Wedding Gift Ideas for the Sunshine Coast Bride

Wedding Gift Ideas for the Sunshine Coast Bride

Hi! I'm Morgan from Morgan & Co Jewellery in Buderim. As someone who frequently works with brides to create their perfect engagement rings, I often get asked for gift ideas to celebrate their special day. Today, I want to share some thoughtful and luxurious wedding gift ideas that are perfect for the Sunshine Coast bride.

Luxury Bed Linen —

One of my top recommendations for a wedding gift is luxury bed linen, specifically these French linen sheets from RAW Sunshine Coast. We spend a third of our lives asleep, so it’s essential to get it right. The thing about luxury bedding is that it tends to be on the pricier side, and you might not realise how much it can elevate your life until you actually experience it — which makes it the perfect gift.

We absolutely love these linen sheets in Clay, made from 100% Flax linen. Linen has fantastic cooling properties, making it ideal for the warmer months, ensuring that the newly-weds can start their new life together in restful comfort. These sheets not only provide a touch of luxury but also promise durability and timeless elegance, enhancing any bedroom decor.

Gourmet Cooking Classes —

For couples who love to cook, gourmet cooking classes can be an exciting and fun gift. There are several culinary schools on the Sunshine Coast that offer classes focusing on everything from fine dining techniques to farm-to-table cooking. For an enjoyable date day for the newly weds, a cooking experience at The Spirit House is the perfect place to start when searching for a wedding gift. This gift not only provides a delightful experience but also equips the couple with new skills they can enjoy together.

The Gift of Light —

Gifting a show-stopping item for the home is sometimes overlooked, but beautiful objects can bring boundless joy to a space – with extra points if they provide a practical use. This beautiful Table Lamp sourced by Magnolia Lane is a perfect choice. The Florence Table Lamp gives beautiful shape and elegance to your home. With a natural hue and feature tapered shade and base, it's the perfect accent addition that seamlessly blends into any space.

 

Marble Vase —

Help to redefine the newly wed's interior with a piece of art that will go with any interior design. A piece that will be a reminder of their wedding day as they move homes throughout their life together. We love the Lilou Marble Vase. Immerse yourself in the harmonious blend of art and functionality with this stunning Vase sourced by Bedouin Traders, Perigian Beach. Whether displayed on its own as a standalone art object or used as a vase for dried florals, it becomes the focal point of admiration. Crafted from the finest grey levanto marble with captivating veining, this piece will be adored now and for years to come. 

Choosing the perfect wedding gift is all about considering what will bring joy and comfort to the newlyweds as they embark on their new journey together. Whether it's luxurious bed linen, handcrafted home decor, gourmet cooking classes or a stunning table lamp, these thoughtful gifts are sure to be appreciated and cherished.

At Morgan & Co, we love helping our clients find the perfect gifts for their loved ones. If you have any questions or need more recommendations, feel free to reach out to us. We’re always here to help you make your special occasions even more memorable.

With love —
Morgan x

The Marquise Diamond Guide

The Marquise Diamond Guide

The Timeless Appeal of the Marquise Cut Diamond

Hello, I'm Morgan from Morgan & Co Jewellery in Buderim, and today I'd love to share some insights for one of the most elegant and unique diamond cuts, the marquise. The marquise cut diamond is a stunning choice for engagement rings and other fine jewellery, offering a unique blend of history, elegance, and versatility. 

 

 

The Fascinating History of the Marquise Diamond

The marquise cut dates back to the 18th century, commissioned by King Louis XV of France. He desired a diamond that resembled the lips of his beloved mistress, the Marquise de Pompadour. The result was the marquise cut, also known as the navette cut, meaning "little boat" in French, due to its boat-like shape. 

Why the Marquise is Popular Today

Today, the marquise cut remains a popular choice for those seeking a diamond that stands out. Its elongated shape not only creates an illusion of greater size but also makes fingers appear longer and more slender. This timeless cut is favoured by those who appreciate a vintage charm with a modern touch. 

