Gemstones - Nature’s Treasure

There are few naturally occurring phenomena on our planet as rich in colour, as stunningly beautiful and as visually exquisite as gemstones. Each gem carries its own special meaning, making gemstone-laden jewellery a perfect gift for almost any occasion. 

Throughout history, gems have charmed and dazzled people worldwide and have occupied cherished positions in countless cultures and traditions. Resplendent with meaning, many have been associated with powerful natural phenomena, honoured values and even gods and goddesses. Gemstone jewellery sits pride of place in many museums and cultural collections and has been passed down within families from generation to generation. 


Why Choose Storm Baker?

Here at Storm Baker, we offer an extensive variety of both geologically formed and lab grown [link to lab grown diamonds page] stones. By selecting your gemstones from our collection, you will not need to worry about facing the risks involved in purchasing unseen stones from anonymous online stores. As we are based in Christchurch, you will also be able to shop unburdened by the red tape involved with importing jewellery through customs. 

Our experienced gem smiths create every piece of jewellery with meticulous care and total dedication to their craft. You can rest assured that our rings will not require multiple repairs. We also understand that, for many, gemstone jewellery is of deep emotional significance. That is why we will work closely with you to understand your vision for your piece and specialise in crafting unique, custom jewellery. 

Whether you require a ring to propose or to seal your marriage, to celebrate the birth of a new baby or to commemorate an anniversary, our collection of stunning ‘ready made’ rings and custom designs are certain to satisfy. 

At Storm Baker, we believe in creating jewellery with a difference. That means more than just crafting exquisite, artisan pieces unlike any other. 

It means harnessing the power of technology to continually refine our artistry. It means a dedication to sustainable, ethical processing - which is why we offer an extensive range of lab

grown gems. It means creating jewellery that is luxurious, sophisticated and stands out from the crowd while staying within your budget. 

That is the Storm Baker promise to you. 


From Deep Within The Earth To Your Jewellery Box

Gemstones are minerals, rocks or organic materials that have been carefully chosen for their beauty and cut and polished to be worn or displayed by humans. They range from incredibly rare and powerfully durable minerals like diamond to more common, delicate, organic creations such as pearls. 

The incredible interplay of colour and light these stones create is the key reason why they have intrigued countless civilisations since time immemorial. There are many means for you to choose a stone of personal significance, too. Perhaps it was sourced from a part of the world with meaning to you or your family, represents your birth month or simply shines with a colour that you adore. 

The incredible interplay of colour and light featured in a gemstone is why they have intrigued people since time immemorial. If you’re looking for a stone that will sparkle the same way it creates a sparkle in your eyes, get in touch with the team at Storm Baker jewellers. We’ll find the right stone to craft a piece of jewellery that is truly your own and unforgettably so. 


Caring for your Gemstone

All gems are vulnerable in some form - even diamond, the most durable of all gemstones, can chip. Stones can be scratched, chipped, or even shattered with hard knocks or sudden changes in temperature. 

Jewellery also requires ongoing care to ensure that it remains in the best possible condition. We advise cleaning your stones by soaking them in warm water and using a soft toothbrush to scrub them with gentle detergents. Once the stone is thoroughly rinsed, dry it with a soft cloth. 

Gemstone jewellery is best stored in soft fabric pouches or in a jewellery box with dividers to protect them from unwanted contact with one another. 


Choosing gemstones NZ

The most important consideration that should come into play when selecting a gemstone is whether you like it. This may seem obvious, but many of us feel that we must choose a diamond for an engagement or ring, [link to engagement rings page] simply because it is tradition - even if your heart (and budget) would much prefer a different stone.

It is also worth reflecting on how you would like to wear your stone. Will it be occasional jewellery for the most formal occasions or something that you would like to wear on a daily basis? Such questions will inform your choice of gemstone, as more durable stones, like rubies or diamonds, are best for daily wear. In contrast, delicate gemstones such as pearls or opals may be better suited for only special events. 

Other factors worth thinking about include the following: 

  • Budget 
  • Lifestyle 
  • Risk 
  • Colour 

If you are unsure what gemstone would be best for you, our skilled jewellers are here to help. Please contact the Storm Baker team to schedule a consultation with one of our team, or visit our showroom in Christchurch.