Aquamarine, the Benefits for Believers.

Aquamarine, the Benefits for Believers.

I popped into the showroom last week and discovered some new additions to Afrogem collection. My favourites are these gorgeous aquamarine, sterling silver and cubic rings. I can’t decide if the design is modern or vintage. Perhaps it’s both. The rings are perfect for a woman like me who is in love with these sea […]

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Which diamonds make great investments? A guide to diamond buying.

Which diamonds make great investments? A guide to diamond buying.

Diamonds are a good option if you’re looking to diversify your portfolio in an aesthetically pleasing way. An estimated 93% of couples that marry do so with a diamond. Demand for them is ever present. However, no matter their sentimental value, not all diamonds have a resale value. Here, we take a look at the kinds of […]

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Anniversary Gift Ideas, From the First to Forever.

Anniversary Gift Ideas, From the First to Forever.

Congratulations on the milestone you and your partner are celebrating. Love conquers all! An anniversary gift can take on many different forms, but jewellery is always a winner. A precious piece is bound to impress and makes for a beautiful expression of love. Here are some ideas for surprising your special someone on your next […]

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Aquamarine: Birthstone of March Born Creatures

Aquamarine: Birthstone of March Born Creatures

  Aquamarine belongs to the beryl family, a precious mineral found in a spectrum of colours. Aquamarine is Beryl’s second favourite child. Emerald remains more popular, but this cyan gem is no wallflower to her green sister. Just ask any contemporary queen or princess swanning about a state gala in an aquamarine tiara.   “I must […]

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Aquamarine, Ten True Blue Facts

Aquamarine, Ten True Blue Facts

A pool of clear blue you can fall into forever. That is what having your own aquamarine means. Just ask Queen Elizabeth II. The people of Brazil gave HRM  some truly exquisite blue bling in 1953 for her coronation – a giant emerald-cut aquamarine that is at the centrepiece of her diadem, along with a matching diamond and […]

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Battle of The Blues: Sapphire vs Tanzanite

Battle of The Blues: Sapphire vs Tanzanite

If your preferred hue in jewels is blue there are a range of special stones available to buy. Here we take a look at Tanzanite and Sapphire, what sets them apart from each other and how they can set you apart from the crowd.   Sapphire, the Regal Classic Blue sapphires are the most well-known […]

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Which diamond cut has the most sparkle?

Which diamond cut has the most sparkle?

“True friends are like diamonds – bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.” – Nicole Richie   A great diamond is all about fire. But when they come in so many different cuts, it can be difficult to know which one will make the brightest impact and gleam most prominently on your finger. Here are some […]

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Which engagement ring is right for me?

Which engagement ring is right for me?

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but any woman worth her salt has a couple of other jewels that she goes steady with. Your engagement ring is possibly the dearest piece you’ll wear in your life so its style should be chosen with care. Pick an engagement ring that delights you so you can […]

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Keep your diamond earrings sparkling. A handy cleaning guide.

Keep your diamond earrings sparkling. A handy cleaning guide.

  Diamonds are forever…but only if you care for them properly. Residue from your skin and hair products can build-up in the setting of your diamond earrings.  Over time might this can make your stones look as if they’ve lost their original glamour and shine. Once you’ve made the initial investment, it’s a shame to let your […]

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Table Mountain: Uniquely South African.

Table Mountain: Uniquely South African.

Table Mountain’s flat top is as synonymous with South Africa as Nelson Mandela or Bishop Tutu. The icon is a tourist magnet, attracting visitors from all over the world. More than 24 million people have been transported to the summit since the cable way opened in 1929. While the mountain excites visitors to our city, […]

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Desmond Tutu: Uniquely South African

Desmond Tutu: Uniquely South African

Desmond Mpilo Tutu, CH (born 7 October 1931) is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. (Wikipedia). My first memory of Bishop Tutu was of sitting at my grandmother’s table at breakfast in the 1980s. My grandmother, a counsellor of recovering alcoholics and abused woman, was […]

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Koeksisters: Uniquely South African

Koeksisters: Uniquely South African

Nobody likes a dry koeksister! That phrase may sound like a sassy admonishment along the lines of “Yo Mama”, but it is, in fact, a uniquely South African bit of cooking advice. If you’ve never delighted in biting into the crisp exterior of a koeksister, saliva glands erupting as your mouth fills with a syrup, […]

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Mapungubwe’s Golden Rhino: Uniquely South African

Mapungubwe’s Golden Rhino: Uniquely South African

The discovery of gold in stone ruins north of the Limpopo River in the 1890s attracted prospectors  to the Limpopo River valley. The legend of Mapungubwe was told around their campfires and, for many years, treasure hunters dreamed of plundering her riches.  But it was only in 1932 that those dreams became a reality for a party of farmers […]

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Vuvuzelas: Uniquely South African

Vuvuzelas: Uniquely South African

  South Africans love a good honk on a vuvuzela, as football fans from all over the globe discovered in 2010 when we hosted the World Cup. The unique sound they make – like the mating call of Nguni cattle – can be heard miles from any stadium on match day. However, you can’t blow your vuvuzela all the […]

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Bobotie: Uniquely South African

Bobotie: Uniquely South African

Bobotie, pronounce bow-booa-tea, is a uniquely South African culinary experience of spiced minced meat with a savoury egg custard topping (say what?). Bobotie is especially favoured in the Cape, and it’s DNA can be traced the Indonesian dish Bobotok, which is sometimes made with bee larvae (and you thought South Africans were strange). The theory goes that […]

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Think Amethyst. Think Green.

Think Amethyst. Think Green.

Open the velvet box and these  amethysts would be paired up as earrings. In the confines of the box, however, amethysts are purple. Think leaves. Think peacock feathers. Think ocean. Think of your lover’s eyes. Don your creative caps and think up a one-of-a-kind expression of your soul. Something just for you. Think of a […]

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Think South Africa. Think Afrogem.

Think South Africa. Think Afrogem.

In 1966, we began our journey to becoming South Africa’s leading jewellery experience. As we enter our fiftieth year in business, we’ve paused to reflect on our role in the South African jewellery industry and the contribution we’ve made to our beautiful country. Innovation is key to Afrogem’s ethos. We were the first company to […]

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