Design Versatility of the Marquise Cut

One of the most exciting aspects of the marquise cut is its versatility in design. Here are a few designs that we love —

2 Claw with Shoulders — This design highlights the marquise shape with delicate claws holding the ends, often complemented by diamond shoulders that add extra sparkle. The claws at the end of a marquise cut diamond need to be covered for protection to ensure that if your marquise stone is knocked, it doesn't cause a crack. 

East to West — For a contemporary twist, the marquise diamond is set horizontally, creating a unique and eye-catching piece. This setting can be achieved with a half bezel, or capped, look and also with shoulders and claws.

Classic 6 Claw This traditional setting offers a secure hold while emphasising the diamond’s elongated form. 

Twisted Band or Diamond Band — For added flair, consider a twisted band design or one encrusted with smaller diamonds to enhance the central marquise stone’s brilliance.

 

What to Avoid When Searching for a Marquise Cut Diamond

When searching for the perfect marquise diamond, it's crucial to consider a few key factors —

Bow Tie Effect — A common issue with marquise cuts is the "bow tie effect," where a shadow resembling a bow tie appears across the centre of the diamond. While a slight bow tie can add character, an overly prominent one detracts from the diamond's beauty. To avoid this, it's essential to view the diamond in various lighting conditions.

Reputable Jeweller — Choosing a trusted jeweller like Morgan & Co is vital. We source diamonds specifically for your price point and requirements, ensuring you receive a stone of the highest quality. Our expertise helps you navigate the nuances of diamond selection, avoiding common mistakes. We strongly advise not to purchase your marquise diamond online. 


Book your complementary consultation where we can bring in a selection of either natural or lab grown marquise diamonds for you to hand select for your engagement ring.  

Best Setting Styles for Marquise Cut Diamonds

The setting plays a significant role in showcasing the beauty of a marquise cut diamond. Here are some styles that work particularly well —

V-Prong Setting — Protects the pointed ends of the marquise while offering a sleek and elegant look.

Bezel Setting — Encircles the diamond in metal, providing extra security and a modern aesthetic.

Halo Setting — Surrounds the marquise with smaller diamonds, enhancing its sparkle and creating a stunning visual impact.

 

 

At Morgan & Co, we take pride in helping our clients create unique and personalised engagement rings. From selecting the perfect marquise diamond to designing a custom setting, we guide you through every step of the process. Our free consultations offer diamond education and the opportunity to handpick your diamond, ensuring your ring is perfect for you and your personal style as well as your price point. 

If you're considering a marquise cut diamond, visit us at Morgan & Co in Buderim. Let's explore your marquise diamond ring design and craft a piece that will be cherished for generations.

With Love —
Morgan x

What Are Ethically Sourced Diamonds?

What Are Ethically Sourced Diamonds?

What Are Ethically Sourced Diamonds and Should I Choose a Natural or Lab-Grown Diamond for My Engagement Ring?

Hello, I'm Morgan, co-owner of Morgan & Co Jewellery on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Today, I'd like to share some insights about ethically sourced diamonds and help you decide whether a natural or lab-grown diamond is the right choice for your engagement ring.

What Are Ethically Sourced Diamonds?

Ethically sourced diamonds are diamonds that are mined or created with a focus on ethical practices, ensuring they do not contribute to environmental harm, human rights abuses, or funding of conflicts. These diamonds are traced from their origin to ensure they comply with strict labor, trade, and environmental standards. Compared to traditional natural diamonds, which can sometimes come from conflict zones and have a higher environmental impact, ethically sourced diamonds offer a more responsible and sustainable option. 

Natural Diamonds vs. Lab-Grown Diamonds

Natural Diamonds —

Natural diamonds are formed deep within the Earth's mantle over billions of years. Their unique geological journey makes each one truly one-of-a-kind. Natural diamonds often come with a premium price tag due to their rarity, the extensive mining process, and the higher costs associated with ethical sourcing.

