Ningaloo Collection Sea themed jewellery, designed and selected to reflect the diverse range of sea life that make up the fauna of the Ningaloo Reef. We are proud to showcase this range which incorporates Sterling Silver and Gold Jewellery pieces some using coloured diamonds others with Mother of Pearl (and other shell) inlay.
The Whaleshark Watch Commissioned by us through Adina an Australian company. These stunning watches are all rated 100 metre water resistant, Stainless Steel case and bands and backed by a 2 year Australian warranty. These watches are part of our range of Whaleshark items that will see a donation go to Whaleshark research.
Keshi Pearls are unique pearls that have grown without a culture seed hence the often odd shapes. This type of pearl is not exclusive to South Sea pearl farms, however these pearls are highly sought after by Driftwood Jewellers due to their free shapes and high lustre giving our jewellers an opportunity to create one off pieces that results in a individual jewellery piece that is yours alone.
South Sea Pearls as suggested by their name come from pearl farms in tropical waters in the southern hemisphere. This includes the Pearl farms along the Western Australian coastline.
There are only a small percentage of the hundreds of thousands of pearls grown each year that come out blemish free. These blemishes show in a range of ways some maybe small pin prick marks in outer skin of the pearl, growth lines, colour variations, untrue roundness or even elongated shapes these are often classified as baroque. Please be aware that pearls on this site may not be blemish free, what our jewellers have done is to present the best side of any pearl to the front of the jewellery piece. Pearls are found in a range of colours and shapes and we have tried to show this in our images. We have with the best of endeavour tried to capture the piece in the photograph so it will show the actual item and any imperfections there maybe.
These are seeded half pearls using the same type of shell as is used for growing South Sea and Keshi Pearls. They are formed around half sphere seeds attached to the inside of the pearl shell which is then returned to the ocean to allow the pearl animal the opportunity to grow a coating of nacre over the seed which forms the Mabe Pearl.
While many diamonds appear colourless, or white, they may actually have subtle yellow or brown tones that can be detected when comparing diamonds side by side. Colourless diamonds are the rarest and most valuable of all. Colour variations are a result of the natural forces (i.e., temperature, pressure, trace elements) at work during the formation of diamonds within the Earth. Because subtle colour variations dramatically affect the value of a diamond, a colour grading scale is used to categorize the shading differences from one diamond to the next. Australian coloured Diamonds are somewhat of an exception to the colour rule with the more intense colours fetching a higher price. The rarity of some of these stones particularly the strong pinks puts a premium price for the market. There are other colours such as the Ellendale Canary yellows which due to their intense colour finds it self in the premium market. Other colours such as Champagne and Cognac have found a niche market.
Clarity is an indication of a diamond's purity and is determined by a diamond's naturally occurring internal characteristics. Sometimes not visible to the naked eye, they are what make each diamond unique. The characteristics, or inclusions, may look like crystals, feathers, clouds or dark spots and the quantity, size, and location of these inclusions does have an affect on a diamond's value. Diamonds with fewer and smaller inclusions generally are more brilliant, assuming that the colour and cut are the same.
Less than 1% of all diamonds ever found have had no inclusions and can be called flawless (FL) or internally flawless (IF). VVS diamonds are also extremely rare. VS diamonds are of superior quality and are used in extremely fine jewellery. This clarity grade becomes more important as the diamond size increases.
Diamonds are measured in terms of weight, not size. The heavier the diamond, the greater the carat weight. Two diamonds of equal weight can have very different values, because the quality is still determined by the colour, clarity and cut. As diamonds increase in size, their cost tends to increase exponentially rather than arithmetically. Thus, a one-carat diamond can cost significantly more than a one-half carat diamond of equal quality. The weight of a diamond less than one carat in size may also be described in terms of "points". There are 100 "points" in 1 carat.