The Truth Revealed: Sapphires Are Not Only Blue

Sapphires are considered highly coveted precious gemstones in all corners of the globe, but what surprises most people is that these magnificent stones actually come in a spectrum of vibrant colours.

All Sapphires are made from the mineral corundum and the beauty of corundum is that it presents itself in a wide range of colours including black, pink, purple, orange, yellow and green. In fact, corundum comes in every colour under the sun and all colours are referred to as Sapphires except red corundum, which is actually Ruby.

In the past, the most gorgeous Sapphires could also be found in Burma and Kashmir, however these mines do not produce the same quality of stones that were found there during the 1920s to 1950s.

Most of the Sapphires we work with at the boutique come from Sri Lanka, home of the world’s finest quality and most beautiful Sapphires currently available. The depth, colour and intensity of Sri Lankan Sapphires is truly outstanding.

Any ‘fancy’ coloured Sapphire looks magnificent when set with white diamonds to complement the intensity of their colour, add contrast and give the sapphire even more brilliance. Depending on the tones and hue, I love experimenting with setting Sapphires in different coloured metals. Even when making white gold or platinum jewellery, we find introducing very small elements of rose or yellow gold details into a piece tends to bring out the warmth in the stone.

Another wonderful thing about Sapphires is that they are exceptionally durable, meaning that they can be worn everyday and still retain their quality over time. This is one of the reasons why Sapphires are great stones to consider for engagement rings and any other piece that gets worn regularly.

I’ve been asked many times which Sapphire colour is my favourite and in all honesty, it’s very hard to choose between these beautiful stones. I am particularly fond of a very rare fuchsia sapphire we have in the boutique and I look forward to meeting the customer who falls in love with this stone.

I’ve always found it very hard to choose my favourite coloured sapphire as each has their beauty and appeal, but one of the most spectacular and striking varieties is the Parti Sapphire, which is an incredible mixture of green and gold.

I also love black sapphires because unlike black diamonds, black sapphires are completely natural, with an impressive lustre. Black sapphires are very striking and hard wearing and look incredible against a backdrop of diamonds.

Whether you desire a classic blue sapphire or wish to enter the realm of eye-catching pinks, purples, greens and yellows, there’s a sapphire out there to suit everyone’s taste and style.

As long as your piece is well made, you can be assured that due to the quality and durability of your beautiful sapphire piece, it will stand the test of time and last for generations to come.

For some sapphire inspiration, make sure you are following us on Instagram to see our latest creations!

Champagne and Cognac Diamonds – The Next Frontier of Must Have Gems

Cognac diamonds are a natural coloured diamond hailing from the Argyle mines of Western Australia that present themselves in an array of stunning earthy tones, making them one of my favourite stones to design with.

While the Argyle mine is best known for their rare Pink diamonds, the Argyle Cognac diamonds are among the spectrum of beautiful coloured diamonds produced by Mother Nature.

There are so many things I love about champagne and cognac diamonds, their name alone is reason enough to celebrate! What is so beautiful about these stones is that they have the scintillation and sparkle of a diamond, along with a variety of colour and tones that are not found in any other gemstone.

Another beautiful thing about cognac and champagne diamonds is that no two are the same. Aside from the weight and clarity of the stone, each diamond is graded by the strength and intensity of its colour. Each one having different tones and hues, some have flashes of orange, cinnamon, caramel, peach and the list goes on!

Depending on the lighting, you may notice that your champagne or cognac diamond changes colour from rich chocolate to soft suede. The beauty of these stones is that each champagne and cognac diamond is truly unique and unlike any other stone, which is why I love designing with them so much.

Cognac and champagne diamonds have an elegance and neutrality to them that allows you to set them in either classical, traditional jewellery or modern, contemporary designs. I also think warmer metal tones, such as rose and yellow gold bring out the very best in these beautiful gems. Surrounding them in a sprinkling of white diamonds brings out just how spectacular and unique they truly are.

On a personal level, I am particularly fond of these gorgeous stones as we, the Mondial Group, have a very long history working with them. My parents were one of the first jewellers here in Australia and around the world to incorporate them into their designs, sourcing them, along with Argyle Pink Diamonds, directly from the Argyle mines of Western Australia in the late 80’s.

With over 30 years of including champagne and cognac diamonds in our beautiful creations, we are experts in bringing out the true beauty, vibrancy and magic of these spectacular gems through our jewellery designs.

For the customer who is seeking something a little bit different, a champagne or cognac diamond piece is a wonderful option. Each stone is unique, making them extremely special and ensuring that every champagne or cognac diamond piece is personal and one of a kind.

