The Rocks Experience

At Rocks, we believe the right piece of jewellery will carry you through your whole life, gathering meaning and memory as you go.

We enable you to view diamonds the way our experts do. Our highly qualified diamond specialists will start by talking you through the diamond information to help you choose your perfect engagement ring.

With the relaxed atmosphere of our private diamond viewing floor accompanied with our highly trained diamond specialists, Rocks provides you with the confidence to select a diamond engagement ring that is perfect for you. We aim to ensure that your entire Rocks experience is just as perfect as your engagement ring.

What to expect when you visit Rocks Jewellers:

First, you will be taken away from the hustle and bustle of Grafton Street and seated on our private diamond viewing floor.

Your diamond specialist will talk you through the all-important cut, carat, colour, clarity, diamond certificates and the different precious metals that are available. Following this you and your diamond specialist will have a chat about what you desire for your perfect engagement ring.

Your diamond specialist will put together a selection of rings that meet your wishes. We have developed an all‐encompassing collection of Rocks Forever engagement rings that will suit your every desire. At Rocks we can ensure that you get the style you wish to meet your budget.

Rocks also provides the option for you to create your very own handcrafted bespoke ring.  You will sit down with your diamond specialist and our in house goldsmith to create an image of exactly what you are looking for and this ring will be created especially for you.  Find out more about bespoke rings here.

Make an appointment today here or call 01 613 9910 to schedule your private consultation with one of our highly trained diamond specialists.

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Rocks Jewellers has 2 stores in Dublin – Grafton Street & Stillorgan Village Shopping Centre. We have been in business over 40 years supplying the top jewellery and watch brands and creating handmade diamond jewellery too.

Our in house capabilities mean that we can create whatever your heart desires from bespoke Engagement Rings to Engraved Cufflinks. Our watchmakers can turn their hand to delicate repairs and simple battery replacements.

Take a look through all we have to offer www.rocks.ie

Thinking of Proposing? – We’re Here to Help

bannerOk so we think selling engagement rings for over 40 years has given us some great insights into what is the best information we can give someone who is thinking about popping the question in the near future. Take our advice and you’ll have one happy lady!

Spend some time researching before you go shopping and the whole process will be a lot simpler. Alternatively ask questions at your consultation. Your Diamond Specialist will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

Budget

Spend whatever you like – there are beautiful rings at every price point but once you have a budget your jeweller can show you what is available to you.

4 C’s

These are details regarding the Colour, Clarity, Carat & Cut of your diamond. The better the grading in each of these areas the more expensive your diamond will become. Look for diamonds that are F to G colour, VS2 to SI1 clarity, Very Good Cut and then you can decide on the Carat size of your diamond. These grading’s represent great value and the difference between those and higher grades are not visible to the naked eye. For more information on the 4 C’s see our detailed blog here.

Certification

Certification refers to the body that has graded your diamond. If the grading house is not one of the top issuers in the world it may be difficult to be assured that the grading’s are true. The top grading houses in the world today are GIA, IGI and HRD. There are many others but reputable jewellers only issue one of the top certificates. This way you know what you’re buying is a true reflection of the price you are paying.

Style

The style of ring is super important. Take note of things your partner already showed interest in. Check out their existing jewellery and rings and take note of the style. Your jeweller will take this information and suggest rings that suit their style.

Sizing

While you are having a look at her jewellery take one of the rings she wears on the same finger on the other hand and your jeweller will be able to make an educated guess as to her ring size. However don’t worry too much as most rings can be sized up or down a few sizes relatively quickly so that your new Fiancé can be wearing her ‘Rock’ as soon as possible.

Timing

Leave plenty of time between shopping for a ring and proposing. Perhaps you will need to get your ring made, perhaps you will be sourcing a diamond and maybe it will take you longer than anticipated to make a decision. Either way leave enough time so you are not under any undue stress.

Wedding Rings

I know the wedding is a long way off yet but just inquire about what type of wedding ring will suit your chosen engagement ring. This way you can inform your new Fiancé if the ring has a matching wedding ring available or if it is a little more unique you may need to get one made up before the big day.

Permission

One last thing – don’t forget to ask, whoever is important to your partner, for their permission to propose. It will mean a lot to them I assure you.

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Insurance

Get your substantial purchase added to your insurance policy as soon as possible. The last thing you need to be worrying about is losing the precious ring.

We really hope giving you all this information helps you understand the world of diamonds a little better. Remember though if you shop in a reputable jewellers they will guide you through the process and have many years’ experience selling quality jewellery. Relax and enjoy!

If you would like to make an appointment to view some of our stunning engagement rings at Rocks Jewellers you can do so here. You can enjoy spending some time mulling over your options on our private viewing floor in our centrally located Grafton Street store.

