Friday, 9 April 2021
eClarity’s emerald cut diamonds are faceted and mounted by master artificers. Using respectable experience and supreme precision, they create the most beautiful #emeraldcutdiamond #engagementrings eClarity is known for – highlighting uniqueness, scintillations, and simplicity.
Friday, 19 March 2021
This classic engagement ring features a 1.17 carat pear cut fancy blue centre diamond, set in a timeless 18k white gold engagement ring that showcases pavé-set diamonds.
GIA certified Blue Diamond:
Ring setting: $1,676
This trilogy engagement ring features a 1 carat round brilliant cut fancy gray centre diamond, set in exquisite 18k white gold engagement ring that showcases 6 tapered cut diamonds 0.38 carat.
GIA Certified Gray Diamond:
Round Brilliant Cut
This timeless engagement ring features a 1.15 carat round cut black centre diamond, set in exquisite 18k white gold engagement ring with 3 claws.
GIA Certified Black Diamond:
Round Brilliant Cut
Fancy Deep Black
This halo engagement ring features a 3.965 carat oval-shaped blue sapphire centre gemstone, set in exquisite 18k white gold engagement ring that showcases saturation of royal blue.
Price: $9,856Ring setting: $2,440
This tango engagement ring features a 2.05 carat heart brilliant cut aquamarine, set in an unparalleled 18k white gold engagement ring with 3 prongs.
Heart Brilliant Cut
Price: $713Ring setting: $1,099
This engagement ring features a 1.4 carat square step cut blue topaz, set in 18k white gold ring that accompanies the centre gemstone with 16 round brilliant cut diamonds 0.22 carat and 4 round brilliant cut 0.02 carat in an embrace design.
Square Step Cut
Tuesday, 9 March 2021
Tennis tournament season is upon us. Australian Open has just finished and the women’s U.S. Open is coming soon. So it’s now the best time to search for a tennis bracelet – a beautiful and sophisticated piece of jewellery that comes with a meaningful story.
During the U.S Open match in 1987, professional tennis player, Chris Evert wore a diamond eternity bracelet in a highly competitive game, which was an exceptionally long rally. Halfway into the game, Chris Evert requested for a timeout. It was because the diamond bracelet that she was wearing has broken and fallen off her wrist. The force of Evert's swing sent her diamond eternity bracelet soaring off her wrist. This brought the match to a standstill, so that a search can be carried out, the piece was recovered.
Answering at an interview after the match, she called the diamond eternity bracelet “Tennis Bracelet”.
Since that day, the iconic name was born.
How to Wear Tennis Bracelet Safely
This Evert’s incident brought Tennis Bracelet into the national spotlight and worldwide platform, sales of the bracelet surged.
GIA Gemologist Amanda Koo suggests a few ways so you can wear your bracelet without fear:
1. In addition to the clasp, request for an additional safety catch on the side of the bracelet for added security
2. Send in the tennis bracelet to be checked routinely by an experienced jeweller to make sure the clasp, safety catch, and mountings are still secured. eClarity diamonds provides lifetime diamond check by Jewellery Expert for every eClarity bracelet
3. Periodic cleaning keep the diamond claws free of hardened particles that might weaken the holding of diamonds.
4. Consider carefully if you should really wear the Tennis Bracelet for a tennis game, or a romantic dinner.
Tennis Bracelet Designs
There are three different types of settings to choose from: prong, channel and bezel. Each type of setting holds the diamonds securely in place on the bracelet and changes the level of light reflection and overall look and feel.
You also need to consider if you like the diamonds of the bracelets to fill up full circle, half circle, or anything in between.
Below, we will share the top 10 tennis bracelet and its variants, that will give you a grand hand at the grandstand.
1. 2 Prongs
In this setting, 2 prongs per diamond are used to hold the stone in place. It’s a popular choice as it is secure but allows as much light as possible to pass through the diamond.
2. 3 prongs
A 3 prongs tennis bracelet has three extended metal pieces at the side of each stone, creating a triangular housing.