To see some of the stunning pieces we have designed with champagne and cognac diamonds, follow us on Instagram!

Metal Wars: Platinum vs White Gold

While they may look similar, Platinum and White Gold are very different metals with their own unique properties. For those wondering which is best for them, I recommended considering a few different factors; composition, durability and care to help you decide which is ideal for you.


An essential difference between Platinum and White Gold is what the metals are composed from. To create White Gold, Yellow Gold is mixed – or alloyed – with white metals to give it the silvery colour. This White Gold mixture is then rhodium plated, giving it a shiny finish. Platinum, on the other hand, is a naturally occurring greyish metal that is sourced from many locations around the world, including Russia, America, Colombia, South Africa, Canada, Zimbabwe and more.

Because the cost of precious metals is determined by weight, Platinum tends to be more expensive than White Gold. However, this does not mean that it is a superior metal to White Gold. While Platinum is more expensive, the Premium White Gold used by fine jewellers is a better option in many ways.

If you’re allergic to nickel, you may experience some reactions to White Gold that contains nickel. Platinum is considered a hypoallergenic metal because it does not contain other alloys. However, this problem can be easily overcome by simply asking your jeweller for a White Gold alloy that does not contain nickel.


While Platinum is often said to be more durable than White Gold; this is not necessarily the case. It all comes down to the quality of the White Gold, with Premium White Gold being a much more durable metal than Platinum. Platinum is a soft and malleable metal that scratches and dents far easier than Premium White Gold. Due to the mix of alloys in Premium White Gold it is far better at resisting dents, scratches and other types of wear and tear damage.

Even the most high quality Premium White Gold’s rhodium plating will wear off over time. However, Premium White Gold does not go yellow when the plating has worn off and can be easily replated at a low cost.


Both White Gold and Platinum jewellery require care to be kept in perfect condition over time. With Platinum, the dents and scratches that it incurs over time will need to be polished out more frequently. White Gold is best maintained with the occasional polish and rhodium plating, which can be performed by your jeweller.

Most people are under the impression that it is only White Gold that is plated with rhodium, but Platinum jewellery is also often plated with rhodium to give it a greater shine, due to the fact that Platinum is greyer metal.

Whether you prefer White Gold or Platinum, both are gorgeous metals that have pros and cons. I can guarantee that if the jewellery is well made and well taken care of, both metals can create pieces that will be cherished for generations to come.

To see some of our stunning White Gold and Platinum creations, follow us on Instagram


Love Wins: Standing Up For Equality

At such a poignant moment in our nation’s history, it’s only fitting that we take a moment to reflect on why love will always win and the importance of standing up for love and equality. Last month we proudly launched our All Love is Equal campaign, inviting Australian’s to join together in a celebration of equality.

In developing this initiative we wanted to unite our passion for love, commitment and equality, fusing together our business and personal crusade for equality on all levels across all generations.

This message of equality is eternally important for the younger generation of the LGBTQI community. Equality represents the doorway to a life without fear of discrimination or unequal treatment and acceptance by peers, classmates and workmates.

As part of this campaign, we proudly aligned with the charity headspace donating 10% of sales from our collection of Wedding bands with the intention of ensuring all Australian’s young and old, have the opportunity to discuss their own situation and mental health –devoid of judgement and regardless of sexual orientation, gender and individuality.

Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation and provides early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting overall young peoples’ wellbeing. Advocating the need for equality and acceptance, headspace acknowledges discriminatory legislation only impedes LGBTQI people from achieving the highest attainable standard of health.

We strongly believe in the underpinning principles of headspace and the ongoing work it continues to do for the LGBTQI community. With this in mind, we felt that it was a worthy opportunity to give back to the community and continue in our support of love and equality.


The Story Behind The Marriage Equality Ring

With the Marriage Equality Vote’s outcome soon to be announced, our Australian Marriage Equality Ring’s significance has never been more profound. Designed to show support and empower supporters of the Australian Marriage Equality cause, this ring has captured the hearts of Australians with its striking design and unique story.

We have been overwhelmed and humbled by the level of support this special ring has received from the Australian public since its launch in 2014, with a wide range of influential figures in the media, film, music and television industries being vocal supporters, including Dannii Minogue, Ruby Rose, Jessica Hart, Delta Goodrem, Rachael Taylor and many more.

