Mother’s Day Competition: behind the scenes

Date Added: April 17, 2015

 

 

Most of us enjoy a festive atmosphere – whether it is in memorial or celebration of important occasions. The modern day calendar certainly has a number of important dates to be remembered. One in particular, provides an opportunity for us to express our appreciation and gratitude to our great mums on the wonderful Mother’s Day. 



Image Source: credited to Gio Carrillo

I was fortunate enough to be part of a photo-shoot when we decided to create a wonderful experience this year for Mother’s day, combining divine jewels with mouth-watering delicacies. What else can beat a workday where I’m dressed in beautiful jewellery whilst elegantly sampling savouries and sweets in the Palace Tea Room! 

I have to admit, high tea experiences always woos me with the delightful food served on oh-so-pretty chinaware. We started off the shoot by choosing the china set from a range of eye-candy colours with delicate prints – and the task being as difficult as it was, we settled for one of each colours in the end! As our cake tier arrives, both my photographer and I were resisting hard forgetting about the task on hand and just enjoying the food! 

 

Image Source: credited to Gio Carrillo


 
Image Source:credited to Gio Carrillo

We poured rose-colour tea into the cups and posed with the matching “Marlene” pink diamond ring; delicately holding onto the folk that is an inch away from the gorgeous cakes and be still in motion while the stunning tennis bracelet drapes over my wrist; and just ever-so-lightly picking up the mouth-watering macaroon while the “Celeste” ring shines brightly on my finger. 

It was fun to be a hand model, and the experience was simply delightful. Moi Moi is now also giving two lucky winners the experience of a beautiful high tea for two in the spectacular QVB Palace Tea Room – as well as a travel jewellery case each! Simply tell us “what is the best advice your mother has ever taught you” either through Facebook or our website user registration. You can enter the competition here:  

Good luck! 

* Janet











Citrine Beauty

Date Added: April 7, 2015
 




 

 

A lovely client of ours was fortunate to be given an enormous Citrine for Christmas from her husband. 

Purchased in New York, the incredible Citrine jewel was a very sizeable 97 Carats!

They came to visit us in the store over New Years to have it set into a pendant. 

The clients wish was to be able to wear the pendant on a long chain in winter over dark roll neckjumpers.

I designed for her a piece which was two-toned.  We surrounded the Citrine with white gold and at four points, we set yellow gold bezel Moissanite stones, with an extra stone at the top on the bail.

 

     
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The client was thrilled with how it turned out.  It was exactly how she envisaged it.   We love the modern Italianate feel it has and its WOW factor.   The result is a standout piece of heirloom jewellery that will always be fun to wear.

I love coloured stones, I think you can be very playful with the way you wear them and you can get away with wearing big stones. 

If you have a favourite coloured stone you would like to set or would like us to source for you, we would be thrilled to work on this special project with you.  Please visit us in store or e-mail info@moimoi.com.au

 

- Lauren

 

 

 

 




Russian Wedding Rings

Date Added: March 27, 2015
 


 

Russian wedding rings (also known as Trinity, Trilogy or Puzzle rings) are a style of three intertwining rings to create one ring, and represent holy matrimony. It is mostly worn on the ladies right hand.

Traditionally, the three rings are different coloured gold’s of yellow, rose and white gold.
All three bands together represent the Holy Trinity: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

     
 

As with many traditional rings, there are always the modern versions. It’s quite common to now have stones in the bands or engraving. You can also have just two bands, or four, five, six or more bands intertwine, and they don’t need to be three different golds. Some people opt for all white, or white and yellow bands only. 

We have recently had two customers do their own take on the Russian wedding ring design for dress rings, and we custom made them with beautiful results: 

Our first client added diamonds and engraving to her bands. She had found the rolling of the intertwining rings uncomfortable to wear, and so she and wanted the rings separate to wear as a stack.

 
 

 

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Our second client wanted one ring, joined at the base and have the three bands separated at the side of the ring to be intertwining at the top. She added pink sapphires and Moissanite to each ‘ring’.

 

 

  

 

 

CAD drawing of the custom made ring
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   Final results of the custom made ring
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Traditional Russian wedders, or modern takes: both look great, but what's your pick?

- Alana

 



Gemstones

Date Added: March 9, 2015

 

 

Gemstones are such fascinating little things. With colours which extend beyond the rainbow; they come in all forms, shapes and sizes, destined to be delicately and skilfully set in designs only limited by imagination (well – almost!) – There is no wonder that these little sparkling gems captivate the hearts of so many woman – as well as men!

