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Radiant Cut Diamond

A radiant cut diamond is best described as a square or rectangular brilliant cut with each corner shaved off, it is relatively new designed and a cross between a princess and cushion brilliant.

Radiant Cut Diamond

Regard Ring

A regard ring is a band that has been fitted with the following gems in order, Ruby, Emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, Ruby, Diamond and a Sapphire. When taking the first letter of each gem the word "Regard" is spelt out, this item was very popular in the Victorian era and was often used as an engagement ring by the more affluent.

Regard Ring

Rhinestone

An English translation of the French word “Caillou du Rhin”, rhinestones were commonly found in the Rhine River and later the Alps. This artificial gemstone made of quartz crystal, glass or acrylic is colourless and made to resemble a diamond for the use in costume jewellery and sometimes clothing. Recently they have been coated with fine films to add even more sparkle and have arrived at the point where it is very difficult to distinguish between the real gems.

Rhinestone

Rhodium

Is a silver like material that is usually more expensive than gold and is commonly used in plating of jewellery because of its tarnish resistant properties. In fact many fine silver pieces are finished with a fine coast of Rhodium to make it much more tarnish resistant.

Rhodium

Rhodium Plate

Rhodium is a metal in the same family as the platinum group and shares similar characteristics including a silvery white look. It is often used to plate silver rings as being chemically inert it does not tarnish easily and will also not cause irritation to the skin, thus protecting the silvers appearance for much longer periods.

Rhodium Plate

Ring

The ring is one of the most common pieces of jewellery designed to be worn on the finger. A ring can be made from a precious material like gold, silver or platinum or from a common metal, plastic and even wood.

Ring

Ring Size

A ring size is given by the measurement of its circumference. There are several standards for ring sizes such as the ISO, defining the circumference in millimetres, the American and Canadian standard, the Ireland - United Kingdom and Australia standard that uses the alphabetical scale and various European standards.

 

Rolled Gold

Rolled gold or gold fill is formed by having a layer of solid gold fitted onto a base metal using a procedure that involves heat and pressure. It is a thicker application than simple gold plate and therefore more valuable and will last a lot longer.

Rolled Gold

Rope Length Necklace

Tends to have a length exceeding that of 90cm or 35 inches and can be so long that ladies can double it around their neck. Very long pearl necklaces that wrap around the neck 2 or more times are good examples of this length.

 

Rope Necklace

A rope necklace is a chain item that has a very similar appearance to a rope thus the name, it can be fine to quite thick and is common in silver or gold, it is not to be confused with a rope length necklace which signifies an item with a length of at least 90 cms.

Rope Necklace

Rose Gold

24k gold which is virtually 99.9% pure is yellow in colour, however it is often mixed with other materials to reduce the cost and give it other properties and in fact it can take on virtually any colour. Rose gold tends to be mixed to obtain a pinkish hue and is very popular as a classic colour in fine jewellery.

Rose Gold

Round Cut Diamond

The round brilliant cut diamond is by far the most popular design of today due to its multi faceted aspect which reflects light in every direction giving that characteristic deep sparkle. It can be seen on rings, earrings, pendants and bracelets.

Round Cut Diamond

Ruby

The ruby is a vivid red coloured transparent gemstone which gets its blood red color from the chromium element and it is one of the four precious stones along with the diamond, sapphire and emerald.

Ruby

Russian Style Gold

Russian Style Gold pattern has had many meanings over the years but the most well known is the use of the 3 gold colours Rose, White and Yellow to form beautiful tri colour rings, earrings or necklace pendants.

Russian Style Gold