Website Problems

July 4, 2007

We have been experiencing a few problems with our website – these are all now resolved and our main blog at www.aussiesapphire.com is back online

The online shop is now working properly at www.aussiesapphire.com.au

We apologise for the inconvenience.  Remember, this blog is now maintained at the new location.

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Christmas Newsletter

December 14, 2006

Just a quick note to outline Christmas trading and delivery arrangements as well as remind you of some great last-minute gift ideas.

Time is running out for delivery by Christmas.  If you live overseas, we cannot guarantee parcels will arrive by December 24th even if sent by Fedex so please keep this in mind when ordering from now on.  Our Australian customers only have a few more days for guaranteed delivery by Star Track Express.

If you have left things to the last minute, may we suggest our new Gift Certificates.  This new feature allows you to load funds into your Gift Certificate account and then send to anyone via email.  Your recipient can redeem their certificate by simply following the instructions in their email. 

We have a lot of great items in the online shop now so there is plenty to choose from.  Have had a big run on our rough sapphire catalogue and a great response to our parcels of rough so we hope to list more when time permits. 

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We will be working through the Christmas holiday break so please feel free to contact us any time.  Our mining activity will be a little interrupted by the need to harvest our oats crops and take care of other farming jobs.  Apart from that it will be business as usual.

Aussie Sapphire would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for their support over the past year and wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

cheers from Andrew and Leah


Calling Crafty People

December 3, 2006

For all of you gemstone and opal cutters out there, we recommend you take a look at our newly stocked Blank Jewellery Setting catalogue.  Just added lots of new items so if you have been wondering what to give your loved ones this Christmas, why not the ultimate gift – something you have made with your own hands.  A gem cut and polished by you, set in a quality piece of jewellery.  The cost is very reasonable and the process is simple so dont leave it too late.

The catalogue is split into Rings, Pendants, Earrings and Cabachon Settings – all stock is in sterling silver (14k gold can be supplied as a special order but will take a little time to arrive from our USA supplier).

Settings are listed here.

We have increased our stock of settings designed for cabbed gems – these are particularly suited for opals and the like.  Note that we do have some cabbed gems in stock that we hope to list as soon as possible but there is a huge range of possibilities out there in the gem world.

While we dont recommend you leave it to the last minute, if you supply an address where parcels can be signed for, we can send by Star Track Express for fast, courier delivery within Australia.

cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire


Newsletter Dec’06

November 25, 2006

Hi all,

Plenty of time left for shipping all your needs for the perfect Gemstone Christmas.

New stock:  After being asked time and again we have decided to offer full Mine Run Sapphire,the real thing with no specials removed, just $5 AUD/ ct.  Unbeatable value for the serious Gemstone enthusiast.  More mine run parcels of quality Tourmaline, Spessartite, Emerald have also been added with  small parcels at large parcel prices – check them now as next stock will be dearer.  Just check out the new Parcels of Rough category.

We have also added more great individual sapphire rough including some very affordable pieces – still great quality so take a look at these new items.

Christmas special is a 20% discount on all our handmade Gold Jewellery.  A great gift idea for the special person in your life.  Truly unique one off designs at 40-50% off  High Street Retail prices.

Andrew’s Christmas picks:  If you cant see anything above, try these super deals:

  • Gem carat electronic scales just $36 AUD – weighs to 0.05 carats, great value, warranty etc.
  • Diamond powder for faceting  20cts just $26 AUD Hard to buy this cheap – proven quality.
  • Bag a beauty fossicking wash, great for young and old,fun and find guaranteed!! (Aussies only only sorry, overseas buyers look at the concentrated gravel). Check our Fossicking link.  Have fun!

Dont forget free Shipping for combined purchases over $100 AUD – just enter free_shipping in the box at the checkout (Redemption Code) to redeem this offer.

In the TRADE ?  Dont miss out on possible further discounts, ask today.

We have been spending a lot of time listing new products so please take a look – I am sure you will find something of interest.  Courier delivery is available so plenty of time to arrive before Christmas.

cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire

  


Website Re-organisation

November 4, 2006

Just a quick note to alert our regular website visitors to a slight re-organisation of our categories.  Where our gold jewellery was once all listed together, we have split these into three new categories for Rings, Pendants and Earrings.  All of these new categories are accessible from the main Jewellery Catalogue which is a good spot to start exploring our range. 

We have some fantastic new items (some in 18k white and yellow gold) in stock now with lots more to list so we definitely recommend you take a look through these catalogues.  We have chosen some of our best blue sapphire for these pieces and we are thrilled with how they turned out. 

Aussie Sapphire - 18k Yellow Gold Ring with Sapphire & DiamondHere is just one example: – this 18k yellow gold ring features a 0.59 carat sapphire with 0.5 carats of diamond – four round diamonds squaring the sapphire with smaller accent diamonds channel set along the split shank.

This would make a fantastic gift for someone special – it looks fantastic !

We have more items to list and hope to do this over the next week.  More cut black spinel and a great new batch of sapphire cutting to sort through including some unheated sapphire.  Lots more to do so better get back to the grindstone – stay tuned here for more announcements.

cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire


New Sapphire Rough Available

October 25, 2006

Have been pretty busy lately working a new patch of the mine and have been producing some very nice rough.  Have managed to find a little time to list just a small selection of this including a couple of very special pieces that we have had put away for a while now.

We can now safely say we have something to suit everyone with affordable pieces costing less than $100 per piece up to some very large pieces which suit the investor or collector.  The largest piece of sapphire rough we have listed currently is a whopping 47.5 carat blue which is impressive in every way – we dont mind window shoppers so make sure you take a look at this rare beauty.

We have also just received back our latest batch of cutting – some excellent cut sapphires here in a range of sizes, shapes and colours including some very nice parti-coloured sapphire (greens, bicolor and yellow).  We were able to cut about a third of this batch fully natural – ie. untreated in any way so if you are looking for unheated sapphire, we hope to have something suitable for you.

new_rounds.JPGJust a quick photo here to whet your appetite (click to see full size): this is just a batch of mixed size rounds tipped out on our grading table.  About 660 carats here and plenty of sorting into sizes and grading for colour to be done but at a rough glance, we can see some great partis and yellows with the majority of the parcel being our typical Reddestone blues. 

 cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire


Some New Auctions

October 18, 2006

Just a quick note to let you know about our latest auctions.  Regulars will know that from time to time, we run “no reserve” auctions on Ebay as a promotion for our sapphires.  This is a great chance to get some fantastic quality facet rough – the market will decide the price but there is always the chance of getting a real bargain.

Check out our latest batch of auctions now!

Cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire