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Diamonds: The Science Behind the Shine

Andrew Walsh - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Diamonds are undoubtedly the most prized gems in the world. Their enduring beauty makes them an ideal accessory in every event or an heirloom which can be passed from generation to generation. But, what exactly makes them valuable?

Sparkle—that’s what makes these gems priceless. The beauty of the glistening light on the gem’s surface can mesmerise anyone who will look at it. The shine is easy to marvel at, but jewellery designers, such as Robert H. Parker and Sons, believe that the science behind it is what makes this stone even more fascinating and worthy of admiration.


Below is a discussion on how diamonds give off that enthralling sparkle:

Defying the Speed of Light

Everyone knows that light is one of the fastest things in the universe. With the speed of almost 186,000 miles per second, who could contest on its reputation? But, they forget one thing; the speed of light can be altered depending on the medium it passes through. For instance, it travels much slower through water.

Knowing this principle, you can easily conclude that light travels slow as it passes through solid and dense objects, like diamonds. The gem is packed with electrons that the light interacts with as it passes through the stone.  Electrons serve as barriers on the path the light is traversing, causing the light to bounce in different directions. The interaction between the light and the electrons is simply what causes the diamond to sparkle.

On Cuts and Proportions

A diamond cutter can make the diamond shine brighter by cutting some corners using the right proportions. When the gem is cut at the right corners, the light will be dispersed equally, making the stone more brilliant. When the cut is too deep or too shallow, light will reflect awkwardly, so the gem becomes less sparkly.

Fashioning a diamond to sparkle in an appealing way is not an easy feat. It requires the expertise of professionals who have undergone years of training. For now, it’s nice to know that the delay in the journey of light is what makes the gem gleam.

To find a wide selection of engagement rings and custom services, email us at info@robertparker.com.au.



Journey to Forever with the Right Engagement Ring

Andrew Walsh - Monday, September 15, 2014

The circle symbolises infinity and timelessness. It also suggests unbroken wholeness. These symbolisms also extend to wedding rings. In the context of marriage and romantic relationships, the ring represents eternal love and fidelity.    

As a wedding ring represents the unbroken bond between two people, the diamond provides the accent that emphasises the meaning of this bond. To help you choose the best engagement ring to present to your fiancée, here are some tips to remember:

Know About the Four C's

Understand how the cut, clarity, and colour affect a diamond’s value. You should also understand how the carat dictates the price. After that, determine the cut and colour that your partner would like. Naturally, your wedding rings should be something that you and your would-be spouse both admire. They should be something that the two of you would want to wear proudly on your fingers.  

Send a meaningful message

Your rings will become even more precious when engraved with a message that's significant to you and your partner. It's alright, however, if you can't have your ring engraved in time for the proposal. While you can have your wedding rings inscribed before the wedding, some jewellers may do it for you years after.

Be practical

How much should you spend for the rings? Naturally, you’d want something elegant, but never spend beyond your means. Robert Parker suggests that before you shop, set a budget and try to stay within that amount. Engagement and wedding rings need neither be too pricy nor too cheap. Search online to get an idea of how much your budget should be for rings.

While most men tend to choose a simple style, women are likely to choose a more sophisticated, intricate design. When it’s time to look for wedding rings, it is best that you shop together. This way, you can decide on the design that appeals to you both.

To find a wide selection of engagement rings and custom services, email us at info@robertparker.com.au.


Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring for Her

Andrew Walsh - Monday, August 11, 2014

Before you make your grand proposal, the first thing you need to deal with is finding the perfect ring. How would you do this without letting her know about your romantic plan? You would not want to kill the excitement. Like what Boris Pasternak said, “Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.”

Buying one, however, is an overwhelming task. There is a lot of pressure on the purchase. There are many kinds of engagement rings Melbourne jewellery shops offer. The ring is a representation of your love and token that you are willing to take the relationship to the next level. Your partner will surely show off the ring to her family and friends.
Here are the things you need to know to buy the perfect ring for her:

Her ring size

When you get down on your knee and slide the ring on her finger, make sure it fits her perfectly. If you get the wrong size, the enthusiasm will eventually be gone. You have to go back to the jeweller and spend some money to get it fitted properly. Try asking her friends to get the ring that you know fits her comfortably.

Her style

When you are with your partner, notice that piece jewellery she wears. Does she love to wear diamonds, gold or silver? Does she like glitzy ones? You might have to go for something big and sparkly.

Listen to her

At one point in your relationship, she must have described to you her preferred wedding, from the ring to the dress she would like to wear. Take the time to remember. If not, take her to the mall. She might notice a particular style of ring she likes.

While letting your girlfriend choose the ring she wants to confirm the ring she likes, you are denying yourself a chance to express how much you love her. Imagine her expression once you ask the question and show her the ring. Women will surely envy her, men will silently acknowledge you and her parents will surely be impressed.

To find a wide selection of engagement rings and custom services, email us at info@robertparker.com.au.


All that Glitters: 4 Simple Rules for Pairing Jewellery with Your Outfit | Robert H Parker & Sons

Andrew Walsh - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Incorporating jewellery into your daily wardrobe is always a great way to add a touch of elegance and glamour. There are times, however, when wearing the wrong piece can do more harm than good on your style score.

Luckily, we have compiled a few rules, tips, and techniques on jewellery pairing that’ll result in nothing less than a style and fashion success.

Here are some of them:

Less is More

Bold pieces, like our range of pendants, should be allowed to take the spotlight. Don’t ruin your look by wearing more than one statement piece, especially when the pieces are close to each other. If you’re going for a bracelet with a wow-factor, avoid wearing a ring that will share in the spotlight. The same goes with earrings and necklaces.
Any piece of jewellery worn serves as an accent piece; too much and you could ruin your whole look.

Keep it Simple

When it comes to fashion, the nature of contrasts applies. Big accessories are best paired with simple clothes. When you’re wearing bold jewellery, such as any of our special occasion rings, avoid donning clothes with busy patterns and a lot of embellishment, such as sequins.
Match your items carefully so that the jewellery stands out. Usually, two statement pieces is perfect for a little black dress, while everyday outfits like jeans and a white top are a great backdrop for pieces that are big, bright, and beautiful.

Consider Your Neckline

A statement necklace-and-pendant combo demands to be noticed, and the best backdrop for this is usually the right neckline. Don’t be afraid to show some skin and go strapless, off-shoulder, or V-neck with your tops. These will let the jewellery pieces do the talking.

Keep Things ‘Handy’

When wearing statement rings, be it one of our diamond engagement rings, wedding bands or some other ring, remember that your hands will also share the spotlight. This means your hands should be cleaned, prepped, and polished, including the nails.

Make sure that the nail polish colour doesn’t clash with the ring’s design and colour. Bright, bold rings don’t go well with nail art, glittery, and colourful nail polish. While it may look cute and girly, it doesn’t exactly convey elegance and sophistication worthy of the jewellery.

Jewellery is one of the most perfect and elegant ways to breathe life into any outfit. Just make you’re doing it right to avoid any fashion faux pas.

Don’t have the right jewellery yet? Get in touch with us now and we’ll help you find jewellery pieces that are the perfect fit.

To find a wide selection of engagement rings and custom services, email us at info@robertparker.com.au.


Popping the Question with a Beautiful Engagement Ring

Andrew Walsh - Monday, July 14, 2014

Finding the perfect engagement ring to give your bride-to-be is always a combination of nerve-racking and exciting. It’s only natural to be nervous about it, but don’t let nerves get in the way of finding the right engagement ring to propose with.

There are many jewellers in Melbourne you can consult, but it’s important to make an effort to get to know your girl’s preferences. Here are some tips on how to make this first decision a good one.

Shape First

While you must take note of the 4 Cs (cut, colour, clarity, and carat), design is the most important factor you must decide on first. Make sure the design of the ring is simple and elegant, something that your future fiancé will love for sure. Decide on the 4 Cs after this.

Stop Consumerism

Marriage is sacred, and this decision should be more personal than the norms society has dictated. If you let your bride-to-be or any other person choose for you, it will become just like any other purchase. Ask for expert advice, but always make your final decision based on what you know about her. Trust your instincts because, after all, you’re the one who knows her better than anyone else.

Stick to a Budget

Let go of that two-month salary myth. Buy the most appropriate and beautiful engagement ring for her without falling into a debt hole. As long as your motives are genuine, it’s already a great decision.

Spy on Her

It’s sweet to go ring shopping together, but it’s even sweeter to keep it a secret and surprise her with a romantic proposal. You can ask her family or friends about her style and preference, but make them swear to keep it a secret. Pay attention to the types of jewellery she wears before making your final choice.

Before talking to a jeweller and buying an engagement ring, make sure you’ve done all your homework first. Afterwards, plan how you will pop the question and make it one of the most unforgettable moments of her life.

To find a wide selection of engagement rings and custom services, email us at info@robertparker.com.au.


