pieces that make ideal gifts for Mother's Day. From elegant diamond necklaces to delicate bracelets, we have something to suit every style.

If you're looking for something truly unique, why not consider custom-making a piece of jewellery for your mother, stepmother, or special person? Our bespoke team at Morgan & Co can work with you to create a one-of-a-kind piece that perfectly captures your love and appreciation. Just make sure to book your consultation at least five weeks before Mother's Day, which falls on May 12, 2024, this year.

Book your consultation here.

We take pride in helping our clients create sentimental jewellery for their loved ones on special occasions. Our excellent five-star rating from clients is a testament to our commitment to providing high-quality, Australian-made jewellery that meets our clients' price points. Join us at Morgan & Co on the Sunshine Coast and let us help you create a meaningful Mother's Day gift that will be cherished for years to come.

Kind words 

"It was truly enjoyable and we felt very much supported all the way through the process. Can't thank Morgan and Laura enough." 

— Ian 

"Their professionalism, expertise and knowledge about diamonds is incredible.
They made our experience a fun and friendly one, and designed a stunning ring for us."

— Wendy

"It was an absolute pleasure to deal with such a professional and personable team. Morgan and Laura are skilled at simplifying the decision making process by offering personalised design suggestions that take into account lifestyle."

— Amelia

Conclusion

Whether it's your Mum, Step Mum, or a special mother figure, they deserve to be celebrated for all they do. This Mother's Day, show your appreciation with a thoughtful gift from Morgan & Co. Whether you choose a piece from our curated selection or opt for a custom-made creation, we're here to help you make this Mother's Day truly memorable. Book your consultation with our bespoke team today and let's create something beautiful together for the remarkable women who shape our lives.

— Love, Morgan xo

 

A curated selection for your Mum or special person this Mother's Day —

 

     

    

   

 

April's Birthstone — Diamond (Lucky you!)

April's Birthstone — Diamond (Lucky you!)

The history of birthstones

The tradition of assigning birthstones to specific months dates back centuries and has been influenced by various cultural, religious, and astrological beliefs. 

The tradition of birthstones as we know it today gained prominence in the Western world during the 18th and 19th centuries. One influential source for the modern list of birthstones is the biblical Book of Exodus, where the Breastplate of Aaron, worn by the high priest of the Israelites, is described as adorned with twelve gemstones, each representing one of the tribes of Israel. Over time, these gemstones became associated with the twelve months of the year.

Diamonds have long been highly valued gemstones, symbolising strength, endurance, and eternal love due to their durability and brilliance. This symbolism aligns well with the characteristics often associated with the month of April, such as the start of spring and the themes of rebirth and renewal.

In addition, some sources suggest that the tradition of assigning diamonds to April may have originated from ancient Hindu astrology, where diamonds were associated with the planet Venus, which in turn was linked to April.

Regardless of its origins, the tradition of diamonds as April's birthstone has persisted and become widely accepted, making diamonds a popular choice for April-born individuals and for special occasions celebrated during the month.

April birthstone — Diamond

Anyone born in the month of April, in our opinion, is incredibly lucky! The birthstone for April is indeed the diamond. Diamonds are highly prized gemstones known for their brilliance, clarity, and durability, making them a fitting symbol for the month associated with spring, renewal, and new beginnings. They are often used in jewellery to mark significant occasions such as birthdays, engagements, and anniversaries. 

Why are Diamonds held in high regard? 

Diamonds are considered special for several reasons

Hardness and Durability —

Diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring substance on Earth, scoring a perfect 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This means they are extremely resistant to scratching and abrasion, making them ideal for everyday wear in jewellery.

Brilliance and Sparkle —

Diamonds have a unique ability to refract and reflect light, giving them exceptional brilliance and sparkle. This property, known as "fire," enhances their beauty and allure, making them highly desirable gemstones.

Rarity —

While diamonds are found in various parts of the world, truly high-quality gem-grade diamonds are rare. Their scarcity contributes to their value and exclusivity.

Symbolism —

Diamonds have been imbued with symbolic meaning throughout history. They are often associated with enduring love, purity, and strength, making them popular choices for engagement rings and other romantic jewellery.