Lab-Grown Diamonds —

Lab-grown diamonds, otherwise known as cultured cured diamonds, on the other hand, are created in controlled laboratory environments using advanced technology that replicates the natural diamond formation process. These diamonds are chemically, physically, and optically identical to natural diamonds but come at a fraction of the price. The lower cost is due to the shorter production time and more efficient manufacturing process. You can not tell the difference between a lab grown and natural diamond, not even a trained gemologist can determine the difference. It takes thousand of dollars worth of machinery to distinguish the difference between the two types of diamonds. 

View our collection of Most Loved Engagement Ring Designs.

The Value of Lab-Grown and Natural Diamonds

Natural Diamonds —

Natural diamonds have long been seen as a symbol of romance, love and commitment. They often hold more traditional value and are considered by some to be more prestigious due to their natural origin and rarity. 

Lab-Grown Diamonds —

Lab-grown diamonds are a fantastic alternative for those who want a stunning, high-quality diamond without the higher price tag. They are often more affordable, allowing you to get a larger or higher quality diamond within your budget. Additionally, they are considered more environmentally friendly, as they don't require mining.

You can achieve between a .80ct brilliant round natural diamond of reasonable quality for approximately $10,000 - $12,000. For the same price, you would get change from a 2ct highest quality lab grown diamond. 

Why Is There a Big Price Difference?

The price difference between natural and lab-grown diamonds is primarily due to the production process and market perception. Natural diamonds require extensive mining operations, which are costly and labor-intensive. Lab-grown diamonds are produced more efficiently and quickly, reducing the overall cost. However, both types of diamonds offer beautiful, high-quality options for your engagement ring.

Ethically Sourced Diamonds at Morgan & Co

At Morgan & Co, we are committed to sourcing the highest quality ethical diamonds, both natural and lab-grown. We believe in offering our clients choices that align with their values and preferences. Whether you choose a natural or lab-grown diamond, there's no right or wrong decision—it's a personal choice based on your priorities and budget.

Why Choose Morgan & Co?

As Sunshine Coast's number one jeweller for custom-made rings, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional service and quality. We offer free consultations where we educate couples about diamonds and guide them through the process of selecting their perfect stone. Our consultations are an opportunity for you to learn about the differences between natural and lab-grown diamonds, understand ethical sourcing, and choose the diamond that best suits your needs and most importantly, your budget. 

We believe in creating unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect you and your personal style as well as a symbol of your love. Book your free consultation with us today, and let's start designing your dream engagement ring together.

Thank you for considering Morgan & Co Jewellery. We look forward to helping you create a beautiful, ethically sourced engagement ring that you'll cherish forever.

For more information or to schedule your consultation, visit Morgan & Co Jewellery on the Sunshine Coast. Let's make your engagement ring as unique and special as you and your love story.

Love,
Morgan x

Designing Your Dream Engagement Ring at Morgan & Co

Designing Your Dream Engagement Ring at Morgan & Co

Designing Your Dream Engagement Ring at Morgan & Co

Hello, I'm Morgan, co-owner of Morgan & Co Jewellery, based on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. At Morgan & Co, we invite you to explore something a little more personal with our in-studio tailor-made consultations. We create one-of-a-kind pieces within your price point, thoughtfully designed and crafted just for you. Each piece is Australian-made with quality and sustainability in mind. Book your free consultation

How Do I Design a Custom Engagement Ring at Morgan & Co?

Designing a custom engagement ring with us involves a few simple steps. Our team works closely with you to make it an easy journey from start to finish. Here's how we help you create your custom engagement ring —

Step One — Enquiry

Start by booking your free consultation, giving us a call, or sending an email to set up your free consultation either in studio or virtually. We'll ask for some basic information so we can tailor your consultation to your needs.

Step Two — Consultation

During your in-person, over-the-phone, or video consultation, we'll delve into your design vision and engagement ring dreams. This is also the time to explore and select diamonds or coloured gemstones in your desired shape and price point.