The clasp of this bracelet deserves a special mention, it is hidden behind a special butterfly shaped cluster diamonds.
3. 4 prongs
A 4 prongs tennis bracelet has four tiny metallic beads at the sides of each stone on the bracelet, forming a squarish housing. The 4 prongs tennis bracelet with its square shape brings timeless and extravagant continuous free-flowing diamond chain.
4. Channel Bracelet
This design features two thin rows of metal holding the diamonds in the middle, and the diamonds fit tightly together. The metal secures and protect the diamonds, but it can limit sparkle obstructing light.
5. Full Circle/ Half Circle
A full circle gives complete sparkle from angles 360 degrees, a half circle gives the same sparkle from the top with nearly half the price.
Bezel set tennis bracelet features each of the diamond surrounded completely by metal. This setting is very safe as they keep each diamond safely in place. However, this design tends to highlight the metal as much as the diamonds and minimize the diamond’s sparkle because of the reduced refraction of light.
7. Graduating Sizes or Clustered or Solitaire Diamonds
To have a more centralized attraction focus, there could be a centre piece which is bigger in size.
Halo tennis bracelet features centre diamonds surrounded by small diamonds in each bracelet link. This design creates an elegant look and increases sparkle.
9. Rose Gold
Changing metal colors is one way to create a different variety of tennis bracelets. You can always customize the color of tennis bracelets to rose gold, yellow gold, champagne gold or even two-tone color according to your taste.
10. Different Shape of Diamond
Wednesday, 3 March 2021
From eClarity to BA.sg: How Amanda Koo, an Heir to a Hundred Million Jewellery Empire, Founded her own Diamond and Labgrown Diamond Brands Single-handedly
Whether you are a groom-to-be looking for a diamond engagement ring or a soon-to-be-wed couple shopping together for your wedding bands, it’s perfectly normal to feel a little lost when it comes to ring shopping. After all, diamonds and ring settings are not daily conversation material for the average person. Thankfully, grooms-to-be and soon-to-be-wed couples can learn how about diamond ring and wedding bands shopping from experienced diamond jewellers like eClarity.
Founded singlehandedly by Amanda Koo, a GIA certified gemologist, in 2005, eClarity is an online and in-store diamond jewellery designer who specialises in the expression and celebration of love in the jewellery they craft, be it wedding jewellery such as engagement rings, wedding bands, bridal jewellery and traditional dowry gifts known as Si Dian Jin, anniversary or baby shower gifts.
From a young age, Amanda aspired to be an entrepreneur. After graduating from the National University of Singapore and GIA as a graduate gemologist, she started off with participating in flea markets and selling on eBay before moving on to create her own brand, eClarity.com.sg, before moving on owning a diamond gallery in Orchard. Motivated by the desire to revolutionise bespoke wedding jewellery in Singapore, and to empower the expression of love, Amanda drew connections and confidence through her three generations of entrepreneurial heritage, her professional corporate experience and niche academic knowledge, and launched the first online diamond store in Singapore with a realtime diamond database in 2005.
Today, with more than 20,000 pieces of GIA certified diamonds and more than 500 designs of physical wedding bands in various alloys of platinum and gold, and unique options of finishes to choose and customise from, and more than a decade’s worth of experience in guiding lost grooms-to-be and soon-to-be-wed couples in creating their engagement rings and wedding bands, eClarity is the go-to place for to learn about diamonds, wedding rings and quality gemstones. It is this academic consultation, coupled with heartwarming service and one-of-a-kind customised jewellery, that makes eClarity an award-winning online and instore jeweler in the region.
At the start of each appointment, an eClarity-trained professional spends some time getting to know the couple, especially the personality and preferences of the bride-to-be, their budget, and their love story. “eClarity is all about the expression of love in jewellery, so it’s very important for us to get to know the groom-to-be or the soon-to-be-wed couple better in order to craft a ring of love for them,” Amanda stresses. “This is especially important if we are tasked to create an engagement ring, since most of our grooms-to-be look to us for advice on the size of the diamond and the design of the ring. In order to offer them the most accurate and meaningful suggestion, I would normally request to see a handful of the bride-to-be’s photos to get a better grasp of her preferred style.”