Versatility —

Diamonds are incredibly versatile gemstones. They come in a range of colours, with colourless diamonds being the most prized. They can be cut into various shapes and sizes to suit different jewellery designs and preferences.

Cultural Significance —

Diamonds have played significant roles in various cultures and civilisations throughout history. They have been associated with royalty, wealth, and power, adding to their mystique and allure.

Overall, the combination of their physical properties, rarity, symbolism, and cultural significance makes diamonds highly esteemed and sought after around the world.

Morgan & Co’s love of diamonds stems from a combination of their intrinsic beauty, symbolic significance, cultural influence, and enduring appeal. 

We are well known for sourcing the perfect diamonds for our clients — both lan grown or natural and of the highest quality. Get in touch with our diamond experts at our Buderim studio and book your complementary consultation so we can discuss your diamond piece. 

Thank you for reading! 

 — Love, Laura xo

Crafting Forever: Keiarna and Carter's Bespoke Wedding Journey

Crafting Forever: Keiarna and Carter's Bespoke Wedding Journey

As one of the co-owners of a jewellery design studio in Buderim, I have the privilege of helping couples create rings that symbolise their love and commitment. It's a deeply personal and rewarding journey, one that I cherish being a part of.

Designing engagement rings and wedding bands in our jewellery studio in Buderim is not just about creating beautiful pieces; it's about capturing the essence of a couple's relationship and crafting something that reflects their unique bond. From the initial consultation to the final reveal, every step of the process is filled with excitement and anticipation.

One of the most fulfilling aspects of our work at Morgan & Co is getting to know each couple and understanding their story. This allows us to create designs that are not only visually stunning but also meaningful and significant to them. Whether it's incorporating a special gemstone or engraving a meaningful message, every detail is thoughtfully considered to ensure that the final piece is truly one-of-a-kind.

At our studio, we strive to make the experience as special and memorable as possible. We offer personalised consultations where couples can explore different designs, gemstones, and metals to create their perfect ring. Our goal is to not only meet, but exceed their expectations, leaving them with a timeless piece of jewellery that they will treasure for a lifetime.

The couple

At our studio, we strive to build lasting relationships with our clients, and one couple that stands out is Keiarna and Carter, who married in late 2023. From the moment we met, we hit it off, spending hours talking and getting to know them and their two boys. It was clear from the start that their love was genuine and their bond was strong. 

The engagement ring

For Keiarna's engagement ring, we designed a stunning piece featuring an oval cut lab-grown diamond set in a half-round 14ct yellow gold band with a delicate four-claw setting. Carter selected the diamond and proposed with the loose stone, allowing Keiarna to be involved in the design process. It was a joy to help Keiarna bring her dream ring to life. You can read more about their proposal here

The wedding rings

Keiarna decided to have two wedding bands because... well, why not? For her first ring, we designed a simple flat profile wedding band in yellow gold, known as The Cigar Band. As for her eternity band, we created The Tokyo to complement her engagement ring perfectly. The Tokyo features a series of marquise diamonds set in yellow gold, arranged in an east to west orientation within a delicate setting.

Carter's wedding band was a traditional polished yellow gold half dome with engraving on the inside, commemorating their wedding date.

The venue and wedding planner 

As Keiarna and Carter were planning to move their young family to Italy shortly after their wedding, they decided to have a short engagement and were married at the beautiful Rosewood Estate in the Gold Coast Hinterland. The secluded and spectacular estate provided the perfect backdrop for their special day, with panoramic views of the Gold Coast and the Numinbah Valley.

To help plan their big day, Keiarna and Carter used Panorama Events, a wedding planning business with over 12 years of experience. With Panorama Events taking care of the details, Keiarna and Carter were able to relax and enjoy their day knowing that everything was taken care of. 

The Dress

Keiarna's dress is from KYHA Studios — modern wedding dresses characterised by a sleek, minimalistic aesthetic and innovative design. Rather than adhering to traditional styles, KYHA pushes boundaries and embraces uniqueness. Each KYHA piece seamlessly blends bridal wear with high fashion, allowing KYHA brides to feel at home both at the altar and on the red carpet. Every KYHA gown is custom-made for the bride, guaranteeing a completely unique look that is ideal for her special day. 