Step Three — Sourcing

With a complete understanding of your dream ring, we'll source the highest quality diamond or coloured gemstone from our global network of ethically sourced lab-grown and natural diamonds. We'll then provide you with a quote that fits your budget. 

Step Four — Design

We'll collaborate with you until you're completely satisfied with the final design, no matter how many changes are needed. You'll receive a professional drawing of your ring, outlining all the specifications.

Step Five — Production

Your engagement ring will be crafted in Australia by the most skilled craftsmen in the industry. The process includes casting, surface preparation, metal forming, and soldering. Then, your stones will be set, and the ring will be buffed and polished to perfection.

Step Six — Your Ring is Ready

Once finished, your ring will undergo a thorough quality assurance check and final clean, ensuring it's perfect for pickup or delivery. You'll receive formal documentation, including insurance replacement information and diamond certification.

Why Custom Rings Are More Special

We believe that creating a customised ring is far more sentimental and personal than purchasing one off the shelf. Why have a ring that everyone else on the Sunshine Coast has when you can create something that is unique to your style and love story? A customised ring speaks to your individuality and the uniqueness of your relationship and you. 

The Best Place to Buy a Custom Engagement Ring

The best place to buy a custom engagement ring on the Sunshine Coast is a jeweller known for their craftsmanship, customer service, and reputation. At Morgan & Co, we pride ourselves on being a local Buderim jeweller with excellent reviews. We'd love to meet with you and design your dream engagement ring.

Book your consultation and let's start creating something truly special together. See you at our Buderim Studio soon! In the meantime, explore our Australian Made Custom Engagement Rings to gather some inspiration for your own forever ring. 

— Morgan x

Do you still have more questions about custom designing your own engagement ring? Discover our FAQs or reach out if you have any questions! 

A Guide to Diamond Stud Earrings

A Guide to Diamond Stud Earrings

When it comes to timeless elegance and versatility, few pieces of jewellery compete with the beauty of diamond stud earrings. At Morgan & Co, we believe that every woman deserves to shine, which is why we offer a stunning range of diamond studs in various shapes and sizes to suit your style and budget.

My personal favourite shape for diamond stud earrings is the round cut. Round diamonds are classic and never go out of style. Their brilliant facets catch the light beautifully, adding a touch of sparkle to any outfit. When it comes to round, you may opt for a bezel set for a more timeless setting, or a martini setting for a modern twist. 

Coming in at number two is the oval shape. Oval diamonds are elegant and sophisticated, perfect for those who want a unique twist on the classic round stud.

In third place is the cushion cut. With their soft, rounded edges, cushion cut diamonds have a romantic appeal that is simply irresistible. Marquise diamonds take the fourth spot on my list. Their elongated shape is flattering on the ear and adds a touch of drama to your look. Finally, in fifth place, we have radiant cut diamonds. Known for their intense sparkle, radiant cut studs are perfect for those who want to make a statement.

When it comes to selecting the perfect diamond stud earrings, size is also an important consideration. Whether you prefer a subtle sparkle or a more eye-catching look, we have a range of sizes to choose from to suit your style and budget.

In addition to choosing the perfect diamond, you'll also need to consider the type of backing for your earrings. We offer three main options: push backs, screw backs, and locking earring backs. Push backs are easy to use and comfortable to wear, making them a popular choice for everyday wear. Screw backs provide added security, ensuring that your earrings stay in place all day long. Locking earring backs offer the ultimate security, with a locking mechanism that keeps your earrings securely in place.

At Morgan & Co, we understand that choosing the perfect diamond stud earrings is a personal decision. That's why our team is here to help you every step of the way, from selecting the perfect diamond to choosing the right backing for your earrings. With our expertise and attention to detail, you can rest assured that you'll walk away with a stunning pair of diamond stud earrings that you'll treasure for years to come.

Book your free consultation and let us help you choose your diamond studs! 

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. 

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— 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!”