Our first collection showcases some of Australia’s finest raw materials in versatile and elegant designs. Argyle Champagne diamonds and Australian South Sea pearls are rare and regarded as the best the world has to offer.
We are proud to be launching Vela Jewellery with a collection that celebrates the natural beauty of Argyle Champagne diamonds and Australian South Sea pearls. As the rarity for Argyle diamonds deepens, our pieces are limited to this first capsule collection.
Australian South Sea pearls are grown in the largest pearl producing oyster, the Pinctada Maxima, which is native to pristine waters of Northwestern Australia. They are renowned for their bright lustre and pink hues. While many South Sea pearls are treated to remove blemishes and enhance their lustre, which ultimately reduces the longevity of the pearl. The pearls we have hand selected are guaranteed to be of Australian origin and have had no treatment. As pearls are a natural gem, they are as individual as you are and as such will vary in shape and colour. We believe this individuality is one of the many things that make our pearls so special.
The Australian Pearling industry adheres to a strict quota system governing how many oysters (Pinctada Maxima) can be collected and farmed from the wild. The oysters are collected by hand with care taken to cause no damage to the seabed. In recognition of this and after a rigorous 18-month assessment, Australia was the first country globally to be declared a sustainable source of pearls.
When properly cared for, a pearl will survive for generations. Pearls can be quite sensitive to perfume and cosmetics. We suggest you put on your pearls last and remove them first. To clean your pearls, gently wipe them with a clean microfibre cloth without any cleaning solutions. To prevent other jewellery marking your pearls, store in the original packaging or a soft pouch.
Our pieces feature Argyle Champagne diamonds, so named for their golden honey hues. Our Champagne diamonds are unearthed from the Argyle Diamond Mine in the East Kimberley region, located in Western Australia. With the Argyle mine set to close in 2020, we are excited to be offering these increasingly rare and sought-after gems.
In the ancient land that is home to the Argyle Diamond Mine, mining operations tread as lightly as possible. Mining is undertaken with the permission of the Traditional Owners who are physically and spiritually very present in the landscape. Programs to protect delicate environments and safeguard natural wildlife and their habitats are designed and implemented in close collaboration with local communities.
While diamonds may be the hardest natural substance on earth, they are precious gems and should be treated with care. We recommend caring for your Champagne diamond pieces by treating them gently and cleaning them with a clean microfibre cloth.
We hand select only raw materials from reputable suppliers through relationships formed over decades of being immersed in, and passionate about the jewellery industry. We proudly stand behind our promise that our pearls and diamonds are of Australian origin and have had no treatment. They hold the soul and source of Australian culture with them for a lifetime.