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Custom

Vandenbergs specializes in the custom design and crafting of fine jewellery. Working in all forms of precious stones and metals, our goldsmiths create pieces that are destined to become treasured family heirlooms.

Whether it’s a classic solitaire engagement ring meant to show your diamond in all it’s beauty or an intricate creation showcasing an exquisite ruby or emerald – our goal is to craft a unique and personal symbol of your love.

Fact Finding

The process begins with a consultation with one of our designers. Our focus is on listening. What are your personal tastes? What is the occasion? What statement would you like to make? Together we’ll look at our existing styles and browse the archives.

Concept Sketch

When our designer begins to understand the goal, we’ll sketch out what we are hearing to narrow the concept. Together we choose the metals and stones that are just right.

Unique to Vandenbergs is our ability to render a scale watercolour painting of our designs, often incorporating two or three views. They are done on a translucent paper so that you can actually see the item on your hand or against your skin.

Gem Search

Concurrent with this rendering stage, we search the world for the gemstones to complete your item. Through our extensive contacts in the gem world, we are able to source beautiful, vibrant gemstones that meet the specifications of any design. Diamonds from the Northwest Territories, Antwerp, and Russia; Emeralds from Colombia; Rubies from Burma, at Vandenbergs we source the best product for your perfect piece.

Consultation

When everything is in place, we will have a consultation where you view the scale drawings or paintings of the designs and choose from the exquisite selection of stones we've collected just for you.

Crafting

At Vandenbergs we have the advantage of having three accomplished goldsmiths with skills covering all forms of jewellery crafting. And it is all done on site. In this stage the goldsmiths will take the materials we have selected and create your unique piece.

Presentation

It’s ready! We’ll call you in to see the finished piece. Of course, your satisfaction is guaranteed, so it is up to you to tell us if it matches your expectations. In the rare instance where it doesn’t meet your desires, we are happy to make the changes. To be honest, though, this has happened only a few times in over thirty years of making jewellery. We’re pretty sure that you’ll love it.

Make a memory beautiful

This is the fun part, where you get to take it home and create a memory – get engaged, say your vows, celebrate Christmas or a special anniversary. Enjoy!

Gem College

Understanding Gemstones

To the uninitiated the price variation, appearance and symbolism of gemstones is daunting at first. Here we provide resources to help you make the right choices.


What is a gemstone?

A gemstone is just a naturally occurring piece of mineral. The varying properties of the minerals, its chemical composition, rarity and other properties determine the type of stone and its value. Rare minerals with a high luster are typically more expensive and valued while common minerals are less expensive. To describe a gemstone we look at a number of its characteristics such as hardness, refractive index, luminescence and specific gravity. For these specifics, our gemologists will guide you and help select the perfect stones.


To learn more about Diamonds and other precious gemstones, please download the following guides.

Diamonds

Famously known as a girl's best friend, diamonds are the hardest of all gemstones and considered by many to be the Earth's most prized mineral. Since the discovery of diamonds over 6000 years ago they have held a very special place in just about every culture.

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Ruby

The word ruby comes from the Latin rubens meaning red. Rubies are found in shades of red, from rich darkish red to pigeon blood red and pinkish red.

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Sapphire

The word sapphire comes from the Latin sapphiru which means blue. However, sapphires come in a rainbow of colors from the vibrant cobalt to midnight navy, forest green, sunrise yellow the pink of dawn and dusk.

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Emerald

The word emerald comes from the Latin smaragdus which means green. Emeralds come in various shades of green, from deep darkish green to pale green.

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