Grooms-to-be and soon-to-be-wed couples also get to be hands-on during their appointment. As Amanda or an eClarity representative shares their knowledge and experience in diamond selection and wedding ring shopping with her groom-to-be or soon-to-be-wed couple, they get to see, touch, appreciate and try on diamonds or other precious gemstones and wedding rings as she walks them through the basics of diamond and wedding ring shopping. “They get to learn about the 4Cs of a diamond and how to prioritise them, and the broadness and the six different finishings of a wedding band. After that, we’ll talk about ring settings and how to choose one based on their personality, style and functionality of the ring, whether it is for sophisticated events only or daily wear.”
Such personalised service is what makes eClarity a cut above the rest and contributes to their success. On top of that, what continuously makes them stand out among other customised and commercial jewelers is their innovative spirit. Unique to eClarity is the hammered antique matte finishing and the champagne gold colour, made out of an alloy of 75% gold, the highest concentration of gold in a modern ring. The hammered antique matte finishing is a one-of-a-kind finishing because it is almost fully handcrafted without over reliance on machine intervention, making each ring a unique masterpiece that is original and meaningful. “The handcrafted ring symbolises love with perfect imperfections,” Amanda shares.
“To make a perfect ring with perfect angles and finishes is not difficult with today’s advanced technology. But to make an artistic and personalised ring, that’s time-consuming and dependent on skills,” Amanda shares. “Our hammered antique matte rings are entirely handmade by our skilful craftsmen, and are constantly revised until artistic imperfection is achieved. Paired with a scintillation of diamonds, the effect of a hammered antique matte ring is truly fairytale-like.”
More than just a bespoke jeweller and Gemologist, Amanda, who has a Masters in counselling, sometimes takes on the role of a counsellor when her couples cannot agree unanimously on a single ring design and colour. “There have been occasions where couples can’t agree on one ring design after a long discussion. What we’ll do is to create a customised ring that is half of what the groom-to-be likes and half of what the bride-to-be likes,” Amanda shares. Her sincerity, earnestness and kindness, in turn, has earned her a following of loyal customers-turned-friends over the years.
Amanda conducts webinars sharing in-depth information and answering questions on different topics every week. "How to Choose a Diamond Engagement Ring?", “How to Customize Wedding Bands?”, "Difference between Natural vs Labgrown Diamonds?", and "Jewellery Customization – Yellow Gold & Gemstones, Bridal, Anniversary, and Gifts" are scheduled for every Tuesday at 6pm-7pm and 9pm-10pm. Jewellery enthusiasts and marrying couples from Singapore and all over the world register and ask questions directly.
To register, visit eClarity.com.sg/register-for-webinars. To enquire for more details, send a message to 98331220.
Friday, 26 February 2021
Every engagement and wedding season brings a new trend of wedding bands designs. A wedding forum interviewed eClarity Gemologist Amanda Koo to share her predictions and recommendation for the most popular wedding bands trends she expects to see in the coming year. Sharing with you the interview questions and answers.
What is your take on wedding band trends in 2020/21 and how do they differ from wedding band styles of previous years?
In previous years, engaged couples had preference for bold colour combinations. Classic color combinations are white, rose and white. Last year, we saw more couples opting for black and rose, champagne and pink. eClarity always make sure that the alloy of gold displays original colour tone in the highest gold content, namely 18k with composites of 75% of pure gold content. For yellow gold, the gold content can go higher to 20k (83%), 22k (91.6%), or even 24k (99.9%).
In 2020, we have seen many couples going back to simple romantic pure and glossy white bands, with added fine and sophisticated Victorian details on the sides, like milgrains and carvings. Many engrave the couples’ own fingerprints, handwritings, or customised messages in unique font types within the rings too.
