Our Stones

Our Stones
Our Stones

Secrets Diamond Simulants are the most perfect diamond simulant, indistinguishable from a diamond with the naked eye.

They’re cut by master craftsmen to the exact proportions and standards demanded by the diamond industry to ensure each stone has maximum brilliance and fire. Years of research and development by gemologists have produced a stone of such quality that it's indistinguishable from a diamond with the naked eye. Secrets Diamond Simulants are grown in a state of the art laboratory from the natural mineral base zirconium oxide and this revolutionary stone is produced using intense heat and only the most perfect material is chosen for the finished product. As a result, Secrets Diamond Simulants have a hardness of 8.5 with a diamond measuring 10 on the industry standard MOHS scale.

LIFE TIME GUARANTEE

Secrets Diamond Simulants are guaranteed to retain their flawless beauty, colour and brilliance forever and this lifetime guarantee is our promise to you. Your stones will be replaced complimentary for discolouration or loss of brilliance under normal wear.

STONE TERMINOLOGY

Diamonds and Secrets Diamond Simulants are valued on four criteria: colour, clarity, carat and cut.

COLOUR

Colour is graded alphabetically from D to Z, with D being the absolute finest colourless stone rating in the world. The presence of trace elements, such as nitrogen, within the atomic framework of the carbon crystal may influence the colour of a stone. Discerning the difference between each grade of colour is extremely difficult even to an expert. Secrets Diamond Simulants are equivalent to D or E colour when compared on the diamond colour scale due to the superior quality of the material used.

CLARITY

Clarity is determined by the levels of imperfection in a stone. Almost all diamonds have very tiny internal marks (inclusions) and external irregularities (blemishes). Many inclusions are not discernible to the naked eye and can only be seen under magnification. A diamond can be described as "flawless" only if it has no visible imperfections when viewed under 10X magnification by a skilled diamond grader. Secrets Diamond Simulants are flawless, as they have no visible imperfections when viewed under 10X magnification.

CARAT WEIGHT

The weight of a diamond is expressed in carats. The word carat originates from the seeds of the carob tree, which are well known for their uniformity and consistent weight. Historically diamonds and gemstones were weighed against these seeds. Nowadays it is a bit more scientific. One carat is defined as one-fifth of a gram or 200 milligrams and because the carat is a measure of weight rather than size, two stones that have identical carat weights may actually appear very different depending on their exact geometry, proportions, and shape. In general, compact shapes such as round diamonds appear to be the smallest based on a comparison of carat weight and visual size, whereas longer gems such as emerald cuts or marquise shapes maximize the stone’s table with the illusion of greater size for the same carat weight.

The specific gravity and weight of a Secrets simulated diamond is heavier than a diamond so we measure our stones in millimeters and cross reference that to a diamond carat size  eg: 6.5mm diameter simulated diamond is the same size as a 1 carat diamond.  Therefore our carat equivalent weights referenced on our jewellery is an estimated equivalent diamond weight based on measurement.

CUT

Whatever the size and shape of the raw material, a well-proportioned and well cut diamond optimizes refracted light which creates brilliance and fire. Diamonds are cut with facets, or separate flat surfaces, which follow a mathematical formula and are placed at precise angles in relation to each other. This relationship is designed to maximize the amount of light refracted through the diamond and thereby increase its sparkle and beauty. Secrets Diamond Simulants are cut using exactly the same methods as the diamond industry. Secrets use only the best master craftsmen and polishers to make sure every stone is cut to perfection.

Secrets round brilliant cut stones all possess 58 facets and are cut with a hearts and arrows pattern. This is a high standard of cutting due to the loss of weight from the rough and the time taken to perfect it. When viewed from above and below hearts and arrows are seen as a series of eight gray arrowheads with intersecting hearts - these are highlighted on the diagram below.

Our Coloured Stones

Secrets also create an array of sparkling coloured stones that are then cut by master craftsmen to the same exact proportions and high standards as our white stones.

  • Alexandrite
    Alexandrite - Birthstone of June

    A beautiful bluish-green in daylight, changing to purplish-red in incandescent light. The stunning color change phenomenon is referred to a sthe "alexandrite effect".

  • Amethyst
    Amethyst - Birthstone of February

    Deep violet in color, amethyst represents imagination and sprituality. This royal, elegant stone color is stunning addition to any jwellery collection.

  • Aquamarine
    Aquamarine - Birthstone of March

    The aquamarine colour evokes the purity, exhilaration and relaxation of the sea. It is calming, soothing, and cleansing, and inspires truth, trust and letting go.

  • Black
    Black

    A powerful and strong stone colour brimming with mystery. Black is the colour of the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, creating an air of intense allure.

