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Custom Jewellery Design, its more affordable than you think

Francarlo Micilotta has always had a passion for jewellery and started making custom pieces at the tender age of 15 after completing his apprenticeship in Italy, not to mention he also attended the acclaimed Benvenuto Cellini Jewellery School. After many years in the industry, his daughter Tanya joined the family operation in 2005 after she also completed her studies at the same school her father did so many years before.

With Francarlo and Tanya being the driving force behind their experienced team, they will walk you through the custom jewellery design process in such a way to fit into your budget. Yes, you read that right, they fit into your budget so having that custom piece you’ve been dreaming of is more realistic than you think. Below is a basic outline of the process the Francarlo Designer Goldsmith team will take you through:

  1. All you need is an idea – you can reference a photo or a piece you already have as inspiration but all we need is your idea. Once you have your idea, you will need to get in touch with the Francarlo Team either by coming in store or contacting us. Your sales specialist will not only work with you to create the most effective plan of action for you but also build a relationship with you to ensure you get the piece perfect for you.
  2. The design team will then hand draw a custom design just for you to make sure we have the right approach.
  3. Once the image is approved by you, we get straight to work. Francarlo Designer Goldsmith will handcraft the piece with the stones and metal of your selection.
  4. Once the piece has been completed and you’ve come to collect it from our team we never forget or move on from the design so that if you ever need to get in touch we are available to continue making your dreams come true.


Tips

Tips on Caring for your Jewellery

BE CAREFUL WITH LIGHT AND HEAT

Just as the sun’s harmful rays can damage our skin, light and heat can affect a colored gemstone’s durability and color. Over time, and in excess, they can also fade or damage some gemstones, such as amethyst, kunzite, topaz and shell cameos. Pearls and other delicate materials, such as ivory, will bleach under extreme exposure to light. Other gems, especially amber, can darken over time when exposed to too much light.

Excessive heat and sudden temperature changes may also fracture some gems. Heat can easily remove the natural moisture these gems need to keep their beauty. Pearls, for instance, can dry out, crack and discolor. Opals can turn white or brown, develop tiny cracks, and might lose their play-of-color.

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Did you know?

Did you know?

1. Small wonder they’re so valuable! Most Diamonds are 1-3 Million years old. That’s impressive!

2. The color of gold: Pure Gold is always yellow, but it can be changed by adding in different metals. This is how we get white gold, red gold, pink cold, green gold, etc.

3. Jewelry slang: Popular slang terms for jewelry include bling bling, ice, kandi, and rock.

4. Movies anyone??? In the musical “Moulin Rouge”, Nicole Kidman wore the most expensive piece of jewelry ever designed specifically for a movie. She wore a necklace valued at approximately $1 million and it was made from platinum and 1,308 diamonds.

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Did you know?

40 fascinating jewellery facts!

  1. What is the oldest known jewellery ever found ? 100,000 year old beads made from Nassarius shells.
  2. The word jewellery comes from jewel, from the old French jouel, which in turn comes from the latin jocale, which means ‘plaything’.
  3. The Americans call it jewelry, everyone else calls it jewellery.
  4. In many cultures jewellery is supposed to ward off evil, for example the famous Egyptian ankh.
  5. Through history live insect jewellery has been popular. The Egyptians may have been the first to do so, wearing scarab beetles into battle. But the Mexican Maquech Beetle and Giant Madagascar Hissing Cockroach have also been used in jewellery. In Britain the Victorians loved it, often sporting huge, vivid live beetles attached to their clothing by tiny, fine gold chains.
  6. 24 carat gold is 99.9% pure, and most US and European jewellers think it’s too soft for jewellery. But 24 carat gold is the norm across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
  7. Platinum alloys range from 900 (90% pure) to 950 (95% pure).

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Tips

Tips on Caring for your Jewellery

Jewellery is one of our most intimate and cherished accessories. Understanding how to care for and protect your treasured jewellery can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty and keeping your heirlooms sparkling for generations to come.

BE CAREFUL WITH LIGHT AND HEAT

Just as the sun’s harmful rays can damage our skin, light and heat can affect a colored gemstone’s durability and color. Over time, and in excess, they can also fade or damage some gemstones, such as amethyst, kunzite, topaz and shell cameos. Pearls and other delicate materials, such as ivory, will bleach under extreme exposure to light. Other gems, especially amber, can darken over time when exposed to too much light.

Excessive heat and sudden temperature changes may also fracture some gems. Heat can easily remove the natural moisture these gems need to keep their beauty. Pearls, for instance, can dry out, crack and discolor. Opals can turn white or brown, develop tiny cracks, and might lose their play-of-color.

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Guides

Men’s Jewellery Guide for Summer

We know how important it is for men to look on point and with summer approaching and the temperature rising mean less layers of clothing so how do you keep your look fresh and dynamic? Well here is our solution. Try investing in a couple of pieces of jewellery to add interest to your look that will have everyone turning heads.

2015 has plenty of options for you depending on your own personal taste – you can pull off anything with the right level of confidence.

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Competitions

WIN Tree of Life Pendant for Mother’s Day

We have partnered up with The Silver Peacock in this exciting competition!

The Silver Peacock is a vibrant Brand of Silver Jewellery set with Gem Stones & Diamonds. Borrowing its colours from the many hues of the Peacock Feathers – blue is found in Blue Topaz, purple from the Amethyst, deep red shines with Garnet, Peridot brings in the vibrant greens & soft yellow comes from our Citrines. Plus ‘What Every Girl Wants’ … Diamonds for that added Sparkle. All this just to make sure you have the perfect colour for any occasion.

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Did you know?

Time is money so save on both

Times have changed and with it so has our view on watches. Nowadays, more people own cell phones than ever before – and cell phones have clocks. So who needs a watch?

Putting being able to tell the time aside, we think you’ll agree there’s still something special about watches. Think about it. You’d never engrave a cell phone and give it to a best friend for their 40th. Watches, whether analogue or digital, have endless aesthetic appeal and are also beautifully intricate on the inside. Take a look at all the elements that go into a watch, don’t worry though, our staff know exactly how to ensure you get the perfect watch for you or your loved one so just come in store and we’ll do the rest.

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