In 2021, we expect wedding band trends to emerge on higher level of customisation, with mounted gemstones or birthstones, sound waves carvings (recording each other voices and imprint sound waves into wedding bands). Couples will be more persistent to have wedding bands that symbolize their love in a unique and personalized way.
What designs/shapes/stones are or will be getting more popular in 2020/21?
For engagement rings and wedding bands, the trend will move towards antique colors, shapes, and designs.
Antique colour like champagne, in 18k gold, is unique, high in purity and it lasts forever. It doesn’t warm the colour of central diamond like rose gold ring settings do, and it is more unique than yellow gold setting. It is classy, elegant, and matches beautifully with Singaporeans’ skin tone. There is also great curiosity in black quoted gold, black diamonds and other fancy coloured stones.
Antique finishing presents a natural and intense vibe, especially when they are handcrafted by our master craftsmen. The unique texture and subtle elegance ensure the bespoke wedding bands is unique, as the finishing of each piece is personally handcrafted, and therefore inimitable.
Are there any classic designs that make it into your prediction of wedding band trends for 2020/21?
Yes, simple and graceful braided and intertwining wedding bands, and “eternity rings” mounted with full or half circle of diamonds or gemstones, are classic and yet timeless.
The fine curve has a slimming effect on the finger, while preserving the symbolic meaning of the wedding ring as a never-ending circle, signifying eternal love. The intertwining on the bands also represents the entwining and weaving of 2 lovers.
The continuous array of diamonds on “eternity rings” are a perpetual expression of love. While some like it classic with diamonds, we also create bespoke pieces in full or alternate gemstones and diamonds, different sizes, shapes of stones, or with slight tweak to the ring shapes, like V shape or U shape. These rings can be given by the husband to the wife for wedding, or on a significant occasion, such as an anniversary gift, push gifts, or other celebrations.
Why do you think these classic designs still appeal to today’s couples?
Jewellery is timeless. Classic designs with slight finetuning to incorporate the contemporary with traditional customs, always appeal to couples, as they are classy and elegant. They also epitomize the love of the couple embarking on a journey together, embracing their past, present, and future.
How do you incorporate these new wedding band trends into your designs?
eClarity maintains more than 500 designs of wedding band in store for couples to view, fit, and customize. We continue to observe preferences and create bespoke pieces to lead the wedding bands designs in Singapore and the region. The launch of new series always considered different stones, colours, finishing, broadness, and fitting.
What do you think couples today are looking for in their wedding bands?
I think more couples today are more active than ever! As mentioned earlier, they are looking for personalization and simplicity in their wedding bands. They want something that is suitable for everyday use, goes with their outfits and other accessories, but at the same time, rings that are exclusively theirs.
They are also looking for rings that are easy to maintain, without too much trouble on their part, thus eClarity provides lifetime annual “jewellery spa” for all eClarity members, a complimentary service that our production team mates professionally clean and check the jewellery under microscopes.
New interests like sustainability, and cleanliness in this Covid time has also sparked interest on labgrown diamonds and classic design. There are also greater interests to incorporate coloured gemstones like sapphire, emerald, ruby, peridot, aquamarine into wedding bands.
Recommend some pieces from eClarity’s range of wedding bands that are in line with the wedding band trends in 2020/21.
Do you have any tips for couples choosing their weddings bands? What should they look out for and what should they consider before making a decision?
Having 17 years of privilege holding dialogues and consultations with couples, couples tend to have different questions based on their personalities and lifestyles. My team continues to arrange couples who like to meet me for queries into instore/online appointment, or webinars.
I conduct webinars sharing in-depth information and answering questions on different topics every week. “How to Customize Wedding Bands?” is scheduled for every second Tuesday at 6pm-7pm and 9pm-10pm. Couples should register and attend non-obligatory talks by professionals to understand their needs better. This webinar covers all the details about alloy of gold, finishes, mounting of stones, broadness, fittings, quality of stones and other customs and FAQ. Couples can also prepare a list of questions they have before the talks. To register, visit eClarity.com.sg/register-for-webinars. To enquire for more details, couples can send a message to 98331220.