  • Blue Topaz
    Blue Topaz

    Blue topaz is a symbol of love and affection, and has been said to aid ones’ sweetness and disposition. It’s soothing and calming and can help to distance you from your stress and problems.

  • Blue Tourmaline
    Blue Tourmaline

    Blue tourmaline evokes the tranquillity of deep blue water and invites the surrender of all thought to the solitude of a liquid silence. It frees the mind to explore a higher consciousness and spiritual connection.

  • Champagne
    Champagne

    Champagne is a refined, elegant and sophisticated colour with a slightly vintage feel. This exquisite and unique colour motivates ingenuity and initiative.

  • Citrine
    Citrine - Birthstone of November

    The premier stone of happiness. Citrine is a medium shade of golden yellow, referenced from citrus fruit. Optimistic and cheery, Citrine looks lovely with colours such as navy, red or orange.

  • Cognac
    Cognac

    This beautiful warm golden-orange tone resembles the rich brown colour of French brandy. A gorgeous uplifting autumn tone which exudes warmth and happiness.

  • Emerald
    Emerald - Birthstone of May

    A strong and rich shade of green. Emerald is the colour of elegance and beauty, it is lively, radiant and lush. Green is the colour of prosperity and abundance.

  • Green Tourmaline
    Green Tourmaline

    Green tourmaline is a healing colour channelling its electrical energies into the center of one’s being and creating a flow of wholesome energy to all parts of the body and self.

  • Lavender
    Lavender

    A light and dainty shade of purple. Lavender is soft and ladylike, often appearing in spring and summer. It compliments patterns such as paisley and gingham.

  • Nano Blue
    Nano Blue

    Nano blue is a such a deep blue hue that it can at times resemble black. It is the colour of conservatism and responsibility. Nano blue represents knowledge, power and integrity.

  • Pearl
    Pearl - Birthstone of June

    Pearl is the oldest known gem, and for many centuries it was considered the most valuable. The pearl has become a symbol of purity and innocence and if often featured in bridal jewellery.

  • Peridot - Birthstone of August

    A vibrant, sparkling lime green coloured stone. The colour green is associated with balance, harmony and growth, as well as the renewal of life and nature.

  • Pink

    The lighter shades of pink speak to romance, playfulness, and a sense of sweetness. It is associated with new love and goes beautifully with champagne, peridot and smoky quartz.

  • Pink Tourmaline
    Pink Tourmaline - Birthstone of October

    A warm deep pink colour that is fun loving and can be very romantic. Pink tourmaline is bursting with energy, the perfect hue to incorporate into any season.

  • Ruby
    Ruby - Birthstone of July

    A deep pinkish-red colour filled with love and passion. Ruby is intense, dramatic and packed with personality. This romantic hue can be worn in many ways to create entirely different looks.

  • Sapphire
    Sapphire - Birthstone of September

    A deep, royal blue colour associated with trust, honesty and loyalty. Sapphire blue carries a connotation of wealth, elegance, beauty and royalty.

  • Smokey Quartz
    Smokey Quartz

    A charming brownish-grey variation of quartz. Modern, understated, retro and sleek. Pair it with colours like citrine, ruby or pink for the perfect palette.

  • Tanzanite
    Tanzanite - Birthstone of December

    Beneficial for overcoming communication difficulties and providing a solution to problems when there seems to be none.

  • White
    White (Colourless)

    The most popular stone colour sparkles brilliantly picking up all colours of the spectrum. White is reflective, awakening openess, growth and creativity. The white stone also represents purity and perfection.

OUR DESIGNS

Secrets jewellery is designed and crafted by a team containing some of the world's most talented master jewellers, setters and polishers that have a long track record of producing jewellery of the highest quality to exacting standards. Our signature designs are created from 14ct or 10ct Gold or sterling silver. We can specially make any piece from our current range should you find it unavailable and this will take approximately 6-8 weeks or 8-10 for rose gold. This excludes any limited release or seasonal items. Some styles in particular sizes will require a new master pattern to be created which may incur an additional fee.

SECRETS STONE CUTS

Secrets designs come in an array of stone shapes and the information below shows you the history and inspiration for those shapes.

  • Asscher
    Asscher

    The Asscher cut is a unique design created specifically for the Dutch Royal Family in 1902. It has an almost octagonal shape and was a departure from the popular brilliant cut of the 1800s and it became the forerunner of the standard Emerald cut. Its beauty however is breathtaking due in part to the angled corner facets which gives it a look of an inverted pyramid. It is also commonly attributed as having an Art Deco look which confers real class on the style.

