Diamonds are forever… So how do I choose the right diamond?
A significant diamond purchase usually marks a special time in your life, whether it be an engagement, a birth of a child, or a special piece of jewellery purchased for yourself to celebrate a milestone. Choosing a diamond can be a confusing and intimidating business.
You may have heard of the Four C’s of diamond grading classification.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a few pointers to help you understand these classifications and assist you in finding the perfect diamond – or diamonds, for you.
The cut of a diamond, not to be confused with the shape of the stone, is what gives the diamond its sparkle. Certified diamonds will have a grading of Excellent, Very Good, Good or Unusual.
Colour is one of the first things you notice about a diamond. The less colour a diamond has, the more valuable it is. White diamonds are graded between D – G, with H – J colour diamonds having a yellowish tinge to them. There are also lots of wonderful diamonds in shades of pink, red, blue and champagne/cognac.
(Blog post April 2019)
NWCJ GOES TO THE OSCARS & HELPS BRING SOME SPARKLE TO MUM’S CANCER CHARITY
When the beautiful actress Belinda Bromilow walks the Oscars red carpet alongside her first-time nominee husband on 24 February, she will be wearing a pair of bespoke Nicole Winkler tourmaline, spinel and diamond earrings. The luscious pink and red toned earrings will then be auctioned to provide practical support to mums with cancer.
Bromilow’s husband Tony McNamara is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Favourite, having recently received the Best Original Screenplay BAFTA. He is also an executive producer of the film.
It’s such an honour and a pleasure to be designing jewels for Belinda to wear for her Oscars debut. Rather than hold on to the earrings I wanted to give a little back after all the support I received during my year of breast cancer treatment. I discussed with Belinda the idea of donating her bespoke earrings to Mummy’s Wish after the Academy Awards and we both agreed that they were a perfect charity given both of our backgrounds of cancer treatment and motherhood.
Belinda was diagnosed with bowel cancer shortly after giving birth to her first son.
“I had a bowel resection and illiostomy bag for 3 months while I healed from surgery. Fortunately the cancer hadn’t spread to my lymph nodes, so I required no further treatment however facing such serious surgeries and my own mortality was an enormous challenge with a newborn,” said Belinda
“It occurred to me more than once during this time how incredibly lucky and blessed I was to have the support of family and friends, and how infinitely harder my journey through would have been without it.
“I thought of single parents, those under financial pressure, people without a community to rally around them. Mummy’s Wish is that support for many out there who are dealing with cancer and it is an absolute honour and joy to help them in this small way.”
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2017, when my kids were three and six years old. I had also lost both my parents to cancer when I was young, so cancer has had a huge impact on my life, both as a mother and as a child.
After diagnosis I underwent a reconstructive mastectomy, six months of chemo and five weeks of radiation. Mummy’s Wish were a great support during my treatment. They were a reassuring and comforting presence on a psychological level and provided us with practical help of three months of cleaning during treatment. They also sent two comfort bears with voice recorders inside that my kids still love and hug to this day.”
Positively parenting small children during cancer treatment has to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life and it’s great to know that we will be helping to support other mothers during such a difficult time.
“When you’re living with cancer, it can be difficult to cope with a wide range of emotions, including fear, anger and sadness and Mums can also find it hard to carry out everyday tasks such as food shopping or cleaning their house” says Mummy’s Wish CEO Emma Bryant.
“We are so grateful to Belinda and Nicole for this wonderful gesture; the money raised through their auction will enable us to provide practical support to more women to help them manage the distressing impact her illness has on their families.”
Bromilow’s one-of-a-kind 18-carat white gold, tourmaline, red spinel and diamond studded Oscar earrings, valued at $8950, were auctioned on 4 April 2019 to coincide with this year’s Big Mumma’s Italian Feast fundraiser.
(Blog post Feb 2019)