As a family orientated business, the Mondial team wish to be apart of shaping a society where all couples have the right to stand as equals and marry their partner in their country of origin, if they wish. Thus, the Marriage Equality Campaign has been close to the heart of everyone at Mondial, as evident through our continued vocal advocacy and support for equality. It is out of this sentiment of hope and encouragement that the Australian Marriage Equality Ring was conceived.

“I strongly hope the outcome of this vote delivers our clients, myself and all other members of our society the opportunity stand as equals and be afforded the same rights as every other Australian. Everyone deserves to be treated equally by society and feel as if they are valued and accepted by their fellow citizens.” - Nadia Neuman

The Australian Marriage Equality Ring’s prominent outline features two hands forming a heart shape, emulating a sense of community, togetherness and support for one another. This symbol has become synonymous with the Australian Marriage Equality campaign, with countless couples flooding social media with images for their hands forming a heart shape.

“The initial development of the AME Ring was a natural initiative for us, and it has been amazing to see the support this ring has received and role it has played in the ongoing campaign for marriage equality.”– Nadia Neuman

The Australian Marriage Equality ring expresses support for the cause and has continued to drive discussion and support for marriage equality at this pivotal time in Australia’s history, serving as a precious reminder to current and future generations of the road travelled to achieve marriage equality here in Australia.

To learn more about The Australian Marriage Equality Ring, click here.




All Love Is Equal: Celebrating Love Between All Couples

During this momentous time in Australia’s history, we are immensely proud to introduce the All Love Is Equal Campaign. Based on the principles of love, empowerment and hope, we invite all Australians to celebrate and support Marriage Equality, featuring real Australian same sex couples in our campaign to eloquently amplify the message of equality.

As passionate supporters and vocal advocates of Marriage Equality, we first launched our collection of Marriage Equality Rings in 2014, receiving a huge outpouring of public support. In the run up to the conclusion of the Australian Marriage Equality Vote, we are reaffirming our dedication to this cause with our All Love Is Equal Campaign.

“I want the younger generation to know that their love is just as important as everyone else’s. Everyone deserves to be treated with the same amount of respect and dignity. This is the essence of what we want to represent with this campaign.” – Nadia Neuman.

We have captured candid and intimate snapshots from the lives of an array of LGBTQI couples who wish to grow old together in a society that values and respects them. We are showcasing and supporting the loving relationships between these couples, who deserve the right to legally marry their partners and live in a diverse society that affords equal rights to all of its citizens. We invited everyday Australians to take part in this campaign, to show how the outcome of this vote affects the lives of people from all walks of life.

This campaign is also a personal campaign for Nadia and the team here at Mondial, given that she is not able to legally marry her partner in the company of family and friends under the current law.

“The message of All Love Is Equal is vital , as everyone needs to feel that their love is just as important as everyone else’s. I hope the campaign will help Same Sex couples feel accepted and understood within our diverse Australian community. Everyone has the right to grow old with the person they love, without judgement and discrimination.” - Nadia Neuman

Along with this, we will donate 10% of sales from our collection of Wedding Bands to the highly respected charity headspace, an organisation that works tirelessly to support the mental health of young Australians. Through this carefully considered collaboration we wish to ensure Australian youth have the opportunity to discuss their own situation and mental health, in a safe, judgement-free environment, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender.

“Everyone should be treated equally. We want to see love co-exist and headspace is a natural alignment to help those struggling with the lack of constitutional equality many are afforded. I want young members of the LGBTQI community to feel supported and proud of who they are, able to access the help they may need. Headspace is a vital organisation that helps those struggling with depression, feelings of anxiety and lack of self-worth due to amongst other things, the inequality inherent in the lack of government support for marriage equality.” – Nadia Neuman.

Join us on our journey campaigning for Marriage Equality in Australia by following us on Instagram and Facebook.

We would like to thank the following individuals for their participation in this campaign, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Photographer: Frank Farrugia – Same Love Photography:

Producer: Jo Butler and Merissa Lennon – Platinum Media & Communications:

Videographer: Campbell Drummond - CNC Film factory:

Hair & Makeup Artist: Gino Balestra – Freelance Artist


Zac Ahrens

Stuart Baker

Daniel Cater

Mark Davies

Tim Dormer

Veronica Eulate

Louise Helliwell

Marc Innemee

Nicole Kersh

Andrew Little

Natalie Macken

Jonathon Mavin

Veronica Newman

Brett Ogden

Dean Omeros

Tracy Paul

David Pieper

Lucy Taylor

Trevor Torrance

Ash Toweel

Mitch Spooner

Suzie Wright

Tyson Young

Exquisite Gems: Discover Vibrant, Colourful Pieces by Nadia

Colourful jewellery has been delighting and enchanting people since the beginning of time. With each stone being unique and an almost endless variety of different colours to choose from, we constantly find ourselves in awe of the exquisite beauty of bold, colourful gemstones.

