Saturday, 27 April 2013

Behind The Scenes

We're so excited to share with you some behind-the-scenes shots from our most recent photoshoot.

Shot by the talented Haley Renee around the Adelaide CBD during sunset, the stunning photos captured Cassandra Mamone's latest collection, Sorrento.

Jewellery used in this shoot includes April's piece of the month - the Cognac Beauty - as well as Amalfi Bride earrings and Granita ring.

Photographer: Haley Renee
Stylist: Ben Conroy
Dresses by: Jade Tropea and Jaimie Sortino
Make up: Millie Herd
Hair: Liz Hinds
Model: Alice from Finesse Models Australia
Prep location: Couturist Warehouse on Gilbert Street.

Model Alice with Cassandra Mamone

Alice also models the Amalfi Bride earrings
featuring 18ct rose gold with white diamonds

The shoot showcased the Granita ring,
featuring a .80ct brilliant centre diamond
surrounded by a quarter carat of pave` set brilliants.

Our designer Cassandra Mamone on set!

Alice models the beautiful
Cognac Beauty ring

The18ct rose gold Cognac Beauty

What do you think of the photos? Let us know in the comments below!


The CM Team

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Piece of the Month - Cognac Beauty

When Cassandra Mamone took a trip to Italy last year, she was mesmerized by the stunning Amalfi coast.

It was this beautiful backdrop that provided the inspiration for Cassandra’s latest collection, Sorrento.

The first piece she designed for the collection was the stunning Cognac Beauty.

"Cognac Beauty" from the Sorrento collection

Made from 18ct rose gold and featuring approximately .85ct cognac champagne diamonds, this gorgeous ring sets the tone for the entire Sorrento collection and quickly became the signature piece.

“Inspired by the breathtaking cliffs, sparkling seas and the white washed and terracotta villas, I want everyone woman that wears a piece from this collection to feel the beauty that is Sorrento”, says designer Cassandra Mamone.

Cassandra took note of the fashionable and luxurious Amalfi coast, a wedding destination favoured by many. The Cognac Beauty ring was inspired by the beautiful views surrounding stylish hotels and restaurants, where glamorous ladies stop by for long lunches.

CAD drawings for the "Cognac Beauty" ring

When designing the ring, Cassandra knew she wanted to combine the perfect complements of rose gold and cognac diamonds. Flattering to all skin tones, the rose gold base accentuates the delicate colour of the cognac diamond.

Cognac diamonds

Cassandra's initial designs

Mixing the classic with the contemporary, Cassandra has designed a ring that sets the benchmark for a stunning collection; an affordable luxury.

“[The ring] has a real elegance behind it and yet it is unique with its combination”, she says.

The .80ct centre cognac diamond is bezel set, and the mill grain edge adds a delicate touch. The pave` set diamonds on either side of the centre stone add just a hint of sparkle.

“This piece oozes femininity”, says Cassandra.

“I love it!”

We love this unique and elegant ring too, which is why it’s April’s Piece of the Month!

What do you think of the Cognac Beauty? Let us know in the comments below!


The CM Team

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Diamond Masterclass: Selection

Last week we looked at the basic elements of a diamond. This week, we take it up a notch with a more in-depth look at the cut and shape of diamonds.

Cassandra Mamone proudly works alongside couples to create a unique, custom-made engagement ring and the cut and shape of a diamond is usually a good place to start when choosing your dream ring.

Below is a list of some the common diamond shapes and cuts:

There's a lot to choose from, right? It's a tough decision to make, but it mostly comes down to personal preference. But before you go out and buy, there a few important things to consider.

Before we look at the differences between each cut and shape, we first need to understand a few basic concepts:

Depth percentage: this is the depth of the stone from the table to the culet.
Table: this is the size of the diamond, measured from the narrow-girdle diameter.
Ratio: this is the overall diamond in length to width.
Girdle: the outer edge of a fashion stoned (usually the part that sits in the setting).
Culet: the point or flat surface on the bottom of the diamond.

Okay, now we're ready to move on. Here, we explain what to look for in your chosen cut or shape.

The Classic diamond cut, also know as Brilliant, is the most popular diamond shape for engagement rings. The depth percentage of these diamonds should range between 58-63% and the table percentage should range between 55-64%. Perfectionists, however, will look for a depth of 59-62% and a table of 56-58%.

Granita by Cassandra Mamone
Featuring approx .80ct brilliant centre diamond with
quarter of a carat of brilliants pave` set surrounding, forming a trilliant shape

The Princess diamond cut is one of few brilliant style diamond shapes with sharp, uncut corners. These diamonds are typically cut square rather than as a rectangle. Brilliant style refers to vertical direction crown and pavilion facets instead of step style horizontal facets.

The Radiant diamond cut appears as a straight-edged rectangular or square stone with cut corners. Radiant diamond shapes have 62-70 facets.
Radiance by Cassandra Mamone
Featuring approx .80ct radiant diamond

Emerald cut diamond shapes are usually rectangular. The optimal length-to-width ratio of this diamond cut should be between 1.5:1 to 1.75:1.

The Oval diamond cut is based upon the traditional configuration of Round Brilliant diamond shapes. With an optimal length-to-width ratio of 1.5:1, this oval diamond shape is universally acceptable as pleasing to the eye.

Pear Shaped
Pear diamond shapes are based upon the traditional configuration of the Round Brilliant diamond cut. They have a rounded end and a single pointed end, and a long pear shape diamond creates a slimming effect on the fingers. The typical diamond pear cut will contain 58 facets.

Asscher Cut
Asscher cut diamonds resemble emerald-cut diamonds, but Asscher are square. An Asscher cut diamond reveals the clarity of the diamond in the same way as an Emerald cut; showing flaws and the colour of the stone. Unless the diamond's colour is very good, you may detect a light yellowish colour in your diamond. The ideal cut for an Asscher Cut Diamond is a length-to-width ratio between 1.00 and 1.05.

Marquise Cut
Marquise cut diamonds maximize carat weight and give the appearance of a much larger diamond compared with other diamond shapes. Marquise diamonds look beautiful set with round or pear-shaped side stones. Like the Pear, Marquise diamonds make fingers look long and slender. Marquise cut diamonds may show slight colouration in lower colour grades. The preferred length-to-width ratio on Marquise diamonds are between 1.75 and 2.25.

Heart Cut
Heart cut diamonds have the advantage of a nearly round pavilion that provides beautiful brilliance. When choosing a colour grade, colour may be slightly visible in its corners. Length-to-width ratios between .90 and 1.10 for heart-shaped diamonds are pleasing to the eye.

Cushion Cut
Cushion cut diamonds have rounded corners and larger facets to increase their brilliance under candlelight. This cut varies in their degree of rectangularity. For cushion-cut diamonds pleasing to the eye, look for length-to-width ratios between 1.1 and 1.2.

We hope you enjoyed our second Diamond Masterclass!

Which cut and shape do you like the best? Which did you choose for your ring, and why? Let us know in the comments below!


The CM Team