Planning the Right Proposal for Your Lady

Andrew Walsh - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Before the wedding day, the proposal is the most awaited day in the life of a lady. You, prospective groom-to-be, have the very important task of popping the question in the most memorable way possible.

After all, your friends and relatives would ask both of you how you proposed, so you might as well do something unforgettable and worth sharing.

The best way to do this is to make the type of proposal in tune with her personality. Listed below are a few suggestions that can help you plan the perfect proposal for your lady.

A touch of tradition

When you have a traditionalist for a girlfriend, you don’t have to look too far with the proposal idea. You can always pull it off through a classic dinner. Now, there are two ways you can do this: take her to a really good restaurant or cook the food yourself.

The former is a classic and needs no further tutorial, but it still has the pressure of the public’s peering eyes. If you want privacy (more importantly, if SHE puts a high premium on privacy), go with the latter, although you would have to practise your culinary skills. Well, you can always hire a private chef if your culinary expertise is limited to pushing buttons on a microwave. Just choose the perfect venue for the occasion.

A dose of thrill

For an adventurous girlfriend, you have to plan a thrilling activity during which you can pop the question. There are many options to choose from, such as conquering a mountain and proposing at the summit, going skydiving and popping the question before the jump, and creating a scavenger hunt that doubles as a nostalgia trip to the first day you met and other similar romantic occasions.

A dash of lavishness

If you’re willing to shell out a small fortune for the proposal, go for grand ideas. Plan a weeklong vacation somewhere far and schedule different activities to mask the secret agenda of popping the question. Or, if you want a dramatic touch, airplane letters in the sky, or a hot-air balloon ride can do the trick.

Whatever gimmick you pull off to make the proposal, it wouldn’t be perfect without a ring. Let us at Robert H Parker & Sons help you get the best engagement ring for her to get that “yes” you want to hear. 

To find a wide selection of engagement rings and custom services, email us at info@robertparker.com.au or call us at 1300 133 071.

Your Guide to Custom Engagement Rings

Andrew Walsh - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Many couples today prefer customised engagement rings instead of ready-made pieces from jewellery stores. They want something unique that’ll suit their lifestyle and personalities. If you’re planning to do the same, here are some things you need to know:

Setting Style and Techniques

The setting is everything about the ring except for the stone, and is where jewellers place the diamond or any gemstone. Apart from its size, couples can customise and choose from the following styles:

  1. Solitaire – This setting has a single diamond and doesn’t have accent stones surrounding it.
  2. Side Stones – These complement the centre stone by providing more shine to the ring.
  3. Three-stone – This symbolises the past, present, and future of a couple’s relationship.
  4. Matching Set – This style offers a matching design with wedding bands, which work like a puzzle piece.

Diamond Cuts and Shapes

Diamonds are natural crystals, so these don’t always have the perfect appearance when mined. This is why skilled cutters form them into different shapes to provide the most brilliance and least number of flaws.

  1. Cushion Cut – This is the combination of a modern oval cut and an Old Mine Cut, which was popular in late 19th century for its deep cut and big facets.
  2. Emerald Cut – Its broad, flat, and rectangular corners are similar to the steps of a staircase. It also has a square version called an Asscher cut.
  3. Heart-Shaped – The symbol of love, it was originally a pear-shaped diamond with a cleft on top. Check the curve and cleft to know if these have equal proportions.
  4. Round – This is the standard shape of diamonds. Featuring a 58-facet cut, it’s divided into three parts: crown, girdle, and pavilion.
  5. Princess Cut – This gives the same brilliance of a typical round diamond, but is in square or rectangular form.

Take note of these two aspects before deciding on a customised ring. To find a wide selection of engagement rings and custom services, email us at info@robertparker.com.au or call us at 1300 133 071. 

A Dose of Inspiration for Personalised Pendant Designs

Andrew Walsh - Friday, January 17, 2014

Pendants are among the best accessories, as it allows you to express yourself in a creative manner. These also add more style to your outfit. A pendant serves as the focal point of any attire; a fashion item that never fails to grab attention. As these pieces of jewellery are highly customizable today, it’s now easier to wear one that fits into your taste and personality.

To give you some inspiration for your personalized pendant, we’ve prepared a couple of great ideas you’d surely love:

Engraved Designs

Etching images or letters on your pendant is a great way to wear a design close to your heart. Be it a face of a departed loved one, a beloved pet or a favourite quote, engraved designs brings a sense of nostalgia you can always carry with you wherever you go. This is achievable on almost any metal used in jewellery, and you may add gemstones for aesthetic purposes.