Brightly coloured gemstones are truly one of nature’s most beautiful creations and when it comes to creating one-of-a-kind artisan pieces in our boutique, beautiful, vibrant stones present themselves as a constant source of inspiration for our design process.

Each gem has a story of its own and a distinct personality, therefore different gemstones can help you to communicate your individuality through your jewellery. Our Yellow Sapphire is a great example of this, emulating an aura of happiness through its warm golden yellow hue. This ring’s classic design was inspired by the timeless charm of engagement rings, conveying elegance with its delicate aesthetic.

While Blue Sapphires have traditionally been the most popular variety of this stone, yellow has increased in popularity due to its bright, crisp colour and cheerful ambience. Along with this, Yellow Sapphires are a wonderful option for those who wish to delve into the world of vibrant gemstones and experiment with colour, without having to commit to the greater investment of a coloured diamond.

We achieved this beautifully with our stunning Emerald dress ring. Featuring a vivid green Afghan Emerald, this particular gemstone’s bright colour makes it truly exceptional. Its magnificent colour and shape is further emphasised by channel set baguette cut diamond and carre cut diamonds, creating a truly mesmerising visual.

Colombia is well known for producing some of the world’s high quality splendid emeralds. However, in recent years, Afghanistan has also emerged as a destination for finding magnificent Emeralds, with vast deposits being found in the country’s mountain ranges. Our Emerald Dress Ring showcases the remarkable beauty of Afghan Emeralds, which are expected to increase in popularity in the coming years.

An array of gorgeous coloured gems can also be found right here in Australia. For hundreds of years, Australia has been providing the world with opulent Sapphires, at one point producing around 70% of the world’s supply.

A home-grown coloured treasure that we absolutely adore, is our divine Parti Sapphire Ring. Parti Sapphires are a type of multi-toned Sapphire only found here in Australia. Due to their rarity, most Parti Sapphires are quite small. What sets this ring apart is the size of the Sapphire, which is impressively large for a Parti Sapphire, while still retaining a high-quality cut.

The unique colour of Parti Sapphires distinguish them from other varieties of Sapphire, combining blue, yellow and green tones within one gem. This particular deep bluish-green gem has a slightly softer cushion cut, which demanded we complement it with a halo of white diamonds.

Coloured gemstones never fail to captivate our imagination, which is why we love them so much and enjoy using them to create breathtaking jewellery for our customers. For more inspiration on beautiful colourful pieces, follow us on Instagram where we share an array of our spectacular pieces each week.

Modern Romance: Explore Contemporary Wedding Bands

Finding a wedding band that perfectly represents the eternal love between you and your partner takes time and effort. For modern couples seeking a contemporary wedding band that will reflect their personal style for years to come, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind.

Opulent bands in all shapes and sizes have been increasing in popularity in recent years, particularly among women. For those seeking a band with intricate details that will exude charm and sophistication, a thinner embellished band is a wonderful option. Delicate, feminine and organic bands are perfect for stacking with other rings for a refined, elegant look.

Many modern couples seek an understated, subtle way to match their wedding bands. While in the past, couples have traditionally chosen bands that are exact replicas of one another, it is possible to match your bands in a more discreet manner, so that both of your personal styles are showcased.

If one of you desires a thinner band and the other prefers wider pieces, simply match your bands by choosing the same metal or same coloured gemstones. You can also match your wedding bands by choosing the same style, but selecting different coloured diamonds or gemstones, based on your individual preferences.

Couples who desire a traditional wedding band, but also wish to incorporate a subtle contemporary element can embellish their band with coloured gems or two-toned metals to ensure they make a sophisticated statement.

If you desire a simple band, but wish to add some extra detail, consider engraving the inside of your band with a word or your partner’s name. Adding a matching diamond or gemstone to the inside of your band is another way to bring a secret, personalised touch that is only known to you and your partner. If you wish to subtly embellish the outside of your band, perhaps consider a hand engraved motif. This is perfect for those who want their band to be a simple as possible, but wish to add a low-key element of personalisation that will make their ring truly unique.

Remember, it’s important to try on as many different rings as possible, you may end up falling in love with something you hadn’t even thought about!

If you’d like to view our collection of stunning wedding bands, contact the boutique today to get started on your journey towards finding the perfect ring.

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