Keiarna chose a sleek silk dress with a very low back which draped perfectly on her slender frame. It had a lovely V neck front and was modern, yet classic and looked beyond perfect on her.

Keirna's veil was from Grace Loves Lace — Crafted from ivory tulle and brought to life with floating floral detail cascading down around the edge of the veil, the veil was inspired by the design of the Pierlot gown. The hand-placed embroidery features 68 romantic florals artfully placed on the veil.

Being a part of Keiarna and Carter's wedding journey has been an absolute pleasure for us at Morgan & Co. Creating their forever rings was not just about crafting beautiful pieces of jewellery; it was about being involved in a chapter of their love story. Keiarna's engagement ring and their wedding bands symbolise the commitment and love they share, and we are honoured to have played a role in bringing their vision to life. As they embark on this new chapter in Italy, we wish them a lifetime of love, joy, and adventure, knowing that their rings will forever carry the story of their beautiful beginning.

— Morgan xo 

 

 

Vendors

Hair & Makeup — Lara Quinn Makeup

Dress — Kyha Studios

Veil — Grace Loves Lace

Jewellery — Morgan & Co

Celebrant — Banjamin Carlyle

Catering — Green Keenan 

Venue — Rosewood Estate

Wedding Planner, Stylist, Coordinator & Florist - Panorama Events 

Photographer — Lovers By AVW

From Past to Present: The Rise of Divorce Rings

From Past to Present: The Rise of Divorce Rings

As a jewellery designer on the Sunshine Coast, I've had the privilege of helping clients breathe new life into their old, pre-loved jewellery. One trend that's been gaining popularity is the concept of a "divorce ring," made famous by celebrities like Emily Ratajkowski. These rings symbolise a new beginning, a fresh chapter in life after a significant change.

Remodelling an old engagement ring into a divorce ring is a deeply personal and empowering process. It starts with a consultation, where we discuss your vision and the story behind your old piece. We then sketch out some ideas, considering factors like the style, metal, and gemstones.

Next comes the redesign phase. Our team carefully dismantle the old ring, salvaging any precious metals and gemstones that can be reused. If there are sentimental stones or metals that you want to incorporate, we can integrate them into the new design.

Once the design is finalised, our team gets to work crafting your new piece. Whether you're looking for a sleek, modern design or something more intricate and symbolic, we'll bring your vision to life. All our pieces are custom designed and made in Australia using the highest quality metals and ethically sourced stones, should you want to add more to your new piece! 

Contact our bespoke team to book your "Divorce Ring Consultation" on the Sunshine Coast. 

The final step is the reveal, where you'll see your transformed piece for the first time. It's a moment of closure and celebration, a reminder that even after endings, there are new beginnings waiting to be embraced.

At Morgan & Co, we understand the emotional significance behind jewellery. We're here to guide you through the process, ensuring that your divorce ring is not just a beautiful piece of jewellery but a symbol of resilience, strength, and new beginning.

Why should I repurpose my engagement ring instead of selling it?

Selling a second-hand engagement ring can be challenging. Many people prefer new, untouched pieces, unless the ring holds significant historical or vintage value. This can make it hard to find a buyer willing to pay a fair price.

Remodelling your ring, on the other hand, not only gives you the best value for your money but also allows you to create a new, meaningful piece that you'll love to wear. By repurposing the gemstones and metals from your old ring, you're not only giving them a new life but also adding a personal touch to your new piece.

There's no need to feel strange about wearing a gemstone from your past. In fact, incorporating sentimental elements into your new design can make it even more special. Plus, if you believe in the energy of gemstones, we can use sage to cleanse and rid the stones of any negative energy, ensuring that your new piece is filled with positive vibes. Our co-owner, Laura, loves to get the sage out on any pieces that need a cleanse, so don't worry, we have the sage waiting! 

At Morgan & Co, we're passionate about creating meaningful jewellery that tells a story. Whether you're looking to repurpose an old ring or create something entirely new, we're here to help you every step of the way. Let us turn your old jewellery into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece that you'll cherish for years to come. 

Contact us for your free consultation and let's make something old into something new, together. 

xoxo Morgan