As someone who has been in the industry for a number of years, I am still intrigue by the diversity of gemstones, as well as the many interesting histories and stories to them.

 

 
 Image Source: credited to Gemstones Advisor @ http://www.gemstonesadvisor.com/zultanite/


Therefore it is exciting to share that I am currently undertaking a course with the GAA –

Gemmological Association of Australia, to further broader my horizons in the field. 

The past three lessons have been very productive and fun; we learnt of various coloured gemstones, their formations and properties, as well as how to identify between varieties. For example, did you know that in order for created gemstones to be qualified as a gem, the stone has to gemmologically possess the same physical, chemical and structural properties as a natural mined stone? (Considering that fine Ruby and Alexandrite are one of the most expensive jewels, we are glad to carry the finest created pieces for our customers, without breaking the bank!)

 

 
  Image Source: credited to Janet Y

We also looked into various treatments and enhancing methods used on gemstones. Heat treatment for example is common and accepted to bring out a gem’s best colours. Unlike wide-spread misperception, this is not actually a ‘bad’ thing, because a gemstone may undergo natural heat activities during formation in its growth environment. Fracture or cavity filling, on the other hand, is a process where synthetic materials are injected into a gem for a numbed of reasons, including improvement of clarity, stability or appearance. 

 

 



   

Image Source: credited to Coloured Gemstones Guide @ http://www.gemstones-guide.com/

  
 

 

I cannot say I will be a gemmology expert upon completion of this course – however I’d hope to develop a more comprehensive understanding as well as appreciation for these beautiful creations by Earth. I’m always excited about the next upcoming lesson, and look forward to sharing more classroom moments with you next time!

 

- Janet

 

 

 
     
 

 

 

 




The Oscars

Date Added: February 28, 2015
 


 

 

 

Sparkles are always in style at the Oscars and this year had to be one of the best years for jewelry to be in the spotlight at the academy award. We see bold earrings and statement necklaces trending all over the red carpet. 


Below are some who stood out from the Oscars crowd with interesting jewels that complemented their equally beautiful outfits. 


Adding to her sheer Saint Laurent gown for the night, Margot Robbie wore a Van Cleef & Arpels “Zip Antique Colombine” necklance featuring over 150 diamonds and over 300 sapphires in 18K Yellow Gold. This dazzling design was inspired by the Duchess of Windsor and its “worth more than her life” said Robbie. The zipper is even fully functional!

 

 
 Margot Robbie By Getty Images


Another star dressed in Van Cleef & Arpels, Viola Davis wowed us in diamonds and pearls necklace paired in a pale pink Zac Posen number.

 
 Viola Davis by Getty Images

Presenter Scarlett Johansson hit the red carpet in a sleek Atelier Versace dress with a stunning heavily beaded high-necked chocker that ran all the way down to her chest. Topping it off with the Piaget Mediterranean Garden ear cuff set in pear-shaped emeralds, 278 brilliant-cut diamonds, four pear-shaped aquamarines and two pear-shaped green tourmalines, according to Forbes.

 


   Scarlett Johansson By Getty Images   
 

 

Anna Kendricks stunned in Norman Silverman diamonds including 13 carats of marquise and pear-shaped diamond cluster earrings, paired with a five-row diamond collar that tucked perfectly into the neckline of her custom peach Thakoon gown.

 
     
   Anna Kendricks By Getty Images  

 

 

Cate Blanchett left her diamonds at home and opted to show off a Tiffany’s multi-row turquoise stunner instead. She wore it over her Maison Margiela gown to jazz up the simple black dress. 

     
  Cate Blanchett By Getty Images   
 

 

And finally, it wouldn’t be an Oscars without Nicole Kidman making a red carpet jewelry statement. This year she wore more than $7 million worth of Harry Winston Diamonds, including 7-carat emerald-cut diamond platinum studs, an 82-carat Caftan diamond bracelet, a 16.5-carat emerald-cut diamond solitaire ring and a 5.3-carat bezel-set diamond band ring. Oh, did I forget to mention? Nicole also wore a strapless sequined gown. It’s okay to be draped in sparkles at the Oscars.

 

 
     
   Nicole Kidman By Getty Images  
 

 

Do you have a piece of statement jewellery you are in love with from the Oscars?

 

- Aggie