You can alternatively contact us on: T: 01 613 9910 or E: sales@rocks.ie

– Rocks Diamond Buying Guide –

A good understanding of diamonds is necessary before you begin shopping for a beautiful diamond that is just right! Our guide gives you all the necessary information on the all-important “four Cs” as well as additional information on all things diamonds. You will then be equipped to make the best decisons based on the simple, straight-forward informaition in this article.

CARAT

Carat refers to the weight of a diamond not the size, however well proportioned diamond of a certain weight should be a certain size. One carat equals 0.200grams and contains 100 points.

Two diamonds of equal carat weight can have varying prices when you take into account other diamond factors such as colour, clarity and cut. As the carat size of a diamond increases, the diamond’s price increases at an increasing rate as larger diamonds are more rare.

COLOUR

The less colour in a white diamond, the more true colour it will reflect. The colour of diamonds is placed on a scale of D (colourless) through Z (light colour). Colour variations are very difficult to determine.

D, E. F diamonds are considered colourless; they are very rare and unique. Each of these colours is unique however the difference is only detectable by a gemmologist using side by side comparisons.

G, H, I, J diamonds are considered near colourless. While traces of colour are present the colour is not noticeable to the naked eye. When set in white gold or platinum the presence of colour is unnoticeable.

K, L, M diamonds have a faint colour. These diamonds can represent great value however the colour is detectable with the naked eye.

Diamond colours go all the way through to Z which present a yellow tint.

CLARITY

Clarity of a diamond is determined by the presence of, or lack thereof, of small imperfections within the diamond, known as inclusions. They are known are nature’s imprint on the diamond.

FL-IF Even under magnification, a skilled diamond grader, cannot detect any internal inclusions or flaws. These are the rarest diamonds and are much more expensive than VVS grade diamonds.

VVS1-VVS2 Using 10x magnification a diamond expert finds it very difficult to detect any inclusions or flaws. These are not visible to the naked eye.

VS1-VS2 Under magnification you can clearly see the diamond inclusions but they are very small. Again you cannot see these flaws with the naked eye.

SI1-SI2 Using 10x magnification the inclusions are obvious to a diamond grader. They are not normally visible to an untrained eye.

I1, I2, I3 – Inclusions are obvious and they sometimes affect the brilliance of the diamond.

CUT

In a well cut diamond, the light strikes each pavilion facet at an angle which allows most of the light to reflect back to the top. As it passes through the crown facets at a low angle, the light refracts upon exit. In this case, refraction is a good thing, as the bent light travels to the observer’s eye and is perceived as brilliance.

SHAPE

The shape of the diamond is very important when considering your diamond. There are many options and they all have their unique characteristics.

  • Round The round brilliant cut diamond is by far the most popular choice of diamond. Over the years this shape has been optimized to make sure it takes the maximum amount of light giving it a fantastic brilliance and sparkle. This shape is perfect for a diamond engagement ring.
  • Oval An oval cut diamond is very similar to a round brilliant cut diamond in its appearance. However it is a fraction longer with curved corners and straighter sides. For someone who has longer, slender fingers this shape of diamond is perfect in an engagement ring.
  • Marquise The marquise cut is a traditional shaped diamond which depending on the cut can get longer or wider as the carat weight increases. The brilliance of this stone is that it looks stunning in a diamond engagement ring or with other shaped stones such as round or princess.
  • Pear The pear shaped diamond is a traditional style and is also known as a tear drop shape. As the diamond increases in carat weight the stone becomes wider as opposed to longer. Fantastic choice for longer, slender fingers.
  • Heart A heart shaped diamond is one of the more romantic shaped diamonds.
  • Emerald – Due to the large table it highlights the clarity of the diamond and in SI clarity inclusions can be visible. The straight rectangular cuts make this modern shaped diamond a fantastic choice for any diamond engagement ring.
  • Princess – The princess cut is a square shape, it’s pointed corners set it apart from the other shapes of diamond available. In a diamond engagement ring it has an unrivalled sparkle and fire.
  • Radiant A radiant cut diamond is a similar shape to the emerald cut diamond but sparkles like a round brilliant cut. It has around 75 facets making it ideal for any style of ring or jewellery.

CERTIFICATION

A diamond certificate is an evaluation of the diamond that is done by an independent company confirming the colour, clarity, and carat. You may see other names for these such as diamond grading reports, diamond dossiers and more.

Some of our diamonds are graded by a trained diamond grader and expert within Rocks Jewellers and the others are certified by GIA (Gemmological Institute of America), IGI (International Gemmological Institute), HRD (Hoge Rood Voor Diament). All diamonds that are certified will have their clarity, colour, carat and cut graded. They will also have the diamond measurements and fluorescence listed on the certificate.