Couple’s Pendants

Nothing says “I’m not complete without you” better than a couple’s pendant. This is specially made for romantic partners, where each one wears a half of the entire design. Classic designs include hearts and  jigsaw puzzle pieces. You can also come up with love lines that are broken into two parts. Regardless of the design, make sure it has some significance to your relationship.

Timeless Pieces

There are pendants that never lose their appeal. A crucifix, a heart and letters are some of the timeless designs you can wear almost anywhere with any outfit. This is a safe choice if you’re uncertain with the piece you want to have. With little tweaks, you can add some personal touch on such designs. No matter what type of pendant you would wear, make sure it suits your size, skin colour and outfit.

If you have any enquiries or need some suggestion for your pendant design, feel free to contact us today, and we’d be glad to be of service. Email us at info@robertparker.com.au or call us at 1300 133 071.

Make your Diamonds Really Last Forever

Andrew Walsh - Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Diamonds are forever. This is in the sense that their dazzle and beauty can leave an imprint on our hearts. But physically, they’re not eternal. They may be the hardest substance on earth, but that doesn’t mean they’re not exempt from deterioration and destruction.  Which is why you have to do your best to preserve their sparkle.

Here are some simple pieces of advice on how to take care of your precious stone.

Don’t Wear or Remove Your Diamond Publicly

At any cost, never try to put on that ring when you’re boarding a crowded train or bus. In case you’re already wearing it, resist the temptation of removing or playing with it. When washing your hands in a restaurant or public washroom, don’t attempt to take your ring off as there’s always the possibility of accidentally dropping it into the drain.

Always Clean It

Cleaning your diamond should be a routine. This is not only to lengthen its life, it’s also a sign of hygiene. An ideal cleaning solution is a mixture of hot water and gin. Clean it using a toothbrush or a small brush. Don’t use bleach or any abrasive cleaning solution, as it can affect the lustre. Better yet, take it to an expert jeweller to have it properly cleaned.

Don’t Keep Your Diamond in Inappropriate Containers

Don’t keep them in containers with other hard objects that can knock against it. Instead, place them in a fabric lined case or a box with dividers. You can choose to wrap it in a cloth and keep it in a personalised box.

Get Insurance

Have it insured if you want every assurance that your diamond is fully protected. You should also make it a point to visit a jeweller and have it appraised every three or five years.

A diamond is your best friend so you should treat it like it is. Contact us or visit our shop to see our selection of custom diamond jewellery to add to your collection.  

For more information on diamond clarity, email us at info@robertparker.com.au or call us at 1300 133 071. 


3 New Golden Rules of the Engagement Ring

Andrew Walsh - Monday, November 11, 2013

You only get one chance to do it right. If you don’t, she’ll remember it for the rest of her life. Forgetting to get down on one knee and put a ring on her finger is a no-no. But there are new rules when it comes to choosing the right engagement ring. 

The ring has a permanent effect on the psyche of your bride-to-be. An 18-carat engagement ring may look impressive, but it may not be practical for daily wear.

Here’s the new set of rules you should apply when choosing that all-important ring:

Think of Lifestyle

An 18-carat engagement ring may look stunning, but it may not be practical for everyday wear. Before buying an engagement ring, ask yourself if this piece is something she would want to use every day or just for special occasions. If it’s the former, a flat band with small diamond is a smart choice, as it’s practical for an active woman. Plus, a bunch of smaller diamonds is normally more affordable than one big rock.

Learn the 4 Cs

You’ll need to familiarise yourself with the 4C’s: carat, clarity, colour, and cut, if you’re set with a diamond. Carat describes the weight of the diamond, while clarity refers to the subtle characteristics that are seen under magnification. Most diamonds have a hint of colour, describing its shade through letter grades D-Z. Lastly, cut describes the placement, number, and shape of the facets. The light that bounces off from the facets is what causes the diamond to sparkle.

Be Brave to Break the Tradition

The outdated rule of thumb was that grooms-to-be should spend anywhere from one to three months’ salary on the engagement ring. As priorities shift, this rule has been broken by most grooms-to-be. Some women even wouldn’t want their fiancée to spend that much money on a ring. Make it a personal decision based on the importance of that ring to your fiancée. Robert H Parker & Sons will help you choose the ring that suits your lifestyle, budget, and preferences.

Just as some guys spend most of their lives searching for “the one” and others have no trouble finding it, there’s no right amount of time for shopping for the right engagement ring. It’s not a quick fix. You’ll have to look at many stones and consider several factors to get a good feel. No matter how long it takes, we’ll take the time to listen to your ideas and translate them into beauty.

Contact us and we’ll gladly help you come up with the right ring.