  • Cushion
    Cushion

    The cushion shape is an antique design that evokes the glamour of the 1920s. Charming and opulent, its rounded shape is similar to a round, but more distinctive. The shape was often referred to as the Pillow Cut due to its slightly rounded sides. Cushion cut stones are romantic, elegant and luxurious.

  • Emerald Cut
    Emerald

    The Emerald cut includes what are called “step” cuts. These comprise larger facets, which act like mirrors. There are fewer facets than most other cuts and because of the size and shape of these, the emerald cut shows less sparkle than the brilliant cuts. The emerald cut however, has a classic beauty and elegance quite distinct from the fire and brilliance of others.

  • Heart
    Heart

    The Heart shape is also a brilliant cut and sparkles accordingly. It is essentially a pear shape with a cleft at the top containing 59 facets. Its enduring appeal is in its elegance and as the eternal symbol of love. The heart shaped stone is particularly popular for romantic occasions such as Valentine’s Day or anniversaries.

  • Marquise
    Marquise

    The Marquise cut is another adaptation of the 58 faceted round brilliant cut. This shape complements long slender fingers particularly well. The crown is modified in the marquise to form what is called a “French Tip”, where the bezel facet at the point of the stone is eliminated. Marquise cut stones have an elongated shape with pointed ends supposedly inspired by the smile of the Marquise de Pompadour and commissioned by the Sun King, France’s Louis XIV.

  • Oval Cut
    Oval

    The Oval shape is also brilliant cut, borrowing the same faceting techniques from the round brilliant although additional facets are added to assist in the elimination of the “bow-tie effect” in the mid-section of the stone. The oval cut is sophisticated and ideal for someone who values elegance but is after something unique. Oval cut stones are equally flattering for shorter fingers, as they create the illusion of length.

  • Pear Cut
    Pear

    The Pear shape is also brilliant cut, except the proportions are elongated along the tip. One of the keys to cutting a beautiful pear shape is the reduction of the bow-tie effect that appears in the lower mid-section of the stone. Additional facets are also added to the tip of the stone (called “French Tipping”) to counter light leakage in the area. The pear or ‘teardrop’ can be worn facing either way creating different looks. This is a truly show-stopping cut for those who want to stand out.

  • Princess Cut
    Princess

    The Princess cut combines the high degree of light return of a round brilliant cut with a distinctive square shape. The princess cut is relatively new being created in the 1960’s. It often finds its way into solitaire engagement rings or earrings and is a design well suited for long fingers. All Secrets princess cut simulated diamonds are double faceted to increase the sparkle.

  • Radiant Cut
    Radiant

    The Radiant cut has 70 facets and is a variation of the brilliant cut. The crown (top)section has a combination brilliant-step cut arrangement and the pavilion section has more of a brilliant styling with a slight step-styling in the upper sections just below the girdle. This is a supremely elegant style and the rectangular proportions lend themselves to many different styles of design.

  • Round Brilliant Cut
    Round Brilliant

    The most popular stone shape is the round brilliant, which came into existence roughly 60 years ago. It’s an adaptation of the brilliant cut, created in the early 18th Century, and remains the most popular cut to this day. It suits absolutely every woman with its sophisticated brilliance and fire. 

  • Trilliant Cut
    Trilliant

    The Trilliant cut is, as the name suggests, cut in the shape of a triangle. It possesses sides equal in length and usually contains 50 facets and is particularly popular as side stones in beautiful dress ring designs.

CARE & MAINTENANCE

Your jewellery will be forever admired, therefore it is important that proper care is given to ensure your stones always sparkle at their best. Dust, lotions, soaps and daily wear can cloud the brilliance and dull the surface of your jewellery and stones. We recommend using the Secrets gold or silver jewellery cleaner - following the instructions as prescribed by the manufacturer. Secrets also offers a complimentary cleaning service. Simply call into the store of your choice at any time and we will professionally clean your jewellery for you. Secrets Signature Diamond Simulants (and coloured stones) should be given the same level of protection and respect as a diamond, even a diamond will chip/break if hit with force. Gardening and heavy lifting can expose your jewellery to damage - avoid wearing your jewellery during these activities. Hard and abrasive surfaces can damage your Secrets jewellery. Please take care to avoid any surfaces that may damage your jewellery.

WHITE GOLD & STERLING SILVER
White gold jewellery is rhodium plated to produce a beautiful lustrous finish. To ensure your jewellery always looks its best, it will need to be re-rhodium plated periodically.This is standard for all white gold jewellery. How often it will need to be re-rhodium plated will vary depending on the type of wear and your natural acidity levels. We apply a small fee for this service. The same also applies for sterling silver jewellery.