MULTI-STONE DIAMOND RINGS.

A common question when a customer buys an eternity ring or a trilogy ring is will the diamonds be certified?

In an eternity ring there can be up to 30 stones in particular designs. These stones will also be around 10-15 points. In these ring Rocks Jewellers will grade these stones for you, keeping the costs down while still being reassured of the quality. You will receive a special certificate from us confirming the diamond grades of your diamond eternity ring or diamond tennis bracelet for example.

We hope you will find this information useful when you go to buying your diamond or engagement ring. Keeping all these factors in mind will give you the reassurance that you are making the perfect diamond choice for you!

If you would like to make an appointment to come in and talk to us and view some rings please do so here.

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Tips for a Perfect Proposal

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At Rocks we love valentines day, it is such a romantic time of year . There are so many things that make this time of year so special and that is why it is the perfect backdrop to ask the special question.

Don’t get overwhelmed and carried away in the moment, for any engagement to be perfect it needs some planning. So here at Rocks we have put together some tips to help you with the perfect proposal. We will also point out some possible pitfalls you may encounter and how to avoid them.

1. Tell only those who need to know! First, take advantage of the surprise element that may occur. Tell only those who need to know. Parents would be on the top of the list, however, if there happens to be a chatty mum or dad then tell the other parent. You may even want to show them the ring; they may have some advice for the proposal.

2. Deciding on the perfect Ring. Unless you two have already shopped for engagement rings, you probably are not sure what type ring to pick. If this is the case take a look at her other rings, take her lifestyle and personality in to consideration, and if all else fails fish for some information about what she expects in a perfect ring. Don’t be hurt or upset if she decides to change the ring you have chosen, remember she has to wear it forever. Check with the jeweller that you can exchange the ring before you purchase it. But chances are she’ll keep the ring you chose.

3. Where to propose? If you are a both big family people than you may feel like you need to have them nearby. But remember this is meant to be a special moment for just the two of you. If the beach has been a special place for the two of you then take a walk along the beach and have ‘will you marry me?’ written in the sand. Another option would be in the living room in front of your family and friends and an open fire, where a dinner proposal is also nice and traditional.

4. What to wear. Yes, what you wear matters, as you only get to do this once! And you want her to remember the moment. Depending on where and how you decide to propose a suit adds an extra bit of romance, otherwise you could wear a nice pair of jeans and a shirt.

5. What to say. Think over what to say but do not over rehearse it! Tell her how you feel and what she means to you. And yes, you should say I love you! And say it on one knee!

6. How to say it.  If you decide to do something a little different that’s great but remember YOU still have to ask the question.

7. When to say it. Pick a time when you think she is relaxed. When she’s ranting about work is probably is not the right time to ask her to marry you. If she is a morning person, surprise her with breakfast and a ring. Maybe there is a special dinner or party you are attending, on your way out the door tell her that she is missing something, get down on one knee and ask her to marry you…now she has the perfect accessory!

8. Be yourself. Although these suggestions are meant to help, be yourself. She loves you for who you are!

9. Seal the deal with a kiss!

We hope this will help you with your perfect proposals!

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And for that all important engagement ring, take a look at our Rocks Forever Collection.

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ARE MY “DIAMONDS” REAL OR FAKE?

There are so many diamond simulants currently on the market and cubic zirconia stones are one of the most common of them all.  So how can someone tell a cubic zirconia from a diamond? Well it turns out it can be harder than you might think to tell the difference between them.

A diamond tester is one method, it is a machine that will tell you if the stone is a diamond, but it will not tell you what makes up the stone if it is not a diamond. Another method is using a jeweller’s loupe or a microscope. The jeweller or you can look through the top of the stone, focusing your vision toward the bottom facets of the stone.  If the lines appear doubled, like you have blurry vision, you ar looking into a sythetic stone.  If the lines are still singular, and very clear and distinct you have a real diamond.

You will also notice either through a loupe or micrscope the presence of inclusions or internal flaws. Because diamonds are naturally occuring stones they will have little inclusions within the stone, unless of course you have a flawless stone, these are rare and very expensive. Synthetic stones like cubic zirconia will have no flaws visible at all indicating it is not a diamond.  However, because some diamonds are flawless this method is not completely reliable but in most cases it will be a very good indication.

Home testing methods are great however use a jeweller you trust to take a look at your jewellery and give you peace of mind that what you have chersihed for so long is indeed the real thing.

So pop into us any time and we’ll take a look at your jewellery and appraise it for you. Contact us through www.rocks.ie to make appoinment or call Rocks Jewellers or 01 288 6156 or 01 613 9910